A Special-Opportunity Dove Club Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order for an adult and a youth (under age 16) to participate in all scheduled hunts on a designated dove field. Both the adult and youth may each take their own bag limit. Buy a Dove Club permit and save more than 50 % over the cost of purchasing daily permits for an entire hunting season. Click "Application Worksheet" at the bottom of this page for specific dove fields and dates.
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.
Beginning in late September, up-to-date information on dove field conditions and dove densities can be found online at the Dove Hunter's Hotline
- Cost: $150 permit fee.
- Requirements: There are no requirements in order to apply for this permit. Children age 15 that will turn 16 before or during the hunts must apply for and receive a Dove Club Permit to participate in all the hunts.
- Issuance Method: Special-Opportunity Dove Club permits are issued by random drawing during Phase I. Once the drawing is conducted, successful Phase I applicants must purchase their permits by the specified deadline. Permits not purchased by the deadline (See Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and issued first-come, first served in Phase II.
- Exemptions: If you have a lifetime hunting or lifetime sportsman license issued prior to July 1, 1998, and are successful in the random drawing, you will be exempt from the permit fee. You must still pick up your free permit before the deadline or it will be forfeited and issued in Phase II.
- Restrictions: You may submit one Special-Opportunity Dove Club application and are limited to one Special-Opportunity Dove Club permit in Phase I. You may obtain additional permits in Phase II, but no more than one permit per dove field. Successful Phase I applicants must purchase their permit by the deadline, or it will be forfeited and issued in Phase II.
- Group Applications: Group applications areNOTallowed for this permit type.
- Preference Points: There are no preference points for this permit type.
- Transferability: Special-Opportunity Dove Club permits areNOTtransferable.
- Guest Permits: Guest permits areNOT available for this permit type. A Special-Opportunity Daily Dove permit allows the permit holder and one child under age 16 to hunt and both take their own bag limit.
- Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within about two weeks after the end of the application period. If you are successful in the phase I drawing, you must purchase your permit by the specified deadline. Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and issued first-come, first-served in Phase II. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non-blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.
- Reprints: You can reprint lost or destroyed non-transferable Special-Opportunity Dove Club permits onlinefor $2 plus a convenience fee or at a license agent or tax collector office for about $2.50. Receipts, temporary license numbers, and printed copies of Internet pages may not be used as a Special-Opportunity Dove Club permit.
- How to Apply: You can apply online (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office. Children and residents who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID must apply as non-residents to use the online system.
- How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, you can pay for and print your permit online , at a license agent or tax collector office. Permits issued in Phase I will be available in the system for printing online, by a license agent or tax collector until the permit purchasing deadline. Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and issued in Phase II. In Phase II (First-Come, First-Served Leftovers) you are immediately awarded your permit, and the license agent or tax collector will immediately print your permit. If applying online in Phase II, you can immediately print or save your permit. The permit will remain available online until the last day of your hunt. If you choose to pick up your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and to disable your browser’s pop-up blocker, so that you can print or save your permit directly from the website. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non-blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.
APPLICATION DATES AND WORKSHEET