Effective March 18, 2020, we will only be providing services to Sumter County residents.

Fishing Licenses

Resident:

For the purpose of fishing in Florida, a person is a resident if he or she has lived in Florida for six continuous months prior to applying for licenses and who has an intent to continue to reside in Florida and claim Florida as his or her primary residence. Active military personnel stationed in Florida, including their spouses and dependent children residing in the household, are considered residents when purchasing fishing licenses.

Resident 12-Month Freshwater Fishing
(Valid for 12 months from specified beginning date)
$17.00
Resident 12-Month Saltwater Fishing
(Valid for 12 months from specified beginning date)
$17.00
Resident Freshwater Fishing/Hunting Combination
(Valid for 12 months from specified beginning date)
$32.50
64 or Older Hunting and Fishing: includes Freshwater Fishing and Hunting licenses; and Type I WMA, Archery, Muzzleoading Gun, Turkey permits and Florida Waterfowl permit$13.50
Gold Sportsman License: includes Hunting, Freshwater Fishing, Saltwater Fishing, and permits for Type I WMA, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl (Valid for 12 months from specified beginning date) $100.00

Nonresident:

Three-Day Saltwater Fishing
(Valid for three days from specified beginning date)
$17.00
Seven-Day Saltwater Fishing
(Valid for seven days from specified beginning date)
$30.00
Seven-Day Freshwater Fishing
(Valid for seven days from specified beginning date)
$30.00
12-Month Saltwater Fishing
(Valid for 12 months from specified beginning date)
$47.00
12-Month Freshwater Fishing
(Valid for 12 months from specified beginning date)
$47.00

Licenses may be purchased from county tax collectors or their subagents, who are generally located at tackle shops, fish camps, hardware stores and sporting goods stores. In addition to the License stamp fees listed above, subagents are entitled to an additional $.50.

*Licenses and fees are set by the Florida Legislature and are subject to change. Consult our Web site for the latest information on prices.

Anglers may purchase licenses via a toll-free telephone number by calling 1-888-FISH-FLORIDA (1-888-347-4356) and using a major credit card; a $3.95 convenience fee applies. Anglers soon may also purchase licenses via the Internet by visiting us at http://www.state.fl.us/fwc/fishing/ Convenience fees vary by vendor. Either approach allows anglers who are ready to fish, virtually instant access to a license.

Exemptions:

· Florida residents 65 years of age or older who possess either a Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate or proof of age and residency. A Florida Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing certificate is accepted in Georgia, but a trout stamp may be required.

· Georgia residents 65 years of age or older who have in their possession a Georgia Honorary Combination Hunting and Fishing License and proof of age.

· Florida residents certified as totally and permanently disabled, who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate.

· Any person who has been accepted by the Florida Department of Health as a client for developmental services, with proof (e.g., retardation).

· Children under 16 years of age.

· Resident Freshwater Commercial Fishing License holders.

· Any resident who is a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and is not stationed in Florida, home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders.

· Any resident fishing in the county of his or her residence with live or natural bait, using poles or hand lines that are not equipped with a reel or other line retrieval mechanism (cane pole), for noncommercial purposes. A valid Fishing License is required to fish by any method in a Fish Management Area (see page 17).

· Anyone fishing in a private fishing pond less than 20 acres. A private pond is a man-made pond constructed for the primary purpose of fishing, entirely within the property lines of the owner and with no surface water connection to public waters.

· Anyone fishing in a private pond of 20 acres or more where the pond owner has purchased a fish pond license at a fee of $3 per square acre.

· Any person fishing in their county of residence on their homestead or the homestead of their spouse or minor child, or any minor child fishing on the homestead of their parent.

· Anyone fishing in the St. Mary's River or Lake Seminole (but not including tributary creeks in Florida) who has a valid Georgia fishing license·

Note: Although the above exemptions apply, individuals may always choose to purchase a license as a way to contribute to fish and wildlife conservation. Purchasing a license also helps us recover more of the excise taxes spent on fishing tackle and motor boar fuels under Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration (see page 7). Finally, buying a license makes you eligible for the North American Fishing Club knife and membership offer.

