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Osceola Turkeys with William Sullivan on the Lands of General Van Fleet

Private Land Osceola Hunting

Click to enlargeEditor’s Note: William Sullivan, president of the Florida chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), has hunted turkeys in Florida all his life. During the first of March in 2007, I hunted with him on property formerly owned by General Van Fleet, a general during the Korean War, who entertained most of the generals from the Korean and the Vietnam wars on this property. Too, the lodge on this property has been used by the Queen of England, President Eisenhower, the President of Korea and many other national and international dignitaries. Click to enlarge

Question: If someone really wants to hunt Osceolas, when should they call you to learn sometimes available?
Sullivan: I suggest they call me at the end of turkey season for the following year. I also advise them to call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (850) 488-4676, or visit, and check into the rules and regulations on the special-opportunity hunts and the regular-quota hunts on the wildlife management areas. I also recommend they look at applying for the third hunt rather than the first or second, because those are the hardest to get. The third week is the best in Florida, because the hens come off the roost, and the gobblers are looking for dates. I find the gobblers are more responsive the third and fourth weeks ofClick to enlarge turkey season.

Question: If an out-of-stater draws a hunting area, do you know local guides who will go with them and help them get their turkeys?
Sullivan: Yes, there are a couple of guides who will do that.Click to enlarge

Question: What about private land?
Sullivan: I can send them to some of the outfitters I’ve hunted with and where I know their chances will be really good for taking an Osceola.

Question: What does a good Osceola hunt cost on private land usually?
Sullivan: They’re usually $1500 to $2000 for a 3-day hunt.

To hunt with William Sullivan, you can write him at 2830 Blackwater Oaks Dr., Mulberry, Florida 33860, or call him at home (863) 425-6104, or on his cell at (863) 640-1395, or you can email him at

Tomorrow: Public-Land Turkey Hunting


Check back each day this week for more about "Osceola Turkeys with William Sullivan on the Lands of General Van Fleet"

Day 1: Hunting with the Right Stuff
Day 2: Hunting with a General
Day 3: Private Land Osceola Hunting
Day 4: Public-Land Turkey Hunting
Day 5: Green Swamp West



Entry 397, Day 3