Are you daydreaming right now about hearing the gobble of a wild turkey echo through the woods? Are you ready to see the king of spring in full strut? If the answer is yes, mark your calendar and make a plan! Spring turkey season dates on lands outside of the wildlife management area (WMA) system are March 7 through April 12 south of State Road 70 and March 21 through April 26 in the rest of the state, including Osceola County.
For hunters who live for spring mornings in the turkey woods and those who yearn to try it, we offer the following tools and resources to help you make the most of this opportunity.
1. Get started turkey hunting or fine tune your skills with FWC’s new online guide. This resource provides tips on what license and permits are required, where to hunt, what to wear, how to call wild turkeys, and advice for creating healthy and delicious meals.
2. Find public hunting opportunities even if you didn’t draw a spring turkey quota permit. Florida has over 40 WMAs that offer spring turkey hunting without a quota permit.
5. Learn about an opportunity to introduce a young person to turkey hunting during the Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Weekends, held Feb. 29-March 1 south of State Road 70, and March 14-15 north of State Road 70.
6. Celebrate a successful hunt with a healthy, delicious meal. Our partners, the Fresh From Florida chefs, developed several mouthwatering wild turkey recipes that are so good, you’ll want to share them with friends and family!
7. Apply for an Outstanding Gobbler Certificate if you’ve harvested an especially nice bird. The FWC’s Wild Turkey Registry recognizes gobblers that meet certain minimum beard and spur length requirements. There’s also a First Gobbler Certificate for hunters under 16 years of age at the time the turkey is harvested.
8. Get even more information at MyFWC.com/Turkey.