Youth Spring Turkey Permit
A Youth Spring Turkey Quota Permit is a type of limited entry permit that is required in order for youth under age 16 to participate in some Spring Turkey hunts on select Wildlife Management Areas. Click "Application Worksheet" at the bottom of this page for specific wildlife management areas and dates.
- Cost: $0.00 - $2.50. Youth Spring Turkey Quota permits issued in the Phase I or Phase II random drawings are posted to your customer account online and can be printed from the web site for no cost. The service of reprinting the permit at a Tax Collector or retail agent location will cost $2.00 or $2.50 respectively. Permits issued in Phase III are printed online, by a Tax Collector or by a retail agent for no cost.
- Requirements: You must be less than 16 years old for the duration of the hunt in order to apply. There is no minimum age. Permit is not valid unless the youth is accompanied by an adult supervisor that is at least 18 years old.
- Issuance Method: Youth Spring Turkey Quota permits are issued by random drawing during Phases I and Phase II. Leftover permits are issued on a first-come, first-served basis during Phase III. In the Phase I random drawing, applicants are selected based on their preference points. Applicants with the highest number of Youth Spring Turkey preference points are selected before those with less Youth Spring Turkey preference points.
- Exemptions: There are no exemptions for this permit type; you must be issued a Youth Spring Turkey Quota permit or be the supervisor of a permit holder to participate in these hunts. Adult supervisors with required license and permits for taking wild turkeys or otherwise exempt from license and permit requirements, may participate in the hunt, but shall not take a turkey. Adult supervisors without license and permits for taking turkey may not assist in the attempt to take (no calling, no building blinds, no setting decoys, etc).
- Restrictions: You may submit one Youth Spring Turkey quota application and receive up to one Youth Spring Turkey quota permit in Phase I or Phase II. You may receive up to five Youth Spring Turkey quota permits total in Phase III (including any permits awarded in Phase I or Phase II). You can only apply in Phase II if you have not already been awarded a Youth Spring Turkey quota permit during Phase I. You can have no more than one Youth Spring Turkey quota permit per hunt, and no more than five Youth Spring Turkey quota permits total. The selling or purchasing of any quota permit is prohibited.
- Group Applications: Group applications are NOT allowed for this permit type. Adult supervisors with required license and permits for taking wild turkeys or otherwise exempt from license and permit requirements, may participate in the hunt, but shall not take a turkey.
- Preference Points: If you apply during Phase I and are unsuccessful, you will be awarded one Youth Spring Turkey preference point for next year (even if you get issued a permit in Phase II or Phase III). Preference points are cumulative and you will receive one additional Youth Spring Turkey preference point each year you apply in Phase I and are unsuccessful. If you apply during Phase I next year, and are drawn for a Youth Spring Turkey permit, your Youth Spring Turkey preference points will be reset to zero. No preference points are awarded if you fail to apply in Phase I. If you fail to apply during Phase I for two consecutive years, your preference points will be reset to zero. Successful applicants who return their quota permit 10 or more days before the first day of the hunt can have their preference points re-instated. See Returned Permits below.
- Transferability: Youth Spring Turkey quota permits are NOT transferable.
- Guest Permits: Guest permits are NOT available for this permit type. Adult supervisors with required license and permits for taking wild turkeys or otherwise exempt from license and permit requirements, may participate in the hunt, but shall not take a turkey.
- Returned Permits: If you are unable to use your permit you can return it for re-issuance. When you login to apply, click on "Apply for Reissued Permits"
We are now reissuing returned permits by random-draw. The application period for reissues will be Saturday at 12 noon ET through Tuesday at 12 noon ET.
- Only one application per permit type may be submitted per customer with up to five choices per application.
- The drawings will be conducted on Tuesday afternoons, and the results will be posted by 10 am on Wednesdays.
- Left-over permits will be available first-come first-served on Wednesday mornings at 10 am.
If a permit is returned during the open application period and before deadline and there are other permits available for that same hunt, the returned permit is added instantly to the quota for the current drawing.
If a permit is returned after the application deadline or if there are no other permits available for that specific hunt in the current drawing, it is placed in the next scheduled drawing.
Returned permits will show on the Permit Availability page as they are returned.
There will be a separate column in the list of available permits that will display the returned permits as they are returned.
- Drawing Results: Drawing results are typically posted within about two weeks after the end of the Application period. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.
- Reprints: You can reprint lost or destroyed non-transferable Youth Spring Turkey permits online at no cost or at a license agent or tax collector office for about $2.50.
- How to Apply: You can apply online (sign on and choose “Apply for Limited Entry/Quota Permit”) or complete the Application Worksheet (click "Application Worksheet" at bottom of page) and present it to any license agent or tax collector office. Children who do not hold a Florida drivers license or Florida ID must apply as non-residents to use the online system. Applying online as a non-resident will have no effect on the application in the drawing or future license purchases.
- How to Get Your Permit: If successful in the Phase I or Phase II random drawings, you can print your permit online at no cost or at a license agent or tax collector office for $2.50 or $2.00 respectively. Permits issued in Phase I or Phase II will be available in the system for printing online, by a license agent or tax collector until the last day of the hunt. In Phase III (First-Come, First-Served Leftovers) you are immediately awarded your permit, and the license agent or tax collector will immediately print your permit one time for no cost. If applying online in Phase III, you can immediately print your permit. The permit will remain available online until the last day of your hunt. If you choose to pick up your permit online, be sure you have access to a printer and that your browsers pop-up blocker is disabled, so that you can print your permit directly from the website. If you are successful in a drawing and you have provided a valid, non blocked, email address, your permit will be emailed to you as well as posted to your record online.