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Hunting and Fishing Licenses

by User Not Found | Apr 09, 2018

In addition to all of our convenient online services, did you know that the Lee County Tax Collector’s office is authorized to issue hunting and fishing licenses and permits through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission? Every Florida resident and visitor is required to have a Florida hunting, freshwater or saltwater fishing license, except for members of select groups that are exempt. Visit our Residency Proof/Eligibility Requirements page for more information.

If you’re interested in hunting or fishing in Florida, here are some things you need to know: 

  • A license or permit authorizes the angler or hunter to attempt to take or possess fish in compliance with state and federal regulations and the rules of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
  • Anyone, regardless of Florida residency, must have either a saltwater license, permit or both to do any saltwater fishing from land or from a structure affixed to land, except in cases when the owner of such a structure has purchased a pier license. A shoreline license also allows for saltwater fishing from the land or a structure affixed to the land, but that sort of license is only available to Florida residents.
  • To purchase a recreational hunting license or permit, hunter safety requirements must be met.
  • Free, annual freshwater fishing days are designated as the first Saturday and Sunday in April and the second Saturday and Sunday in June.
  • Free, annual saltwater fishing days are designated as the first Saturday and Sunday in June, first Saturday in September, and the Saturday following Thanksgiving.

Anglers and hunters must carry proof of identification and licenses, permits, or certification credentials whenever they're fishing or hunting. Click here for more information on how you can obtain a Florida hunting or fishing license.