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 Wildlife Management Area 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, 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.
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. 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 supervision of a licensed hunter, 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.
Quota Permit Information:
Dove - 30, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 10 hunts. Permits are transferable. One youth under 16 years of age may accompany an adult dove permit holder and may hunt under the supervision and in the presence of the permit holder, provided that the permit holder and youth may each take one daily bag limit of doves.
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.
- Dove hunting is allowed only within the posted dove field boundaries.
- 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 dove hunt permit holders and their guests. Access at any other time is prohibited.
- Dove hunters may enter the area no earlier than 11:00 a.m. and exit the area no later than 1 hour after sunset.
- All vehicles must be parked in the designated parking area(s).
- 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.
- 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 dove hunts.
Aggregate of mourning and white-winged dove - Daily limit 15. Eurasian collared-dove and rock dove - no limit. 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.
September 28, October 5, 12, and 19, November 9 and 23, December 21 and 28, and January 18 and 25.
Permit, Stamp and License Requirements - Quota permit, hunting license, management area permit, 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 Dove Field is located 13 miles south of Clermont in Lake County (see area map). 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 dove field).
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 Commission, 620 South Meridian Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or to: Office of Human Relations, USFWS, Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C. 20240.