Osceola Turkey Hunts

Many hunters think ONLY one thing when they think Florida -- the Osceola turkey.  

Florida Outdoor Experience specializes in Osceola turkey hunts, considered by many to be the hardest hunt of the elusive Grand Slam. Our guides have years of experience chasing Toms and spend countless hours afield scouting every season.  Florida Outdoor Experience takes a low number of birds off their properties, harvesting only mature gobblers, giving hunters the chance to encounter multiple long beards. Drummond Pond, like many of our farms, has a year-round feed program and food plots specifically planted for turkeys, which keep them roosting on our properties all year.  Our feed program, combined with controlled burns, habitat management, and keeping predator numbers low, has caused our turkey population to explode over the past 10 years.

2018 Spring Turkey Dates / Zone C

March 16th through April 21st, 2019


 

The Osceola Wild Turkey

(AKA: The Florida Turkey) was named after the famous Seminole Indian, Chief Osceola, in 1890 and can only be found on the Florida peninsula. It is smaller and darker than it's close relative the Eastern Wild Turkey, with less barring in its wing feathers. The Osceola is characterized by dark brown tail feather tips and iridescent red, green and bronze body feathers. Gobblers can grow to three-and-a-half feet tall and weigh as much as 25 pounds; with hens only weighing in the 8 to 15 pound range. It is estimated that 80,000 to 100,000 of these birds live throughout Florida; primarily in flat pine woods, scrub patches of palmettos and swampy areas.  Their diet ranges from blackberries to acorns and grasshoppers to small amphibians. The Florida Turkey is a prize trophy among hunters due to its challenging nature and small area of distribution; it is  considered by many the hardest bird of the Turkey Grand Slam.

Florida Outdoor Experiences offers a three-day Turkey Package, consisting of three morning hunts and three afternoon hunts.  It includes first-class meals and lodging at The Farmhouse at Rocky Hammock Preserve, your own professional guide and one Osceola Turkey .  While there are no guarantees in turkey hunting, we have had an incredible success rate giving hunters the opportunity to harvest a mature Osceola on our farms!

Florida Outdoor Experience conducts all it's Osceola Turkey hunts in Levy County, which make birds eligible to be registered with the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).  We have a total of five farms that consist of pine plantations, prairies, oak hammocks, palmetto flats, and pastures which are prime habitat for long bearded gobblers. We have year round water, 100 acres in food plots, and a turkey management plan in place that not only promotes population,  but keeps them on our properties. This prime environment ensures our clients multiple encounters with trophy birds! 

Florida Outdoor Experience hunters arrive at Rocky Hammock Preserve on Thursdays, in time to unpack, sight-in, share some stories and relax on the breezeway before a delicious, home cooked meal. We book four hunters at The Farmhouse per three-day hunt and all hunters will have a personal guide. Our Pro-Staff members are excellent callers and know the ins and outs of all our properties and what it takes to get a Tom on the ground. In the State of Florida, turkey hunting hours are from one half hour before sunrise until sunset. The schedule allows for a morning hunt, a break for lunch, and an afternoon hunt each day. Making for an action-packed day of turkey hunting. 


 
 
 
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Florida Whitetail Hunts

100% Fare Chase for Native / Coastal Whitetails

MUZZLELOADER - RIFLE - ARCHERY - HANDGUN - CROSSBOW

SEPTEMBER THROUGH JANUARY

Zone C

  • Archery season: Sept. 15 – Oct. 14
  • Crossbow season: Sept. 15 – Oct. 19
  • Muzzleloading gun season: Oct. 20 – Nov. 2
  • General gun season: Nov. 3 – Jan. 20

Florida Outdoor Experience has over 6,000 acres of managed, fair chase hunting for native, whitetail deer.  Whether you are here to gun or bow hunt we have you covered, with farms set up specifically with each in mind.  Our properties have diverse habitats, consisting primarily of oak hammocks, planted pines, prairies, second growth forest and scrub that allow our deer herd to flourish.  As well, we have a constant water supply that keeps game on our farms no matter the season.

Florida Outdoor Experience's management plan is a year round process that includes prescribed burns, supplemental feed programs, food plots and extensive herd management.  Many of our farms have been managed exclusively for whitetails for over 20 years allowing our resident whitetails to grow, with several bucks harvested each season scoring over 100 inches, which makes them eligible for the Florida Buck Registry.  

Florida Outdoor Experience has deer stands for everyone, including blinds for handicap hunters.  We offer everything from comfortable shooting houses located on green fields and feeders, lock-ons for our archery enthusiasts, both single and double ladder stands and pop up blinds set up on pinch points, fresh sign or travel corridors.  Florida Outdoor Experience guides spend countless hours before your arrival scouting and hanging new sets to insure your hunt is a success.  Come hunt with us this season!  

 
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Wild Hog Hunts

Archery - Shotgun - Pistol - Rifle

100% FARE CHASE

COME HUNT WILD HOGS WITH FLORIDA OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE AND GET IN ON THE ACTION!

     Join Florida Outdoor Experience for some exciting hog hunting in Levy County.  Our farms boast large populations of wild hogs and our hunts are 100% fair chase. This is a real, Florida hog hunt at its finest!  Due to our food plot and feeding programs, abundance of water and diverse habitat, we are able to hold hogs on our properties throughout the year!  There is NO CLOSED SEASON on hogs, so whether you are here to hunt deer with us in the fall or chasing Osceola turkeys come spring, a hog is always an option!

     Florida Outdoor Experience is now offering nighttime, thermal hunts for hogs and coyotes off their Raymarine By FLIR rigged golf cart, equipped with thermal imaging radar and sporting rifles with the best thermal scopes on the market today.  Take a slow ride around their farms and set up spot and stalks on unexpecting hogs with help of the Raymarine By FLIR scopes and radar.  It makes for an exciting hunt and one you're sure not to soon forget! 

     Florida Outdoor Experience also offers hog packages from two to three days.  Hunt with rifle, shotgun, pistol, crossbow or archery equipment on thousands of acres of private property.  Hogs range from small, meat hogs to trophy boars over 200 pounds, with cutters over two inches in length.  Hunts may be by spot and stalk, ground blind or ladder stand, with dog hunts available upon request. 

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Alligator Hunts 

BOW - ROD & REEL - RIFLE

 PRIVATE & PUBLIC WATER HUNTS AVAILABLE

HUNT TROPHY GATORS WITH FLORIDA OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE!   

APRIL THRU OCTOBER

     Join Florida Outdoor Experience on a hunt of a lifetime chasing gators in the backwaters and swamps of Central Florida.  Our hunting grounds and guides are some of the best the Sunshine State has to offer and we spend countless hours scouting to assure the success of our clients.  Whether you are booking a "Sportman's Hunt" or in search of that trophy gator, Florida Outdoor Experience has you covered.

     Hunts are available from April through October and both day and  night hunts are available.  Whether we are hunting on land or water, our guides will assure you have a safe, enjoyable hunt.  See a different side of Florida and what lurks at night in its winding rivers and placid lakes.  Darkness only adds to the excitement, as you search for glowing eyes on the water's surface and move in for a closer look.  We supply everything you need on this memorable hunt.

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Fishing the Nature Coast of Florida

 
 
 
 
 
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Thermal Hog Hunts

 
 
 
 
 
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Flyfishing for Tarpon in Homosassa

 
 
 
 
 
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Outdoor Clinics

 
 
 
 
 
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