Hunting News - Archives 2011



FWC to meet November 16-17, 2011, in Key Largo, Florida
For immediate release: November 3, 2011
Contact: Susan Smith, 850-488-8843
Florida Wildlife Commission


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet Nov. 16-17, 2011, in Key Largo to discuss a wide range of fish-and-wildlife issues, from shark harvesting, to opportunities and access for sportsmen, to gopher tortoise and other species management, and anchoring and mooring.. More . . .




FWC youth conservation centers expanding in many ways
For immediate release: September 7, 2011
Contact: Susan Smith, 850-528-1755
Florida Wildlife Commission


The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network is growing, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which launched the initiative. More . . .




FWC Asks Hunters to Help Monitor Deer for Chronic Wasting Disease
For immediate release: July 22, 2011
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 years of extensive testing of the state’s white-tailed deer population. More . . .




Florida Wildlife Commission and Partners Continue to Monitor Birds for Avian Influenza to Protect Public Health
For immediate release: July 20, 2011
Contact: Carli Segelson, 727-896-8626
Florida Wildlife Commission


The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services and partner agencies are wrapping up a five-year avian influenza monitoring project. The project was designed to determine if migratory birds carried the Asian strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) virus to the U.S. All samples collected by the FWC and other state partners tested negative for any highly pathogenic strains. More . . .




Apalachicola National Forest is Looking for Public Comments Regarding Road System in the Forest
For immediate release: July 1, 2011
Contact: District Ranger, 57 Taff Drive, Crawfordville, FL 32327, phone: 850-926-3561
The Apalachicola National Forest (ANF) is developing a report that will recommend a minimum road system on the forest needed to provide a safe and efficient travel system and that provides for the protection, management and use of National Forest System lands. More . . .




FWC offers hunter safety course in Leon County during June, 2011
For immediate release: June 7, 2011
Contact: Stan Kirkland, 850-265-3676
Florida Wildlife Commission
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety course in Leon County. More . . .




FWC extends alligator-hunting hours
For immediate release: June 8, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

At its meeting in St. Augustine Wednesday, June 8, 2011, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted a rule change that provides approximately four additional hours of daylight hunting to the state’s recreational alligator hunting season. The change will be in effect for this year’s season: August 15 – November 1, 2011. More . . .




FWC approves new deer harvest protection in parts of Big Cypress National Preserve

For immediate release: June 8, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The new rules will affect zones 3 and 4 of the Stairsteps Unit (south and west of Loop Road). No deer may be harvested from Zone 4. Deer hunting will be allowed in Zone 3, but with a reduced bag limit from two to one deer per season, and all deer harvested from Zone 3 must have a forked antler. The order will not affect zones 1 and 2, where deer hunting will be allowed to continue under current regulations. More . . .




Flying Eagle Youth conservation Center Hosted Family Event June 3-5, 2011

For immediate release: June 9, 2011
Contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
Florida Wildlife Commission

It’s all about getting children outside and connected with nature. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD), recently hosted a three-day event to educate youngsters about conservation. More . . .




Florida Wildlife Commission wraps up meeting held on June 8-9, 2011, in St. Augustine, Florida
For immediate release: June 9, 2011
Contact: (marine fisheries issues) Aaron Podey, 850-487-0554;
Contact: (other issues) Susan Smith, 850-528-1755
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wrapped up its two-day meeting Thursday in St. Augustine, in which it accepted staff recommendations on state-threatened species; discussed marine fisheries issues of concern to anglers, commercial fishermen and specimen collectors; approved hunting issues for deer and alligators; and dealt with other wildlife-related issues. More . . .




Remaining alligator hunting permits go on sale June 8, 2011
For immediate release: June 3, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, FWC, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

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




Apply for quota permits June 1-30, 2011
For immediate release: June 1, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, FWC, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

Every hunter knows you have the best chance of catching a monster buck off-guard during the first part of hunting season. That's why many of us enjoy hunting the archery and muzzleloading gun seasons - and why we can't miss opening weekend of the general gun season. More . . .




FWC to Gainesville residents: Be ‘bear aware’
For immediate release: June 1, 2011
Contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has received several calls about a black bear in the Gainesville area. FWC biologist Allan Hallman responded three times to this bear over the recent holiday weekend. More . . .




National wildlife refuges offer special hunts.
For immediate release: April 22, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

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. More . . .




FWC considers extending alligator hunting hours.
For immediate release: February 24, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting. More . . .




FWC adds youth turkey hunts, modifies hog-dog hunts on public lands.
For immediate release: February 24, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed new rules that affect hunting on many of the state’s wildlife management areas. Most of these new rules apply to specific WMAs; however, two of them affect public hunting on a more statewide scale. More . . .




Florida Wildlife Commission wraps up meeting held on February 23-24, 2011, in Apalachicola, Florida.
For immediate release: February 24, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wrapped up its two-day meeting Thursday in Apalachicola, where Commissioners enhanced fishing and hunting opportunities for the immediate and/or long-term future of these traditional, conservation-oriented activities and discussed important wildlife issues. More . . .




FWC meeting set for February 23-24, 2011, in Apalachicola, Florida.
For immediate release: February 15, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet February 23 and 24, 2011, in Apalachicola to act on various fishing, hunting, recreational and wildlife issues. The sessions will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and are open to the public. The meeting is in the third-floor courtroom of the Franklin County Courthouse, 33 Market St. More . . .




Spring turkey hunting season has 2 new rules.
For immediate release: February 14, 2011
Contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds hunters that there are changes this spring turkey season. More . . .




Apply now for 2011 youth quail, turkey hunts at Babcock Ranch Preserve.
For immediate release: February 2, 2011
Contact: Gary Morse, 863-648-3203
Florida Wildlife Commission

Ten lucky youngsters will be chosen for each of the two quail hunts and each of the two spring turkey hunts on the 16,612-acre Babcock Ranch Preserve in Charlotte County. All hunters will be chosen by random drawing. All hunts are Saturday-Sunday and will be guided. More . . .




Florida Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are February 5-6, 2011
For immediate release: January 31, 2011
Contact: Mark Trainor, 850-488-8842
Florida Wildlife Commission

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established Feb. 5-6 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 . . .



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