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Regulations Summary and Area Map

July 01, 2020 - June 30, 2021


 
 
This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Spirit-of-the-Wild Wildlife Management Area. Regulations that are new or differ substantially from last year are shown in bold print. Area users should familiarize themselves with all regulations. For exact wording of the wildlife laws and regulations, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s wildlife code, on file with the Secretary of State and state libraries. This brochure, the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook, and quota permit worksheets should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available at MyFWC.com.
 
Persons using wildlife management areas are required to have appropriate licenses, permits, and stamps. However, Florida residents who: (1) are 65 years of age or older; (2) possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate; OR (3) are members of the U.S. Armed Forces (not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders) are exempt from certain license and permit requirements.  Nevertheless, the following authorizations are still required: quota permits listed as “no exemptions”; recreational use permits; antlerless deer permits; and the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (federal duck stamp). Children under 16 years of age, in addition to the exceptions provided to persons fulfilling (1), (2) or (3) above, are also exempt from purchasing the federal duck stamp.  Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 and 16 years of age or older must have passed a Commission-approved hunter-safety course prior to being issued a hunting license, except the Hunter Safety Mentoring exemption allows anyone to purchase a hunting license and hunt under the direct supervision of a licensed hunter who is 21 years of age or older.
 
Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, by telephone at 888-486-8356, or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. A no-cost Migratory Bird Permit is available when purchasing a hunting license. Any waterfowl hunter 16 years of age or older must possess a federal duck stamp (available where hunting licenses are sold, at most post offices, or at www.duckstamp.com).

Quota Permit Information:
Archery - 20, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 4 hunts.
Muzzleloading Gun - 20, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions).
General Gun - 20, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 3 hunts.
Youth Turkey Hunt - 10, no cost quota permits (no exceptions).
Spring Turkey - 10, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 3 hunts.
 
Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota and special-opportunity permits at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Worksheets listing hunts, application periods, deadlines, and instructions are available at county tax collector’s offices, FWC offices, or MyFWC.com. Quota application periods occur throughout the year beginning April 1; please refer to the hunting handbook or MyFWC.com for specific dates. Worksheets will be available about 2 weeks prior to each application period.
 
Guest hunters:  For each non-transferable archery, muzzleloading gun, general gun, wild hog, spring turkey, and mobility-impaired quota permit issued through GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, a quota permit holder (host) may take a guest hunter by obtaining a guest permit. Guest hunters are not allowed during youth turkey hunts. A guest hunter must possess a completed guest permit while hunting except the following persons may be a guest hunter without a guest permit: a youth under 16 years of age, a youth supervisor, a mentor license holder, or a mentor license supervisor. A host may only bring 1 guest hunter at a time and may only use 1 guest permit per day. The following persons are not considered to be guest hunters: other quota permit holders, non-hunters, and exempt hunters (on areas and during seasons that allow exemptions). The guest hunter and host must enter and exit the area together and must share a street-legal vehicle while hunting on the area; ATVs may be ridden independently. The guest hunter may hunt only while the host is on the area. Refer to the quota hunt worksheets for additional information.
 
Youth and mentor license holders: A supervisor is required to accompany a youth or mentor license holder during any hunt. A youth hunter (less than 16 years of age) must be supervised by a person at least 18 years of age. A mentor license holder must be supervised by a licensed hunter at least 21 years of age. Unless exempt, only those supervisors with proper licenses and permits may hunt. If the supervisor is hunting during any hunt for which quota permits are issued, at least 1 person in the party must be in possession of a quota permit. 
 
Transfer of permits: Quota and guest permits are not transferable. A positive form of identification is required when using a non-transferable permit, except for a youth under 16 years of age. The sale or purchase of any quota permit or guest permit is prohibited.

