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2021 Spring Turkey Hunt Guide

Spring Turkey Season Regulations

Season Dates

Spring turkey season south of State Road 70 opens March 6 and runs through April 11 on lands outside of the WMA system. North of State Roach 70, the season opens March 20 and runs through April 25.

Bag Limits

Hunters may take bearded turkeys and gobblers only. On lands outside of the WMA system, the daily bag limit is two and the season and possession limit on turkeys is two, except in Holmes County, where the daily bag and season limit is 1.

License and Permit Requirements

To hunt wild turkeys on lands outside of the WMA system, hunters will need a hunting license and turkey permit, unless exempt. These licenses and permits can be purchased with a credit card at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). They can also be purchased in Florida at county tax collectors’ offices and at most retail outlets that sell hunting/fishing supplies.

Other Regulations

On lands outside of the WMA system, any legal rifle, shotgun, pre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air guns of at least .20-caliber, muzzleloader, crossbow, bow or pistol may be used to take turkeys.

Shooting hours on lands outside of the WMA system are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Hunters may use decoys, but they are not permitted to hunt turkeys with dogs, use recorded turkey calls or sounds, or shoot turkeys on the roost. In addition, wild turkey may not be taken if the hunter is less than 100 yards from a game feeding station when feed is present.

See the Florida Hunting Regulations for more information.

Season Dates

Season dates and other rules may vary from statewide seasons and other WMAs so carefully review the WMA regulations brochure for the area you want to hunt. Find WMA Regulations brochures.

Bag Limits

Hunters may take bearded turkeys and gobblers only and the season limit is 2. On WMAs, hunters may take only one bird per day. Before hunting a WMA, carefully review the area’s regulations brochure as season dates, bag limits and other rules may vary. Find WMA Regulations brochures.

License and Permit Requirements

To hunt wild turkeys at a WMA, hunters will need a hunting license, a turkey permit and a management area permit, unless exempt. These licenses and permits can be purchased with a credit card at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by calling 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). They can also be purchased in Florida at county tax collectors’ offices and at most retail outlets that sell hunting/fishing supplies.

Other Regulations

NOTE: Before hunting a WMA, carefully review the area’s regulations brochure as season dates and other rules may vary. Also, check the area’s open/closed status to determine its availability to public access, and if there are any road closures or updates about check stations or entrances. 

Shooting hours during spring turkey season on most WMAs are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. On some WMAs, spring turkey shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. 

Any legal shotgun using #2 or smaller shot sizepre-charged pneumatic (PCP) air guns propelling a bolt or arrow, crossbow, or bow may be used to take wild turkeys. 

Hunters may use decoys, but they are not permitted to hunt turkeys with dogs, use recorded turkey calls or sounds, or shoot turkeys on the roost, or over bait.

The FWC offers two Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Weekends: Feb. 27-28, 2021, south of State Road 70, and March 13-14, 2021, north of State Road 70. These Saturday-Sunday hunts are available to youth 15 years old and younger and occur on many wildlife management areas (WMAs) and lands outside of the WMA system. 

Learn more about Youth Turkey Hunt Weekends.

No Quota Permit Hunting

Many WMAs offering spring turkey hunting require a quota permit. The FWC also offers WMAs that do not require a quota permit, and you can find those areas by reviewing the list and map below.

Before heading afield, carefully review the WMA regulations brochure for the area you want to hunt. Some WMAs require a quota permit for a portion of their season while a daily quota permit issued from the check station is needed at others. In addition, area season dates, bag limits, shooting hours and other rules may vary from statewide seasons and other WMAs. Also, always check the WMA's open/closed status to determine its availability to public access and if there are any road closures or other area updates.

Where to hunt Turkeys without Quota permit