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Hunters who missed out on joining the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Dove Club can still take advantage of special-opportunity dove hunts by purchasing daily permits. Two different permits are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. A $45.50 Combination Permit enables an adult and a youth to hunt together on a ½ day hunt and for each to harvest a daily bag limit of birds. In addition, a $35.50 Regular Special-Opportunity Dove Permit enables an adult and a youth to hunt together on a ½ day hunt. However, it allows only one daily bag limit of birds to be harvested between the two. Kurt Hodges, Small Game Section Assistant Leader for the FWC, said that the agency’s special-opportunity dove hunts open the gates to large areas with lots of game and low hunter quotas. “The FWC has invested a lot of time and money to make these hunts truly special opportunities," Hodges said. "I think the word is just starting to get out about how well these fields can produce, especially lesser-known areas." Permits for any of the hunts scheduled for this season can be purchased from designated local vendors beginning Sept. 22. Additional information and a listing of the fields and vendors is available online via this link or by calling (850) 627-9674.

Uploaded: 9/18/2001