Florida FWC WMA Changes Proposed

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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.

Nine of the meetings will be about potential changes to hunting season dates on wildlife management areas (WMAs) to align them with recent changes to the state's hunting zones. The remaining five will cover the possible implementation of a deer-harvest reporting system as a tool to further develop future harvest management goals.

The FWC wants to collect as much public input as possible to see if changes are needed before formally presenting the rule proposals to the Commission. If approved by the Commission, the changes could take effect as early as the 2011-2012 hunting season.

Meetings to discuss possible changes to WMA hunting season dates will be at the following locations:

Wednesday, April 21
Panama City
Gulf Coast Community College
Student Union Conference Center
5230 West U.S. Hwy. 98

Tuesday, April 27
Dania Beach
International Game Fish Association
Headquarters
300 Gulf Stream Way

Wednesday, April 28
Plant City
Plant City High School
Auditorium
One Raider Place

Tuesday, May 4
Ocala
Marion County Extension
Auditorium
2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road

Wednesday, May 5
Naples
Edison State College
Conference Center, Building J, Rooms 103 and 104
7007 Lely Cultural Parkway

Thursday, May 13
Tallahassee
Tallahassee Automobile Museum
6800 Mahan Dr.

Wednesday, May 19
Orlando
Bass Pro Shops
Outdoor World Orlando
5156 International Dr.

Tuesday, May 25
Milton
Santa Rosa County Administrative Center
Commissioner's Board Room
6495 Caroline St.

Thursday, May 27
Jacksonville
University of North Florida
Board of Trustees Room 1058
12000 Alumni Dr.

Meetings regarding the proposed deer harvest reporting system will be at the following locations:

Thursday, May 6
Dania Beach
International Game Fish Association
Headquarters
300 Gulf Stream Way

Thursday, May 20
Ocala
Marion County Extension
Auditorium
2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road

Tuesday, June 1
Lake City
Columbia County School Board
Auditorium
372 West Duval St.

Wednesday, June 2
Plant City
Plant City High School
Auditorium
One Raider Place

Tuesday, June 8
Tallahassee
Tallahassee Automobile Museum
6800 Mahan Dr.

All meetings will be from 6-8 p.m. (local time). They will follow a "town hall" format, with FWC staff making a presentation, followed by a public question-and-answer session with FWC staff. After the group discussion, the public will be able to address individual FWC staff members on a one-on-one basis.

Anyone requiring special accommodations to participate in the workshops should advise the FWC at least five calendar days before the workshop by calling 850-488-6411. If you are hearing- or speech-impaired, contact the FWC using the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771 (TTY) or 800-955-8770 (voice).

For more information, contact the FWC's state deer coordinator, Cory Morea, at 850-410-0656, ext. 17256 or by e-mail at Cory.Morea@MyFWC.com.