Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is iSportsman?
iSportsman is an online system that allows you to purchase permits for outdoor recreation, hunting, and fishing, from the comfort of your own home. You can pay for permits using a credit card or debit card, print permits, check the status of a lottery you've entered, and contact the Eglin Natural Resources Office via email. iSportsman also provides information about the Eglin reservation, has a link to the Public Access Map, and provides maps for hiking, kayaking/canoeing, and other activities. We will use the information provided by iSportsman to report real-time hunter statistics, and check the status of permits. iSportsman is also viewable on your smartphone.
Q: Is my old permit still valid?
All iSportsman permits sold in the Natural Resources Office are valid until the date of expiration (found on your permit). Check your permit status by logging in to view valid permits. All yearly permits are valid 365 days from date of purchase: Sportsmans Permits (except for 7-day trips) and Yearly Recreation/Fishing.
If you purchased a permit in the Natural Resources Office in October 2016 when iSportsman was down, your printed permit will have an expiration date.
Q: How do I register for an iSportsman account?
Registering for an iSportsman account is fast and easy. Just click the New User link on the far left of the blue bar above.
You will need to provide your name, birthday, phone number, and physical and email address*. You should enter your hunter safety number if you are planning to apply for a hunting permit and your state of Florida disabled number if you want to apply for a disabled permit. Wherever you see a red asterisk (*) in the registration process, the asterisk signifies information that is required for purchasing a permit. Once you have registered, you will be able to access your account and purchase permits.
*You are not required to provide an email address, but we recommend that you do. If you do not provide an email address, you may not be able to retrieve your username or password in the event that they are forgotten. You may use a friend or relative's email address.
Q: I regisered in iSportsman last year, do I need to register again?
If you already have an iSportsman account (from any base), you do NOT need to register again!
Q: My family wants to register so we can get permits, can we register together?
Each individual person must register for his/her own personal account. All permits are issued to individuals only.
Q: Will Jackson Guard save my username and password for me if I don't want to use an email address for registration?
We will create a username and password for you. We will tell you what your log in information is when you purchase your permit in person at the office. If you log in to your account after purchasing a permit, you can change the password. If you renew your permit at the Natural Resources Office, we will request a photo ID to find you in the system, and we'll renew your permit. If you want to renew online, but cannot remember your log in information, see the question below regarding forgotten usernames and passwords.
Q: What do I do if I've forgotten my username and/or password?
1.) If you still have a copy of your printed (or electronic) permit, use your permit number as your username to log in.
2.) You can have your username and/or password emailed to you by using the links on the Log In page (click the Log In button from the question above). Enter the information requested, and your username will be emailed to you, your password will be reset. If you used a friend or relative's email address, it will be sent to that address.
3.) If you did not enter an email address when you registered, contact the Eglin Natural Resources office for assistance.
Q: What does registering for an iSportsman account do for me?
Your iSportsman account is relevent wherever iSportsman is used. Many other military instillations and state management areas are using iSportsman now. The Natural Resources Office will now only provide outdoor recreation, hunting, fishing, forestry, and camping permits through the iSportsman system.
You can print permits any time from the comfort of your own home, check the status of your permits for expiration dates, and check the status of your special opportunity hunt entries.
Q: How do I log in to my iSportsman account?
You can log in to your account by clicking on the blue Log In button in the blue bar above.
Q: I'm logged in, how come I can't see any available permits? / How do I get the UXO Safety Brief?
Everyone who purchases permits at Eglin must watch the safety brief before they can view available permits. Go to "My Safety Briefs" in the blue toolbar, then click on the link to view the Safety Brief video. Once you've viewed the video and answered the questions, you will be able to see available permits.
The Beach Video is similar. If you want the FREE Beach Permit, you must first watch the Beach Video and answer the questions. After answering the questions, you'll be able to view the permit in the list of available permits.
Q: How do I purchase an Eglin permit?
You must first register for an iSportsman account (see Q: How do I register for an iSportsman account?). If you purchased a permit last year, you are ALREADY registered. Log in to purchase a permit.
If you cannot remember your log in information, see the question above: Q: What do I do if I've forgotten my username and/or password?
Once you are registered and logged in to your account, you must watch the safety brief, a short video. Then you will be able to see which permits are available. If you have provided your state of Florida disabled number, you will be able to purchase disabled-only permits. If you are a youth (15 years old or younger) you will be able to view youth-only permits. If you are a parent/guardian trying to purchase a youth permit, you must log in using the youth visitor's iSportsman account in order to view avaiable permits.
