Hunting the Florida Panhandle

The Wildlife Code of the State of Florida is the final authority on hunting laws. The Florida Wildlife Code, Division Number 68A of the Florida Administrative Code, can be obtained at You can view the interactive hunting regulations online here.

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.

Hunting license and fee information can be found online at MyFWC. The 2016-2017 Florida Resident Game and Furbearer Hunting Season Dates and Bag Limits reference chart can be accessed here in .pdf format.

Marianna is located in Hunting Zone D, as shown on the map below.

Florida Hunting Zone Map

What You’ll Find:

  • Hunting Florida AlligatorAlligator
    Female alligators rarely exceed 10 feet in length, but males can grow much larger. The Florida state record for length is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County. The Florida record for weight is a 1,043 pound (13 feet 10-1/2 inches long) male from Orange Lake in Alachua County.
  • Bear 
    The state’s largest land mammal has come back from just several hundred bears in the 1970s to approximately 4,350 today and is one of Florida’s biggest conservation success stories.
  • Burmese Python
    Burmese pythons and other conditional non-native snakes and lizards can be hunted on several areas in south Florida.
  • Deer
    White-tailed deer can be found throughout Florida from the panhandle to the keys.
  • Dove
    The Mourning dove is the most hunted migratory game bird in North America.
  • Duck/Waterfowl
    Wetland habitat covers a vast expanse of Florida, and much of this habitat is open and available for public hunting.
  • Furbearers
    Raccoon, opossum, skunk, nutria, beaver, coyote, bobcat, and river otter
  • Quail
    The Northern bobwhite is a medium-sized, round-bodied bird with a short tail and neck.
  • Small-game
    Florida has a wide variety of small-game hunting opportunities.
  • Turkey
    One of the most coveted and sought-after game species in Florida is the Osceola turkey.
  • Wild Hog
    Wild pigs are the second-most popular large animal hunted in Florida.