2013-14 WMA Dove Field Information

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General information on WMA Dove Fields for the 2014-2015 season.

Apalachee WMA is located approximately 4 miles north of Sneads on SR271 ( River Road). Dove fields are located on the interior of management Zone A. Maps will be available at the check station. Dove hunting is allowed on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday during the regional dove season. Check-in is mandatory as a zone tag is required when hunting in Zone A (200 available). A regular quota permit (200 available) is required if hunting during the quota period of the general gun season in Zone A. Contact the Northwest Regional office for more information at (850) 265-3676.

 

Apalachicola River WEA is located 7 miles east of White City on Saul's Creek Road off of Doc Whitfield Road (CR 387). Hunts are conducted Saturdays only for the first phase. No regular quota or daily hunt permit is required. All hunters must use the self check-in/out sheet at the check station (Dove Field Rd. gate) for the first phase only. During second and third phases, hunts are open daily within legal shooting hours. Contact the Apalachicola River WEA office for more information at (850) 827-2349 or (850) 827-2413.

 

Babcock/Webb WMA-Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility PSGHA is located 8 miles east of Punta Gorda. To get to the Babcock/Webb WMA take exit 164 off I-75. Then, take Highway 17 for 2 stop lights and turn right on to Highway 74. Travel east approximately 5 miles to the Punta Gorda water treatment facility and turn right. A check station attendant will direct you to the field.A dove hunt quota permit is required with a maximum of 45 hunt permits issued for each dove hunt. Quota permits may be applied for (free of charge) by following the instructions on our website. For more information call (863) 648-3200. **Open for the 2014-15 season**

 

The Blackwater WMA Field Trial Area is located approximately 1 mile west of Hwy 191 on Buddy Hardy Rd and approximately 5 miles south of Hwy 4 on Gordon Land Rd. There is no quota for hunters who wish to hunt these dove fields. In the area designated as the Field Trial Area, hunting is permitted only on fields that are posted as open to dove hunting; approximately 15 of 40 small fields found on the area will be posted as open on opening day. To determine the status and availability of these and other fields, hunters should consult the "Public Dove Field Maps" located at the entrance of Coldwater Stables and at the intersection of Buddy Hardy Road and Three Notch Rd. Maps are also available at the Florida Forest Service Headquarters at Munson. The dove fields are open Monday through Saturday during the first phase of dove season. During the second and third phases these fields are open Monday through Wednesday. In addition to these fields, fifteen other fields north of Highway 4 and off of Highway 191, on Blackwater proper, are open during the statewide season dates. Maps to these fields can be obtained at the Florida Forest Service Headquarters at Munson. Contact the Blackwater WMA office for more information at (850) 957-6170.

 

Blackwater WMA – Hutton Unit is located north of Highway 90 between Milton and Holt.  Dove hunting is allowed by quota permit on Saturdays and Sundays during the first 2 weekends of the first phase of the dove season.  A maximum of 30 no-cost quota permits will be issued each day of hunting at the check station on a first-come, first-served basis.  Each permit allows the quota permit holder and a youth (under 16 years of age) to participate in the hunt and for each to take a bag limit of mourning and white-winged doves.  A non-hunting guest also can accompany each permitted hunter.  Scouting will be allowed the Friday before each hunt weekend.  Contact the Blackwater WMA office for more information at (850) 957-6170. 

 

Box-R WMA is located 6 miles west of Apalachicola off of US 98. Dove hunting is allowed on the first day of the first phase of dove season and any other time the statewide dove season coincides with open seasons on Box-R WMA (including archery & muzzleloading). However, you must still have a quota permit for that season to hunt doves. Contact the Northwest Regional office for more information at 850-265-3676.

 

DuPuis WEA is located 25 miles west of Stuart off SR 76 (Kanner Highway) in Martin and Palm Beach Counties. The dove field is open each Sunday during the season from noon to sunset. A dove hunt quota permit is required with a maximum of 44 hunt permits issued for each dove hunt. Quota permits may be applied for (free of charge) by following the instructions on our website. Contact the DuPuis WEA office for more information at (561) 924-1939.

 

Dinner Island Ranch WMA is located approximately 21 miles northeast of Immokalee in Hendry County. From Immokalee, travel east on CR 846 for approximately 19.5 miles till you come to the intersection of CR 846 and CR 846/833. Dinner Island entrance is located on the west side of CR 833 (about 2 ½ miles north of the CR 846/833 intersection). Hunts are Saturdays only during the dove season. 200, no-cost, daily quota permits (no exemptions) are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the check station each hunt day.  Check station hours are from 10 a.m. to 1 hour after sunset.  When the check station is not manned hunters must still sign in to receive a permit.  All hunters must check in and out at the check station.

The dove fields on the Joe Budd WMA are located approximately 15 miles west of Tallahassee off Highway 268 in Gadsden County. They may be reached by taking exit 192 off of I-10 and traveling 2.1 miles west on U.S. 90. Turn left on highway 268 and proceed 2.4 miles to High Bluff Road. Turn left and go 1.2 miles to the entrance of Joe Budd WMA. The check station is located just inside the entrance. Hunters must obtain a daily hunt permit, available on a first-come first-serve basis, at the check station upon entering the area. A maximum of one hundred ten (110) hunters are permitted on the area at any one time, excluding exemptions. Field locations are available on a map posted at the check station. These fields are only open for dove hunting during the Joe Budd WMA small game season (check area brochure for dates), on Saturdays only that coincide with the statewide dove season. Contact the Joe Budd WMA office for more information at (850) 717-8741.

 

Lake Wales Ridge WEA, Royce Unit dove fields are located east of Lake Placid. From US 27, take C.R. 621 east for approximately 2 miles and look for Hallmark Avenue. Turn left (north) on Hallmark for approximately 4 miles, the road changes names to Ponce de Leon for about 1 block, then jogs right and becomes Royce Ranch Avenue. Continue for 1 mile, entrance is located on west (left) side of Royce. Hunts are noon to sunset. Hunts will be conducted on October 5, October 12, October 26, November 16, November 30, December 14, December 21 and January 11. A dove hunt quota permit is required with a maximum of 25 hunt permits issued for each dove hunt. Quota permits may be applied for (free of charge) by following the instructions on our website. For more information call (863) 648-3200. All hunters must check in and out at check station, hours are 11am to sunset. No camping allowed. There are now 4 fields open for all dove hunts.



FWC Facts:
Adult white-tailed deer in Florida average 125 lbs. for bucks, 95 lbs. for does. The Key deer subspecies is noticeably smaller, averaging just 27 in. tall and 55-70 lbs.

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