Select the permit(s) that you want to purchase, and pay for the permit using a credit or debit card. Print your permit, or save a digital copy to your smartphone, and keep it on you when on the Eglin reservation.
Q: Why I can't find the permit that I want in the list of available permits?
If you accidentally click to select a permit, the number 1 will appear next to your purchasing cart (as it does with most online shopping websites, like Amazon). If the permit you have selected is in your cart, it may not be found in the list of available permits. Some permits can be selected multiple times, but most can only be selected once. If you cannot find the permit you want in the list of available permits, check your cart: look at the top right of the screen for the blue button that shows your cart.
If you are looking for a military, youth, or disabled hunter permit, your account information must show the correct requirements. If you are looking for a military permit, your registraion information must show that you are in the military or retired. If you are looking for a youth or senior permit, your age must show that you are younger than 16 or older than 65. If you are looking for a disabled permit, you must have a disabled number in your registration information. If you are missing this information, the permit will not appear in the list of available permits.
Q: Which permit should I get?
There are several available permits. Click on the Permits tab in the blue toolbar on our home page to select Hunting, Outdoor Recreation, or Forestry permits to see the permit descriptions. Sportsman permits include hunting, fishing, and recreation (but do not include camping, forestry, or daily dove). If you purchase a Sportsman permit, you do not need to purchase an Eglin Recreation/Fishing permit. If you are military, disabled, or a senior citizen, look for the Military, Disabled, or Senior Citizen Sportsman's permit description.
Note that all youth 15 or younger are not required to purchase a Sportsman or Eglin Recreation/Fishing permit if accompanied by an Eglin permit holder 18 years of age or older unless they wish to participate in a special opportunity event. Special opportunity events for youths require a special opportunity permit. (See below for more information.)
Q: I want the Beach Permit, how can I get it?
To see the Beach Permit in the list of available permits, you must first watch the Beach Video. Log in, then go to "My Safety Briefs" and click on the link for the Beach Video. After watching the video and answering the questions, you'll be able to view the Beach Permit in the list of available permits. The Beach Permit is FREE and we encourage anyone who wants to visit the Eglin public beach to have the Beach Permit. Remember that tresspassing on the restricted beach (between Navarre and Fort Walton Beach, including the bayside of Santa Rosa Sound) is prohibited. The restricted beach is restricted for your safety and to support the AF mission.
Q: What if I am a youth (15 years old or younger) or a parent/guardian who wishes to purchase a permit for a youth?
Youths that are 15 years of age or younger do not require permits unless they wish to participate in a special opportunity hunt. HOWEVER, they must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age and older who has a valid Eglin permit.
Special opportunity hunt permits (Youth Hunt Weekend, or Youth Hunt) for youths aged 15 and younger must be registered to the youth. Parent/guardians can assist the youth with entering their information when registering, and can purchase the permit from the Eglin Natural Resources Office. Youths with permits must carry their permit on their person at all times when on Eglin reservation. Log in with the information provided for the youth's iSportsman account registration in order to view and print a copy of the permit.
Q: What do I do if I don't have a credit card, or don't want to use it to purchase my permit?
If you do not have a credit card, but you still want to buy your permit online, you can purchase a pre-paid credit card at most general retailers (Target, Walmart, grocery stores, pharmacies). Or, if you would rather pay for your permit in person, with cash, you must come to the Eglin Natural Resources Office during normal business hours. Please understand that we only sell permits through the iSportsman system, so our personnel will assist you with purchasing your permit(s) through this same system. You may want to register for an iSportsman account at home to save time when in the office.
Q: What if I purchased the wrong permit? For example: the wrong day, the wrong type?
Permits are non-refundable. We may be able to switch dates if you purchased a permit for the wrong day on a case-by-case basis.
Q: I bought my permit online, now what? Do I print it? Can I save it to my phone?
You must carry a copy of your permit on you at all times while on the Eglin reservation. This means that you should print a paper copy of your permit at home, and bring it with you when you are on the Eglin reservation. If you have a smartphone, you may also save a digital copy of your permit on your phone. Once you checkout and pay for your permit, you will see the option to print your permit. On your smartphone, click the button to print your permit, and you will see a .pdf copy of the permit. You can send the permit to whichever app you wish. Many people prefer to email the permit to themselves, save it to Google Drive, add it to Dropbox, or upload it to the Cloud. Apple iPhones can save a photo of the permit, which seems to be convient for many users.
Please note that the receipt of your purchase is NOT the same as a copy of your permit. Purchase receipts are for your records only.
