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Attention Florida Hunters:
Two Important Changes to Spring 2011 Regulations

To all hunters who plan to head afield in Florida this spring, please take note of two important changes made by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to Florida's hunting regulations before you hunt.

1) Beginning this spring turkey season, only shotguns using shot no larger in diameter than No. 2 (e.g., 2, 4, 6, etc.) may be used to take turkeys during the spring season on wildlife management areas.

  • The new firearm restriction was approved after the management area brochures were printed; therefore, the brochures do not include this rule change. This new rule does not apply to turkey hunting on private lands.

  • Bows and crossbows may still be used on areas where they are allowed. But all rifles, pistols, buckshot and slugs are now prohibited for harvesting turkeys during spring seasons on wildlife management areas. Exceptions are Joe Budd WMA, Raiford WMA and Santa Fe Swamp WEA, where muzzleloading rifles are still allowed because these areas are restricted to primitive guns during the spring turkey season.

2) The second new rule established a special two-day youth turkey hunt on private lands the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season in each hunting zone.

  • In Zone A (the southern portion of Florida, south of State Road 70), the youth turkey hunt is Feb. 26 and 27.

  • In the remainder of the state (Zones B, C, and D), the youth turkey hunt is March 12 and 13.

  • Only youth under 16 years old may harvest a turkey while supervised by an adult 18 years or older.

  • As long as the adult supervisor doesn't actively participate in the hunt, no license or permit is required for either youth or adult. If the adult wants to participate in the hunt (e.g., call, set up decoys, etc.), he or she needs a hunting license and turkey permit.

  • Only the youth can pull the trigger.

  • Any turkey harvested counts toward the youth's spring season limit of two.

  • During the 2011 spring season, the youth turkey hunt applies only to private property, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area, the Kissimmee River Public Use Area and Lake Monroe WMA.

Be sure to check all regulations in the areas you plan to hunt.

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