Hunting News - Archives 2010



Waste Pro continues efforts to keep bears out of trash.
For immediate release: December 13, 2010
Contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
Florida Wildlife Commission

Keeping garbage out of the paws of bears has been a little easier for some folks in Franklin and Wakulla counties in the Panhandle, thanks to Waste Pro. In June 2009, the company purchased 200 bear-proof containers to help residents keep trash away from bears and other wildlife. Waste Pro soon found the demand for the cans far outstripped what it had to offer, so it recently ordered an additional 200 bear-proof cans, which are now available to residents. More . . .




FWC wants public’s input about more daylight alligator hunting.
For immediate release: December 9, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to know what Floridians think about providing more daylight-hunting hours to alligator hunters. More . . .




FWC wraps up 2-day meeting in South Florida
For immediate release: December 2, 2010
Contact: Wendy Dial, 850-519-4301;
and Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wrapped up its two-day meeting Thursday in Weston, where Commissioners dealt with fishing and hunting opportunities for the public and significant conservation issues on land and in the water. More . . .




FWC moves toward requiring hunters to report deer harvests in 2011-2012 season
For immediate release: December 1, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed its staff on Wednesday to advertise new rule proposals requiring all hunters to tag harvested white-tailed deer and report the harvest to the FWC. More . . .




Wildlife area, award named after former FWC Chairman "Herky" Huffman
For immediate release: December 1, 2010
Contact: Wendy Dial, 850-488-9477
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) paused during Wednesday’s meeting to thank Hersey A. “Herky” Huffman for his steadfast commitment to the conservation and enjoyment of Florida’s fish and wildlife resources by naming a wildlife management area after him and establishing a youth-mentoring award in his name. Huffman served on the Commission for more than seven years, including a term as chairman in 2005. More . . .




New dates proposed for many FWC-managed lands for the 2011-2012 hunting seasons
For immediate release: December 1, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff Wednesday to advertise new rule proposals that would modify hunting season dates on many FWC-managed areas. The new rules could be approved for final adoption at the February 2011, Commission meeting.
More . . .




FWC to add youth turkey hunts and modify hog-dog hunts on public lands
For immediate release: December 1, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff Wednesday to advertise a package of new rule proposals to be voted on at the February 2011 meeting. The proposed rules could affect hunting on many of the state’s wildlife management areas (WMA). The first proposed rule would establish youth turkey hunts on 78 FWC-managed areas . . . More . . .




FWC Commissioners receive Big Cypress updates
For immediate release: December 1, 2010
Contact: Gabriella B. Ferraro, 772-215-9459
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) learned Wednesday that the general management plan for the Big Cypress National Preserve Addition lands is complete and has been made public. The FWC, along with several other state agencies, provided comment to the National Park Service to make sure the plan includes a full range of recreational opportunities, public access and resource protection, as per the original intent of the U.S. Congress. The FWC manages hunting opportunities within the preserve. More . . .




Youth conservation centers network to focus on creating the next generation that cares
For immediate release: December 1, 2010
Contact: Doc Kokol, 850-488-9327
Florida Wildlife Commission

After more than a year of research and partnership development, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) voted to launch the next phase of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network. Once complete, the Network will provide facilities where Florida children can gain experiences that help develop conservation values and ethics and learn traditional outdoor activities. More . . .




Orlando-area nurse takes new state-record alligator
For immediate release: November 8, 2010
Contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676
Florida Wildlife Commission

Robert “Tres” (pronounced “Tray”) Ammerman has been hunting alligators in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) annual statewide alligator harvest for the past seven years. But it wasn’t until the last day of this year’s season that the Pine Hills resident hit the jackpot and took what he would later learn is the state’s longest documented alligator, breaking a 13-year record. More . . .




1,000 school kids to get hands-on outdoor experience
For immediate release: October 22, 2010
Contact: Doc Kokol, 850-488-4676
Florida Wildlife Commission

One thousand sixth graders – 100 per day for 10 weekdays – from schools in Leon and Wakulla counties will visit the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center southeast of Tallahassee for a full day of conservation activities designed to introduce children to the wonders of nature. The conservation field days for local youths will be Oct. 25 through Nov. 5. More . . .




Workshops on bear management plan postponed
For immediate release: October 11, 2010
Contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced Monday that workshops scheduled around the state on the Florida black bear management plan have been postponed until further notice. This postponement includes meetings scheduled for Naples on Tuesday, Oct 12 and Perry on Oct. 19. The FWC made the announcement after senior leadership members were unable to attend the workshops because of scheduling conflicts. More . . .




