Update about quota hunts and preference points

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Dear Quota Permit Holder,

The devastation produced by Hurricane Ian has impacted many areas of the state and the effects will continue to be felt well into the future. In areas of the state where storm damage was severe, the FWC and its cooperators closed several WMAs. Some of these closures have impacted or will impact hunting opportunities, including quota hunts.

We understand these opportunities are important. Thus, the FWC will restore original preference points, plus 1 additional point to 1) hunters issued quota permits during phase I for hunts that were canceled (either entirely or partially) because of Hurricane Ian, and 2) those people who reside in counties officially eligible for FEMA assistance and who were issued quota permits during phase I for hunts anywhere in the state.

Because there are still unknowns, including how long recovery will take at some WMAs, preference points will be restored next spring, prior to the 2023-2024 application period for fall quota and limited entry hunts. Once preference points are restored, hunters who meet the above criteria will be able to review the update by logging into their customer account at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

Throughout the rest of the 2022-23 hunting season, we urge you to frequently check MyFWC.com/Notices to ensure you have the latest update about WMAs that are closed or reopening. As WMAs reopen, they are removed from the closure listing.

Thank you for your continued support of public hunting in Florida.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission