Airboat Permits for Hunting

  • Airboat Permits for Hunting

    Airboat operation is allowed in designated areas of the refuge during specific times of the year by permit only. An airboat permit is available to hunters who have been drawn by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and wish to use an airboat during the Interior Deer/Hog Hunt, Alligator Hunt, and during Phase 2 (December 11, 2021-January 30, 2022) of the state of Florida duck and coot hunt season. Maps of these hunt areas are available in the hunt brochure on our Hunting page.

     
    To obtain an airboat permit you must:
    • Complete the Airboat Operator Course (online)
    • Read the Airboat Permit Special Conditions
    • Submit an application
    • Successfully complete an airboat inspection
    • Pay $100 permit fee by deadline

    Visit the Airboating page for links to Rules and Regulations, Airboat Operator Course, special conditions, airboat inspections, fees, and more.

  • Alligator Hunt Airboat Permit

    Permit period: August 15 – November 1, 2021

    How to Get a Permit: An airboat permit is required for a hunter who wishes to use an airboat while alligator hunting at the Refuge. If you have been drawn by FWC for an Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Alligator Harvest Permit and would like to use an airboat while hunting, please download the application and follow the application instructions below to obtain an airboat permit and decal.

    Number of permits available: Up to 6

    Apply for a permit: Alligator Hunt Airboat Permit Application

  • Interior Deer and Hog Hunt Airboat Permit

    Permit period: December 3-5, 2021

    How to Get a Permit: An airboat permit is required for a hunter who wishes to use an airboat during the Interior Deer and Hog Hunt at the Refuge. If you have been drawn by FWC for an Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge Interior Deer/Hog Hunt Permit and would like to use an airboat while hunting, please download the application and follow the instructions below to obtain an airboat permit.

    Number of permits available: 10

    Apply for a permit: Interior Deer/Hog Hunt Airboat Permit Application

  • Duck and Coot Hunt Airboat Permit

    Permit period: December 11, 2021 to January 30, 2022

    How to Get a Permit: An airboat permit is required for a hunter who wishes to use an airboat while hunting during Phase 2 of the state duck and coot season at the Refuge. Visit the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website to apply for the A.R.M. Loxahatchee Duck and Coot Hunt Airboat Permit from September 3-13, 2021. IMPORTANT: If you have been drawn by FWC for a A.R.M. Loxahatchee Duck and Coot Hunt Airboat Permit, you must follow the Application Instructions below to complete the process and obtain your airboat permit and decal from the refuge.

    Number of permits available: 5

    Apply for a permit: Duck and Coot Hunt Airboat Permit Application  

  • Application Instructions

    After completing the Airboat Operator Course, download the application and read the special conditions for airboat use. Please write legibly if filling out by hand. Some boxes are pre-filled; please fill in all empty boxes, and don’t forget to sign your name at the bottom. By signing this special use permit application you are agreeing that you are the individual who took the Airboat Operator Course, and that you understand your responsibilities while operating an airboat in the Refuge.

    Applicants need to complete only these boxes:
    Boxes 2-8: Applicant information
    Box 9: List of known subpermittees who have completed the Airboat Operator Course
    Box 19: Acknowledge completion of Airboat Operator Course
    Box 23b: Provide descriptions, license plate, or I.D. numbers of vehicles and airboat to be used
    Box 26: Sign and date

    Submit your application:

    By email: armloxahatchee@fws.gov
    * Please include "Airboat Permit Application" in the subject line.

    By mail:
        A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR
        ATTN: Airboat Permit Application
        10216 Lee Road
        Boynton Beach, FL 33473

    Please email armloxahatchee@fws.gov if you have any questions.