Hunting can be a great way for friends and families to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors while building new outdoor skills. Florida offers a wide variety of hunting opportunities. While Florida hunters seek deer more than any other species, turkey hunting is also popular. People throughout North America travel to Florida for a chance to hunt Osceola Turkeys because Florida is the only destination for this subspecies. To others, Florida means alligator hunting. The state’s alligator harvest has been internationally recognized as a model program for the sustainable use of a natural resource. Florida hunting traditions also include hunting hogs, squirrels, rabbits, ducks, geese, quail, and raccoons.

Getting Started

Interested in learning to hunt? The best place to start for hunters of all ages is by taking a hunter safety course. Hunter Safety Courses teach participants about gun safety, laws and regulations, ethical conservation, and hunting strategies. Those 16 years or older must pass a Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Hunter Safety Course before purchasing a hunting license. FWC also has other programs designed to help new hunters gain the experience and skills they need.

Looking for a place to hunt?

Florida’s wildlife management areas include more than 5.8 million acres of public land, which is one of the larger systems east of the Mississippi. FWC is the landowner or lead managing agency on approximately 1.4 million acres where they work to provide quality wildlife conservation and recreation opportunities including hunting. Before hunting public or private land, however, make sure you read and know all applicable hunting laws, rules and regulations for the game you are pursuing.