Deer hunters need new permit
For immediate release: September 16, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, (FWC) 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds hunters about the new deer permit required for sportsmen who hunt deer in Florida. The permit costs $5 and can be purchased at county tax collectors' offices, retail outlets that sell fishing and hunting supplies, online at www.fl.wildlifelicense.com or by calling, toll-free, 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356). More . . .




Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshops coming to Tallahassee, West Palm Beach, Florida
For immediate release: September 7, 2010
Contact: Gabriella Ferraro, 561-625-5122
Florida Wildlife Commission

Wanted: Adventurous and outdoorsy women wishing to learn more about Florida's great outdoors in a comfortable, noncompetitive, hands-on environment. If this could be you, contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to participate in a Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop. More . . .




FWC-managed areas may get new hunting dates for 2011-12 season
For immediate release: September 1, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The FWC, along with its partners and cooperating agency landowners, has been working with stakeholders in developing proposals to change hunting season dates for these areas, which include wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and miscellaneous areas. More . . .




FWC prohibits chasing foxes/coyotes with dogs within enclosures, reminds Florida hunters of other options
For immediate release: September 1, 2010
Contact: Katie Purcell, 850-459-6585
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a final rule on Wednesday permanently prohibiting the chasing of foxes and coyotes with dogs within an enclosure in Florida. More . . .




Chronic wasting disease not found among Florida’s deer
For immediate release: August 26, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has not found any evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) after extensive testing of the state’s white-tailed deer population. More . . .




FWC seeks feedback from hunters and anglers
For immediate release: August 19, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

After completing an internal review, the FWC worked with other agencies and stakeholders in identifying and recommending these proposed changes, which may need to be made to Florida’s hunting and fishing regulations.
More . . .




Apply for 2011 special-opportunity spring turkey hunts
September 8 - October 13, 2010.

For immediate release: August 18, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting special-opportunity spring turkey hunt applications at 10 a.m. September 8, 2010. The deadline for submitting applications is midnight October 13, 2010. More . . .




FWC sets September 1-3, 2010 meeting in
Pensacola Beach, Florida

For immediate release: August 18, 2010
Contact: (inland issues) Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
Contact: (marine issues) Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet September 1-3, 2010, in Pensacola Beach. The sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time all three days and are open to the public.
More . . .




FWC to hold public meetings to get input on bear plan
For immediate release: August 16, 2010
Contact: Joy Hill, 352-732-1225
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants public and local government input on a draft plan that will ensure a sustainable and socially acceptable Florida black bear population throughout the state.
More . . .





Apply for daily dove hunt permits beginning August 24, 2010
For immediate release: August 11, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will accept applications to be included in a random drawing for daily dove hunt permits from 10 a.m. Aug. 24 through 11:59 p.m. Sept. 7, 2010. More . . .




Tate's Hell Restoration Plan for 2010-2020
July, 2010
All hunters who frequent areas in the Tate's Hell State Forest may be interested to know what's going on there and what is planned for its future. Tate's Hell State Forest encompasses nearly 205,000 acres in Franklin and Liberty counties, Florida. More . . .




FWC moves September 1-3, 2010 meeting from Weston to Pensacola Beach, Florida
For immediate release: July 28, 2010
Contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting previously scheduled for Weston will take place in Pensacola Beach on September 1-3, 2010. More . . .




FWC offers gator-hunting classes
For immediate release: July 23, 2010
Contact: Steve Stiegler, 850-488-3831
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering alligator hunters no-cost, three-hour classes to help them prepare for the Aug. 15 – Nov. 1 statewide alligator harvest. Reservations are not required to attend a class. More . . .




FWC to close deer hunting in small area within Big Cypress National Preserve
For immediate release: July 20, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, (FWC) 850-488-7867;
Bob DeGross (Big Cypress National Preserve) 239-695-1107

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued an executive order, which will close zones 3 and 4 of the Stairsteps Unit of the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area to the harvest of deer for the 2010-2011 hunting season. The order will be effective prior to the archery season and will remain in place for one year. More . . .




Quota permits not being mailed anymore
For immediate release: July 19, 2010
Contact: Office of License and Permitting, 850-488-3641
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to make hunters aware that beginning this year, quota permits for general gun, archery, muzzleloading gun, family, youth, airboat and track will not be mailed out to successful applicants as they have been in the past.
More . . .




Apply for summer hog hunts on Joe Budd, Ochlockonee River WMAs
For immediate release: July 7, 2010
Contact: Donald Lee Francis, 850-627-1773, ext. 113
Florida Wildlife Commission

Because of an abundance of wild hogs on portions of Ochlockonee River and Joe Budd Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Northwest Florida, several hunting opportunities will be available during the coming months in an effort to reduce hog populations.
More . . .




