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Has anyone ever hunted Osceola Turkeys in Florida?


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I might make a swing down to SE USA on a three week tour, late March to mid April.  I have a buddy in Georgia and plan to turkey hunt with him 1 or 2 days.   After that I have been looking at maybe a trip down to Florida for a crack at an Osceola.  Has anyone ever been down there to turkey hunt?  I’d probably hire a guide for a day, but don’t want to really stay with an outfitter in a lodge. (My wife is coming too, so she will just chill all day somewhere)   Just a gel of an idea at this point.  

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I live in Florida. There is a ton of public land. I have no idea about guides but the birds are not very talkative. 
 

Depending on where you go there is line where easterns and osceola are in the same area and sometimes breed for a hybrid. 
 

the licensing can be a pain to figure out. If you go the diy route PM me and i can try to help you out. 

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3 hours ago, blackbeltbill said:

Good Luck in Georgia.! Post up some pictures for the Gang here down the line.

I will Bill, Georgia is looking more and more likely.  The Florida leg was just another thought, not too far out of our way, and I’ll have some of my gear with me anyways.  Still researching and planning the rest of the trip at the same time. 

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On 3/11/2022 at 8:39 PM, screamon demon said:

I live in Florida. There is a ton of public land. I have no idea about guides but the birds are not very talkative. 
 

Depending on where you go there is line where easterns and osceola are in the same area and sometimes breed for a hybrid. 
 

the licensing can be a pain to figure out. If you go the diy route PM me and i can try to help you out. 

I need to get down to Florida and try my hand on one of these Shutmouth Gobblers.

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Cost of a hired guide in Florida for turkey is $3,500 bucks. Way too expensive for me.

Trying to get a tag you need a lawyer to figure it out.

Shooting one? Boring as shit. They don’t talk. 
 

The most unsatisfying thing I ever did.

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Excellent post!!

   Those Southeastern Turkeys have been hunted by Generations of hardcore Turkey Hunters,Outlaws and Poachers, and Men regularly  killing over the Legal Limit in the Spring. And the whole Southeast is a Destination  for out of State Veteran Turkey Killers who every Spring take their Limit. That is one reason Mississippi  had to change their very early opening day. Arkansas  Turkey Killers flocked to all the MUAs. As well as other out of Staters

  Decades of that equal Lockjaw and reduced Gobbling and Suspicious Toms staying up in their Roost until that see a Real Hen below them. Add the Nationwide Declining Turkey Numbers and hordes of Hunters wanting to Emulate  the success of Traveling  Utube Turkey Killing groups on Public Ground and Silence will Prevail.

   Now-- up in the Northeast-- all of the above is happening... Certainly  the situation  was different  in 1990 when,I started. Very Few Turkey Hunters,Vocal Gobblers,And Toms marching in from hundreds of yards to the Call. Right around 2015 or so- there was a marked difference  in the Spring behavior  of Hunted Toms Now Northeast Turkey Hunters have caught up to our Southren Brothers. Everyone now is a Turkey Killer.  By May 4th- Lockjaw on the MUAs. It is what it is.  

  These are the Tough Birds,I want to Hunt to test my skills .  Those  who hunt on Large areas of Private- consider  yourselves very fortunate  indeed with our now educated and evolved Tough Turkeys.

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