A Dove Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required for a hunter to participate in scheduled dove hunts at Caravelle Ranch, DuPuis, Frog Pond, Hilochee and Punta Gorda wildlife management areas. Additional information about dove hunting can be found on the Dove Hunting Page. The following provides further details on specific information regarding these permits.
- How to Apply: Hunters can apply online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com by signing on and choosing “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit” or by completing an Application Worksheet and presenting it to any license agent or tax collector office.
- Requirements to Apply: Hunters must be 16 years of age or older by a hunt date to apply. Unless exempt, applicants must have a valid management area permit or a license that includes a management area permit in order to apply.
- Cost: $0.00 to apply, $0.00 per permit.
- Exemptions: There are no exemptions for these permits. Hunters must have a dove permit, or be the youth guest of a permitted hunter, to participate in each hunt.
- Restrictions: Hunters may submit one application and receive up to one permit in phase I . Additional permits may be obtained for each dove hunt permit type in phase II, but may have no more than five permits for each dove permit type.
- Group Applications: Group applications are accepted in phase I, with up to five hunters total.
- Issuance Method: By random drawing during phase I. Leftover permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis during phase II.
- Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within three business days after the application period ends.
- Preference Points: There are no preference points for these permits.
- How to Get the Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, your permit will be mailed to you. In phase II, permits are immediately issued; if obtaining a permit online, a confirmation will be provided and the permit will be mailed to you. If obtaining a phase II permit at a license agent or tax collector's office, the clerk will immediately print your permit.
- Guests: Permit holders age 18 and older may take a youth guest hunter (age 15 or under) to also participate in the hunt. Both the permit holder and youth hunter may take their own limit of doves. Guest permits are not available for this permit type.
- Transferability: Dove permits are transferable from one person to another by simply giving the permit to another hunter. Permits issued to exempt hunters and marked “exempt” may only be transferred to another exempt hunter that would qualify for the same exemption. A senior exemption permit may also be transferred to a child under the age of 16.
- Replacements: Lost or destroyed permits can only be replaced by the FWC Office of Licensing and Permitting, upon receipt of written request for replacement from the permittee. Please allow at least 10 days to receive the replacement permit in the mail. Application receipts or copies of Internet confirmation pages may NOT be used as your permit.
- Returned Permits: Dove permits may not be returned but can be transferred to another hunter.
- License Requirements to Hunt Dove in Florida: Unless exempt, those hunting dove on public lands must possess a valid State of Florida Hunting License and Management Area Permit. A Migratory Bird Permit is also required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for all persons hunting any type of migratory birds in Florida. This free permit is required for all hunters 16 and older and can be obtained online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com, in person at a license agent or tax collector's office, or by calling (toll free) 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (888-486-8356).
- Hunter Safety Requirements: All Florida hunter safety and supervisor requirements apply for permit holders and youth guests.
- Reporting Requirements: There are no statewide reporting requirements for dove hunt permits, though hunters should check the Caravelle Ranch, DuPuis, Frog Pond, Hilochee and Punta Gorda WMA brochures for any check station requirements for their hunt. Public lands hunters may receive a survey after the season concludes to assist the FWC in gathering valuable insight and data, and feedback is appreciated.