Special Opportunity Hunting Application Available

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Wildlife management area special-opportunity hunting applications for the 2003-2004 seasons are now available.

Hunters can obtain applications to participate in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) special-opportunity hunts at regional offices and online at wildflorida.org/hunting/.

The FWC offers special-opportunity hunts on eight of the state’s 115 wildlife management areas.

“These wildlife management areas were selected for their outstanding populations of the featured species,” said Eddie White, FWC’s quota hunt coordinator. “Surveys indicate many hunters are looking for better quality hunting experiences on public lands.

“Special-opportunity hunts are geared to feature older deer with minimum hunting pressure,” White said. “The results have been very good. Most of the older deer harvested under this program have had impressive antlers, and the limited number of hunters on each hunt makes for a great hunting experience.”

The demand for permits for these hunts far exceeds supply. There is a $5 non-refundable application fee, and hunters can apply as many times as they like. The cost of the hunts for selected applicants ranges from $50 to $175. The application deadline for inclusion in the special-opportunity random selection is June 15.

Quota hunt applications for wildlife management areas not in the special-opportunity program will be available June 1 from tax collectors, FWC offices and most places that sell hunting and fishing license. Applications must be received by June 11 to be included in the quota hunt random selection.