covers a vast expanse of Florida, and much of this habitat is open and available for
public hunting. Large numbers of migratory ducks winter in the Sunshine State,
particularly ring-necked ducks, scaup, teal, wood ducks, and wigeon. In addition,
three species, the mottled duck (a.k.a. Florida duck), wood duck, and fulvous
whistling duck, live in the state year round. Easy access to hunting areas and a
hunter success rate nearly twice the national average make Florida a great place to hunt
waterfowl hunting in Florida is permitted on any water body that has public access, unless it is
closed for a specific reason, such as being in a park or in an area where the discharge of
firearms is prohibited. Wildlife management areas (WMAs), water management district
(WMD) lands, and national wildlife refuges (NWRs) that offer duck hunting may have special
permit requirements and restrictions on when and where you can hunt. Regional
offices of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) can provide additional information on
WMAs and other duck hunting areas. Please check with local law enforcement
agencies for specific firearm discharge regulations on public water bodies prior to
The U.S. FWS
has regulations about
hunting doves and waterfowl over agricultural crops. Click HERE
to find out more.
For a current list of approved Non-Toxic Shot Types, click HERE.
If you have a DUCK BAND
to report, click HERE.
2002-03 Regulations & Information
Requirements and Fees
Regular duck season,
coot, and limited goose season regulations.
Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations - links to
current status and issues related to the setting of waterfowl hunting
non-toxic Shot Types
of Migratory Bird Management- a great
source of information on migratory bird management in North America,
the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, current issues, reports, and press
releases related to migratory birds. Also includes:
Federal and State roles in regulation setting process,
and Migratory Bird Hunting Regulation
setting summary and timetable.
Duck Hunting in Florida