General Information

A Special Opportunity Daily Dove Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order for an adult and a youth (under age 16) to participate in one hunt on a designated dove field.  The adult and youth must share a single bag limit, unless the youth permit option is purchased along with the adult’s Daily Dove Permit. Click "Application Worksheet" at the bottom of this page for specific dove fields and dates.

Dove hunting opportunities are in high demand, but are often hard to find. That's why the FWC is proud of its successful efforts to deliver great dove hunting opportunities at sites throughout the state. The friendly social atmosphere surrounding dove hunts is the perfect setting for friends and family, including youngsters, to hunt together.   

Beginning in late September, up-to-date information on dove field conditions and dove densities can be found online at the  Dove Hunter's Hotline Not a Mobile-Enabled Link.

  • Cost: $35 for adult permit, $10 to add youth permit option (allows youth to take own bag limit)
    WARNING:  The youth permit option can only be made when you pay for your adult permit.  If you fail to take the youth permit option at purchase, you cannot come back and make it later.  A youth may still hunt with you, but you will have to share a single bag limit between you both.
  • Requirements: There are no requirements in order to apply for this permit.  Children age 15 that will turn 16 before or during the hunts must apply for and receive an Adult Daily Dove Permit to participate in the hunt.
  • Issuance Method: Special Opportunity Daily Dove permits are issued by random drawing during Phase I. Once the drawing is conducted, successful Phase I applicants must purchase their permits by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (See Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and issued first-come, first served in Phase II.
  • Exemptions: If you have a lifetime hunting or lifetime sportsman license issued prior to July 1, 1998, and are successful in the random drawing, you will be exempt from the permit fee. You must still pick up your free permit before the deadline or it will be forfeited and issued in Phase II.
  • Restrictions: You may submit one Special-Opportunity Daily Dove Permit application and are limited to one Special-Opportunity Daily Dove permit in Phase I.  You may obtain additional permits in Phase II, but no more than one Special-Opportunity Daily Dove permit per hunt. Successful Phase I applicants must purchase their permit by the deadline, or it will be forfeited and issued in Phase II.
  • Group Applications: Group applications areNOTallowed for this permit type. 
  • Preference Points: There are no preference points for this permit type.
  • Transferability: Special-Opportunity Daily Dove permits are transferable from one hunter to another by simply giving the permit to another hunter.  No-Cost permits are only transferable to another person that is exempt from paying special opportunity permit fees (has a lifetime hunting or lifetime sportsman license issued prior to July 1, 1998).
  • Guest Permits: Guest permits areNOT available for this permit type.  A Special-Opportunity Daily Dove permit allows the permit holder and one child under age 16 to hunt and share a single bag limit.  There is a onetime option to purchase a youth permit for $10 allowing the youth to take their own bag limit.  If you fail to take the youth permit option at purchase, you cannot come back and make it later.  A youth may still hunt with you, but you will have to share a single bag limit between you both.
  • Drawing Results: Drawing results External Website are typically posted within about two weeks after the end of the Application period. If you are successful in the Phase I drawing, you must purchase your permit by the specified deadline.  Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered for sale in Phase II.
  • Reprints: Because Special-Opportunity Daily Dove permits are transferable, they can only be replaced by the FWC Office of Licensing and Permitting upon written request by the permit holder.  You will need to allow at least 10 days to receive the replacement permit.  Receipts, temporary license numbers and printed copies of Internet pages may not be used as a Special-Opportunity Daily Dove permit.
  • How to Apply: You can apply online External Website (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office External Website. Children and residents who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID must apply as non-residents to use the online system.
  • How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, you can pay your permit fee online, at a license agent or tax collector office. Your Special-Opportunity Daily Dove permit will be mailed to you.  Permits issued in Phase I that are not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered for sale first-come, first-served in Phase II. Please allow several weeks to receive your permit in the mail. If you choose to pay for your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker so that you can print or save your receipt.

Application Dates and Worksheet



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