OUTTA THE WOODS: Talkin' turkey

Published: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 03:31 PM.

To participate in spring turkey hunting, you’ll need a Florida hunting license and a turkey permit. If you plan to pursue a gobbler on one of Florida’s many WMAs, you also must purchase a management area permit.

All of these licenses and permits are available at county tax collectors’ offices, most retail outlets that sell hunting and fishing supplies, by calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356), or online at License.MyFWC.com.

And if you didn’t put in for a special-opportunity or quota permit, don’t worry; several WMAs don’t require them. Click on Where to spring turkey hunt without a quota permit to see a list of WMAs where you need only a hunting license, management area permit and turkey permit to hunt spring turkeys.

Tony Young, of the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission, and his wife, Katie, have a turkey hunting trip planned in South Florida with old friends, and they are really looking forward to going after an Osceola for their first time.

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