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A person born on or after June 1, 1975 may not be issued a hunting license in Florida without first having successfully completed a hunter safety course. Hunters affected by this requirement must present proof of satisfactory completion of Florida’s hunter education course or an approved course provided by another state or province when purchasing a license. Children under the age of 16 may hunt with adult supervision even though they have not completed a hunter education course. Hunters who need proof they have passed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWCC) Hunter Education Course can print out duplicate certificates from the FWCC website.

The following persons are exempt and do not have to purchase a Hunting License, Florida Waterfowl Permit, Turkey Permit, Wildlife Management Area Permit, Archery Permit, Muzzleloading Gun Permit and Migratory Bird Permit.

Any persons hunting in their county of residence on their homestead or the homestead of their spouse or minor child or any minor child hunting on the homestead of their parent.

Florida residents 65 years of age or older who have in their possession proof of age and residency or a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate. No-cost, complimentary hunting and fishing certificates for residents age 65 or older may be obtained from your county’s tax collector’s offices.

Any resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and who is not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.

Children under 16 years of age. Children under 16 years of age also are exempt from the federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal “Duck Stamp”) requirements when taking or attempting to take ducks.

Florida residents who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate. Applications for Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate are available from your county’s tax collector’s offices.

Other Related Information

Information regarding Hunting rules and regulations, limits and seasons can be accessed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website.

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