Florida Spring Turkey Hunt Applications Available

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Special-opportunity spring turkey hunt applications for the 2007 season are now available from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

To apply, hunters can obtain applications at MyFWC.com and at all FWC regional offices. Applications will be accepted at MyFWC.com, county tax collectors' offices or at any license agent beginning 10 a.m. (EDT) Sept. 12 and must be received by midnight Oct. 17. A random drawing decides who will receive the coveted permits.

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. Successful applicants pay an additional $50 - $175, depending on the special-opportunity hunt area selected.

Participation rules limit out-of-state hunters to one permit per hunt.

These special hunts have been created for sportsmen looking to take an Osceola, the “crown jewel” of the turkey hunters’ Grand Slam. The FWC designs special-opportunity turkey hunts to take place on large tracts of land, with great habitat, healthy turkey populations and with a limited number of hunters.

The Osceola is a highly prized subspecies of wild turkey, which occurs only in peninsular Florida, and can be found 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 special-opportunity Osceola turkey hunts, visit MyFWC.com/hunting.