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DuPuis Dove Field PSGHA
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Regulations Summary and Area Map

July 01, 2020 - June 30, 2021


 
 

This brochure is designed to provide the public with information and a summary of regulations pertaining to hunting and other recreational use on the DuPuis Dove Field Public Small Game Hunting Area. Regulations that are new or differ substantially from last year are shown in bold print. Area users should familiarize themselves with all regulations. For exact wording of the wildlife laws and regulations, see the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s wildlife code, on file with the Secretary of State and state libraries. This brochure and the Florida Hunting Regulations handbook should provide the information necessary for you to plan your hunting activities. These publications are available at MyFWC.com.

 

Permit, Stamp, and License Information:

Persons using public small game hunting areas are required to have appropriate licenses, permits, and stamps. The following persons are exempt from all license and permit requirements (except for the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp [federal duck stamp]): Florida residents who are 65 years of age or older; residents who possess a Florida Resident Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing Certificate; residents in the U.S. Armed Forces, not stationed in Florida, while home on leave for 30 days or less, upon submission of orders; and children under 16 years of age. Children under 16 years of age are exempt from the federal duck stamp.

 

Licenses and permits may be purchased from county tax collectors, license agents, by telephone at 1-888-486-8356, or at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. A no-cost Migratory Bird Permit is available when purchasing a hunting license.

Quota Permit Information:

Dove - 44, no-cost, quota permits (no exemptions) for each of 4 dove field hunts during phase 1 of dove season. One youth under 16 years of age may accompany an adult who holds a quota permit and hunt under their direct physical supervision. The permit holder and youth may each take one daily bag limit of doves. Permits are transferable. NOTE: A quota permit is not required during dove field hunts during phases 2 and 3 of dove season.

 

Permit applications: Hunters must submit electronic applications for quota and special-opportunity permits at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com. Worksheets listing hunts, application periods, deadlines, and instructions are available at county tax collector’s offices, FWC offices, or MyFWC.com. Quota application periods occur throughout the year beginning April 1; please refer to the hunting handbook or MyFWC.com for specific dates. Worksheets will be available about 2 weeks prior to each application period.

Area Regulations
  • General

    General Area Regulations:

    Please consult the 2020-21 John G. and Susan H DuPuis, Jr. Wildlife and Environmental Area brochure and map at MyFWC.com for a summary of all area-specific information and regulations.

    1.   Public access to the dove field is prohibited except for dove hunters during established dove field hunts (Sundays only during dove season). During phase 1 of dove season, only holders of dove quota permits and their guests may access the field.

    2.   The possession or consumption of intoxicating beverages is prohibited.

    3.   Hunting north of Jim Lake Grade is prohibited except within the posted dove field during dove hunts.

    4.   Hunter access to the field shall only be through the pedestrian gate at the corner of Jim Lake and DuPuis grades.

    5.   All vehicles must be parked completely off the graded road in the designated parking area.
  • Hunters

    Hunters and Check Stations:

    1.   During phase 1 dove hunts, each permitted hunter may be accompanied by one youth hunter and one non-hunting guest. The non-hunting guest must remain under the direct physical supervision of the permitted hunter at all times during the hunt.

    2.   Dove hunters must enter through Gate 1 and report at the check station whenever staffed.

    3.   During phase 1 dove hunts, permitted hunters must register at the check station on the date of their hunt between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or their quota permit for the dove field will be forfeited. Forfeited permits will be issued via random draw at the check station beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the hunt.

    4.    Check station hours are 11 a.m. until 1 hour after sunset during phase 1 dove hunts. Hunt station assignments are made upon check-in and may only be changed at the check station.

    5.   A quota permit is not required to hunt the dove field during phases 2 and 3 of dove season. During phases 2 and 3 at the dove field, it is each hunter’s responsibility to station themselves a safe and respectful distance from other participants.

    6.    During phases 2 and 3, hunters may enter the field no earlier than noon and must exit the area no later than 1 hour after sunset.

    7.   Only bird dogs may be used for hunting during dove field hunts.

     
  • Guns

    Guns:

    1.   Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.

    2.   For hunting migratory birds, only shotguns, bows, crossbows, and falconry may be used. Shotguns must be smaller than 10 gauge and incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

    3.   Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.

    4.   The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s.790.15 FS.

    5.   No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Bag and Possession Limits

    Bag and Possession Limits:

    Aggregate of mourning and white-winged doves - Daily limit 15.

    Eurasian collared-dove and rock dove - no limit.

    Only one daily bag limit may be possessed while in the field or returning from the field. A hunter may leave their birds with another person if the birds are tagged with the hunter’s signature and address, the total number of birds by species, and the date birds were harvested.
  • Direction
    Dove Field Location: Dupuis Wildlife and Environmental Area is located off S. R. 76 approximately 3 miles from Port Mayaca in Martin County. From Okeechobee or West Palm Beach, take S.R. 710 (Beeline Highway) to S.R. 76 (just south of Indiantown). Go west on S.R. 76 approximately 5 miles for Gate 1 and 6 miles for Gate 3. The field is located north of the corner of Jim Lake and Dupuis Grades (see map).

