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FWC opens turkey hunt permit applications

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By The Staff

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will begin accepting 2010 special-opportunity spring turkey hunt applications at 10 a.m. Sept. 8.

The deadline for submitting applications is midnight Oct. 13.

Applications may be submitted at www.wildlifelicense.com, county tax collectors’ offices or at any license agent. A random drawing decides who will receive the permits. To apply, hunters can obtain application worksheets at MyFWC.com/Hunting under “Limited Entry Hunts.”

Demand for these hunts is typically greater than the number of available permits, but hunters can increase their chances of being selected by submitting as many $5 nonrefundable applications as they like. Successful applicants pay a permit fee of $50 - $175, depending on the special-opportunity hunt area selected. Out-of-state hunters tare limited o one permit per hunt.

The FWC created special-opportunity spring turkey hunts for sportsmen looking to take an Osceola, the “crown jewel” of the turkey hunter’s Grand Slam. The FWC designs special-opportunity turkey hunts to take place on large tracts of land, with great habitat, healthy turkey populations and a limited number of hunters.

The Osceola is a highly prized subspecies of wild turkey, found only in peninsular Florida, south of and including Dixie, Gilchrist, Alachua, Union, Bradford, Clay and Duval counties. All hunts take place within the Osceola turkey’s home range.

For more information on special-opportunity Osceola turkey hunts, visit MyFWC.com/Hunting.