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FWC’s Hunting Hot Sheet

The latest hunting and conservation news and events from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

First-come, first served alligator permits available now


Phase IV of the application process for Statewide Alligator Harvest Permits is now open! Permits are issued on a first-come first-served basis. Even those people who were issued a permit in a previous phase can purchase additional permits during Phase IV. Visit to see what permits are available and login to your account to apply.

The updated Guide to Alligator Hunting in Florida is a valuable source of information about the application process and hunt structure, rules and regulations, methods of take, and tips on how to safely and responsibly hunt alligators.

See these pages for more information:

New youth events on the calendar

Youth Hunting of Florida

The first batch of the Youth Hunting Program's fall hunts for deer, wild hog, dove and squirrel have been added to FWC's event calendar. More hunts will be added to the calendar throughout the summer. These mentored youth hunts are a safe and educational way for youth between 12 and 17 years old to experience hunting and learn about conservation. The hunts are for youth who might otherwise not have the opportunity to try hunting. Please help us reach more young people by sharing information about the Youth Hunting Program with interested neighbors, co-workers, friends, and family members. Participants must have successfully passed a Florida hunter safety course to participate. 

Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) events are another way hunter safety graduates aged 18 and younger can expand their knowledge of safety and conservation while building outdoor skills. YHEC provides opportunities for youth to learn more about hunting, map and compass, wildlife identification and target shooting. Several new events have been added to the FWC's event calendar. Find and register for YHEC events. 

Summer wild hog hunt on WMAs

2019 summer wild hog hunts on WMAs

Opportunities remain for 2019 summer wild hog hunts at designated wildlife management areas (WMAs). Most of these areas do not require a quota permit to hunt wild hogs. Before heading afield, though, review the WMA regulations brochure for the area you wish to hunt.

In addition, opportunities to obtain wild hog quota permits during the phase III (leftovers) begins July 3 (beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time) and runs until they are filled or the final hunt date. Visit to see what permits are available and login to your account to apply.

Learn more about wild hog hunting opportunities and regulations.

Brush up on bowhunting

Bowhunter education

Archery and crossbow seasons in Zone A open Aug. 3 so there’s time to get some practice in with your bow. Several FWC-managed shooting sports facilities offer archery ranges.

Hunter safety courses offered for free!

hunter safety course

If you plan to introduce someone to hunting this fall, now is a great time for them to take a hunter safety course. These courses cover firearms safety, wildlife conservation, responsible hunting and more. The FWC offers the following course formats, including free options.

1) Traditional classroom courses can be taken at no cost.

2) The FWC offers several online course options (including one that’s free). After the online classroom portion is complete, students must sign up and attend a free skills day.

This no-cost hunter safety training is available thanks to certified volunteer instructors and funding from the Wildlife Restoration program.

People born after May 31, 1975, are required to complete a state certified hunter safety class before they can buy the type of hunting license that allows them to legally hunt unsupervised in Florida.

Short Cuts

Hunting Season Dates

Zone A
Archery season: Aug. 3 – Sept. 1
Crossbow season: Aug. 3 – Sept. 6 

FAQs about statewide hunting rules taking effect in 2019-2020

Public land hunting opportunity deadlines

Apply now for alligator hunt permits during phase IV (leftover) until filled or the final hunt date.

The phase III (leftover) application period for fall limited entry/quota hunts runs July 3 (beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time) until filled or the final hunt date.

The phase II (leftover) application period for national wildlife refuge hunting permits runs from July 25 (beginning at 10 a.m. Eastern time) until filled or the final hunt date.

2019-2020 Florida Hunting Regulations are available now

Florida hunting regulations

Quick links

FAQs about statewide hunting rules taking effect in 2019-2020

2019-2020 hunting season dates and bag limits

2019-2020 migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits

Summer wild hog hunting opportunities on WMAs

2019-2020 wildlife management area regulation brochures

Get started hunting

Public FWC-managed shooting ranges

Buy your hunting license

Replace your hunter safety card


Ladies Archery Class hosted by American Daughters of Conservation
Date: Aug. 10 at 10 a.m.
Location: Adventures Archery in Tampa
Cost: Free to ADC members; $25 for nonmembers
Open to youth and adults
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Ladies Rifle Shooting Class hosted by American Daughters of Conservation
Date: Aug. 31 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Location: Talon Range in Midway
Cost: $125 for ADC Members; $150.00 for Non-Members
Ticket URL:

Conservation Organizations

There are several organizations in Florida working diligently on behalf of conservation and creating opportunities for others to experience hunting. Learn more about how you can get involved!

4-H Shooting Sports

American Daughters of Conservation

Backcountry Hunters & Anglers

Ducks Unlimited Events – Find Florida events

Everglades Coordinating Council

Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association

National Rifle Association - Find Florida events

National Wild Turkey Federation - Find Florida events

Quail Forever - Find Florida chapters

Quality Deer Management Association - Find Florida branches

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation – Florida

Safari Club International - Find Florida chapters

The Future of Hunting in Florida

Union Sportsmen’s Alliance

United Waterfowlers-Florida