2017-18 Dove Field Information

 

Dove Fields Map

 

 

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Special-Opportunity Dove Fields for the 2017-2018 season

 

See the License and Permit page for more information on the special-opportunity dove program.

 

Allapattah Flats Special-Opportunity Dove Field is located off Fox Brown Road approximately 15 miles west of Stuart in Martin County.

     Field Conditions: Natural forage fertilized over summer, condition is good. 

                             Strips mowed this week.  Number of birds is low.

                             Previous hunt: 15 hunters/0 doves

 

Caravelle Ranch Special-Opportunity Dove Field is located off SR 19 approximately 12 miles south of Palatka on the Caravelle Ranch WMA in Putnam County. Brochures also may be obtained in a map box at the check station.

     Field Conditions: Fields planted with browntop, japanese, and pearl millets, Egyptian

                             wheat and Milo.  Field conditions are good.  Bird numbers are 

                             low

                             Previous hunt: 45 hunters/3 doves

 

Frog Pond North Special-Opportunity Dove Field is located 8 miles west of Homestead in Dade County.

     Field Conditions: Planted with browntop millet, dove proso, Japanese millet and    

                             sorghum.  Field condition is good and bird numbers are fair. 

                             Strips mowed this week.

                             Previous hunt: 18 hunters/60 doves

 

Hilochee Special-Opportunity Dove Field is located off CR 474 approximately 13 miles south of Clermont on the Hilochee WMA in Lake County.

     Field Conditions: Planted with dove proso, Japanese millet, sorghum, and benne. 

                             Field condition is good and bird numbers are very low. Strips

                             mowed this week.

                             Previous hunt:  8 hunters/1 dove

 

Teneroc Special-Opportunity Dove Field is located 2 miles west of Lakeland in Polk County.

     Field Conditions: Planted with dove proso, Japanese millet, sorghum, and benne. 

                             Field condition is fair. Strips mowed and old strips disked last week.

                             Bird numbers are low.

                             Previous hunt: 10 hunters/1 dove

 

WMA Dove Fields for the 2017-2018 season

 

For current and historical check station harvest data, see the WMA harvest reports here.

 

Apalachee WMA is located approximately 4 miles north of Sneads on SR271 ( River Road). Dove fields are located on the interior of management Zone A. Maps will be available at the check station. Dove hunting is allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday during the regional dove season. Check-in is mandatory as a zone tag is required when hunting in Zone A (200 available). A regular quota permit (200 available) is required if hunting during the quota period of the general gun season in Zone A. Contact the Northwest Regional office for more information at (850) 265-3676.

 

Apalachicola River WEA is located 7 miles east of White City on Saul's Creek Road off of Doc Whitfield Road (CR 387). Hunts are conducted Saturdays only for the first phase. No regular quota or daily hunt permit is required. All hunters must use the self check-in/out sheet at the check station (Dove Field Rd. gate) for the first phase only. During second and third phases, hunts are open daily within legal shooting hours. Contact the Apalachicola River WEA office for more information at (850) 827-2349 or (850) 827-2413.

 

Babcock/Webb WMA-Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility PSGHA is located 8 miles east of Punta Gorda. To get to the Babcock/Webb WMA take exit 164 off I-75. Then, take Highway 17 for 2 stop lights and turn right on to Highway 74. Travel east approximately 5 miles to the Punta Gorda water treatment facility and turn right. A check station attendant will direct you to the field.A dove hunt quota permit is required with a maximum of 45 hunt permits issued for each dove hunt. Quota permits may be applied for (free of charge) by following the instructions on our website. For more information call (863) 648-3200. The hunt on September 23rd, 2017 will be open, however, due to Hurricane Irma, there is currently two inches of standing water on the Punta Gorda dove field. 

