During the week of March 11 to 17, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers Fletcher and Nelson were working the opening morning of youth turkey season in Wakulla County and observed a vehicle driving toward their position near a hunting blind.
The vehicle stopped and the officers were able to hear what appeared to be two individuals exit the vehicle and continue on foot further into the woods. A short time later, they heard the hunters attempting to call a turkey and later heard a gunshot from the direction of the hunters. The officers made contact with the two hunters in a blind a short distance past the Jeep, at which time Nelson observed a feeder a short distance away. A search of the area revealed multiple piles of corn within 25 yards of the hunting blind. The hunters were then interviewed and admitted to intentionally hunting over bait. Appropriate charges and citations were then issued.
Officers Miller, Boutwell and Raker were working the opening morning of youth turkey season and observed an individual walk past their position near a hunting blind, carrying turkey decoys. The hunter positioned both decoys in front of the blind under a feeder and then entered the blind. The hunter began attempting to call a turkey and, after a while, a gobbler answered him. The hunter then left the blind taking one of the decoys and began walking in the direction of the gobbler.
At this time, the officers made contact with the hunter and conducted a search of the area which revealed corn in front of the hunting blind. The hunter was then interviewed and admitted to intentionally hunting over bait and hunting during a closed season. Appropriate charges and citations were issued.