This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Hilochee 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 at MyFWC.com.
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. Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, by telephone at 888-486-8356, or through the Commission’s Recreational License Issuance Services (RLIS).
Quota Permit Information:
Dove - 30, special-opportunity permits (no exemptions) for each of 10 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 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) July 6, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) July 16, 2018 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 3, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) August 13, 2018. The cost of a Special-opportunity Daily Dove Hunt Permit is $35.50. Applications for the random drawing (Phase 1) must be submitted between 10 a.m. (Eastern Time) August 17, 2018 through 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) August 27, 2018 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 13, 2018 until all permits are sold. All Special-opportunity dove permits can be applied for or purchased anywhere licenses are sold.
- Dove hunting is allowed only within the posted dove field.
- 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. Dove Club permit holders are not eligible for refund.
- Hunters must pick up all shotgun shells and other trash before leaving the dove field.
- Public access within the dove field is prohibited except by special-opportunity dove hunt permit holders and their guests, and only on their scheduled hunt dates and times. Access at any other time is prohibited.
- Dove hunters may enter the area no earlier than 11 a.m. and exit the area no later than 1 hour after sunset.
- All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking area(s).
- 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.
- 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.
- Permits are transferrable until after the date and time they become effective.
- Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.
- Shotguns shall not be larger than 10 gauge and shall be incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.
- Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.
- The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s.790.15 FS.
- No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Only bird dogs are allowed for hunting on the posted dove fields during special-opportunity dove hunts.
Aggregate of mourning and white-winged dove - Daily limit 15. Eurasian collared-dove and rock dove - no limit. A hunter and accompanying youth hunter may each possess a daily bag limit. 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.
September 22, 29, October 6 and 13, November 10, 24, December 22, 29 and January 19, 26. Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Special-opportunity dove hunting permit, hunting license and migratory bird permit. Legal to Take - Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, rock dove (common pigeon) and white-winged dove only. Shooting hours - Noon until sunset.
Directions to the Hunting Area:
The Hilochee Special-opportunity Dove Field is located 13 miles south of Clermont in Lake County (see area map on reverse side). From intersection of US 27 and CR 474, travel west approximately 3.7 miles and turn left onto dirt road (Lake Road). Dove field will be on the left (east) of Lake Road (look for the signs for the dove field and check station).
Dove Field Updates:
MyFWC.com/dove provides information on FWC dove fields and is updated every Thursday throughout the dove season.
Report a Band
- On the Internet: reportband.gov
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.