Hunting and Freshwater Fishing

Hunting and freshwater fishing in the state of Florida is regulated by the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission. This agency sets and enforces policies and initiates environmental conservation programs to protect Florida wildlife. In addition, this state office determines license fees which are set by the Florida legislature.

Hunting licenses are annual permits valid for 12 months from the date of issuance.

Freshwater fishing licenses are valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. A Five-Year Freshwater Fishing License and a Lifetime Freshwater Fishing License are also available to Florida residents. Non-residents can apply for a seven-day permit.

The “Cane Pole Law” allows a Florida resident to fish in the county of his/her residency without a license. The angler can use live or natural bait and poles or hand lines that are not equipped with a reel, for non commercial purposes only.

No fishing license is required to fish in a private fishing pond.