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Florida youth spring turkey hunt March 10-11

From Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission

-- Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Weekend in Florida is March 10 and 11 in Florida, prior to the opening of spring turkey season in each hunting zone.

The weekend event was established in 2011 on private property. It was such a huge success that the two-day hunt also is now included on 78 wildlife management areas.

Only youths under 16 years old are allowed to harvest a turkey while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. On private land, no license or permit is required of the youth or supervising adult, unless the adult plans to help call-in the bird or participate in the hunt. In that case, the supervisor needs a hunting license and turkey permit.

To prevent overcrowding, most of the 78 participating WMAs require a youth spring turkey quota permit, and if the adult supervisor attempts to call in birds, he or she also needs a management area permit, hunting license and turkey permit.

There are still youth spring turkey quota permits available for some areas, and they can be obtained by those hunters under 16 years of age on a first-come, first-served basis at any license agent, and beginning at 10 a.m. March 8 online at http://myfwc.com/License.

There are 23 WMAs that do not require a quota permit: Apalachicola, Aucilla, Big Bend – Spring Creek Unit, Big Bend – Tide Swamp Unit, Blackwater, Choctawhatchee River (only the south portion of the area), Escambia River, Herky Huffman/Bull Creek, J.W. Corbett, Joe Budd, Jumper Creek, Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, Kissimmee River, Lake Monroe, Lochloosa, Log Landing, Lower Econfina River, Middle Aucilla, Osceola, Richloam, Steinhatchee Springs, Three Lakes and Upper St. Johns River Marsh.

For all of these hunts, only youth may harvest a bird. On WMAs, the only firearms allowed during spring turkey seasons are shotguns and muzzleloading shotguns, using shot no larger than No. 2.

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