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Hunting in Florida: 3 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Adults

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 03:00 PM

With so many options for hunters in Florida, it’s important to make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you apply for a license. Here are three things for adults to consider before applying for a hunting permit in Florida.

1. Who Needs a License?

Most people ages 16 to 65 are required to obtain a recreational hunting license to legally hunt in Florida, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

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There are some exceptions.
  • If you are a Florida resident certified as totally and permanently disabled, and you already possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing License, you are exempt from applying for a traditional hunting license. However, the state education requirement still applies.
  • If you are a state resident that is a member of the Armed Forces of the United States, but are not stationed in Florida, and you are home on leave for a period of 30 days or less, upon submission of orders, you are exempt from the license requirement.
  • If you are hunting wild hog on private land, you are not required to have a Florida hunting license.
  • Seniors older than 65 also are not required to have a license in most cases, but this depends upon what kind of game is being hunted.

2. Hunter Safety Requirements


Anyone born after Jan. 1, 1975, must complete the hunter safety education requirement before a license will be issued, according to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Courses are offered online as well as in a traditional classroom. Individuals also must meet the age requirement of 16 years or older before they can apply for a hunting license.

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For people visiting from other states who have completed a course in their home state, Florida does accept other state education programs. Florida residents who are military members home on leave for 30 days or less are exempt from the hunter safety requirement.

3. Obtaining a License

Recreational hunting licenses are available online for both residents and visitors in Florida. Licenses can be ordered over the phone as well. If you order a license online or over the phone, you must write down the “print number” and keep it with you while you are engaged in hunting. Short term, temporary, and lifetime licenses are available to hunters in Florida.

Licenses, once obtained, are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase.

This article does not constitute legal advice. Check the current gun laws before purchasing or traveling with a firearm.

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With so many options for hunters in Florida, it's important to make sure you have all your ducks in a row before you apply for a license. Here are three things for adults to consider before applying for a hunting permit in Florida.
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