Apply for special-opportunity spring turkey hunts Sept. 8 - Oct. 13
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting special-opportunity spring turkey hunt applications at 10 a.m. Sept. 8. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight Oct. 13.
Applications may be submitted at license.myfwc.com, county tax collectors' offices or at any license agent. A random drawing will determine who receives a permit. To apply, hunters can obtain application worksheets at MyFWC.com/Hunting under "Limited Entry Hunts."
Demand for these hunts is typically greater than the number of available permits, but hunters can increase their chances of being selected by submitting as many $5 nonrefundable applications as they like. Hunters can submit applications for multiple hunts and be selected for more than one hunt. Successful applicants pay a permit fee of $50 - $175, depending on the special-opportunity hunt area selected, with individual hunts ranging from 5 - 7 days in length.
Nonresident hunters are limited to one permit for each hunt.
The FWC created special-opportunity spring turkey hunts for sportsmen looking to take an Osceola, the "crown jewel" of the turkey hunter's Grand Slam and for those who prefer a high-quality hunting experience. The FWC designs special-opportunity turkey hunts to take place on large tracts of land, with great habitat, healthy turkey populations and a limited number of hunters.
Harvest success on these turkey hunts is typically higher than most public land hunts and comparable or higher than many private land hunts. During the 2010 spring turkey season, an average of 6.6 hunter-days was required to harvest a turkey on these special-opportunity turkey hunts.
The Osceola is a highly prized subspecies of wild turkey, found only in peninsular Florida, south of and including Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Union, Bradford, Clay and Duval counties. All hunts take place within the Osceola turkey's range. For more information on licenses and permits, call the FWC's Office of Licensing and Permitting, 850-488-3641. Visit MyFWC.com/Hunting for information on special-opportunity Osceola turkey hunts.