An angler at Stump Pass Beach State Park

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DeSantis Announces 50 Percent Discount for Florida Fishing Licenses


Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced the Great Outdoors Initiative last week to encourage Floridians to go outdoors and explore Florida’s natural resources, including its award-winning state parks, vast recreation areas, and world-renowned waterways. As part of the Great Outdoors Initiative, DeSantis signed Executive Order 23-209 (the Great Outdoors Initiative) directing the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to provide a significant 50 percent discount on annual state park passes and FWC “Gold Sportsman” hunting and fishing licenses. The governor fully supports Floridians in enjoying the state’s natural resources and the activities that have become family traditions, such as hunting and fishing. To learn more about the initiative and to purchase a pass or license, click here.

Beginning Oct. 14, 2023, and extending three months through Jan. 13, 2024, DEP will temporarily offer Florida State Parks annual passes for families and individuals at a 50 percent discount, while FWC will be discounting its annual resident Gold Sportsman license, five-year Gold Sportsman license, and Lifetime Sportsman license by 50 percent.

“Florida is home to some of the best state parks, waterways, and recreational lands in the country, and I encourage all Floridians to get outdoors, experience our extraordinary natural resources, and enjoy our fundamental right to hunt and fish,” said DeSantis. “And we are now making it more affordable for families to get outside and enjoy these wonders by offering state park passes and fishing and hunting licenses at sharply discounted rates.”

“Gov. DeSantis’ promotion of conservative resource stewardship is unparalleled,” said Shawn Hamilton, Department of Environmental Protection secretary. “It is because of this leadership that we can get outside and still experience the real Florida firsthand. I encourage all Floridians to get outdoors and take advantage of this incredible opportunity.”

“Florida remains one of the country’s top destinations for world-class fishing and unique hunting opportunities,” said Rodney Barreto, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission chairman. “I encourage families to take advantage of this incredible offer with a discounted license and enjoy the abundant hunting and fishing recreational opportunities our state offers.”

DeSantis is a strong supporter of every Floridian’s right to hunt, fish, and enjoy the great outdoors, as has been a tradition for generations of Florida families. Earlier this year, the legislature passed House Joint Resolution 1157, which proposed an amendment to Article 1 of the Florida constitution to guarantee the right to hunt and fish in Florida. This amendment will be included on the 2024 general election ballot for Floridians.

With 175 award-winning state parks, trails, and historic sites spanning nearly 800,000 acres and 100 miles of sandy beaches, Florida is the only four-time winner of the gold medal honoring the nation’s best park system. Florida State Parks provided an economic benefit to Florida last fiscal year of more than $3.6 billion while supporting more than 50,000 jobs.

Florida State Parks annual passes will have a 50 percent discount and will be available at the following rates:

  • Family annual pass – $60, plus tax
  • Individual annual pass – $30, plus tax

Florida is the fishing capital of the world, and FWC offers freshwater and saltwater fishing licenses for experiencing the best of coastal and inland fishing options, along with unique hunting opportunities.

The following FWC Gold Sportsman licenses, which include the saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, hunting privileges, and all associated permits, will also be discounted by 50 percent and will be available at the following rates, plus applicable fees:

  • Annual Gold Sportsman – $50.75
  • Five-year Gold Sportsman – $247.75
  • Lifetime Sportsman license
    • Age 4 or younger – $201.50
    • Ages 5-12 – $351.50
    • Ages 13 and older – $501.50

To learn more about the Great Outdoors Initiative or to purchase your annual park pass and gold sportsman licenses, click here.

DeSantis also declared October to be Florida Greenways and Trails Month. DEP’s Office of Greenways and Trails coordinates a statewide system of greenways and trails more than 9,600 miles long, allowing residents and visitors access to hiking, biking, and equestrian recreational opportunities on multi-use and off-road surfaces. To find greenways and trails near you, visit: FloridaDEP.gov/OGT.

To find a park near you, visit: www.FloridaStateParks.org.

To find more information on fishing and hunting licenses in Florida, visit: MyFWC.com/license/recreational.