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

Green Swamp West

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 mClick to enlargeost 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.

Question: William, why do you like Green Swamp West WMA?
Sullivan: I like Green Swamp West because there’s a very-limited number of hunters allowed on this 33,000 acres. There will only be four or five, 3-day hunts with only 18 hunters allowed to hunt each of those hunts. You have to be drawn for these hunts, and you have to pay an application fee. But the difference between hunts at the bombing range and these special-opportunity hunts is that you can apply as many times as you want for these special-opportunity hunts, which are only about $5. If you’re drawn to hunt there, you pay about $175 hunt fee for a 3-day hunt. So, if you’re coming to Florida to hunt Osceolas, and if you want to improve your chances of hunting Osceolas, I’d say apply at Green Swamp West.

Question: How difficult is it to walk onto a public-hunting area in Florida and fClick to enlargeind a gobbler to hunt?
Sullivan: The first thing I’d suggest is to get a hand-held GPS receiver because many of the areas yClick to enlargeou’ll hunt will look similar. You can get lost, especially if you go in before daylight and come out before dark. At the bombing range, there are a lot of big oak hammocks and beautiful turkey woods that run out along the edge of the river, but that’s where a lot of people hunt. I recommend that you learn the land and try to hunt away from the river, because there are turkeys all over the hunting range. If you get away from the hot spots everyone else wants to hunt, your chances are much better. If you’re at Green Swamp West WMA, there are plenty of open woods, some swamps and also road systems running through the WMA. I believe the state allows you to go in one day before your hunt to scout, and you usually can locate a turkey, but I still carry my GPS with me.

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

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 5