Florida Hunting News

Florida's Remaining Alligator Permits on Sale June 30th

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin the second phase of accepting applications for a chance to obtain highly coveted permits to participate in the statewide alligator harvest.

Alligator harvest permits issued during this phase are on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. (EDT) June 30 through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) July 6. Applicants in Phase II are limited to one permit. Those who purchased a permit during Phase I may not apply.  Payments for permits awarded in Phase I will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on June 29.

Florida Hunting License Fees to increase July 1
The license for Florida residents to catch saltwater fish from shore or a structure affixed to shore cost $9 last year, but beginning July 1, it's free. Other license and permit fees will increase on that date.
Florida FWC Releases Bear Management Plan
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is soliciting public input on a draft bear management plan. This plan sets up the framework for the FWC to make effective bear management decisions in conjunction with stakeholders and the public who live in bear country.
Florida Gator Hunters Must Resubmit Applications
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is working to get things back on track after learning about a problem with alligator hunting permit applications.
Florida FWC Searching for Car That Killed Bear
Someone removed the claws of a black bear killed Thursday night on U.S. 98 in Santa Rosa County. Possessing any body part of a bear is illegal, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Florida Permit Prices to Increase July 1st
There will be an increase in the cost of some of Florida's hunting and saltwater fishing permits, beginning July 1. If sportsmen act now, however, they can beat the price increase.
Florida Deer and Hog Hunts at St. Marks NWR
This fall, Northwest Florida offers some special deer and wild hog hunts at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and a unique "big-game" hunt on the island of St. Vincent NWR.
Florida Alligator Apps Accepted Beginning May 5th
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting applications May 5 for a chance to obtain highly coveted permits to participate in the statewide alligator harvest.
Florida Offers Free Hunters Ed Completion Course
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Washington County.
Florida FWC Considers Restricting Turkey Take Methods
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering a rule proposal that would limit the methods of take allowed during spring turkey hunts on wildlife management areas (WMAs).