You can print your permit at any time by viewing My Permits once you log in to your iSportsman account. You can re-print copies as well, at any time. You can save the .pdf at any time too.
Q: What does Eglin Natural Resources do with the money I spent on my permit? Where does the money go?
Eglin Natural Resources uses the income from permit sales to improve the reservation. Road grading, picnic tables, fire rings, road signs, boundary signs, and repair and imrprovement measures are paid for using permit funds.
Q: If I get an Eglin permit, do I still need a state of Florida hunting or fishing license?
Yes. Eglin reservation requires a valid state of Florida hunting or fishing license in addition to an Eglin permit. You must carry both on your person at all times while hunting or fishing on the Eglin reservation. Senior citizens (over 65 years of age) are not required to have a Florida state hunting or fishing license, but are required to show proof of age (drivers license or photo ID) if requested.
Q: How can I get a Florida hunting or fishing license?
We only sell Eglin reservation permits in our office and through this website. You may purchase a Florida state hunting or fishing license through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's website: MyFWC.
Q: Where can I go on Eglin for outdoor recreation, hunting and fishing?
There are many outdoor recreation, hunting, and fishing opportunities on Eglin reservation. Each Management Unit has individual maps with road access, bridge closures, and other features marked on it. Each Managment Unit also has information regarding which activities are allowed and when, and which permits are required. Please see our Outdoor Recreation, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing Regulations for more information, and check our Maps page. For Outdoor Recreation, check the pages specific to the activity that you are interested in, because we have included some trail maps (example: Hiking).
You should use our PAM to check for area closures and road access to the areas that you are interested in visiting, and use the Avenza Map App for navigating in the field.
Q: When is the hunting season for Eglin?
Please check our Hunting Seasons page, and the Outdoor Recreation, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing Regulations for information about hunting seasons, weapon regulations and use, access to Management Units, and general rules.
Q: Where are the check stations and how do I check in/out?
We have three check stations, the Jackson Game Check Station, the Brier Creek Game Check Station, and a new check station for the Sikes Unit. Please read the Outdoor Recreation, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing Regulations booklet to learn more about which Management Units require hunters to check in and out, and when check in/out must be done. Please see our Check Stations page for more information. Check stations will request a paper copy of your sportsman's permit to check you in.
Q: How do I know what areas are closed or open?
We require all visitors on the Eglin reservation to check the PAM every day for area closures. The PAM updates every afternoon and forecasts closures for 3 days. Unscheduled closures may occur, in which case you should pay attention to any signs, road closures, and personnel in the field. Our Outdoor Recreation, Hunting and Freshwater Fishing Regulations booklet also has specific information about which Management Units are typically open or closed.
Q: I see this Rules and Regulations Booklet talked about a lot on this website, where can I get a copy?
You can get a FREE digital copy (.pdf) by following any of the links to the booklet (click on the Rules/Regulations Tab in the blue navigation bar above). You can save the digital copy to your smartphone: once you are viewing the .pdf, you can email it to yourself, or save it to an app of your choice.
You can get a paper copy of the booklet in our office during normal business hours.
Q: How can I contact Jackson Guard in case of emergency or if I see illegal activity?
For any life threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.
If you are having vehicular difficulties (dead battery, keys locked in car, flat tire, etc) please contact your vehicular insurance company for assistance.
To report illegal activities, please call:
- Eglin Security Forces 850 882 2000
- Eglin Natural Resources 850 882 4166
- Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Hotline 888 404 3922 (or *FWC)
For wildlife in need of assistance, or to report illegal activities related to wildlife, please call the FWC hotline (above). You can also submit tips via email: tip@MyFWC.com.
Q: What do I do if I find UXO?
- DO NOT APPROACH IT
- DO NOT TOUCH IT
- DO NOT DISTURB IT
- DO NOT USE RADIOS NEAR IT
- DO NOT USE CELL PHONES NEAR IT
- MARK THE AREA
- LEAVE THE AREA
- REPORT IT
Report UXO to:
- Eglin Security Forces 850 882 2000
- Eglin Natural Resources 850 882 4166
- Eglin Consolidated Command Post 850 883 4020
Please log in to your iSportsman account and watch our safety brief. If you have more questions about UXO, please contact our office.
Q: I think there are some improvements that this site needs, how do I send suggestions/comments (feedback) to the Eglin Natural Resources Office?
We love getting feedback! Please email us at: 96CEG.CEIEA.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildflowers blooming in a field that was recently burned by the Eglin Natural Resources Office. Prescribed fire returns important nutrients to the soil for plants to use.