2001 - 2002 Florida Hunting Regulations
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Wildlife Management Areas
This handbook does not cover specific wildlife management area regulations. Specific regulations are provided in individual brochures published annually for each area. Individual wildlife management area regulation brochures are available from county tax collectors’ offices and their subagents or the FWC Web site (www.floridaconservation.org). To the extent circumstances permit and warrant, special permits may be available to accommodate disabled persons on wildlife management areas. Please contact a FWC regional office for additional information.
There are two types of wildlife management areas:
Type I wildlife management areas are public hunting and recreation areas operated by the FWC in cooperation with private, state, and federal landowners. A $26.50 Wildlife Management Area Permit is required of all hunters (except those indicated as exempt on page 5 of this handbook) to hunt in these areas. Persons who possess a gun on a Type I wildlife management area for the exclusive purpose of shooting at an FWC-authorized shooting range are exempt from wildlife management area permit requirements. A Quota Hunt Permit also may be required during certain time periods (see “Quota Hunt Permits” page 9). A Recreational Use Permit is required for five wildlife management areas (see “Recreational Use Permits” page 10). Type I wildlife management area permits, wildlife management area regulations brochures and most quota hunt application forms are available from county tax collectors and their subagents. Type I wildlife management area brochures and quota hunt application forms also are available from any of the FWC’s five regional administrative offices, listed on page 1. Wildlife management area regulations and maps are also available from the FWC Web site at www.floridaconservation.org
Type II wildlife management areas are public hunting and recreation areas operated by the landowner in cooperation with the FWC. Fees may be charged by the landowner and vary among areas. For more information about Type II wildlife management areas, contact the following landowners:
Northwest Florida Water Management District,
Suwannee River Water Management District,
St Johns River Water Management District,
Eglin Natural Resources, Jackson Guard,
Avon Park Air Force Range, Hunt Information,
Tyndall Air Force Base, Natural Resources Flight,
These are major changes for Type I wildlife management areas. There may be other changes not listed here. Hunters should obtain and read a copy of the regulations summary and hunt map for the specific wildlife management areas on which they intend to hunt. Specific changes are listed in bold print in these brochures.
As a result of the merger of the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission and the Marine Fisheries Commission, the new Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has realigned its administrative regions. You will find that many wildlife management areas have been assigned a new administrative region. The three management zones (South, Central and Northwest) did not change. The old Northeast Region is now the North Central Region. The old Central Region is now the Northeast Region. The old South Region is now the Southwest Region. The old Everglades Region is now the South Region.
North Central Region: