FWC’s Hunting Hot Sheet
The latest hunting and conservation news and events from the
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
Spring turkey season - the call of the wild!
Hearing the springtime chorus of birds at daybreak is one of many things that makes turkey hunting so special. But there's no sound that will make the heart race as fast and no conversation that's listened to more intently than the gobble of the wild turkey.
Spring turkey season south of S.R. 70 runs March 3 through April 8. In the rest of the state, it runs March 17 through April 22. Planning to go? Get your license and permits.
Following are the tools and information you need to help plan your season.
Photo courtesy of Jim Turlington
Where the wild turkeys are
Spring turkey hunting on public hunting areas (without a quota permit!)
We offer 43 public hunting areas statewide where you can “walk on” to hunt spring turkeys. We provide that information as well as what license and permits are required and a map showing wild turkey population densities in Florida.
Photo courtesy of FWC's Chad Weber
Take a young person turkey hunting!
Safe and successful turkey hunting
Turkey hunters recognize that understanding wild turkey behavior, good calling, and an effective shotgun pattern are all keys to success. Did you know that practicing safe turkey hunting strategies also can put you in the best position to take a gobbler? These tips will ensure turkey hunting remains a safe activity while setting you up for success.
Wild turkey conservation success story in Holmes County
CWD detected in Mississippi
The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks recently announced a deer in that state tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD has not been found in Florida. The FWC takes CWD very seriously and is taking an aggressive approach to prevent it from entering Florida. To guard against importing CWD from other states, it’s illegal to bring into Florida the whole carcass of any deer, elk or moose from 25 states (including Mississippi now) and two Canadian provinces where CWD has been detected. Importing live deer, elk and moose from any state is prohibited.
In addition, the FWC has been monitoring deer for CWD since 2002. If you see a deer that seems sick, abnormally thin or dead from unknown causes, call the toll-free CWD hotline, which is available seven days a week, at 866-CWD-WATCH (866-293-9282) to report the animal's location.
CWD is a fatal, infectious neurological disease of white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, and moose that is extremely difficult to control once it becomes established in a natural population. Learn more including where CWD has been detected and what hunters can legally bring back from CWD-affected states.
Zone D late muzzleloader season runs Feb. 19-25
Gray squirrel season runs through March 4
Quail season runs through March 4
For more season dates information, see:
Final rule changes related to hunting and to FWC-managed areas
At its February meeting, the Commission approved rule changes related to hunting and FWC-managed areas around the state. Most of the rule changes expand or enhance hunting opportunities based on hunter preference and sound science to ensure sustainability.
Tallahassee Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Event
Traditional Bowhunters of Florida State Championship
Youth Hunter Education Challenge
The Florida Youth Hunter Education Challenge (YHEC) is a program for hunter safety course graduates to learn more about leadership, ethics and safety while expanding their knowledge about conservation, target shooting and hunting. Check out the following events:
Archery and hunter responsibility classes
.22 rifle, shotgun, skills trail classes
Sign up for a hunter safety course
Hunter safety courses cover firearms safety, wildlife conservation, responsible hunting and more. Students can attend a no-cost traditional classroom course. Or they can complete the classroom portion online. FWC’s website offers several online courses including a FREE option. After the online classroom portion is complete, students must sign up and attend a skills day.
Bookmark these links to find information fast!
Get your hunting license and permits
2017-2018 Florida Hunting Regulations
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 in Florida!
Learn more about hunting in Florida at MyFWC.com/Hunting.