The permits, which became available for both resident and non-resident hunters Monday, are for the state’s controversial new open season on black bear. The Florida Wildlife Commission estimates that over 3,000 black bears are now roaming the state and of the 16 known bear attacks on humans in the state, four have occurred in the past year.
- Permit Availability Dates: August 3, 2015 to October 23, 2015 at 11:59am.
- Cost: $100 for Florida residents, $300 for non-residents
- A hunting license, unless you are exempt from having one, is required to harvest bear.
- If you are hunting on a WMA, you also need a management area permit, unless exempt. (except where a management area permit is not required on Apalachicola River WEA and Tyndall Air Force Base).
- Dependent upon which WMA you plan to hunt on, other seasons may overlap with the bear season. In this case, you may also need a quota permit, and/or an archery or muzzle loading gun season permit.
More detail available are official website of FWC