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2011-2012 Hunting Regulations

2011-2012 Hunting Regulations

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Regulations for Hunting in Florida
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Florida Fish and WildlifeConservation Commission
MyFWC.com/Hunting
FLORIDA 2011–2012
Spcfc wll 
Valid from July 1, 2011 – Jun 30, 2012
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MyFWC.com
Visit MyFWC.com/Hunting for up-to-
date information on hunting and wildlifemanagement area rules and regulations,limited entry permits, including special-op-portunity and quota hunts, monthly hunting opportunities, news releases, hunter safety
courses, public shooting ranges and more.
On the cover
Bartow resident and four-time state turkey-calling championScott Ellis and his 4-year-old son Jake on the Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County.
Wildlie Alert Reward Program
Report shing, boating or hunting 
law violations by calling toll-free
888-404-FWCC (3922); on cell phones,dial *FWC or #FWC depending onservice carrier; or report violations atMyFWC.com/Law.
Alligator hunts
The FWC offers alligator hunts, which
provide a thrilling hunting adventure unlike
any other hunting experience imaginable.For more information, see page 29.
Buy your license online!
When you buy your license online, it’s fast,
convenient and saves time and travel. Youcan obtain a license 24 hours a day atMyFWC.com/License and begin hunting 
immediately!Licenses also are available toll-free at
888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356).
Processing fees apply to telephone and
Internet sales.
Hunter saety course
To nd hunter safety courses in
your area, visit our website at
MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or contactyour nearest FWC regional ofce (seepage 3.
This publication is developed by the
FWC’s Division of Hunting and Game
Management, Public Awareness Section
and produced by J.F. Grifn Publishing LLC, 430 Main St., Suite 5, Williamstown,MA 01267. For inquiries regarding 
advertisement in this publication, call
413-884-1001.
Commissionrs' mssag
 
...................................3
FWC regional ofces
 
.............................................3
Introduction.............................................................4
Resident game birds, mammals andmigratory birdsWaterfowl and other migratory game birdregulations
Major changs
 
........................................................4
Wildlif Alrt Rward Program
 
...........................4
Rcrational licns, prmit informationand rquirmnts
 
...............................................5
License and permit fees
License and permit exemptions
Licenses and permit types
Hunting Public Land Turkys
 
..........................7–8
Bcoming an Outdoors-Woman(BOW) Program
 
...................................................8
Huntr safty rquirmnt
 
..................................9
Hunter safety course
Hunter Safety Deferral
Mentoring Exemption
Children and rearms—Florida law
 Youth Hunting Program
Lgal mthods of taking gam ..........................9
Prohibitd mthods and quipmntfor taking gam
 
...............................................10
Aras closd to hunting.....................................10
Antlrlss dr prmits—privat lands .........10
Florida Wild Turky Rgistry
 
.............................10
Gnral information
 
...........................................11
Deer, elk and moose carcass transportation regulations
Wild hogs
Trespassing 
Voluntary Authorized Hunter
Identication Program

Use of rearms by felons

Shooting hours
Hunter orange requirement
Hunting dogs
Statewide deer-dog registration
Feeding game
Buying or selling game
Sex evidence
Dividing carcasses
Transport of game
Littering 
Motor vehicles
Use of structures on vehicles
Tree stands
Permanent duck blinds
Florida Buck Rgistry
 
.........................................13
Hunting sason dats and bag limits
 
.............14
Hunting zons
 
......................................................15
Furbarr hunting rgulations
 
..........................16
Commercial furbearer requirements
Falconry
 
.................................................................16
Nongam wildlif rgulations .......................... 17
Birds
Unprotected birds and mammals
Frogs
Turtles
Snakes
Public hunting aras
 
...........................................18
Wildlif managmnt araprmit rquirmnts
 
.......................................27
Wildlif managmnt arargulation changs
 
..........................................27
Public small-gam hunting aras.................... 27
Hunting Florida’s military bass ...................... 27
Hunting Florida’s national wildlifrfugs (NWR) ..................................................27
Limitd ntry prmits
 
