Hunting is permitted exclusively in Big Cypress Preserve.
Hunting has been a cherished tradition in this remote part of Florida for years, with local hunters playing a key role in its conservation. Today, you can still enjoy hunting, including archery, muzzle loading, and general gun seasons, targeting white-tailed deer, turkeys, and hogs. Just remember, alligator hunting isn’t allowed in the national preserve, and the National Park Service and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission work together to manage hunting in the area.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a new online search tool and app that has replaced the list of WMA regulation brochures. Use the WMA Finder tool below to reference the Hunting Handbook, find hunting regulations for private and public lands, and locate specific areas based on seasons, species, features and more.
To hunt on wildlife management areas (WMAs), you must possess a management area permit and a hunting license, (and often other permits depending on species and season), unless exempt.
Staying informed about the specific regulations and guidelines not only ensures a safe and enjoyable hunting experience but also plays a part in preserving the natural beauty and wildlife as well as this cherished Florida tradition. Happy hunting!