Remaining alligator hunting permits go on sale June 30, 2010
News release: June 24, 2010
Contact: Steve Stiegler, 850-488-3831
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin the second phase of accepting applications for a chance to obtain highly coveted permits to participate in the statewide alligator harvest. More . . .





FWC recognizes hunters for outstanding efforts

News release: June 24, 2010
Contact: Bill Cline, 850-413-0084
Florida Wildlife Commission


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recognized two individuals at its meeting in Lake Mary Thursday for their contributions to hunter safety and youth hunting. More . . .




FWC approves draft rules for hunting
News release: June 23, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed FWC staff on Wednesday to proceed with developing a final rule proposal that would make crossbows a legal method of take for all hunters during the archery season on private lands. More . . .




Hunting and Fishing Licenses - On July 1, 2010, resident shoreline fishing license is free; other prices increase
News release: June 22, 2010
Contact: Henry Cabbage, 850-488-8843
Florida Wildlife Commission

The license for Florida residents to catch saltwater fish from shore or a structure affixed to shore cost $9 last year, but beginning July 1, it’s free. Other license and permit fees will increase on that date. More . . .




Dove Club Permits Go on Sale July 1, 2010
News release: June 21, 2010
Contact: Office of Licensing and Permitting, 850-488-3641
Florida Wildlife Commission

Six special-opportunity dove fields will be open to the public this season through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s special-opportunity Dove Club Program. More . . .




FWC meeting for June 2010, in Lake Mary, Florida
News release: June 9, 2010
Contacts:
(inland issues) Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130;
(marine issues) Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet June 23 and 24, 2010 in Lake Mary near Orlando. Among the many topics for discussion include several draft rules, re: fox and coyote enclusures, restricting the method of taking during spring turkey season on WMAs, and allowing use of crossbows during archery season on private lands. More . . .




FWC releases bear management plan for public review
News release: June 1, 2010
Contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is soliciting public input on a draft bear management plan. This plan sets up the framework for the FWC to make effective bear management decisions in conjunction with stakeholders and the public who live in bear country. The goal of the plan is to maintain sustainable bear populations in suitable habitats throughout Florida for the benefit of the species and the public. More . . .




Alligator hunters must resubmit applications
News release: May 27, 2010
Contact: Henry Cabbage, 850-488-8843
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is working to get things back on track after learning about a problem with alligator hunting permit applications. Active Outdoors, the company that provides the FWC’s licensing and permitting system, said a coding error resulted in the recording of incorrect harvest period choices for many of the Florida alligator hunting applications. More . . .




Hunting Permits Cost Increase
For immediate release: May 7, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

There will be an increase in the cost of some of Florida's hunting and saltwater fishing permits, beginning July 1, 2010. If sportsmen act now, however, they can beat the price increase. More . . .




HUNTING NEWS: Public meetings set on possible changes to WMA hunting season dates and reporting deer harvests
For immediate release: April 7, 2010
Contact: Cory Morea, 850-410-0656, ext. 17256
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will hold 14 public meetings throughout the state to receive input from Florida hunters on proposals affecting deer hunting. More . . .




HUNTING NEWS: Hunters get more public land; youths get new turkey hunting weekend
For immediate release: February 17, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed new rules Wednesday, opening more public land to hunters and establishing a special spring turkey hunting weekend just for Florida’s youths. More . . .




HUNTING NEWS: FWC decides to draft rules guiding fox and coyote enclosures
For immediate release: February 17, 2010
Contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-624-7000


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted Wednesday to temporarily prohibit the chasing of foxes and coyotes in enclosures, while moving forward to draft rules guiding such enclosures in Florida. An executive order prohibiting chasing of foxes and coyotes within an enclosure will be issued by Feb. 24. More . . .




HUNTING NEWS: Deer hunters get better-aligned zones and season dates
For immediate release: February 17, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed new rules Wednesday affecting deer hunters, beginning with the 2010-11 season. The new rules modified zone boundaries and season dates for deer hunting on private property. More . . .




HUNTING NEWS: FWC moves forward with changes to nuisance wildlife rule

For immediate release: February 17, 2010
Contact: Patricia Behnke, 850-251-2130

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved changes to the nuisance wildlife rule at Wednesday’s Commission meeting in Apalachicola.
More re: nuisance wildlife rule. . .




HUNTING NEWS: FWC considering crossbow use during archery season
For immediate release: February 11, 2010
Contact: Tony Young
Florida Wildlife Commission
850-488-7867

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is considering allowing the use of crossbows by hunters during archery season. More on this hunting news story. . .