.........................................27
Alligator
Dove
Green Swamp camping 
National Wildlife Refuge hunts
Quota permits
Recreational use permits
Limited entry permits — application periods
Special-opportunity permits
Waterfowl and snipe permits
Antlerless deer permits — WMAs
Alligator hunting advntur ..............................29
 Youth and family huntingopportunitis
 
.....................................................33
2011–2012
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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CommiSSionerS meSSage
Today’s youth are the utureo Florida’s hunting
The Sunshine State is blessed to have one of the nation’s
largest wildlife management area (WMA) systems; it en-compasses more than 5.8 million acres of public hunting
land. The FWC manages 1.1 million of these acres, and theFWC’s “partners for public hunting” contribute the remain-ing acreage.Thanks to our many land-management partners and co-
operators (see page 29), the future of hunting in Floridalooks bright. The FWC continues to support and promote
the hunting tradition by helping open up new public landsfor hunting, expanding hunting opportunities on public and
private lands, recruiting new hunters and developing pro-
grams to get families more involved in the hunting heritage.Because of these partnerships and the shared interest of 
continuing to grow Florida’s WMA system, 34 new publichunting areas have been added since 2005, totaling more
than 146,000 acres.We are always looking to form new partnerships and willcontinue to foster existing ones with the intent of opening
up more public hunting land and further expanding hunt-
ing opportunities. We also continue to seek creative ways torecruit and retain hunters, involving more families in thehunting tradition.
In 2005, we launched the Youth Hunting Program of Flor-
ida to provide quality hunting experiences for 12-to 17-year-olds and increase the number of youths involved in hunting.
The statewide program averages nearly 60 hunts and in-
troduces about 600youths and parents
to the sport eachyear, giving many
of them their rst
taste of huntingin a positive, safe,educational and
mentored setting.Today’s youth spend half as much time outdoors as kidsa decade ago did, so in 2009, the FWC launched the Florida
 Youth Conservation Centers Network to help reverse this
trend. Currently, there are eight centers identied in the net
-
work designed to strengthen the connections between youth
and their support for wildlife conservation through activities
like hunting, archery, shing, kayaking and wildlife viewing.
 Another opportunity to help recruit young hunters and en-
courage adults to take kids hunting was establishing the new
 Youth Turkey Hunt Season. The two-day, Saturday-Sundayhunt occurs the weekend prior to the opening of spring tur-key season in each hunting zone. Only those under 16 areallowed to harvest a turkey, and they have to be supervisedby an adult, 18 years or older.We encourage everyone to get outdoors and enjoy the ben-
ets of connecting with nature in our wonderfully diverse
state. Thanks to the stewardship of generations who lived
here before us, opportunities are boundless. Take a kid hunt-
ing with you—this is their Florida too, and they will be hap-pier, healthier and even smarter for it.
Florida Fish and WildlieConservation Commission
620 South Meridian StreetFarris Bryant Building Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600850-488-4676800-955-8771 TDD
Commissioners
Rodny Barrto
Chairman,
Miami 
Richard A. Corbtt
Vice Chairman,
Tampa
Kathy Barco
 Jacksonville
Ronald M. Brgron
Ft. Lauderdale
Dwight Stphnson
Delray Beach
Knnth W. Wright
Winter Park 
Brian S. Yablonski
Tallahassee
Sta 
Nick Wily
Executive Director
Grg Holdr
Assistant Executive Director
NORTHWESTNORTHEASTNORTH CENTRAL
Gil­christ
 
SOUTHWESTSOUTH
FWC regional ofces
nhws r
3911 Highway 2321Panama City, FL 32409-1658850-265-3676
nh Cl r
3377 East U.S. Highway 90Lake City, FL 32055-8795386-758-0525
nhs r
1239 Southwest 10
 th
Street
Ocala, FL 34471-0323352-732-1225
Shws r
3900 Drane Field RoadLakeland, FL 33811-1207863-648-3200
Sh r
8535 Northlake Blvd.West Palm Beach, FL 33412-3303561-625-5122
2011–2012
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
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