Waterfowl Hunting Permits

Before Your Hunt


You must obtain, sign and carry on your person while hunting an annual Gulf Islands National Seashore Waterfowl Hunting Permit, including youth under 16 years of age and those over 65 years of age. This permit must be signed by the park official and must contain a valid permit number.

To apply, first submit the permit application by email (guis_information@nps.gov), mail, or in person to the Hunting Permit Administrator. Applicants are then encouraged to pay their application fee online, by using the link below. Mail applications to Gulf Islands National Seashore, 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida, 32563 and allow at least two weeks for processing. Permits will be processed in person Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. only.

At the time of application, unless exempted by the State of Florida, you must also have the following:
1.State of Florida hunting license
2.State of Florida Migratory Bird Permit
3.Signed federal "duck stamp" (for hunters age 16 and older)
4.Confirmation number from your Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) license.


Waterfowl Hunting Permit

Download the 2017-2018 Waterfowl Hunting Permit Application.


Online Fee Payment

Utilize the pay.gov site to pay your 2017-2018 Waterfowl Hunting Permit Application Fee.


Learn How to Pay Online

Download pay.gov instructions to pay your 2017-2018 Waterfowl Hunting Permit online.


After Your Hunt

Harvest Report:

As a requirement of the Seashore waterfowl hunting permit, each hunter is required to file a "Waterfowl Hunting and Harvest Report Form" with information from each hunt including the date, unit hunted, and number and species of waterfowl harvested, including zero (0) reports of hunts where no waterfowl were taken or no hunting occurred within the seashore. A separate report should be prepared by each member of the hunting party, but may be submitted or mailed together. Reports must be submitted by February 15 immediately following the hunting season either by email, by mail, or in person at the Naval Live Oaks visitor center or by mail to the Hunting Permit Administrator at Gulf Islands National Seashore, 1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway, Gulf Breeze, Florida, 32563. The Harvest Reporting Form is contained within the permit application brochure.

Waterfowl Hunting at Gulf Islands National Seashore

Waterfowl hunting has been permitted within the Gulf Islands National Seashore's boundary since the Seashore's establishment in 1971. The enabling legislation for the national seashore permits hunting in accordance with state and federal laws a form of outdoor recreation at the national seashore:

"The Secretary shall permit hunting and fishing on lands and waters within the seashore in accordance with applicable Federal and States laws: Provided, that he may designate zones where, and establish periods when, no hunting or fishing will be permitted for reasons of public safety, administration, fish or wildlife management, or public use and enjoyment. Except in emergencies, any regulations issued by the Secretary pursuant to this section shall be put into effect only after consultation with the appropriate State agencies responsible for hunting and fishing activities."

The tremendous variety of habitats found on the seashore and its location in the Atlantic Flyway makes Gulf Islands National Seashore an important wintering area for many species of migratory birds and waterfowl. The Seashore is also listed as a National Watchable Wildlife Area. The park provides numerous recreational opportunities for visitors, including camping, cast netting, fishing, picnicking, boating, birding, swimming, hiking, exploring the historic forts and walking on the beach.

Last updated: January 3, 2018

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1801 Gulf Breeze Parkway
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563


(850) 934-2600

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