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Author Topic: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey  (Read 1130 times)

Offline Flintlock1776

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Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« on: April 19, 2020, 09:08:19 AM »
Well, a few weeks away to May and my great escape to retire to SW Florida.

I checked out a hunt club on FB. Property was large, folks were fun but $2k for an annual lease is above my pay grade

I figure I have to travel north of Central Florida or west to panhandle.

I could keep my driving to daylight hours I can do 8-10 hour drive, max. I used to haul butt to my old buddyís stomping ground when I was younger but a drive to Geiger, Alabama took two days. After being on too many crash calls with the FD in my career, I know not to push a drive. Nod out for 5 seconds is not a good thing in a moving vehicle.

Anyway, does anyone know of a turkey/deer hunting club that may be open to an old coot like me?

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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2020, 09:49:42 AM »
up here, there is a hunting lease network. they lease several pieces of land in different states. it would be nice, because you aren't limited to one state or piece of land. google it in you area. might work out
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2020, 10:46:46 PM »
There surely ought to be affordable leases near your new home.  Sometimes it takes a bit of time to find out what is going on.  Gun shops, feed stores (local establishments not the Tractor Supply type) are some of the folks who will know who is into hunting.
Another place would be talking to FWC employees, especially the law enforcement folks (game wardens), they probably know more than anyone who manages leases on private property.
The Wildlife Management Areas in Florida cover almost 6 million acres.  Go to myfwc.com and you'll find info on those areas.  There are all sorts of different rules and regulations on the different areas and there are several in southwest Florida.
It's been close to 50 years since I hunted on a WMA and since that time much of the once coveted private lands have been included in the WMA network.
I just spent a few minutes and googled "hunting lease in southwest Florida", there are lots of pages to sort through but probably some information to help you figure what may be available.
I believe I mentioned once before, somebody in one the Fire Departments down there has got to be a hunter.
I do hope you find a place close to home and Florida hunting will probably be a learning experience that will be enjoyable.
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2020, 08:13:10 AM »
I grew up in south Alabama and most of the leases are large because almost all of the land available for lease is pine tree plantations and the timber companies dont like to split up those large tracts. The average cost to join one of those clubs is $1500 to $2000 per year.
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2020, 06:08:46 PM »
No leases found down here. Up in the panhandle $2k +

That I can not afford.

May have to sell off all my rifles and shotguns, bow, crossbow etc.
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2020, 06:10:55 PM »
Any public land options?
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2020, 08:31:56 PM »
Any public land options?

No, never was comfortable on public land. Had some scary incidents years back, donít want a repeat. I think lease clubs are safer for your stuff at camp and when hunting as pressure is managed
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2020, 09:36:08 PM »
Well Chief, looks like you'll have to find some friends down there and make some connections, or buy some land, or write some checks (or take up fishing).  I know it's tough moving into a new area, but I wouldn't give up on it yet.  Took me a while here to get some established connections here.  Also bought a couple of small parcels (sold 1) and will hunt public land now and then.
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2020, 10:19:43 PM »
I donít live in an area of hunters. Pretty much Millennials and such Pretty much citified

A shame

I will let you know when I get it done and likely need to delist from the forum.

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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2020, 07:25:16 AM »
I don't see why you would delist from the forum. You can always come here and talk shop.
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #10 on: June 04, 2020, 09:36:14 AM »
I don't see why you would delist from the forum. You can always come here and talk shop.
thanks but without a safe place to hunt I figure I need to sell off my stuff.
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #11 on: June 04, 2020, 04:06:09 PM »
could you check with any fire fighter guys down there they might help you out being one for so long
time for food plots deer season is coming 10/1/20




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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2020, 11:11:01 AM »
Flint - How does the drive to Macon sound like?? I think we have an opening in the BCSC (that stands for Butts County Sportsman Club)...I do remember those days between 1974 and 1978 when I was at St Lucie Nuclear Power Plant and lived in Atlanta, it took me 11 hours to drive that distance, between Lilburn, GA and Port St. Lucie (when there was nothing there) but look at it now!!

Split Toe is (Republican) President of our club, along with Deerhead, Metalman, CobbGuy, Jap51 and yours truly. We have become more of a social club rather than a trophy club, but there are a few big ones on our property.....I can attest to that for sure....see attached....but we rather eat steaks at night and do some fine drinking after the guns are put up...and if you do break out the booze during the day, then you have to stay in the camp during the evening hunt, which there is a few that do anyway....LOL...

Let us know if you find the time and desire to be in a hunt club like ours.....

 
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #13 on: June 07, 2020, 10:06:34 AM »
check out the Woods and Water magazine   it has listed hunt leases for Florida and Ga. 
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Re: Florida hunting Deer & Turkey
« Reply #14 on: June 07, 2020, 04:45:22 PM »
There is a WMA know as Picayune Strand, 76,000 acres, 2 miles +/- east of Naples.  That ought to be a place to check out, along with the rules, regulations, quotas, etc. posted by the FWC.         https://myfwc.com/hunting/season-dates/
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