A Special-Opportunity Fall permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in in some archery, muzzleloading gun and general gun hunts for deer and hog on select Wildlife Management Areas. The following information 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: There is a non-refundable $5 application fee for each application submitted in the Phase I application period.
- Cost: $5.00 to apply. If successful, the permit fees range from $50.00–$175.00 per permit.
- Exemptions: There are no exemptions allowed for special-opportunity permits or the $5 application fee. Lifetime Hunting or Lifetime Gold Sportsman’s license holders whose license was issued prior to July 1, 1998 are exempt from the permit fee if successful, but must still claim the permit before the deadline or it will be forfeited and offered to the next applicant in line waiting.
- Restrictions: There is no limit to the number of $5 non-refundable applications a hunter can submit. One Special-Opportunity Fall permit per hunt unit is allowed. Non-residents are limited to 10% of the available permits for each hunt, or one permit per hunt if 10% of the permits is less than one.
- Group Applications: Group applications are not available.
- Issuance Method: By random drawing for phase I applications to determine “successful” and “waiting in line” status. There are three rounds offered to claim permits.
- Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within three business days after the end of the application period.
- Preference Points: Preference points are not available.
- How to Get the Permit: Permits may be obtained online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or at a license agent or tax collector office.
- Guest Permits: Guest permits are not available for this permit type. During the special-opportunity hunts, an individual may accompany a special-opportunity permittee provided that while scouting or hunting the individual shall not occupy a vehicle separate from the permittee, shall not take wildlife with archery equipment or a firearm and shall be in the immediate vicinity (25 feet or less) of the permittee. All other persons must possess a special-opportunity permit during special-opportunity hunts.
- Transferability: Special-Opportunity Fall permits are transferable from one hunter to another by simply giving the permit to another hunter. However, no-cost permits may only be transferred to another person who is eligible for no-cost (i.e., holds a Hunting or Gold Sportsman’s license issued prior to July 1, 1998).
- Reprints: Because Special-Opportunity Fall permits are transferable, they can only be replaced by the FWC Office of Licensing and Permitting upon written request by the permit holder. Please allow at least 10 days to receive the replacement permit; receipts, temporary license numbers and Internet payment receipts may not be used in place of the permit.
- Returned Permits: Returns are not available.
- Reporting Requirements: Hunters should check the WMA brochure for any check station requirements for their hunt. Public lands hunters may also receive a survey after the season concludes to assist the FWC in gathering valuable insight and data.