With so many lakes and rivers, fishing is another popular activity in the state of Florida, and it's extremely easy to get started.
Florida fishing licenses are available at the local county tax collector's office, online, or at most bait and sporting goods stores. Fees vary. Visit the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission online for details. (Freshwater fishing at floridaconservation.org/fishing and marine fisheries at marinefisheries.org.)
Note that due to the wealth of marine life in the state, there are certain protected no-take areas where fishing is not allowed. Contact your local authorities or check postings at your destination to ensure that fishing is allowed at your site.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission posts information about hunting regulations, maps, seasons and licensing information on its website myfwc.com/hunting.
In Florida, annual hunting seasons include archery, crossbow, muzzle-loading, general gun, antlerless deer, turkey (two seasons), quail, squirrel, bobcat and otter. In addition, wild hogs, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, skunks, nutrias, beavers and coyotes may be taken year-round.
With few exceptions, if you're aged 16-34, you're required to complete a state hunter safety course before you obtain your hunting license. Classes are offered through the state (and fill up fast during the hunting season) so do not wait until the last minute to get certified. You can register for a class on myfwc.com/huntersafety or by contacting your local Florida Wildlife Conservation office.
Those under 16 are encouraged to take the class, but they are not required to, so long as they are hunting under adult supervision. Likewise, those over 34 are encouraged to take the class, even though it's not required, because it offers so much useful information regarding safe hunting practices. It's also a great way to meet new people if you're new to Florida.
If you're more interested in viewing wildlife than hunting it, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website also includes details about wildlife viewing stations located through the state.
If you love bird-watching, you'll love living in Florida, as the state maintains a network of nearly 400 sites known for their bird-watching and education opportunities. The network, known as the Great Florida Birding Trail (GFBT) consist of 2,000 miles of self-guided highway. To plan your own bird watching adventure, just visit the Florida Wildlife Conservation website, which features an interactive trip-planning tool that will allow you to track species of interest while planning trips along the GFBT. Visit myfwc.com/gfbt/ for more information.