Gulf Hammock Recreational Use Permit

General Information

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Acreage changes will take place at Gulf Hammock WMA before the 2013/2014 hunting season. No refunds or partial refunds will be made for Recreational Use Permits in response to any removal of lands from Gulf Hammock WMA.

A Gulf Hammock Recreational Use Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in outdoor recreational activities on the Gulf Hammock Wildlife Management Area Not a Mobile-Enabled Link. Click "Application Worksheet" at the bottom of this page. Except for hunting, permit holders and their spouses or dependent children may participate in other activities on Gulf Hammock WMA.  The spouse and dependent children must be in the company of the permit holder. Recreational access is allowed only on days open for hunting, the Friday prior to the spring turkey season, and the consecutive Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the archery and general gun seasons. Only permit holders and one dependent child under the age of 16 may hunt. Recreational use permits also include a Management Area Permit. Gulf Hammock Recreational Use permits are not valid on other recreational use program areas. 

Recreational Use Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) are private lands managed for public hunting and recreation.  Recreational use permits are designed to provide more revenue to these private landowners in the WMA system.  Money set aside by the FWC to compensate those landowners for hunting use on their lands was not sufficient to compete with private hunting leases.  Rather than have these WMAs drop out of the system, the FWC offers Recreational Use permits.  Fees collected from these permits supplement the private landowners, keeping their lands open to the public.  

  • Cost: $275.00. 
  • Quota: 550 total permits available including renewal permits.
  • Requirements: There are no requirements to apply for this permit type.
  • Issuance Method: Gulf Hammock Recreational Use permits are first issued in Phase I to customers eligible to renew (see Renewals below). Any permits remaining after the renewal period, are issued on a first come first served basis during Phase II. 
  • Renewals: If you get a Gulf Hammock Recreational Use permit, it can be renewed annually for two additional years, essentially making it a three-year permit.  If you are eligible to renew, you must purchase your permit during the renewal period (see Application Dates and Deadlines below).  If you do not renew your Gulf Hammock Recreational Use permit by the renewal deadline, you will no longer be eligible to renew it and it will be offered for sale during Phase II. 
  • Exemptions: There are no exemptions, except permit holders spouses or dependent children may participate in recreational activities other than hunting on Gulf Hammock WMA when the area is open for access.  The spouse and dependent children must be in the company of the permit holder. Only permit holders and one dependent child under the age of 16 may hunt.
  • Restrictions: You may submit one Gulf Hammock Recreational Use application and receive one Gulf Hammock Recreational Use permit in Phase I, or Phase II.
  • Group Applications:Group applications are NOT allowed for this permit type.
  • Preference Points: There are no preference points for this permit type.
  • Transferability: Gulf Hammock Recreational Use permits are NOT transferable.
  • Guest Permits: Guest permits are NOT available for this permit type. Permit holders spouses or dependent children may participate in recreational activities other than hunting on Gulf Hammock WMA when the area is open for access.  The spouse and dependent children must be in the company of the permit holder. Only permit holders and one dependent child under the age of 16 may hunt.
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within about two weeks after the end of the application period. If you are eligible to renew, you must purchase your permit by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered for sale in the next Phase. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.
  • Reprints: You can reprint lost or destroyed non-transferable Gulf Hammock Recreational Use permits online at no cost or at a license agent or tax collector office for about $2.50. Receipts, temporary license numbers, and printed copies of Internet pages may not be used as a Gulf Hammock Recreational Use permit.
  • How to Apply: You can apply online External Website (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office External Website. Children and residents who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID must apply as non-residents to use the online system.
  • How to Get Your Permit: If eligible for renewal, you may purchase and print your permit online External Website, at a license agent or tax collector office. Gulf Hammock Recreational Use Permits issued as a renewal in Phase I will be available in the system for printing online, by a license agent or tax collector until the permit purchase deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below). If you do not purchase your permit by the deadline, it will be offered for sale during the next Phase. In Phase II (First-Come, First-Served Leftovers) you are immediately awarded your permit, and the license agent or tax collector will immediately print your permit. If applying online in Phase II, you can immediately print your permit. If you choose to pay for your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker, so that you can print or save your permit directly from the website. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non-blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.

APPLICATION DATES AND WORKSHEET



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