Florida Spring Turkey Quota Hunts

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Hunters looking to do some turkey hunting on most of Florida’s wildlife management areas during the 2007 spring turkey season need to apply for quota hunt permits beginning 10 a.m. (EST), Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2006.

Quota hunt permit worksheets are available at MyFWC.com/hunting under "Quota Hunts." Worksheets also are available at county tax collectors' offices and at all FWC regional offices.

Applicants must apply through the FWC’s Total Licensing System (TLS). Applications are no longer accepted by mail. Hunters may apply through the Internet at wildlifelicense.com or turn in their completed worksheets to any tax collector or license agent.

All applicants, regardless of when they apply, have the same chance of being selected as long as they submit their applications within the application period. Applicants must apply by 11:59 p.m. (EST), Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006 to be included in one of two random drawings.

Hunters, who were included in the random drawing last year but were not issued a quota hunt permit, will be included in this year's first drawing, known as the "preference drawing."

"When you submit your application, there is no need to attach any rejection notice you may have received last year. The TLS knows who was rejected and who is eligible," said FWC quota hunt coordinator Eddie White. "When you submit your application, you will receive a receipt showing the hunts you have applied for and your preference status. If you are eligible for the preference drawing, your receipt will indicate 'Preference: Yes.' Those not eligible for the preference drawing will be included in the second drawing."

Hunters also may apply as a "group." A group leader first must apply to create the group. The group's number will be printed on the group leader's receipt. Each person wishing to join the group must submit an application using that unique group number.

Applicants will receive, by mail, either a spring turkey quota hunt permit or a rejection notice prior to the beginning of Phase 2 of the selection process occurring Dec. 5. Rejected applicants may re-apply during Phase 2 on a first-come, first-served basis for any hunts not filled and will be eligible for the preference drawing next year.

For more information on how to apply for spring turkey quota hunt permits, visit MyFWC.com/hunting.