Area Regulations
  • General
    General Area Regulations:
    All general laws and regulations relating to wildlife and fish shall apply unless specifically exempted for this area. Hunting or the taking of wildlife or fish on this area shall be allowed only during the open seasons and in accordance with the following regulations:
    1. Any person hunting deer or accompanying another person hunting deer shall wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange material as an outer garment, above the waistline. These provisions are not required when hunting with a bow and arrow during archery season.
    2. Taking of spotted fawn, swimming deer, or roosted turkey is prohibited. 
    3. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or other food for wildlife on this area.
    4. Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven, is prohibited.
    5. No person shall cut, damage, or remove any natural, man-made, or cultural resource without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
    6. Taking or attempting to take any game with the aid of live decoys, recorded game calls or sounds, set guns, artificial light, net, trap, snare, drug, or poison is prohibited. Recorded calls and sounds can be used to hunt furbearers, wild hog, and crows.
    7. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
    8. Hunting, fishing, or trapping is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as closed to those activities.
    9. People, dogs, vehicles, and other recreational equipment are prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Public Access” by FWC administrative action. 
    10. Taking or herding wildlife from any motorized vehicle, aircraft or boat which is under power is prohibited, until power and movement from that power, has ceased.
    11. Most game may be hunted from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset (see exceptions under each season).
    12. The release of any animal is prohibited, except by permit from FWC or written authorization from the landowner or primary land manager.
    13. The head and evidence of sex may not be removed from the carcass of any deer or turkey on the area.
    14. The planting or introduction of any non-native plant is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
    15. A hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog.
    16. Wild hog may not be transported alive.
    17. Littering is prohibited.
    18. Fires are prohibited.
    19. An FWC Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle, or boat in accordance with law.
    20. No person shall remove plants, rocks, minerals, animal life, other natural resources, or parts thereof without written authorization from the Executive Director of the FWC. 
    21. Falconers may hunt during the statewide falconry season anytime a management area is open for public access. Falconers are not exempt from quota permits during hunts requiring them.
  • Public Access and Vehicles
    Public Access and Vehicles:
    1. Open to public access year round.
    2. Vehicles may be operated only on named roads, except during archery, muzzleloading gun, and general gun seasons when vehicles may also be operated on named trails by individuals legally participating in one of these hunts.
    3. The use of airboats, all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies, tracked vehicles, or unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited, except individuals legally participating in a hunt may operate swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles during archery, muzzleloading gun, and general gun quota periods. 
    4. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate, or firelane.
    5. No motor vehicle shall be operated in areas designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
    6. During hunting periods, horses are prohibited. At other times horses are only allowed on named roads.
  • Hunters
    Hunters, Check Stations and Harvest Reporting:
    1. Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the WMA until after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. 1 day after the end of the season.
    2. During periods when the check station is staffed, hunters must report at the check station upon entering and leaving the area and register all harvested game.
    3. When check stations are staffed, no deer, wild hog, or turkey shall be dismembered until reported at the check station.
    4. In addition to checking all game at the check station, all hunters must log their harvested deer prior to moving it and report their harvested deer within 24 hours. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook or MyFWC.com for deer harvest reporting instructions.
  • Guns
    Guns:
    1. Hunting at night with a gun is prohibited.
    2. Muzzleloading guns used for taking deer must be .30 caliber or larger, if firing a single bullet, or be 20 gauge or larger if firing 2 or more balls.
    3. Hunting deer with rimfire or non-expanding, full metal jacket (military ball) ammunition is prohibited.
    4. Hunting wildlife (other than migratory birds) with airguns is allowed. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook for details.
    5. Hunting deer with airguns is prohibited, except pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) airguns propelling a bolt, arrow, or bullet .30 caliber or larger are allowed. 
    6. Hunting turkey with airguns is prohibited, except PCP airguns propelling a bolt or arrow are allowed.
    7. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or airgun must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
    8. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
    9. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, rifles, pistols, airguns bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used. 
    10. For hunting migratory game, only shotguns, bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used. Shotguns must be 10 gauge or smaller and incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
    11. Hunting with fully automatic firearms, centerfire semi-automatic rifles having a magazine capable of holding more than 5 rounds, explosive or drug-injecting devices, or set guns is prohibited.
    12. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s.790.15 FS. 
  • Dogs
    Dogs:
    1. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs and retrievers may be used for hunting migratory birds in season and gray squirrel, quail, and rabbits during small game season.
    2. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
    3. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
    4. For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
  • Camping
    Camping: Prohibited. 
  • Bag and Possession Limits
    Bag and Possession Limits:  A guest hunter must share the host’s bag limit, except bag limits specified as per person, and the host is responsible for violations that exceed the bag limit. 
    1. Deer - No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.
    A. Area limits - 1 antlered deer per person, but no more than 2 per quota permit.
    B. Statewide limits - Annual limit 5 deer (only 2 of which may be antlerless), daily limit 2, possession limit 4.
    C. As part of the statewide annual deer limit, youth less than 16 years of age may harvest 1 deer annually not meeting antler point requirements but having at least 1 antler 5 inches or more in length.
    2. Wild turkey - No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.
    A. Area limits - 1 per youth turkey or spring turkey quota permit.
    B. Statewide limits - Spring season limit 2, daily limit 2, possession limit 2.
    3. Wild hog - Daily limit 1, possession limit 2.
    4. Gray squirrel and rabbits - Daily limit 12 per person, possession limit 24 for each.
    5. Quail - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24.
    6. Armadillo, beaver, coyote, nutria, opossum, raccoon, and skunk - No bag limits.
    7. Bobcat and otter - Possession limit 1 unless in possession of a trapping license.
    8. Migratory birds - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.
