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Flooding cancels turkey hunts, close WMAs

Flooding in several Big Bend counties of Florida closed three wildlife management areas (WMAs) and cancelled spring turkey hunts scheduled for April 17-19. The Division of Forestry (DOF) closed the Twin Rivers WMA in Madison, Hamilton and Suwannee counties on April 14.

The Suwannee River Water Management District (SRWMD) closed the Holton Creek WMA in Hamilton County that same day. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) also closed the Suwannee Ridge WMA in Hamilton County. All three locations were closed due to the flooding.

“We expect the areas to be closed at least through the weekend and probably longer,” said Roland Garcia, regional director at the FWC’s North Central Region office in Lake City. “Unfortunately, because of the lack of access to the areas, the spring turkey hunts that were scheduled have been cancelled.”

The hunts will not be rescheduled, Garcia said.