10-19-2003, 03:08 PM
My wife and I have discussing possibly moving to Florida in the next couple of years or sooner.
I like the colder weather she the hotter , I can deal with the hotter climates, only if the hunting is good .
My question is where is the best place in Florida to hunt AAAAAA move to ? I'm looking for a house with over 5 acres or so,the more the better .
I've been doing a home search on the real-estate web sites but nun of them give any info on hunting spots.http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif
I'm hoping some of you can help .
Any help is appreciated Thanks woodsman http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-help-green.gif
10-29-2003, 07:00 AM
Woodsman, what are your plans, besides hunting? Are you retired, do you plan on working? What field? Do you have kids? There are many variables to be considered besides hunting before one could give a recommendation.
The urban areas of Florida offer the most job opportunities, but they are crowded, the traffic is bad, the land and houses are expensive. There are many rural areas 1/2 to 1 hour from the big cities where you can live in solitude in a country setting, yet still have close access to the city for work, shopping, schools, medical care, etc. This is where I live. I live on 10 acres about 1/2 hour outside of the Orlando area. I have critters on my property, and except for a few jets flying overhead, it is peaceful as can be. The further you get away from the urban areas, the cheaper the land is, and the less people there are. Much depends on what area of the state you want to live.
North Florida has the best climate, good deer hunting with the state's biggest bucks, fair to good duck hunting, and good turkey hunting but the toms are Easterns instead of Osceolas. The land is rolling hardwood hills with creek bottoms, beaver ponds, and some pine and palmetto flats with some scrub oaks.
Central Florida has good deer hunting with some nice deer, good duck hunting, good turkey hunting and the birds are Osceolas. The land is flat and mixed terrain, varying from pine flats with palmettos, to scrub oaks with palmettos, to oak hammocks to swamps.
South Florida has OK deer hunting and the deer are pretty small, good duck hunting, and fair to good turkey hunting for Osceolas. The land is wet, lots of swamps, some pine and palmetto flats, oak hammocks and generally low land.
Florida is a mixed blessing.
Pro's - long and liberal seasons on many animals. We have good deer, turkey, duck and small game hunting. We have excellent hog hunting.
Cons - much of hunting season is hot and the mosquitoes suck (buy a "Shannon's Bug Tamer" suit and a "Thermacell"). The private leases are pretty expensive, the state lands are often overcrowded and the permit system is difficult to be successful in. There are good hunts to be had if you are lucky enough to be drawn. The available hunting areas are dwindling as developers continue to urbanize Florida. The public lands aren't keeping pace with the demand, and the prices for private land is skyrocketing. The urban tree huggers are pressuring the powers that be to reduce our hunting, fishing and boating opportunities. Save the manatee BS, etc. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-far-sdie-guy-yellin.gif
I live in Central Florida. I am thinking of moving out of state when I retire, or at least to north Florida. If you have any more questions, feel free to PM me. I'll help if I can.
11-24-2003, 07:00 AM
You may want to look in the Milton or Jay Florida areas. these places have small towns but are the most northernmost before you hit Alabama. The deer hunting is pretty good with nice bucks taken,and turkeys are abundant in some areas. You are still less than an hour drive to the beautiful white sand beaches of Pensacola,and the awesome fishing of the gulf of Mexico....really its a Paradise here for alot of sportsman.
12-02-2003, 05:01 PM
Florida is a good state to move to. No state income tax, and cheep hunting and fishing licenses. I live in Pasco county which is just north or Tampa. Close to Tampa (30 min) so you have the nice city stuff but just far enough away to be away from it all. I have been living just outside of Tallahasse for the past six month and the hunting is better here and the woods are pretter. I will be moving down to Charolette county soon and it looks nice to. If you need any more info e-mail me and I will try to help.
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