Florida Hunting News

In Ten Years, NSSF® Has Awarded $4.7 Million to State Agencies to Promote Hunting

$392,185 in Hunting Heritage Partnership® Grants Go to 12 Projects

Florida's Wildlife Celebration Week at Chinsegut Features Kids’ Day Camp, Birding & Wildlife Festival

Come join the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at the Chinsegut Conservation Center in Brooksville for a weeklong celebration dedicated to wildlife. It’s fun, fascinating and enjoyable for everyone in the family.

Take a Kid Turkey Hunting in Florida

March 10-11 is Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Weekend in Florida. This Saturday-Sunday hunt, which occurs the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season in each hunting zone, was established in 2011 on private property. It was such a huge success that this year the two-day hunt also is included on 78 of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) wildlife management areas (WMAs).

Talkin' Turkey in Florida

Better start brushing up on your turkey calling, because spring gobbler season is here. Whether you prefer to use a mouth call, box call, slate or any combination, March means it’s time to start talkin’ turkey.

Florida FWC Renews Accreditation Status

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement received recognition today at a ceremony in Howey-in-the-Hills for completing the process to maintain its accreditation status.

Florida law enforcement accreditation is certified by an independent reviewing authority, the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation (CFA). A law enforcement agency must meet or exceed prescribed standards reflecting best management practices in order to achieve this status.

Florida FWC Receives Prestigious Land Stewardship Award from NWTF

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) was presented with the 2012 Land Stewardship Award during the 36th annual National Wild Turkey Federation’s (NWTF) National Convention and Sport Show Feb. 9-12, sponsored by MidwayUSA.  

FWC Chairman Kathy Barco, along with Vice Chairman Kenneth Wright and commissioners Brian Yablonski, Charles Roberts III and Aliese P. “Liesa” Priddy were on hand to receive the award.

NSSF's First Shots® Learn-to-shoot Seminars Excite Miami and Sacramento Area Residents

Big Turnout on Second Stop of Program's National Tour

The Super Bowl is over, March Madness hasn't begun yet and the Republican primary season is a muddle. What is one to do for excitement?

Florida FWC Moves Forward on Plan to Manage, Conserve Florida Black Bears

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is moving ahead on its plan to manage and conserve Florida black bears so they are never again at risk of extinction. With the bear population rebounding from about 300 to 3,000 over the past 40 years, the FWC recognizes Florida’s conservation success with bears and recommends the state’s largest land mammal be removed from the threatened species list.

Deer Hunting Still Goin’ Strong in Florida's Zone D

t seems the deer in my neck of the woods have been a lot more nocturnal than usual, and my hunting season has been pitiful thus far. As I type this, I have harvested only one deer. Now I did shoot a nice fall gobbler sporting an 11-inch beard on my 2/3-acre Sopchoppy River lot, but that hardly counted, since I was really tryin’ to get a doe during Zone D’s antlerless deer season.

Leaving Florida Bear with Burned Paws Alone is Best for the Bear

A male Florida black bear that appears to have burned his front feet in a wildfire in the Mt. Plymouth area of Lake County will likely fare well if he is left alone to heal, according to bear biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

"Our hope is that the bear will hunker down undisturbed and out of sight in thick cover so his burned paws can heal naturally," said Mike Orlando, assistant bear management coordinator for the FWC. "He doesn't need to eat or drink right now because he already has plenty of fat stored up for the winter hibernation."