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How do I report a boating, fishing or wildlife law violation?

You can report suspected boating or wildlife law violations of any type through the statewide,...

Hunting - What will the season dates be for next year?

Florida hunting season dates(as defined in Chapter 68A-13.004 of the Florida Statutes and...

Fishing license - Do I need a freshwater or a saltwater fishing license?

In general, you need a freshwater license to take freshwater fish and a saltwater license to take...

Shooting and target practice.

Target practice should be limited to public shooting ranges. Use the links below to locate a range...

Feeding birds and wildlife.

Feeding wildlife is generally discouraged and, in some cases, illegal. In Florida, it is illegal to...

What are the risks to canoeists and kayakers from alligators?

Encounters between boaters and alligators are not very common, particularly when you consider how...

Shooting near roads or houses or from vehicles.

There is no set distance that you must be from a roadway or occupied structure before you can hunt...

Nets - Can I use a cast net to catch mullet in freshwater?

You may harvest mullet in freshwater with a cast net up to 14 feet, unless prohibited by Special...

Recreation - Using public or private land, beaches or waterbodies.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission cannot give express permission to enter or...

Largest alligator

Female alligators rarely exceed 9 feet in length, but males can grow much larger. The Florida state...

Recreational saltwater fishing regulations.

Florida's Recreational Saltwater Fishing Regulations are updated twice a year to keep anglers...

Snake identification.

Only six of Florida's snake species are venomous. Most snakes are harmless. The following sites will...

How to become an officer.

For information about submitting an application to become an officer with the Florida FWC visit...

License - What do I need to import or sell fish, frogs, seafood or bait?

To import and sell fish (including aquaria), you will need a Freshwater Fish Dealer's License...

Hog hunting on public lands.

On most wildlife management areas, there is no bag or size limits, and hogs are legal to take during...

Is there a "ride along" program?

The FWC only allows active applicants to do "ride alongs," but does offer internship programs...

Crab traps - When can I put stone crab traps in the water?

Stone crab season is from Oct. 15 to May 15. The stone crab trap "soak season" and begins on October...

Life Jackets - Are children required to wear them?

In Florida, a child under the age of six (6) must wear a U.S.C.G. approved Type I, II, or III...

Lobstering inside Biscayne National Park.

You may recreationally harvest spiny lobster, within Biscayne National Park. During both the regular...

Fishing or lobstering in the Florida Keys Marine Sanctuary.

The Florida Keys have been declared a marine sanctuary, however most activities can still be enjoyed...