Lifetime & Five-Year Licenses

Lifetime and Five-Year licenses are available to Florida residents for hunting, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing. The Lifetime and Five-Year licenses will remain valid for use in Florida even if you move out of state. The cost of a Lifetime License is less than what would be spent on annual licenses, permits and fees. The Lifetime License is for parents, grandparents and family friends who want to pass on the joys of outdoor recreation to young people and help ensure that today's youth have the natural resources to share hunting, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing with their children· Funds generated from the sale of these licenses will be invested, creating an endowment to support the long-term conservation of Florida's wildlife and fisheries resources. Only interest from the trust will be appropriated. The principal will be held in perpetuity to fund fish and wildlife programs to ensure your family's hunting and fishing tradition will be passed down to future generations. For more information or for applications for Lifetime and Five-Year licenses, contact your county tax collector's office or the Fish and Wildfife Conservation Commission.

Lifetime Sportsman's License includes: Hunting, Freshwater and Saltwater Fishing licenses; Type I WMA, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Shook and Crawfish permits:

4 years or younger$401.50
5-12 years $701.50
13 years or older $1,001.50

Lifetime Freshwater Fishing License:

4 years or younger$126.50
5-12 years$226.50
13 years or older$301.50

Lifetime Saltwater Fishing License includes snook and crawfish permits:

4 years or younger$126.50
5-12 years$226.50
13 years or older$301 50



Five-year Freshwater Fishing License:$61.50
Five- Year Saltwater Fishing License: (does not include snook or crawfish permits or tarpon tag).$61.50

These licenses also freeze the cost of a fishing license for you at current rates, so that you will not be impacted by possible future rate hikes. Both five-year and lifetime licenses are supplied as credit-card style licenses that are much more durable and convenient than short-term licenses.

Hunting Licenses

To replace a missing license or permit contact your county tax collector.

For the purpose of hunting in Florida, a person is a resident if he or she has lived in Florida for 6 continuous months prior to applying to licenses and who has an intent to continue to reside in Florida and claim Florida as their primary residence. Active duty military personnel stationed in Florida, including their spouses and dependent children residing in the household, are considered residents when purchasing hunting licenses and permits, regardless of how long they have lived in the state.

Florida Sportsman's License, Hunting License, Trapping License, and Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Turkey, Wildlife Management Area, Migratory Bird, and Florida Waterfowl permits may be obtained from county tax collectors and their subagents, or by phone at 1 (888) HUNT FLORIDA (1-888-486-8356). Federal waterfowl stamps may be purchased from the U.S. Postal Service.

Purchase of any license or permit constitutes acceptance of all provisions of such license or permit.

Except as noted under "Persons Exempt from License and Permit Requirements" the following are required:

General Hunting: A valid Hunting, Sportsman's, Lifetime Sportsman's, Lifetime Hunting, or Five-Year Hunting License is required of anyone taking or attempting to take game or furbearing animals.

Trapping: A valid Trapping License is required of anyone trapping or attempting to trap furbearing mammals or taking furbearing mammals for commercial purposes by trap or gun.

Archery: An Archery Permit is required, in addition to a Hunting License, for participating in any archery or archery and muzzleloading gun season. An Archery Permit is not required for Lifetime Sportsman's, Lifetime Hunting, or Sportsman's License holders.

Muzzleloading Gun: A Muzzleloading Gun Permit is required, in addition to a Hunting License, for participating in any muzzleloading gun or archery and muzzleloading gun season. A Muzzleloading Gun Permit is not required for Lifetime Sportsman's, Lifetime Hunting, or Sportsman's License holders.

Turkey: A Turkey Permit, in addition to a Hunting License, is required to take or attempt to take, turkeys. A Turkey Permit is not required for Lifetime Sportsman's, Lifetime Hunting, or Sportsman's License holders. Collectors and sportsmen may purchase the pictorial State Turkey Stamp from any tax collector or any subagent.

Waterfowl: A federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal "Duck Stamp"), a Florida Waterfowl Permit, and a free Migratory Bird Permit, in addition to a Hunting License, are required to take, or attempt to take, ducks. A Florida Waterfowl Permit is not required for Lifetime Sportsman's, Lifetime Hunting, or Sportsman's License holders, but the Migratory Bird Permit and the federal duck stamp are required. Collectors and sportsmen may purchase the pictorial State Waterfowl Stamp from any tax collector or subagent.

Migratory Birds: A free Migratory Bird Permit, in addition to a Hunting License, is required to take or attempt to take any species of ducks, geese, brant, coots, gallinules, common moorhens, rails, snipe, woodcock, mourning doves and white-winged doves. All migratory bird hunters must complete the migratory bird harvest information on the permit to hunt migratory birds. Lifetime and Five-year license holders must annually obtain a free migratory bird permit from a subagent or tax collector's office to take or attempt to take migratory game birds.

