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NATURE NOTES: Quota hunt permits

Persons interested in being among the first to hunt on state lands this fall should pick up quota hunt permit applications at the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission or county tax collectors' offices. Regular and special permits are available.

Each year, the commission sets for each wildlife management area the maximum number of hunters who will be allowed during a specific period.

A regular quota hunt permit is needed to hunt during the first nine days of the general gun-hunting season in most wildlife management areas. A special quota hunt permit is needed to participate in special hunts, including archery, muzzleloading and some general and modern gun hunts.

To apply for quota hunt permits, hunters must purchase a 1993-94 wildlife management area stamp or a sportsman's, lifetime sportsman's, lifetime hunting or five-year hunting license.

Permits for the computerized random drawing were due in Tallahassee by Friday, but those received afterward will compete on a first-come, first-served basis. Call (904) 488-3831.

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