Florida FWC Quota Hunt Public Meetings

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has scheduled four public meetings throughout the state to receive public input on draft recommendations for enhancements to its quota hunt permit system.

In response to agency observations and concerns expressed by the public, the Quota Permit Working Group, in conjunction with the FWC and the Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium at Florida State University, has been evaluating the Wildlife Management Area Quota Hunt Permit Program.

The group has identified concerns and developed ideas for making improvements to the system, with the hopes of more evenly distributing hunting opportunities on public land. Draft recommendations for change include permit transferability, guest permits and expanding quota permit choices.

Interested persons, especially those who hunt on Florida's Wildlife Management Area System, are invited to attend these meetings to share ideas and help make improvements to the proposals.

Workshops will be held at the following locations:

April 16
5-9 p.m.
Gulf Coast Community College
Gibson Lecture Hall
5230 West U.S. Hwy. 98
Panama City

April 29
6-10 p.m.
Columbia County School Board
Administrative Auditorium
372 West Duval St.
Lake City

April 22
6-10 p.m.
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
300 Gulf Stream Way
Dania Beach

May 13
6-10 p.m.
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
5156 International Drive

If approved, any changes to the system would not become effective until the 2009-10 hunting season. Current recommendations can be viewed at http://consensus.fsu.edu/FWC/quotahunt.html.

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the meetings should advise the FWC at least five days before the scheduled date by contacting Cindy Hoffman at 850-488-6411. If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, contact the FWC using the Florida Relay Service at 1-800-955-8771 (TDD) or 1-800-955-8770 (voice).

Those who cannot attend but would still like to comment can do so at the above Web address.

For more information, contact Jeff Blair at the Florida Conflict Resolution Consortium at 850-644-6320 or jblair@fsu.edu.