The FWC has lined up a number of special-opportunity hunts for sportsmen. These special hunts offer large areas of land with an abundance of game and low hunter quotas. They provide excellent chances to bag turkeys, hogs, released quail and quality deer.
Typically the demand for these hunts is greater than the number of slots available, so a random drawing is conducted to select hunters. Hunters can submit as many applications as they want, and many hunters increase their chances by submitting several applications for their dream hunt. There is a $5 nonrefundable application fee that must be submitted with each separate application.
Successful applicants must purchase their permit by the specified deadline. If the selected applicant does not purchase the special-opportunity permit by the deadline, the FWC will offer it to the next applicant in line behind them in the random drawing. The cost of the permits ranges from $50 to $175. But, people with lifetime hunting or lifetime sportsman’s license issued before July 1998 are exempt from having to pay for the permit.
A hunter looking for truly unique hunts with high probabilities of seeing and bagging quality game should look no further. To find out when you may apply for any of these special-opportunity hunts, see Limited entry hunts — application periods.
Special-opportunity fall hunt permits allow permit holders to hunt deer, hogs or released quail on select wildlife management areas.
Special-opportunity spring turkey huntpermits allow permit holders to take one Osceola turkey per permit on select wildlife management areas.
Waterfowl and snipe permits: Several different limited entry waterfowl and snipe hunting opportunities are available to interested hunters.
Antlerless deer permits – wildlife management areas (WMAs): Antlerless deer permits are available in limited numbers on some WMAs. Antlerless deer permits may be issued for any area, and the areas which will allow them along with the number of permits issued will be determined after a deer census is conducted in August. The only wildlife management areas that offer a general gun antlerless deer season are Kissimmee River Public Use Area, Upper St. Johns River Marsh and Tosohatchee.
To be eligible for antlerless deer permits:
Group applicants will be treated as individuals in the antlerless deer drawing. If one member of a group is selected for an antlerless deer permit, it does not mean all group members will receive antlerless deer permits. Permits are not issued until September.
On most WMAs, an antlerless deer permit is not required to take antlerless deer during the archery season. Please consult individual WMA brochures to learn if antlerless deer are legal game during archery season.
Limited entry/quota permits – application periods: For up-to-date information about when to apply for limited entry/quota permits, please visit MyFWC.com/Hunting under Limited Entry/Quota Hunts.
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