WMA Quota Hunt Permit Deadline Nearing

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Hunters who have not applied for a wildlife management area quota hunt permit still have time to do so during the second phase of the quota hunt process conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

"There are still permits available, but all that is about to change," said the FWC's quota hunt coordinator Eddie White.

During the first and second phases of the selection process, the FWC limits hunters to one regular (gun hunt) and one special (archery/muzzleloading gun hunt) quota hunt permit per person. On Oct. 5, the third phase of the program begins. The third phase is when hunters who have already been issued a quota permit may apply for additional permits. There will not be many permits left after the third phase begins.

"If you have not submitted a quota hunt application this year, do it today," White said.

Quota hunt application forms are available from county tax collector's offices and their sub-agents, or from FWC offices. No hand-delivered, faxed, telephoned, e-mailed or online applications will be accepted.

Hunters can find a list of available hunts on FWC's Web site. Look under "Hunting" and scroll to "WMA Quota Hunt Information." Each hunt type has a "Results Page" for checking the status of applications. There is a link at the top of the Web page labeled, "Click here for available hunts." Hunters also can call the quota hunt office at (850) 488-8573.