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Hunting & Fishing General

Hunting and Freshwater Fishing

Saltwater Fishing

License Types

Hunting and Fishing License Fee Schedule  

Vessel For Hire Fee Schedule

 

 

 Hunting & Fishing General

The Tax Collector serves as an agent of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission  . In this capacity, the Tax Collector is responsible for the sale of a variety of hunting and fishing permits. It is the Tax Collectors' duty to collect all monies from these sales and maintain the records associated with these transactions.

Hunting and Fishing licenses may be obtained at the Tax Collectors' Office or at various sport stores, bait and tackle shops, and retail stores.

All citizens who intend to hunt or fish in Florida require a valid license. The only exceptions to the law are:

  1. Residents 65 years of age and over are entitled to a complimentary Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate
  2. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a license, however they must carry proof of age identification.
  3. Permanently and totally disabled residents can obtain a special exemption card. An authorized disability statement must be presented upon application. This permit is free.

       

  4. Residents who have been accepted by The Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services as a client for retardation and development services are exempt from the license requirements. .
  5. A Florida resident who is a member of the U.S. armed forces and is not stationed in Florida is exempt from the license requirements while home on leave for 30 days or less. Proof of orders must be on the person while hunting or fishing.  

 

Hunting and Freshwater Fishing     

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulate hunting and freshwater fishing in the State of Florida. This agency sets and enforces policies and initiates environmental conservation programs to protect Florida wildlife. In addition, this state office determines license fees, which are set by the Florida Legislature.

Hunting licenses are annual permits valid 12 months from the date of issuance. A five-year hunting and fishing license and a lifetime hunting license is also available to Florida residents. Non-residents can apply for a 10 day hunting permit.

Freshwater fishing licenses are valid 12 months from the date of issuance. A five-year freshwater fishing license and a lifetime freshwater fishing license are also available to Florida residents. Non-residents can apply for a seven-day or annual permit.

The "Cane Pole Law" allows Florida residents to fish in the county of his/her residency without a license. The angler can use live or natural bait and poles or hand lines that are not equipped with a reel, for non-commercial purposes only. No fishing license is required to fish in a private fishing pond.

Saltwater Fishing    

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is the administrative office that regulates saltwater fishing. All anglers, who fish in saltwater, require a saltwater fishing license. This includes each person fishing from a pleasure craft, on a sandbar, or any other land mass accessible by boat or by swimming through water deeper than four feet.

Underwater divers who take or attempt to take marine fish must also obtain a license. Anyone who operates a non-commercial fishing vessel for hire must purchase a saltwater license. This recreational license will exempt passengers from having to obtain individual licenses. See Vessel For Hire Fee Schedule

Other Exemptions:

You don't have to obtain a salt water fishing license if:

  1. You are a Florida resident fishing in saltwater from land or from a structure fixed to land.

  2. You are fishing from a pier which has been issued a pier saltwater license.

  3. Anyone who holds valid commercial saltwater products licenses other than the owner, operator, or custodian of a vessel for which a saltwater fishing license is required. Only one person aboard a vessel to which a commercial saltwater products license has been issued may claim exemption at any given time. 

Saltwater fishing licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. A five-year saltwater fishing license and a lifetime license are also available to Florida residents. Non-residents can apply for a 3 day, 7 day permit or 12 month permit for saltwater fishing.

Florida's resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore or a structure affixed to shore will need to buy a $9.00 "Shoreline Fishing License" Effective August 1, 2009.

The new license applies only to Florida resident saltwater anglers who fish from shore. Resident anglers may prefer to purchase the regular recreational saltwater license that covers them, no matter where they fish for saltwater species in Florida. This license is not available to nonresidents.

The same exemptions as a regular license, including senior citizens, children, disabled people who meet certain qualifications, active -duty military personnel while home on leave, and anglers who fish from a licensed pier. In addition, the shoreline license requirements include two new exemptions: anglers drawing food stamps, temporary cash assistance or Medicaid; and anglers fishing in their home counties who use cane poles or other gear that does not depend on mechanical retrieval.

License Types     

Florida Resident Sportsman's License

The Sportsman's License satisfies all state requirements for recreational hunting and freshwater fishing for Florida residents. The Florida Sportsman's License does not include permits for Resident Trapping License, Federal Waterfowl Stamps, Resident Commercial License or Resident Fish Dealers license. This permit is valid 12 months from the date of issuance. A five-year license is also available.

Florida Residentís Gold Sportsmanís & Lifetime Sportsmanís License

The Gold Sportsmanís License satisfies all state requirements for recreational hunting, freshwater and saltwater fishing for Florida residents. For the avid sportsman who wants the convenience of securing permits for all hunting and fishing activities offered in Florida, for a onetime fee, the Lifetime Sportsman's License is available.  This unique license remains valid even if the purchaser moves out of state.

Hunting and Fishing Fee Schedule     

Resident

Cost If Purchase From Tax Collector

Combo fresh & hunting

32.50

Gold Sportsman

100.00

Sportsman

80.50

Freshwater 12-month

17.00

Saltwater 12-month

17.00

Freshwater/saltwater

32.50

Hunting 12-month

17.00

Fresh/salt/hunting

48.00

5-year Freshwater

79.00

5-year Saltwater

79.00

5-year Hunting

79.00

 

 

Non-Resident

 

Freshwater 12-month

47.00

Saltwater 12-month

47.00

Freshwater 3-day

17.00

Freshwater 7-day

30.00

Saltwater 3-day

17.00

Saltwater 7-day

30.00

Hunting 10-day

46.50

Hunting 12-month

151.50

Non Resident Turkey Permit

100.00

 

 

Permits

 

Snook

2.00

Crawfish

2.00

Management area

26.50

Archery permit

5.00

Muzzleloading permit

5.00

Waterfowl permit

3.00

Turkey permit

5.00

Migratory bird permit

0.00

Trapping

26.50

Crossbow permit

5.00

Federal Duck Stamp

17.50

FWCC FEE CHANGES EFFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2010
Waterfowl Permit From $3.00 to $5.00
Turkey Permit From $5.00 to $10.00
NonResident Turkey Permit From $100.00 to $125.00
Management Area Permit From $25.00 to $30.00
Snook Permit From $2.00 to $5.00
Lobster Permit From $2.00 to $5.00
Limited-Entry/SPecial Opportunity Hunting Fee From $100.00 to $150.00 per day From $250.00 to $300.00 per week
NEW PERMITS
Deer Permit $5.00 - Current Hunting License Required for Purchase
NON-HUNTING AND NON-FISHING RECREATION ON MANAGEMENT AREA $5.00 per day $30.00 per day

 

Vessel For Hire Fee Schedule 

Vessel - Small (1-4 Passengers)

201.50

Vessel - Medium (5-10 Passengers)

401.50

Vessel - Large  (10 or more Passengers)

601.50

 

 

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