From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
-- For hunters who didn't get drawn for a spring turkey quota permit or are looking for more spring turkey hunting opportunities, there are numerous wildlife management areas (WMAs) that don't require them.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers 42 public hunting areas statewide where hunters need only to walk on to hunt spring turkeys.
The hunts are made possible through FWC partnerships with the state's Division of Forestry, Florida's water management districts, the U.S. Forest Service, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the National Park Service, Department of Defense and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. These agencies contribute their lands to the state's public-hunting system.
Hunters need only a hunting license ($17 for residents, $46.50 for nonresident 10-day license), management area permit ($26.50) and turkey permit ($5 for residents, $100 for nonresidents) to spring turkey hunt. These licenses and permits can be purchased in Florida at county tax collectors' offices and at most retail outlets that sell hunting and fishing supplies. They also can be bought with a credit card by calling 888-486-8356 or going online at www.wildlifelicense.com/fl.
Spring turkey season runs March 20 - April 25 unless otherwise noted. Shooting hours during spring turkey season on WMAs are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m.
Hunters can look at more details at http://www.myfwc.com/RECREATION/Hunt_SprTurkeyNoQuotaPermit.htm.