Wildlife Management Areas: A Wildlife Management Area Permit, in addition to a hunting license, is required to take or attempt to take wildlife on any Type I wildlife management area and some wildlife and environmental areas. A Wildlife Management Area Permit is not required for Lifetime Sportsman's, Lifetime Hunting, or Sportsman's License holders, Recreational Use Permit holders, or Special-Opportunity Permit holders, when hunting during a special opportunity hunt.

Recreational Use Permit: A Recreational Use Permit, in addition to a Hunting License, is required by the FWC for those wildlife management areas enrolled in the recreational use program. The permit the holder and his or her spouse or dependent children (under the age of 16) to engage in recreational activities, except hunting, on the designated wildlife management area. A Recreational Use Permit allows the permit holder and one dependent child (under the age of 16) to hunt on the specific wildlifee management area. The recreational use permit may also be used as a wildlife line management area stamp when hunting wildlife management areas not under the\line recreational use program. (See Wildlife Management Areas page 7).

License & Permit Fees

All license, permit, and issuance fees may be subject to change pending the outcome of this year's legislative session. In addition to the cost of a license or permit given in this section, an issuance fee of $.50 for each license or permit will be charged by the subagent selling the license or permit. Check our Web site http://www.myfwc.com/ for the latest information. Hunters may purchase licenses and permits via a toll-free telephone number and a credit card. This will allow hunters who are ready to hunt, virtually instant access to a license. Call 1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA (1-888~486-8356). A $3.95 processing fee applies.
Resident Hunting LicensesPrices
Gold Sportsman's License (includes Hunting, Saltwater Fishing and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Crossbow, Deer, Turkey, Florida Waterfowl, Snook and Lobster permits)$100.00
Sportsman's License (includes Hunting and Freshwater Fishing licenses; and Type I Wildlife Management Area, Archery, Muzzleloading Gun, Turkey, and Florida Waterfowl permits).$80.50
Senior 64 License (includes all licenses and permits included in the Sportsman's License)$13.50
5-year Hunting (no permits included)$79.00
Annual Hunting$17.00
Annual Hunting/Fishing Combination32.50
Resident Senior Citizen Hunting and Fishing Certificate- 65 and olderFree
Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing CertificateFree
Nonresident Hunting Licenses
Annual Hunting$151.50
10 Day Hunting$46.50
Turkey Permit (Nonresident)$100.00
Permits (Resident and Nonresident)
Trapping License$26.50
Wildlife Management Area Permit$26.50
Archery Permit$5.00
Muzzleloading Gun Permit$5.00
Turkey Permit (Resident)$5.00
Florida Waterfowl Permit$3.00
Migratory Bird PermitFree
Resident and Nonresident Trapping License$26.50

Collectors and sportsmen may purchase the pictorial Waterfowl Stamp and Turkey Stamp from any tax collector or any subagent.

Lifetime Licenses

The FWC issues Lifetime Licenses to Florida residents for hunting. freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing. Funds generated from the sale of these licenses will be invested, creating an endowment to support the long-term conservation of Florida's wildlife and fisheries resources.

For avid sportsmen who want the convenience of securing licensing, once and for all, for all your hunting, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing activities, the Lifetime Sportsman's License is for you. Lifetime Licenses will remain valid for use in Florida even if you move out of state. For hunters and anglers who like a bargain, the cost of a Lifetime License is less than what would be spent on annual licenses, permits, and fees. The earlier the purchase is made, the bigger the savings. The Lifetime License is for parents, grandparents, and family friends who want to pass on the joys of outdoor recreation to young peope and he~p ensure that today's youth have the natural resources to share hunting, freshwater fishing, and saltwater fishing with their children.

The Lifetime License is for conservationists who want to contribute to the long-term management of Florida's natural resources. Only interest from the trust fund will be appropriated. The principal will be held in perpetuity to ensure future funding for fish and wildlife programs. This endowment will ensure that Florida's natural resources are conserved today for the future and that your children can pass on your family's hunting and fishing tradition to their children.

Lifetime Sportsman's License includes: Hunting, freshwater fishing and saltwater fishing licenses; and Type I wildlife management area, archery, muzzleloading gun, turkey, Florida waterfowl, snook, and crawfish permits

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4 years or younger$401.50
5-12 years$701.50
13 years or older$1,001.50

Lifetime Hunting License includes: Hunting license; and Type I wildlife management area, archery, muzzleloading gun, turkey; and Florida waterfowl permits.

4 years or younger$201.50
5-12 years$351.50
13 years or older$501.50