From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
-- The Wildlife Commission has passed new rules that affect hunting on many Florida wildlife management areas. Most rules apply to specific WMAs; however, two affect public hunting on a statewide scale.
One new statewide rule establishes youth turkey hunts on 78 FWC-managed areas, all of which support adequate turkey populations, and creates a youth turkey quota permit. Forty-nine of the 78 areas will require a youth turkey quota permit. Only youth less than 16 years old on the last day of the youth turkey hunt may apply for the opportunity.
Youth turkey hunts on these WMAs will be two-day, Saturday-Sunday hunts to occur the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season on each particular WMA, beginning with the 2012 season.
The hunts will be available for youths younger than 16 who are supervised by and in the presence of an adult 18 years of age or older, and only the youth will be allowed to harvest a turkey.
Adult supervisors who don't have the required hunting license, turkey permit and management area permit won't be allowed to participate in the hunt. Adult supervisors who do have the required license and permits will be allowed to call and participate in the hunt, but only the youth hunter is allowed to harvest a turkey.
The other statewide rule removes the one-gun restriction on all hog quota hunts using dogs.
Currently, hog-dog quota hunts allow only one permit-holder hunter, one gun, one assistant and up to three dogs. An additional person also may join the hunting party if a guest permit is obtained in that person's name. Starting with the 2011-12 hunting season, each participant will be allowed to hunt with a gun.