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FWC Approves New Freshwater Bass Conservation Measures

FWC Approves New Freshwater Bass Conservation Measures

At its meeting Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved sweeping changes to streamline bass regulations and increase effectiveness. Commissioners meeting at the Florida Institute of Public Safety near Tallahassee approved implementation of new black bass conservation measures, which will go into effect July 1. Anglers will…


That Coon Dog’ll Hunt in Florida

That Coon Dog’ll Hunt in Florida

By Tony Young Some of my huntin’ buddies and I really live for being out in a wet patch of woods in the middle of a cool night and hearing the not-so-distant sounds of our coon hounds when they open up on a hot trail. There’s just something about those…


Workshop set for gopher tortoise conservation

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct a workshop in Escambia County to present information on the management plan and permitting guidelines for gopher tortoises. The goal of this workshop is to identify ways local governments can participate in protecting one of Florida’s threatened species. In addition,…


Alligators escape from Hernando farm; owner cited

Seventeen alligators escaped from an alligator farm in Hernando, Citrus County, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators. FWC Investigator Jim Smith received a call from the local nuisance-alligator trapper, saying his agent had captured eight 4- to 6-foot alligators over four days in a housing development…


Beachgoers can help biologists learn about spawning horseshoe crabs

This spring, mating horseshoe crabs will gather at sandy beaches throughout the state. Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Fish and Wildlife Research Institute need help from the public to identify horseshoe crab spawning areas. The best time to find spawning horseshoe crabs is around high…


Join the ranks of 50,000 kids who’ve learned to fish

How many people can say they’ve taken more than 50,000 kids fishing? Mike Lesso and Dave Morse of the Jacksonville Youth Summer Fishing Clinics can. “Mike, a high school teacher and avid sportsman, and Dave, a retired businessman and passionate recreational and tournament fisherman, have been teaching children how to…


National wildlife refuges offer special hunts

This fall, Northwest Florida offers some special deer and wild hog hunts at St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and a unique “big-game” hunt on the island of St. Vincent NWR. The application period for these hunts begins at 10 a.m. May 3 and continues through 11:59 p.m. June 9….


Free Florida Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing a fun family outing are the objectives for this month’s Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Panacea. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 4…


Gulf grouper recreational season opens April 1

The recreational harvest of shallow-water groupers in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters off Florida, except in all waters of Monroe County, reopens on April 1.  However, the recreational harvest of gag grouper is still prohibited in Gulf federal waters off Florida (beyond nine nautical miles from shore).  Also,…


Low water prompts use change for Everglades-area wildlife management area

Low water levels prompted the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to issue an executive order establishing special regulations for the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This management area is on the Palm Beach-Broward County line west of U.S. 27. The order, which takes effect Monday, March 14,…