W. Dale Summerford
Gadsden County Tax Collector

Hunting and Freshwater Fishing

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission regulate hunting and freshwater fishing in the State of Florida. 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 12 months from the date of issuance. A lifetime hunting license is also available to Florida residents. Non-residents can apply for a 10 day hunting permit.

Freshwater fishing licenses are valid 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 Florida residents 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.

Important: Florida residents age 65 or older are NOT required to purchase a hunting or fishing license or any permits in order to hunt and fish in Florida, however they are required to have a Florida Driver License or ID Card in their possession. In addition , if duck hunting, they are required to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp.

Important:  Florida residents age 65 or older, are now required to purchase a Georgia license when hunting and fishing in the State of Georgia. 

Important:  Deer hunters are now required to purchase a deer permit for $5.00.