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The FWC reminds hunters of the new deer permit required...

for sportsmen who hunt deer in Florida.

The permit costs $5 and can be purchased at county tax collectors’ offices, retail outlets that sell hunting supplies, online at www.fl.wildlifelicense.com or by calling, toll-free, 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356).

Hunters with any of the sportsman’s or lifetime hunting licenses do not need to buy the deer permit, because it is already included in those licenses.

However, the deer permit is not included with a hunting license, combo hunting/fishing license or five-year hunting license. Anyone with any of those licenses also must buy the $5 deer permit to hunt deer legally.

Youth under 16 years of age; Florida residents over 64 years old; those with a Florida resident disabled-person hunting and fishing certificate; and residents in the U.S. Armed Forces, not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less (with leave orders in possession) do not need to buy the deer permit, because they are exempt from such license and permit requirements.

Funds generated by the new permit will be earmarked to support deer management and deer research.

The FWC plans to establish deer management units and a harvest-reporting system, both of which have been identified as top priorities for better management of deer by the agency and its hunting stakeholders.

Revenues also will support ongoing efforts to monitor Florida’s deer herd for chronic wasting disease.