15 replies [Last post]
Alpine_Archer's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Martin County NC
Joined: 08/10/2009
Posts: 657
Scouting Early Season Florida

We headed out to a local Managment Area this morning for a little scouting. We knew it was going to be wet, but man it was REALLY wet. Water every where and lots of cotton mouths around too. We won't be able to hunt most of our normal locations due to the high water.

We were able to see a few deer and stumbled across a small but nice 4x shed that was next to some newer scrapes. The buck must frequent the area alot because he had it tore up in there. The creeks were over flowing and the deer and hogs seemed to be on the higher ridges away from all the standing water. Still not a whole lot of rubs and scrapes yet. It's still a little early I guess.

PreviewAttachmentSize
100_1316.JPG
100_1316.JPG2.63 MB
100_1315.JPG
100_1315.JPG3.97 MB
100_1323.JPG
100_1323.JPG2.63 MB
100_1325.JPG
100_1325.JPG1.48 MB
ecubackpacker's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: NC
Joined: 09/11/2009
Posts: 1639
Alpine, that management area

Alpine, that management area you're talking about, is it a permit area or can anyone hunt them?

We have some places around here that are hunted only by permit and can be pretty good to hunt. A lot of the public gamelands are hunted by houndsmen and you never know when they've hunted or when they'll be back. I like to hunt the permit areas but it's a question of whether I'll get drawn.

Maybe I'll get drawn again this year. I put in for a couple of different areas and bear this year. We'll see.

Alpine_Archer's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Martin County NC
Joined: 08/10/2009
Posts: 657
It really depends on the

It really depends on the season. This WMA is open for all archery season but you need to be drawn for the first 9 days of gun season. There are about 100 WMA's in FL and most of them are different. With the dates and seasons all changing acording to the WMA.

I drew 4 quota permits this year. 3 of them are draw only and the other one is for the first 9 days. After the first 9 days anyone can hunt there. Florida does allow a buddy hunt system which you can hunt out of the same vehicle as someone with a quota permit and share a bag limit. Since you can kill 2 deer a day down here thats great for those hard to draw units.

My uncle drew a unit where only 35 hunters are allowed in each season. I've hunted this area before and plan on using his buddy permit. Hopefully I can make something happen in of of the units this year.

My season starts on the 18th in a wildlife refuge which is open to all hunters. The following weekend of the 25th is when most quoto permits start in the WMA's.

Floridas system is quite confusing at time but if you figure it out there are some great opputunitys to hunt big game on public land from september all the way untill feb.

ecubackpacker's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: NC
Joined: 09/11/2009
Posts: 1639
I may would like to hunt in

I may would like to hunt in Jan in Fl since our season goes out 1 Jan. Are there any WMA's close to Palm Bay, Fl that you know about?

And when does turkey season open in Fl? March?

Ca_Vermonster's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!Moderator
Location: San Diego, CA
Joined: 07/27/2007
Posts: 5746
Still a good trip in the

Still a good trip in the woods though.... Thumbs up

numbnutz's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: portland,oregon
Joined: 09/06/2007
Posts: 3058
Good looking pic Alpine, good

Good looking pic Alpine, good luck with your upcoming hunts

Offline
Moderator
Location: Florida,USA
Joined: 08/21/2003
Posts: 1566
I feel your pain

Here are a couple pic of the SW entrance to my lease. The water is FLOWING out. I had a couple of pics of the water under one of my stands but it kinda dark. I'll try to lighten it up and post also.

 

Florida has really screwed up the WMA permit process to try and mimic other states and try to use a Point system. Mabe they'll get it together soon. I have completely quit using WMAs even though I am surrounded by one at work.

PreviewAttachmentSize
Lease Entrance looking in.
Lease Entrance looking in.167.23 KB
Lease Entrance looking out
Lease Entrance looking out164.51 KB
ecubackpacker's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: NC
Joined: 09/11/2009
Posts: 1639
Do you have a canoe to keep

Do you have a canoe to keep you high and dry? There's one thing about all the water, it will make for easier dragging when you get one down.Thumbs up

Offline
Moderator
Location: Florida,USA
Joined: 08/21/2003
Posts: 1566
Water, water everywhere water !!

This has never dried since last season, the wettest I can remember. Rained every single day I hunted except for the last day.

I knew I was in trouble when 2 Otters swam under my stand one evening.

ecubackpacker's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: NC
Joined: 09/11/2009
Posts: 1639
Funny! Maybe you need to pick

Funny! Maybe you need to pick up some fur tags and trap those otters.

Alpine_Archer's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Martin County NC
Joined: 08/10/2009
Posts: 657
Where abouts do you hunt at

Where abouts do you hunt at man?? I'd have to agree with ya 100% on the WMA things, but I have no choice but to hunt pubnlic lands. Can't afford to join a club and don't know anyone that will let me hunt their land.

We're headed up to Lower Suwannee NWR on the 17th for about 5 days. Then its back home to hunt Goathe WMA starting on the 25th... All my permits are for citrus this year and the season doesnt start up there till november. My family runs dogs in richloam but I'm not real big into the dog hunting thing. I only make it up there a few times a year.

Good luck to everyone this season and thanks for looking.

Backpacker I'm not real familiar with the area down there so I'm not much help. I do believe that turkey season is in march or april down there. I'll have to check the brochure for ya...

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Scouting and trimmingTndeerhunter612/31/2010 08:50 am
There is no offseasonexbiologist712/28/2009 21:57 pm
Scouting season is coming early this yearexbiologist304/16/2012 09:13 am
Trade Florida turkey huntcoop012/25/2005 20:48 pm
scouting WMAs in Virginia or surrounding statesBlue_Ridge007/26/2004 08:58 am