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FREE DOVE FIELD PERMITS AVAILABLE

Royce SGA

September 4, 2003
CONTACT: Gary Morse (863) 648-3206

Local dove hunters won’t have to look hard to find a great place to hunt this season.  The dove fields at Royce Small Game Area (SGA) in Lake Placid have been planted with Japanese millet and other grains to attract North America’s most popular game bird.

Royce SGA will host hunts on the first, second, and fourth Saturdays during the first phase; the first and third Saturdays during the second phase; and the first, third, and fifth Saturdays during the third phase of the mourning and white-winged dove season.

A maximum of 25 dove hunt permits will be issued for each dove hunt at Royce SGA.  Free permits for all hunts can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis at the Royce Dove Field check station from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday, Sept. 13.  Individuals must be present to reserve a permit.  Individuals may reserve only one permit per dove hunt, however individual hunters may reserve a permit for two different hunt dates.  Any un-issued permits can be obtained at the Royce SGA check station beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of each hunt.  In order to allow maximum public usage of the field, permits that have been turned in or have not been picked up by 3 p.m. will be re-issued to waiting hunters on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunting hours are from noon to sunset on the day of the hunt.  Hunters can enter field at 11 a.m. and must exit by one hour after sunset.  There are no reserved spots on the fields.

In order to participate in the Royce SGA dove hunts, sportsmen must possess a valid Florida Hunting License and wildlife management area stamp when applicable, plus a free federal migratory bird permit.

The free migratory bird permit is available online at www.floridaconservation.org/migbirds/migbirdspermit1.asp or from any hunting license outlet.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) free permit program is part of an effort implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).  The HIP program polls hunters in a post season effort to gather data on the harvest of America’s migratory game birds.

Regulations allow one minor child less than 16 years of age who does not have a permit, to hunt under the supervision and in the presence of an adult permittee.  The minor and adult permittee may both take their legal limit of dove. 

The Royce SGA dove fields have no special-opportunity dove hunts this year; therefore Dove Club Memberships are not valid for admission to these areas.

To get to Royce SGA from Lake Placid, go east on C.R. 621 for two miles, then turn north onto Virginia Ave. and go five miles to entrance on the left.

For more information on dove hunting opportunities, visit the FWC Web site at www.floridaconservation.org and click on "Hunting" or call the Division of Wildlife in Lakeland at (863) 648-3205 during normal working hours.

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Punta Gorda SGA

September 4, 2003
CONTACT: Gary Morse (863) 648-3206

Local dove hunters won’t have to look hard to find a great place to hunt this season.  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has planted dove fields again this year at the Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility Small Game Area (SGA), with Japanese millet and other grains to attract the popular game bird.  Best news is that permits for the field are free.

Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility SGA will host dove hunts on Oct. 4, Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Nov. 29, Dec. 13, Dec. 27 and Jan. 10.

Free dove hunt permits for all hunts can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis at the Babcock/Webb Wildlife Management Area (WMA) check station on Tucker Grade, from 8 a.m. until noon on Sat., Sept. 20. A maximum of 45 dove hunt permits will be issued for each dove hunt. Individuals must be present to reserve a permit.  Individuals may reserve only one permit per dove hunt, however individual hunters may reserve a permit for two different hunt dates.  Unissued permits can be obtained at the Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility check station beginning at 11 a.m. on the day of each hunt.  In order to allow maximum public usage of the field, permits that have been turned in or not picked up by 3 p.m. will be re-issued to waiting hunters at the Water Treatment Facility check station on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunting hours are from noon to sunset on the day of the hunt.  Hunters can enter field at 11 a.m. and must exit by one hour after sunset.  There are no reserved spots on the fields.

In order to participate in the Punta Gorda Water Treatment Facility hunts, sportsmen must possess a valid Florida Hunting License and WMA Stamp when applicable and a free federal migratory bird permit.

The free migratory bird permit is available online at www.floridaconservation.org/migbirds/migbirdspermit1.asp or from any hunting license outlet.  The FWC’s free permit program is part of an effort implemented by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).  The HIP program polls hunters in a post season effort to gather data on the harvest of America’s migratory game birds.

Regulations also allow one minor child less than 16 years of age who does not have a permit, to hunt under the supervision and in the presence of an adult permit holder.  The minor and adult permit holder may both take their legal limit of dove.  The areas does not have Special-Opportunity Dove Hunts this year, therefore Dove Club Memberships are not valid for admission to these areas.

For more information on dove hunting opportunities, visit the FWC Web site at www.floridaconservation.org and click on “Hunting” or call the Division of Wildlife in Lakeland at (863) 648-3205 during normal working hours.

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