FWC to add youth turkey hunts, modify hog-dog hunts on public lands
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
The seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff Wednesday to advertise
a package of new rule proposals to be voted on at the February 2011
meeting. The proposed rules could affect hunting on many of the
state's wildlife management areas (WMA).
Most of the rule proposals apply to specific WMAs.
A summary of the proposals is available online as part of the Dec.
1-2 meeting agenda at MyFWC.com/Commission. Two of the rules,
however, would affect hunting managed areas on a statewide
The first proposed rule would establish youth
turkey hunts on 78 FWC-managed areas, all of which support adequate
turkey populations, and would create a youth turkey quota permit.
Forty-nine of the 78 areas will require a youth turkey quota
permit, and only those youths who will be less than 16 years old on
the last day of the youth turkey hunt can apply for this
The youth turkey hunts would be two-day,
Saturday-Sunday hunts, which would occur the weekend prior to the
opening of spring turkey season on each particular WMA. If
approved in February, these new hunts would take effect beginning
with the 2012 season.
These hunts will be available for youths younger
than 16 years old who are supervised by and in the presence of an
adult, 18 years of age or older, but only the youth will be allowed
to harvest a turkey.
Adult supervisors won't be required to have
licenses or permits, but they won't be allowed to participate in
the hunt. They will be allowed to supervise only. However,
any adult supervisor who has all of the required license and
permits would be allowed to do the "calling" and otherwise
participate in the hunt; but only the youths are allowed to harvest
The second rule proposal would remove the one-gun
restriction on all hog quota hunts using dogs. Currently,
these "hog-dog" quota hunts allow only one hunter (permit-holder),
one gun, one assistant and up to three dogs. An additional
person also can join the hunting party, if a guest permit is
obtained in that person's name.
If the Commission approves the proposed rule at the
February meeting, each participant will be allowed to hunt with a
gun, beginning with the 2011-12 hunting season.
Details about all these rule proposals can be
viewed at MyFWC.com/Commission by clicking on the agenda for the
Dec. 1-2 meeting.