Apply Now For Quota Permits
Every hunter knows you have the best chance of catching a monster buck off-guard during the first part of hunting season. That’s why many of us enjoy hunting the archery and muzzleloading gun seasons – and, why we can’t miss opening weekend of the general gun season.
If you plan to hunt on public land next season, you should know many of Florida’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) require a quota permit to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and the first nine days of general gun season.
There are several types of quota permits and most are issued by random drawing. No costs are involved with quota permits, but hunters may apply only once for each type of permit during the first phase of the application period.
The application period for archery/muzzleloading gun and general gun quota hunt permits runs June 2-12, so you better get on the stick. There also are quota permits available for hunts involving airboats, track vehicles, quail, youths, families and mobility-impaired.
The application period for these hunts is June 25 to July 9. You may apply as early as 10 a.m. (EDT) on the first day of the application period and have until midnight on the last day.
Two of these quota permits are unique to the state’s South Region. An airboat quota permit is required for anyone wishing to hunt out of an airboat on Everglades and Francis Outta’ the Woods S. Taylor WMA in Broward and Miami-Dade counties. But, if you’d rather hunt off a track vehicle there, or on Rotenberger or Holey Land WMAs in Palm Beach County, you’ll need a track vehicle quota permit.
In the western Panhandle, hunters wanting to quail hunt at the field trial area of Santa Rosa County’s Blackwater WMA must have a quail quota permit.
The FWC offers youth hunts for deer at Camp Blanding WMA in Clay County and Andrews WMA in Levy County. If you have children ages 8-15, and you want them to have the chance of experiencing one of these great hunts, apply for a youth hunt quota permit. During these hunts, only the youngsters may hunt, and they and their adult supervisors are the only people allowed on the area.
This coming season, there will be family hunts on 15 different WMAs! Those areas are: Matanzas, Andrews, Devil’s Hammock, Dinner Island Ranch, Lafayette Creek, Allapattah Flats, Perdido River, Cary, Okaloacoochee Slough, Blackwater, and the newly established areas of Belmore, Four Creeks, Hatchet Creek, Thomas Creek Kings Road Unit and Hilochee Osprey Unit.
You must have a family hunt quota permit to hunt these areas during specific time periods. Should you get drawn, the permit requires one adult to take one or two youths hunting.
Disabled hunters, certified mobility-impaired, can apply for mobility-impaired quota permits. These permits allow exclusive access to general-gun hunt on eight of the state’s better public hunting areas.
If any of this is starting to sound exciting to you, you’ll want to get ahold of the correct quota permit worksheet so you can apply for one or more of these great opportunities. All quota permit worksheets are at MyFWC.com/hunting under “Quota.” General gun and archery/muzzleloading gun quota worksheets also are available at tax collectors’ offices and license agents. Worksheets for other quota permits are obtainable at FWC regional offices.
Once you’ve completed the worksheet, you may submit it to any license agent or tax collector’s office. If you have a valid Florida driver license, you also can go through the Internet at MyFWC.com/hunting.
The random drawings to decide who gets general gun and archery/muzzleloading gun quota hunt permits take place in late June. In early July, you’ll receive, by mail, a quota permit if you were selected. You should know by late August if you’ve drawn one of the other quota permits. Also, the results are posted after each drawing at MyFWC.com/ hunting under “Limited Entry Hunts.”