DEER REGULATION WORKSHOPS SCHEDULED
September 26, 2003
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a second round of public workshops to discuss proposed quality deer regulations for deer hunters. In Northwest Florida the meetings are set for Oct. 7 at the Chipola Jr. College Arts Center in Marianna at 6 p.m. and Oct. 9 at the Pensacola Jr. College-Milton Campus, Room 4902 in Milton at 6 p.m.
At the workshops last spring, the FWC’s Division of Wildlife unveiled several regulation options designed to improve the quality of bucks available to hunters. Based on the comments of those who attended the meetings and the results of an online and mail survey, Commission staff has developed a new rule proposal.
Dr. John Morgan, who heads up the FWC’s deer management section, said the proposal calls for a daily bag limit of one antlered deer with three or more points on at least one antler (quality deer); a daily bag limit of two antlerless deer or one antlerless and one antlered deer during the week-long antlerless season; and a season bag limit of one antlered deer with fewer than three points on a side (hunter-choice deer).
If new regulations are ultimately adopted, Morgan said an antlered deer would be defined as any buck deer having one or more antlers at least one inch in length, and an antlerless deer as any deer either without antlers or having antlers less than one inch in length.
Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate should notify Cindy Hoffman at (850) 488-6411 at least five calendar days before either meeting.
To review this deer management proposal go to: http://floridaconservation.org/commission/2003/may/review.update.5.pdf.
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