A Special-Opportunity Fall Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order to participate in some archery and general gun deer, hog and released quail hunts (bring your own birds) on select Wildlife Management Areas . Click "Application Worksheet" at the bottom of this page for specific Wildlife Management Areas and dates.
These special-opportunity hunts make available large areas with lots of game and low hunter quotas and provide excellent opportunities to bag trophy deer. Hunters looking for a truly “special” hunt with a high chance of seeing and bagging game should look no further.
- Cost: $5.00 to apply, if successful, permit fees range from $50.00-$175.00. You may submit as many $5 applications as you like.
- Requirements: There is a non-refundable $5 application fee for each application submitted. You cannot be considered for a Special-Opportunity Fall permit if you miss the Phase I application period.
- Issuance Method: Special-Opportunity Fall 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 offered to the next applicant in line waiting in the random drawing. Unsold permits will be offered in three rounds to the next applicant in line waiting.
- Exemptions: There are no exemptions to the $5 application fee. 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 offered to the next applicant in line waiting.
- Restrictions: You may apply for as many different Special-Opportunity Fall hunts, or as many times for the same hunt, as you like. You must pay a $5 NON-REFUNDABLE application fee for each application you submit. You are limited to one Special-Opportunity Fall permit per hunt. Non-Residents will be limited to 10% of the available permits for each hunt. There will be one permit per hunt available to non-residents if 10% of the permits is less than one.Successful applicants must purchase their permit by the deadline, or it will be forfeited and offered to the next person in line waiting.
- Group Applications: Group applications are NOT allowed for this permit type.
- Preference Points: There are no preference points for this permit type.
- Transferability: Special-Opportunity Fall permits are transferable from one hunter to another by simply giving the permit to another hunter. No-Cost permits are only transferable to another person that is exempt from paying special opportunity permit fees (has a lifetime hunting or lifetime sportsman license issued prior to July 1, 1998).
- Guest Permits: Guest permits are NOT available for this permit type. A Special-Opportunity Fall permit allows the permit holder and one guest with required license and permits for taking wildlife to participate in the hunt (provided that the guest shall not occupy a vehicle separate from the permit holder, shall not possess a gun, and shall be within 25 feet or less of the permit holder). No license or permits are required of a guest that does not assist in the attempt to take.
- 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 offered to the next applicant in line waiting.
- 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. You will need to allow at least 10 days to receive the replacement permit. Receipts, temporary license numbers and printed copies of the Internet pages may not be used as a Special-Opportunity Fall 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 . Resident children and residents who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID should not use the online system, and should apply at a license agent or tax collector and show another proof of residency.
- How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I random drawing, you can pay your permit fee online , at a license agent or tax collector office. Your Special-Opportunity Fall permit will be mailed to you. Permits not purchased by the deadline (see Application Dates & Deadlines below) will be forfeited and offered for sale to the next person in line waiting. Please allow several weeks to receive your permit in the mail. If you choose to pay for 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 receipt.
- Antlerless Deer Permits: In late August, after reviewing deer population surveys, biologists will make a recommendation as to which areas and which hunts should receive a limited number of antlerless deer permits. The antlerless deer permit drawing is conducted in September. All Special-Opportunity Fall permit holders who have a permit for an approved hunt will automatically be included in the antlerless deer drawing. The hunts that were approved for antlerless deer permits last year are indicated on the application worksheet (see below) by an asterisk beside the hunt number. Antlerless deer permits will be mailed to successful applicants. Antlerless deer permits are transferable.
Application Form and Hunt Choices