Caravelle Ranch Dove Field

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Regulations Summary and Area Map
July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018

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This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Caravelle Ranch WMA Dove Field. 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 and the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available from any Commission office, county tax collector and at

Permit, Stamp and License Information:

Persons using Public Small Game Hunting Areas are required to have appropriate licenses, permits and stamps. The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements (except for quota permits when listed as “no exemptions”, and the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp [federal duck stamp]): Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older; residents who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate; residents in the U.S. Armed Forces, not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders; and children under 16 years of age. Children under 16 years of age are exempt from the federal duck stamp. Hunting, trapping and fishing licenses, and management area and state waterfowl permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, at or by telephone at 888-486-8356. A no-cost Migratory Bird Permit is available when purchasing a hunting license.

Quota Permit Information:

Dove - 60, special-opportunity permits (no exemptions) for each of 6 hunts.
Annual Dove Club permits, which allow the permit holder to hunt all scheduled hunts for a particular field, are $150, and applications for the random drawing (Phase 1) must be submitted between 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) July 17, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) July 27, 2017 in order to be included in the random drawing. Any Dove Club permits that remain unissued after Phase 1 will be available during Phase 2 using the first-come, first-served method beginning 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) August 14, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) August 24, 2017. The cost of a Special-opportunity Daily Dove Hunt Permit is $35.50 for regular permits and $45.50 for an adult/youth combination permit. Applications for the random drawing (Phase 1) must be submitted between 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) August 28, 2017 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) September 7, 2017 in order to be included in the random drawing. Any Special-opportunity Daily Dove permits that remain unissued after Phase 1 will be available during Phase 2 using the first come, first served method beginning 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) September 22, 2017 until all permits are sold. All Special-opportunity dove permits can be applied for or purchased anywhere licenses are sold.

General Area Regulations:

Please consult the 2017-18 Caravelle Ranch Wildlife Management Area Regulations Summary and Area Map brochure available from county tax collector’s offices and their
license agents, the Northeast Regional Office of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in Ocala or at

Regulations Specific to Special-Opportunity Dove Field:

  1. The taking of doves is only allowed on the special-opportunity dove fields by persons in possession of current and valid special-opportunity dove permits.
  2. Special-opportunity daily-dove permit holders that have not entered the posted dove field may have their permit voided by the check station operator, and may request a refund by submitting the voided permit and a refund request certified by the check station operator to Office of Licensing and Permitting, 2590 Executive Center Circle, Suite 200, Tallahassee, FL 32301.
  3. Hunters must pick up all shotgun shells and other trash before leaving the dove field.

Hunters and Check Stations:

  1. Dove hunters shall check in and out at the designated dove field check station when entering or exiting the area and check all game taken.
  2. Each permitted hunter may be accompanied by one youth hunter and one non-hunting guest. The non-hunting guest shall remain under the supervision and in the presence of the permitted hunter at all times during the hunt. See F.A.C.68A-9007.
  3. Permits are transferrable until after the date and time they become effective.
  4. Hunters may enter the area 1 hour before shooting time (11 a.m.) and shall exit the area by 1 hour after sunset.


  1. Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.
  2. Shotguns shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
  3. Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.
  4. The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s. 790.15 FS.
  5. Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.


Only bird dogs are allowed for hunting on the posted dove fields during special-opportunity dove hunts.

Bag and Possession Limits:

Aggregate of mourning and white-winged dove - Daily limit 15.

Only one daily bag limit may be possessed while in the field or returning from the field. A hunter may leave his or her birds with another person if the birds are tagged with the hunter’s signature and address, the total number of birds, by species, and the date birds were harvested.

Dove Hunt:

September 30, October 7, November 25, December 16, 30 and January 13.

Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Special-opportunity dove hunting permit, hunting license and migratory bird permit.

Legal to Take - Mourning dove and white-winged dove only.

Shooting hours are noon until sunset.

Directions to Hunting Area:

The Caravelle Ranch Special-opportunity Dove Field is located 12 miles south of Palatka (see map). From SR 19, turn east on Caravelle Road (a dirt road which is 1.5 miles south of CR 310), and look for the check station.

Dove Field Updates: provides information on FWC dove fields and is updated every Thursday throughout the dove season.

Report a Band:

On the Internet: External Website

Cooperation Requested:

If you spot law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 1-888-404-FWCC. You may qualify for a cash reward from the Wildlife Alert Reward Association.

This agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibit discrimination by race, color, nationality, age, sex or handicap. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility of this agency, write to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or to: Office of Human Relations, USFWS, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.

FWC Facts:
The mean breeding period (rut) of white-tailed deer in Florida can vary as much as seven months from one part of the state to another.

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