  • General Information
    General Information:
    1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
    2. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 561-625-5122 (TDD 800-955-8771).
    3. The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
    4. Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282.
General Area Regulations:
All general laws and regulations relating to wildlife and fish shall apply unless specifically exempted for this area. Hunting or the taking of wildlife or fish on this area shall be allowed only during the open seasons and in accordance with the following regulations:
1. Any person hunting deer or accompanying another person hunting deer shall wear at least 500 square inches of daylight fluorescent-orange material as an outer garment, above the waistline. These provisions are not required when hunting with a bow and arrow during archery season.
2. Taking of spotted fawn, swimming deer, or roosted turkey is prohibited. 
3. It is illegal to hunt over bait or place any bait or other food for wildlife on this area.
4. Driving a metal object into any tree, or hunting from a tree into which a metal object has been driven, is prohibited.
5. No person shall cut, damage, or remove any natural, man-made, or cultural resource without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
6. Taking or attempting to take any game with the aid of live decoys, recorded game calls or sounds, set guns, artificial light, net, trap, snare, drug, or poison is prohibited. Recorded calls and sounds can be used to hunt furbearers, wild hog, and crows.
7. The wanton and willful waste of wildlife is prohibited.
8. Hunting, fishing, or trapping is prohibited on any portion of the area posted as closed to those activities.
9. People, dogs, vehicles, and other recreational equipment are prohibited in areas posted as “Closed to Public Access” by FWC administrative action. 
10. Taking or herding wildlife from any motorized vehicle, aircraft or boat which is under power is prohibited, until power and movement from that power, has ceased.
11. Most game may be hunted from ½ hour before sunrise until ½ hour after sunset (see exceptions under each season).
12. The release of any animal is prohibited, except by permit from FWC or written authorization from the landowner or primary land manager.
13. The head and evidence of sex may not be removed from the carcass of any deer or turkey on the area.
14. The planting or introduction of any non-native plant is prohibited, without written authorization of the landowner or primary land manager.
15. A hunting license is not required to hunt wild hog.
16. Wild hog may not be transported alive.
17. Littering is prohibited.
18. Fires are prohibited.
19. An FWC Law Enforcement Officer may search any camp, vehicle, or boat in accordance with law.
20. No person shall remove plants, rocks, minerals, animal life, other natural resources, or parts thereof without written authorization from the Executive Director of the FWC. 
21. Falconers may hunt during the statewide falconry season anytime a management area is open for public access. Falconers are not exempt from quota permits during hunts requiring them.
Public Access and Vehicles:
1. Open to public access year round.
2. Vehicles may be operated only on named roads, except during archery, muzzleloading gun, and general gun seasons when vehicles may also be operated on named trails by individuals legally participating in one of these hunts.
3. The use of airboats, all-terrain vehicles, swamp buggies, tracked vehicles, or unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles is prohibited, except individuals legally participating in a hunt may operate swamp buggies and all-terrain vehicles during archery, muzzleloading gun, and general gun quota periods. 
4. Parked vehicles may not obstruct a road, gate, or firelane.
5. No motor vehicle shall be operated in areas designated as closed to vehicular traffic.
6. During hunting periods, horses are prohibited. At other times horses are only allowed on named roads.
Hunters, Check Stations and Harvest Reporting:
1. Hunting equipment may not be taken onto the WMA until after 8 a.m. the day before the opening of a season and shall be removed by 6 p.m. 1 day after the end of the season.
2. During periods when the check station is staffed, hunters must report at the check station upon entering and leaving the area and register all harvested game.
3. When check stations are staffed, no deer, wild hog, or turkey shall be dismembered until reported at the check station.
4. In addition to checking all game at the check station, all hunters must log their harvested deer prior to moving it and report their harvested deer within 24 hours. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook or MyFWC.com for deer harvest reporting instructions.
Guns:
1. Hunting at night with a gun is prohibited.
2. Muzzleloading guns used for taking deer must be .30 caliber or larger, if firing a single bullet, or be 20 gauge or larger if firing 2 or more balls.
3. Hunting deer with rimfire or non-expanding, full metal jacket (military ball) ammunition is prohibited.
4. Hunting wildlife (other than migratory birds) with airguns is allowed. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook for details.
5. Hunting deer with airguns is prohibited, except pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) airguns propelling a bolt, arrow, or bullet .30 caliber or larger are allowed. 
6. Hunting turkey with airguns is prohibited, except PCP airguns propelling a bolt or arrow are allowed.
7. Children under the age of 16 hunting with a firearm or airgun must be in the presence of a supervising adult.
8. No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
9. For hunting non-migratory game, only shotguns, rifles, pistols, airguns bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used. 
10. For hunting migratory game, only shotguns, bows, crossbows, or falconry may be used. Shotguns must be 10 gauge or smaller and incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
11. Hunting with fully automatic firearms, centerfire semi-automatic rifles having a magazine capable of holding more than 5 rounds, explosive or drug-injecting devices, or set guns is prohibited.
12. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s.790.15 FS. 
Dogs:
1. Hunting with dogs is prohibited, except bird dogs and retrievers may be used for hunting migratory birds in season and gray squirrel, quail, and rabbits during small game season.
2. No person shall allow any dog to pursue or molest any wildlife during any period in which the taking of wildlife by the use of dogs is prohibited.
3. Dogs on leashes may be used for trailing wounded game.
4. For purposes other than hunting, dogs are allowed, but must be kept under physical restraint at all times.
Camping: Prohibited. 
Bag and Possession Limits:  A guest hunter must share the host’s bag limit, except bag limits specified as per person, and the host is responsible for violations that exceed the bag limit. 
1. Deer - No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.
A. Area limits - 1 antlered deer per person, but no more than 2 per quota permit.
B. Statewide limits - Annual limit 5 deer (only 2 of which may be antlerless), daily limit 2, possession limit 4.
C. As part of the statewide annual deer limit, youth less than 16 years of age may harvest 1 deer annually not meeting antler point requirements but having at least 1 antler 5 inches or more in length.
2. Wild turkey - No person shall exceed statewide bag limits.
A. Area limits - 1 per youth turkey or spring turkey quota permit.
B. Statewide limits - Spring season limit 2, daily limit 2, possession limit 2.
3. Wild hog - Daily limit 1, possession limit 2.
4. Gray squirrel and rabbits - Daily limit 12 per person, possession limit 24 for each.
5. Quail - Daily limit 12, possession limit 24.
6. Armadillo, beaver, coyote, nutria, opossum, raccoon, and skunk - No bag limits.
7. Bobcat and otter - Possession limit 1 unless in possession of a trapping license.
8. Migratory birds - See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook.
 
