Special Season - Dove License and Permit Requirements
Unless exempt, all hunters, regardless of where they will be hunting dove, must possess a valid State of Florida Hunting License and a Migratory Bird Permit. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requires the migratory bird permit for all persons hunting any type of migratory birds in Florida. This free permit can be obtained online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, in person at a license agent or tax collector's office, or by calling (toll free) 1-888-HUNT-FLORIDA 888-486-8356.
To hunt managed dove fields on Wildlife Management Areas, hunters must possess a valid hunting license, migratory bird permit, and wildlife management area permit, unless exempted from license requirements.
In some instances, a daily hunt permit, issued at the area check station, or a quota hunt permit may be required. Limited Entry/Quota hunt permits are required to hunt Dupuis and Babcock/Webb Punta Gorda Unit.
Special-opportunity Dove Hunts
Quality 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. Why choose a special-opportunity dove hunt? Because these hunts open the gates to larger areas with lots of game and low hunter quotas.
Buy a special-opportunity dove club (annual) permit for $150 and save more than 50 percent over the cost of purchasing daily permits for an entire hunting season. These non-transferable permits enable the holder and a youth (under age 16) to participate in all scheduled hunts for a particular field, usually, six to eight hunts per dove field over the course of the three phases of the dove season. When an adult hunter with a club permit is accompanied by a youth, they both may take a bag limit. Dove club permit applications will be available in July.
Special-opportunity daily dove hunt permits are also available before the opening day of the first phase of the dove season. A $35 permit allows an adult and a youth (under age 16) to hunt together on a half-day hunt and for each to harvest a daily bag limit of birds. Beginning in late September, up-to-date information on dove field conditions and dove densities can be found at the Dove Hunting Page.
Permit application and information is available on our Limited Entry Hunts website.
Purchasing a Special-Opportunity Dove Club Permit
Apply online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or complete an application worksheet and present it to any license agent or tax collector clerk.
Lifetime license holders who purchased their licenses before July 1, 1998 can obtain a Special-Opportunity Dove Club or Daily Dove Hunt Permit free-of-charge.