HUNTING NEWS: Florida's Annual student archery tournament going live in Newberry, February 27, 2010
For immediate release: February 10, 2010
Contact: Steve Robbins
Florida Wildlife Commission
386-758-0525

The 2010 Florida National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Tournament will be held in Newberry on February 27, 2010. More . . .





HUNTING NEWS: Florida Wildlife Commission Meeting Agenda, February 17-18, 2010
For immediate release: February 9, 2010
Contacts:
(inland issues) Henry Cabbage, 850-488-8843
(marine issues) Lee Schlesinger, 850-487-0554


Agenda, with links to background reports: Go to MyFWC.com/Commission.
FWC meeting set for:
February 17-18, 2010
Franklin County Courthouse
Apalachicola, Florida


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will convene its next meeting at the Franklin County Courthouse in Apalachicola Feb. 17-18. The meeting will come to order at 8:30 a.m. both days, with numerous high-profile issues dominating the agenda.

Wednesday’s (Feb. 17) agenda includes an update on the fox or coyote enclosure permit process. The update will brief the Commissioners on the history and results of recent FWC investigations into the operation of enclosures where hunters pursue foxes or coyotes with dogs. Staff will present regulation options for those facilities.

Final action on proposals to revamp deer hunting zones and dates to align them with the rut – the period when hunters have the highest success rate – is on the Wednesday agenda, as well. More . . .





HUNTING NEWS: Where to hunt spring turkeys without a quota permit
CONTACT:
Tony Young, FWC, 850-488-7867

February 8, 2010
If you weren’t lucky enough to get drawn for a spring turkey quota permit, or if you are looking for even more spring turkey hunting opportunity, don’t fret; there are numerous wildlife management areas (WMAs) that don’t require them.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers 42 public hunting areas statewide where hunters need only to “walk on” to hunt spring turkeys. More . . .





HUNTING NEWS: Florida Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are February 6-7, 2010
Contact: Tony Young, FWC, 850-488-7867
February 2, 2010
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established February 6-7, 2010, as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. These select days are a great opportunity to get young people outdoors and to introduce them to the excitement of waterfowl hunting. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established February 6-7, 2010, as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. These select days are a great opportunity to get young people outdoors and to introduce them to the excitement of waterfowl hunting. More . . .






HUNTING NEWS: February 17-18, 2010,
FWC Meeting Agenda

Florida Wildlife Commission Meeting,
February 17-18, 2010, AGENDA
- "Changes to Deer Management Zones and Seasons."

Location:
Franklin County Courthouse
33 Market Street
Apalachicola, Florida 32320

This meeting is open to the public

A major item for final Commission action includes "Changes to Deer Management Zones and Seasons." More . . .






NEWS: January 14, 2010 - Econfina Creek WMA
Mobility-impaired hunt permits available for Econfina Creek Wildlife Management Area
Contact: Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
Roger Shields, 850-265-3676
Mobility-impaired hunters who missed the drawing for the Econfina Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) mobility-impaired hunts may still have a chance to hunt the area. More . . .






January 15, 2010 - GUN SHOWS
Gun Show Schedule for Northwest Florida

March 27-28, 2010: Fort Walton Beach, FL (N.W. Florida Fairgrounds)
April 10-11, 2010: Pensacola, FL (Interstate Fairgrounds)
April 24-25, 2010: Tallahassee, FL (North Florida Fairgrounds)
May 1-2, 2010: Jacksonville, FL (Jacksonville Fairgrounds)
May 22-23, 2010: Fort Walton Beach, FL (N.W. Florida Fairgrounds)
June 26-27, 2010: Pensacola, FL (Interstate Fairgrounds)




NEWS: January 13, 2010 - Point Washington Food Plots
Point Washington Wildlife Management Area, Walton County, Florida
One of our alert website visitors named Glenn tipped us off to this interesting hunting news item. The Point Washington Wildlife Management Area has recently put out 18 food plots. More . . .





NEWS: December 15, 2009 - Prescribed Fires
Apalachicola National Forest Prescribed Fires for year 2010 (as of 09/23/2009)
According to the U.S. Forestry Service, hunting news concerning controlled burns is that they can take place in the Apalachicola National Forest during the dormant phases indicated on their map. More . . .




HUNTING NEWS: December 9, 2009 - News Release
(Modification of zone boundaries and season dates for deer hunting)
CONTACT: Tony Young, 850-488-7867 Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FWC moves ahead with proposed hunting rules, adding new public hunting lands More . . .