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My turkey season will start early this year in Florida. We'll be flying to Florida on March 19th and back to Montana on March 26th. I've been to Florida multiple times but this will be my first time hunting there.

I've killed three of the four main subspecies. I started hunting Easterns in 1990 in Southern IL so I've killed a good number of them. I killed my first Merriam's in 2002 in SD then moved to CO in 2006 and Montana in 2011 killing Merriam's in CO, NE, MT, and SD since. I've also killed Rios in Kansas. I've not killed anything but Merriam's since 2015 when I killed a couple Easterns, a Merriam's, and a Rio.

Ive not hunted or killed an Osceola and after moving to Montana I wasn't really sure I'd be making the trip to Florida. However,some friends that we made here in Montana are from Florida and unfortunately made the decision to move back last fall. When my wife mentioned coming down for a visit (she's always loved FL) I said only if we go in March when I can hunt turkeys. My wife was all over that and our friends were as well.

I really planned to hunt a large popular WMA but my buddy and his in-laws came through for me and have me hooked up with some unexpected private land. It looks like I'll probably return the favor and take some folks hunting in Montana. I'll have to return the favor on public land but they are aware of that. (Hopefully they can draw a license.)

It's a hair less than five weeks away. The airline tickets are bought, the rental car is reserved, and the date to hunt is set. Looking forward to Florida.
 
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My turkey season will start early this year in Florida. We'll be flying to Florida on March 19th and back to Montana on March 26th. I've been to Florida multiple times but this will be my first time hunting there.

I've killed three of the four main subspecies. I started hunting Easterns in 1990 in Southern IL so I've killed a good number of them. I killed my first Merriam's in 2002 in SD then moved to CO in 2006 and Montana in 2011 killing Merriam's in CO, NE, MT, and SD since. I've also killed Rios in Kansas. I've not killed anything but Merriam's since 2015 when I killed a couple Easterns, a Merriam's, and a Rio.

Ive not hunted or killed an Osceola and after moving to Montana I wasn't really sure I'd be making the trip to Florida. However,some friends that we made here in Montana are from Florida and unfortunately made the decision to move back last fall. When my wife mentioned coming down for a visit (she's always loved FL) I said only if we go in March when I can hunt turkeys. My wife was all over that and our friends were as well.

I really planned to hunt a large popular WMA but my buddy and his in-laws came through for me and have me hooked up with some unexpected private land. It looks like I'll probably return the favor and take some folks hunting in Montana. I'll have to return the favor on public land but they are aware of that. (Hopefully they can draw a license.)

It's a hair less than five weeks away. The airline tickets are bought, the rental car is reserved, and the date to hunt is set. Looking forward to Florida.

Beautiful birds down there! Good luck!


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Photos of spring 2015, the last time I hunted east of the Mississippi back home in Southern IL. We hunted MT, IL, KS, back to MT then NE. It rained the whole trip in NE so I struck out there. I still could have killed a bird but couldn't confirm it was a tom and not a jake until it was too late.

2015 Turkeys.jpg
 
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