Florida FWC: Hunting Season a Perfect Time for Conservation-minded Holiday Sharing, Gifts

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The holiday season is here, bringing with it some much-appreciated cooler weather to the Sunshine State. Many of us will be taking time off from work, and children will be out of school on winter break soon. For me, this much-needed vacation provides a wonderful opportunity to take to the woods and go hunting, now that hunting season is in full swing.

It's also a perfect time to give children supervised hunting experiences with you.

Hunting is a proven and very necessary tool of wildlife and habitat management, especially when habitat is lost to urbanization and wildlife gets displaced because of our state's ever-growing population.

Scientific findings have shown that those who hunt and engage in outdoor recreation with their families develop a sense of stewardship for nature and a desire to conserve it.

In fact, hunters form a foundation for wildlife conservation. Through the sale of hunting licenses and permits, and the excise tax generated from hunting equipment, hunters as a whole pay most of the cost of wildlife conservation and research, public land acquisitions, habitat protection, science-based fish and wildlife management and law enforcement. All of us get to enjoy the benefits of these efforts.

Even non-hunting spouses and significant others can share in the spirit of stewardship with a couple of good holiday gift ideas. For the hunters (or anglers) in your family or circle, why not buy them a five-year license, or make a stocking-stuffer of a one-year license? Licenses may be purchased at https://www1.fl.wildlifelicense.com/start.php.

If they already have one of those, consider getting them a conservation license plate for their vehicle. Not only will one of them look great on their truck, recreational vehicle or car, but in purchasing one, you will be helping to conserve wildlife for generations to come. To order online, go to Buyaplate.com. You can also purchase or renew any plate at your local tax collector's office.

Here's how hunters can enjoy the many traditional hunting seasons Florida offers: 

During general gun season, which coincides with holiday-gift-shopping time, most hunters are in pursuit of deer, but they also can bag wild hogs, rabbits, raccoons and coyotes. And quail and gray squirrel season is in and runs through March 4. Snipe season is also in and runs through Feb. 15 statewide.

Bird hunters wanting to experience something different should try hunting woodcock. Woodcock season runs Dec. 18 - Jan. 31 statewide, and they make excellent game birds because they provide a challenging shot when flushed. Small-game hunting such as this provides a great opportunity to introduce a kid to the great sport of hunting.

And for all the duck hunters out there, the second phase of the waterfowl and coot season will last through Jan. 29 and includes geese.

As you can see, the winter holidays provide a wealth of opportunities, from sharing time with family to giving a gift that is both personal and conservation-minded, to experiencing the heritage of hunting in Florida's great outdoors. For more information on hunting in Florida, go to MyFWC.com/Hunting.

Comments

Ca_Vermonster's picture

Great recommendations by the

Great recommendations by the state of Florida in terms of hunting, the outdoors, and conservation.  They said it a few paragraphs in, where they mentioned that people who hunt and spend time in the outdoors show a desire to conserve it.  We are the stewards of nature, not some desk jockey who pays monthly dues to PETA!

I will actuall head out with my Dad when he gets here for Christmas, and see if he wants to sit in a tandem tree stand with me while I bow hunt.  It would be a good way to spend a holiday afternoon.  Might even get a deer, finally.... Wink

I have thought about the conservation plates in the past also, but they do not have any that i like out here in California.  They are usually geared towards the ocean, instead of any hunting related species.  Maybe one day i will get one, but none for now.

Retired2hunt's picture

  An excellent reminder by

 

An excellent reminder by Florida that there are many outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by the family during this holiday season... as well as several gift-giving options.  In taking a look at a couple of other states I found that both had "e-stores" for purchasing wildlife associated gifts.  Here are the links...

http://wildlifestore.state.co.us/c-11-all-products.aspx

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/ExperienceWildlifeSubHomePage/supportwildlifeplaceholder/featureresourcesfdonations/tabid/5667/Default.aspx

I also found where states do have separate web-sites for getting license plates, etc...

http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/Home/license_platesplaceholder/WildlifeLicensePlates/tabid/9467/Default.aspx

http://www.usaref.org/LicensePlates.htm

So I would say if you go to your state's DNR/DOW web site they will normally have a link to their shop or e-shop for the specific outdoor type of gifts that represent the state's wildlife or the programs in general.  And if you go to your state's vehicle licence plate web site there is normally a link or option for purchasing special "theme" plates with wildlife being an option.

 

 

 

 

 

hunter25's picture

Looks like Florida has a lot

Looks like Florida has a lot of good ideas and a lot of great things going on. I really like the five year license and the license plates for your vehicle. I really wish Colorado had some similar plates available.