The Blackwater WMA Field Trial Area is located approximately 1 mile west of Hwy 191 on Buddy Hardy Rd and approximately 5 miles south of Hwy 4 on Gordon Land Rd. There is no quota for hunters who wish to hunt these dove fields. In the area designated as the Field Trial Area, hunting is permitted only on fields that are posted as open to dove hunting; approximately 15 of 40 small fields found on the area will be posted as open on opening day. To determine the status and availability of these and other fields, hunters should consult the "Public Dove Field Maps" located at the entrance of Coldwater Stables and at the intersection of Buddy Hardy Road and Three Notch Rd. Maps are also available at the Florida Forest Service Headquarters at Munson. The dove fields are open Monday through Saturday during the first phase of dove season. During the second and third phases these fields are open Monday through Wednesday. In addition to these fields, fifteen other fields north of Highway 4 and off of Highway 191, on Blackwater proper, are open during the statewide season dates. Maps to these fields can be obtained at the Florida Forest Service Headquarters at Munson. Contact the Blackwater WMA office for more information at (850) 957-6170.

 

Blackwater WMA – Hutton Unit is located north of Highway 90 between Milton and Holt. Dove hunting is allowed by quota permit on Saturdays and Sundays during the first 2 weekends of the first phase of the dove season. A maximum of 40 no-cost quota permits will be issued each day of hunting at the check station on a first-come, first-served basis. Each permit allows the quota permit holder and a youth (under 16 years of age) to participate in the hunt and for each to take a bag limit of mourning and white-winged doves. A non-hunting guest also can accompany each permitted hunter. Scouting will be allowed the Friday before each hunt weekend. Contact the Blackwater WMA office for more information at (850) 957-6170.

 

Box-R WMA is located 6 miles west of Apalachicola off of US 98. Dove hunting is allowed on the first day of the first phase of dove season and any other time the statewide dove season coincides with open seasons on Box-R WMA (including archery & muzzleloading). However, you must still have a quota permit for that season to hunt doves. Contact the Northwest Regional office for more information at 850-265-3676.

 

DuPuis WEA is located 25 miles west of Stuart off SR 76 (Kanner Highway) in Martin and Palm Beach Counties. The dove field is open each Sunday during the season from noon to sunset. A dove hunt quota permit is required with a maximum of 44 hunt permits issued for each dove hunt. Quota permits may be applied for (free of charge) by following the instructions on our website. Contact the DuPuis WEA office for more information at (561) 924-1939.

 

Dinner Island Ranch WMA is located approximately 21 miles northeast of Immokalee in Hendry County. From Immokalee, travel east on CR 846 for approximately 19.5 miles till you come to the intersection of CR 846 and CR 846/833. Dinner Island entrance is located on the west side of CR 833 (about 2 ½ miles north of the CR 846/833 intersection). Hunts are Saturdays only during the dove season. 200, no-cost, daily quota permits (no exemptions) are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the check station each hunt day. Check station hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 hour after sunset. When the check station is not manned hunters must still sign in to receive a permit. All hunters must check in and out at the check station.  For more information, contact the South Regional office at (561) 625-5122.

The dove fields on the Joe Budd WMA are located approximately 15 miles west of Tallahassee off Highway 268 in Gadsden County. They may be reached by taking exit 192 off of I-10 and traveling 2.1 miles west on U.S. 90. Turn left on highway 268 and proceed 2.4 miles to High Bluff Road. Turn left and go 1.2 miles to the entrance of Joe Budd WMA. The check station is located just inside the entrance. Hunters must obtain a daily hunt permit, available on a first-come first-serve basis, at the check station upon entering the area. A maximum of one hundred ten (110) hunters are permitted on the area at any one time, excluding exemptions. Field locations are available on a map posted at the check station. These fields are only open for dove hunting during the Joe Budd WMA small game season (check area brochure for dates), on Saturdays only that coincide with the statewide dove season. Contact the Joe Budd WMA office for more information at (850) 717-8741.

 

Lake Wales Ridge WEA, Royce Unit dove fields are located east of Lake Placid. From US 27, take C.R. 621 east for approximately 2 miles and look for Hallmark Avenue. Turn left (north) on Hallmark for approximately 4 miles, the road changes names to Ponce de Leon for about 1 block, then jogs right and becomes Royce Ranch Avenue. Continue for 1 mile, entrance is located on west (left) side of Royce. Hunts are noon to sunset. Twenty-five (25), no cost, daily quota permits are available first-come, first-served at the checkstation each day of the season. All hunters must check in and out at check station, hours are 11am to sunset. No camping allowed.



FWC Facts:
Adult white-tailed deer in Florida average 125 lbs. for bucks, 95 lbs. for does. The Key deer subspecies is noticeably smaller, averaging just 27 in. tall and 55-70 lbs.

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