Hunting is an important wildlife management tool that we recognize as a healthy, traditional outdoor pastime, deeply rooted in America’s heritage. Hunting can instill a unique understanding and appreciation of wildlife, their behavior, and their habitat needs. As practiced on refuges, hunting, trapping, and fishing do not pose a threat to wildlife populations, and in some instances are necessary for sound wildlife management.
Lake Woodruff NWR Hunt Permits are issued through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Total Licensing System.
To apply, click here and scroll down to "National Wildlife Refuge Hunts" and select either Lake Woodruff Deer/Hog Archery or Muzzleloading Gun.
Permitted hunters must follow regulations in the Refuge Hunting Brochure and must sign the front of the brochure and keep it on your person while hunting.
The required Lake Woodruff NWR Hunt Brochures containing Refuge specific Federal regulations is free and available at the Refuge Visitor Information Center, Refuge kiosks, and on the Refuge’s website.
2016 Hunt Brochure
2016 Hunt Season:Archery I - October 1-October 9, 2016*
Archery II - November 5 - November 13, 2016
Primitive Gun I - October 22 - October 24, 2016
Primitive Gun II - October 29 - October 31, 2016
*A portion of the Archery I hunt was cancelled due to the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. The October 6-9 portion of the Archery I hunt has been rescheduled to December 1-4, 2016. Those who hold an October 1-9 permit can use that permit for the new December 1-4 hunt dates. During this rescheduled hunt, only 1 legal antlered deer may be taken per hunter. There will be no harvest of antlerless deer. This rescheduled hunt will be treated as a separate hunt with new bag and permit limits. All other refuge regulations apply.
Please contact the refuge manager at (386)985-4673 ext. 200 if you have further questions.
Limited hunting is allowed on the Refuge on a permit basis in designated areas.
Hunting is restricted to archery and primitive guns.
Only deer and hog are legal to be taken.
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