This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the Tenoroc FMA 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. 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 - 25, no-cost, daily permits (non-transferable, no exemptions) shall be issued each day of the hunt at the check station on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.
- 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.
- Hunters will choose a shooting station from which to hunt but can move to another shooting station in the field if it is vacant.
- 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.
- Hunters can choose their shooting station, first-come, first-served, beginning at noon.
- 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 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 28, October 5 and 19, November 9, 23 and 30, December 21, and January 4, 11, and 18.
Permit Stamp and License Requirements – quota 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 Tenoroc Special-opportunity Dove Field is located five miles northeast of Lakeland in Polk County (see area map on reverse side). From intersection of SR 33 and SR 659 (Combee Road), travel south approximately 1.3 miles and turn left onto Tenoroc Mine Road. The check station will be approximately 1.7 miles on the left. The dove field is south of the check station approximately 1.5 miles (look for the signs from the check station to the dove field.
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 www.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.