Seasons ( Count: 8)
  • Archery Season
    August 7-10, 14-17, 21-24, 28-31
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, archery permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), and migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds).
    Legal to Hunt - Antlered deer with at least 1 main beam having 3 or more points (with each point being 1 inch or more in length) OR a main beam of 10 inches or more in length. Armadillo, beaver, coyote, gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, nutria, opossum, rabbits, raccoon, skunk, and wild hog may also be hunted.
    Regulations Unique to Archery Season - 
    1. Hunting with guns or crossbows is prohibited, except crossbows are allowed by disabled crossbow permit and centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting migratory birds in season.
  • Muzzleloading Gun Season
    September 11-13
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, muzzleloading gun permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), and migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds).
    Legal to Hunt - Antlered deer with at least 1 main beam having 3 or more points (with each point being 1-inch or more in length) OR a main beam of 10 inches or more in length. Armadillo, beaver, coyote, gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, nutria, opossum, rabbits, raccoon, skunk, and wild hog may also be hunted.
    Regulations Unique to Muzzleloading Gun Season - 
    1. Hunting with archery equipment or guns other than muzzleloading guns is prohibited, except that centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting migratory birds in season.
  • General Gun Season
    September 19-21, 25-27, October 2-4
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, deer permit (if hunting deer), migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - Antlered deer with at least 1 main beam having 3 or more points (with each point being 1 inch or more in length) OR a main beam of 10 inches or more in length. Armadillo, beaver, coyote, gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, nutria, opossum, rabbits, raccoon, skunk, and wild hog may also be hunted.
  • Small Game Season
    October 10 - February 21
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit (if hunting migratory birds), and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - Armadillo, beaver, coyote, gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, nutria, opossum, rabbits, raccoon, skunk, and wild hog. Quail may be hunted beginning November 14. Bobcat and otter may be hunted beginning December 1.
    Regulations Unique to Small Game Season -
    1. Dogs may only be used to hunt gray squirrel, migratory birds in season, quail, and rabbits.
    2. Hunting with centerfire rifles is prohibited.
  • Trapping
    Trapping: Prohibited.
  • Spring Turkey Season
    Youth Turkey: February 27-28
    Spring Turkey: March 6-8, 13-15, April 3-5
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, and wild turkey permit.
    Legal to Hunt - Bearded or gobbler turkey.
    Regulations Unique to Spring Turkey Season -
    1. Hunting other animals is prohibited.
    2. Legal shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset.
    3. Only bows, crossbows, PCP airguns propelling a bolt or arrow, and shotguns using #2 or smaller shot size may be used for hunting.
    4. During the youth turkey hunt, only youth under 16 years of age may hunt and must be under the direct physical supervision of an adult not younger than 18 years of age. Adults with required licenses and permits for taking wild turkeys may participate when in the presence of a youth, but may not harvest a wild turkey.
  • Migratory Bird Season

    Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit (if hunting during a quota period), hunting license, management area permit, migratory bird permit, and state waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp (if hunting waterfowl).
    Legal to Hunt - Common moorhen, coot, crow, ducks, geese, mergansers, mourning and white-winged doves, rails, snipe, and woodcock may be hunted during statewide migratory bird seasons. See Florida Hunting Regulations handbook for general season dates and bag limits.
    Regulations Unique to Migratory Bird Seasons - All Migratory Bird Regulations shall apply.
    1. Hunting ducks, geese, or coot with lead shot is prohibited.
    2. Hunting with bird dogs and retrievers is allowed.
    3. Centerfire shotguns are allowed for hunting migratory birds in season.
    4. Shooting hours for mourning and white-winged doves are noon until sunset during Phase 1 and ½ hour before sunrise until sunset during Phases 2 and 3.
  • Fishing and Frogging
    Allowed year round.
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Fishing license (if fishing) or management area permit (if frogging).
    Legal to Take - See Florida Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary.
    Regulations Unique to Fishing and Frogging - All General Freshwater Fishing Regulations shall apply. Shooting frogs is allowed only during the listed open hunting seasons and only with the legal methods of take during each season.
 
General Information:
1. Information for persons with disabilities can be found at MyFWC.com/ADA.
2. If you have any questions about this material, please call the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at 561-625-5122 (TDD 800-955-8771).
3. The FWC is not responsible for protection of personal property and will not be liable for theft of or damage to personal property.
4. Please report the location of any sick or extremely skinny deer to the Chronic Wasting Disease hotline, toll free at 866-293-9282.
Cooperation Requested:
If you see law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 888-404-FWCC. You may qualify for a cash reward from the Wildlife Alert Reward Association.
The U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability. If you believe that you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: The Office for Human Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240. The project described in this publication is part of a program funded by federal dollars under the Wildlife Restoration Act. Federal funds pay 20 percent of the cost of the program.