Hunting

FWC Hunting Fact Sheet: Apply now through June 15 for deer and wild hog hunting licenses; Limit permits for fall quota

Florida – Friday, May 20, 2022: If you’re interested in deer or wild hog hunting this fall/winter in a Florida Wildlife Management Area or National Wildlife Refuge, plan to apply for Quota, Special Opportunity, and Hunting Permits. of national wildlife refuge.

The Phase I application period is now open and runs until 11:59 p.m. ET on June 15. You can apply in person at a licensing agent or tax collector’s office or online at: GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Find brochures and maps of the 2022-2023 WMA rules and entry deadlines, worksheets and other Limited Entry Hunt details.

Be sure to check out fall quota hunting options at the newest WMA: Tate’s Hell – St. James Island Unit in Northwest Florida. The FWC, in cooperation with the area’s senior land manager, the Florida Forest Service, offers quota hunting licenses for deer, wild turkey, and wild hog. This new 8,182-acre area in Franklin County will also provide opportunities to hunt small game and migratory birds (doves, ducks, geese, coots, snipes and woodcocks) during the statewide seasons without quota permit.

Everglades and Francis S. Taylor and Rotenberger WMA Quota License Update

Beginning this year, FWC is changing its approach to issuing Hovercraft Quota Licenses to Everglades and Francis S. Taylor WMA and General Gun Vehicle Quota Licenses to Rotenberger WMA.

• To avoid canceling these hunts, the FWC will no longer automatically include these quota licenses in the Phase I application period.

• Instead, the decision to issue these quota permits will be made in mid-June, following receipt and evaluation of the deer aerial survey results.

• If the results of the survey support the issuance of quota permits for hunting in these WMZs, the FWC will announce their availability and how and when to apply.

Check mid-June for information on the availability of these quota permits. Or to receive an email update, sign up for FWC Hunting News and make sure your email is up to date at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

New rules for harvesting alligators statewide

At their May meeting, FWC commissioners approved increasing hunting hours for statewide alligator hunting and adding preloaded air bows to the legal methods of shooting an alligator. Learn more about these new statewide alligator harvest program rules.

Don’t forget the spring/summer boar hunts

Check out spring and summer wild hog hunting opportunities at wildlife management areas across the state. Although many WMAs that offer these wild hog hunts do not require a quota permit, some do, please check the WMA regulations brochure for the area you wish to hunt. Also, a hunting license is not required to hunt feral hogs in a WMA, however, a management area license is required. Find more information and a list of WMAs offering spring/summer public hunting opportunities.

Summer Camp Job Opportunities

Know someone who loves the outdoors and is looking for a summer job? A summer camp counselor or an instructor position at Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp can be a great option. We are looking for people who want to teach young people aged 8-17 conservation and outdoor skills such as archery, fishing, canoeing and hiking.

To be considered for this position, you must be at least 18 years old and pass a mandatory background check. Salary starts at $520/week + room and board. Additionally, your job at Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp can serve as an internship for college credit. For more information on these summer camp jobs, contact Will Burnett at 352-625-2804 or [email protected]

Summer camp opportunities are always available for kids ages 8-17 who want to experience the outdoors. Ocala Outdoor Adventure Camp offers a variety of safe, fun, and age-appropriate week-long camps. Learn more and register. Find other summer camps through the FWC’s network of Florida Youth Conservation Centers.

Hunting season dates

• 2022-2023 game and furbearer hunting season dates and bag limits on lands outside the Wildlife Management Area network.

• 2022-2023 migratory game bird hunting season dates and bag limits (these regulations are pending final approval from the US Fish and Wildlife Service).

• Brochures and maps of the regulation of wildlife management areas 2022-2023.

Learn more about hunting in Florida at: MyFWC.com/Hunting.

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