General Area Regulations:

Please consult the 2020-21 John G. and Susan H DuPuis, Jr. Wildlife and Environmental Area brochure and map at MyFWC.com for a summary of all area-specific information and regulations.

1.   Public access to the dove field is prohibited except for dove hunters during established dove field hunts (Sundays only during dove season). During phase 1 of dove season, only holders of dove quota permits and their guests may access the field.

2.   The possession or consumption of intoxicating beverages is prohibited.

3.   Hunting north of Jim Lake Grade is prohibited except within the posted dove field during dove hunts.

4.   Hunter access to the field shall only be through the pedestrian gate at the corner of Jim Lake and DuPuis grades.

5.   All vehicles must be parked completely off the graded road in the designated parking area.

Hunters and Check Stations:

1.   During phase 1 dove hunts, each permitted hunter may be accompanied by one youth hunter and one non-hunting guest. The non-hunting guest must remain under the direct physical supervision of the permitted hunter at all times during the hunt.

2.   Dove hunters must enter through Gate 1 and report at the check station whenever staffed.

3.   During phase 1 dove hunts, permitted hunters must register at the check station on the date of their hunt between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. or their quota permit for the dove field will be forfeited. Forfeited permits will be issued via random draw at the check station beginning at 3 p.m. the day of the hunt.

4.    Check station hours are 11 a.m. until 1 hour after sunset during phase 1 dove hunts. Hunt station assignments are made upon check-in and may only be changed at the check station.

5.   A quota permit is not required to hunt the dove field during phases 2 and 3 of dove season. During phases 2 and 3 at the dove field, it is each hunter’s responsibility to station themselves a safe and respectful distance from other participants.

6.    During phases 2 and 3, hunters may enter the field no earlier than noon and must exit the area no later than 1 hour after sunset.

7.   Only bird dogs may be used for hunting during dove field hunts.

 

Guns:

1.   Hunting with firearms other than shotguns is prohibited.

2.   For hunting migratory birds, only shotguns, bows, crossbows, and falconry may be used. Shotguns must be smaller than 10 gauge and incapable of holding more than 3 shells in the magazine and chamber combined.

3.   Children under the age of 16 may not be in possession of a firearm unless in the presence of a supervising adult.

4.   The discharge of a firearm outside of periods open to hunting or in areas closed to hunting is prohibited per s.790.15 FS.

5.   No person shall discharge a firearm or have a loaded firearm in hand while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Bag and Possession Limits:

Aggregate of mourning and white-winged doves - Daily limit 15.

Eurasian collared-dove and rock dove - no limit.

Only one daily bag limit may be possessed while in the field or returning from the field. A hunter may leave their birds with another person if the birds are tagged with the hunter’s signature and address, the total number of birds by species, and the date birds were harvested.
 
Seasons ( Count: 1)
  • Dove Season
    Phase 1 (quota permit required)(Sundays only): September 27, October 4, 11, 18
    Phase 2 (quota permit NOT required)(Sundays only): November 15, 22, 29, December 6
    Phase 3 (quota permit NOT required)(Sundays only): December 20, 27, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
    Permit, Stamp, and License Requirements - Quota permit (Phase 1 hunts only), hunting license, management area permit, and migratory bird permit.
    Legal to Hunt - Eurasian collared-dove, mourning dove, rock dove (common pigeon), and white-winged dove.

    Shooting hours - Noon until sunset.
 
Dove Field Location: Dupuis Wildlife and Environmental Area is located off S. R. 76 approximately 3 miles from Port Mayaca in Martin County. From Okeechobee or West Palm Beach, take S.R. 710 (Beeline Highway) to S.R. 76 (just south of Indiantown). Go west on S.R. 76 approximately 5 miles for Gate 1 and 6 miles for Gate 3. The field is located north of the corner of Jim Lake and Dupuis Grades (see map).

General Information:

Dupuis WEA was acquired under the Save Our Rivers (SOR) program. The purpose of a wildlife and environmental area is to conserve and protect unique and irreplaceable wildlife habitats, restore areas to their original condition as much as possible, and allow controlled multiple recreational and educational uses consistent with this purpose.

Cooperation Requested:

 If you spot law violators or suspicious activities, contact your nearest Commission regional office or call 1-888-404-FWCC. You may qualify for a cash reward from the Wildlife Alert Reward Association.

This agency and the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibit discrimination by race, color, nationality, age, sex, or handicap. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity or facility of this agency, write to: Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, 620 South Meridian Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600 or to: Office of Human Relations, USFWS, Department of the Interior, Washington D.C. 20240.