Florida Hunting News

FWC Opens Spring Turkey Season in Holmes County
For the first time since 1998, Holmes County in Florida’s Panhandle will have a turkey season. March 18-20, hunters will be able to take one gobbler during a limited, three-day spring turkey season.
Second-Best Buck Taken Off Public Land
While hunting with his father, 17-year-old Casey Phillips, of Bay Lake, harvested the second-highest-scoring deer on record ever taken from Florida’s nearly 6 million acres of public hunting lands.
Georgia Boy Takes Monster Buck
Cody Thomas of Savannah, Ga. had no idea he would be harvesting Florida's 10th-highest-scoring deer when he accepted an offer to go hunting with his girlfriend's brother, but that is exactly what happened.
Deer-Dog Season Nears
This year, hunters using dogs to pursue deer on private lands in Florida must register for the 2005-06 hunting season. This new statewide, no-cost registration program is mandatory during any open deer-hunting season when taking deer with dogs is permitted.
Last Call For Alligator Hunting Permits
Time is running out for hunters wanting to participate in this year’s statewide alligator harvest. Alligator harvest permits will remain on sale through Sept. 20 on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mobility-Impaired Hunt Application Process Postponed
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced the third application phase of its mobility-impaired quota hunts has been postponed due to programming problems with the Total Licensing System (TLS). The Phase III application process was due to start Aug. 27, but a glitch in the system required it to be delayed.
Deer-Dog Training Season Nears
Hunters who use dogs to hunt deer on private lands in Florida must now register their deer-dogs for the 2005-06 hunting season. This new statewide, no-cost registration program is not only mandatory during any open deer-hunting season when taking deer with dogs is permitted, but also during the upcoming deer-dog training season.
Don't Wait to Take Hunter Safety Class
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is encouraging would-be hunters to sign up and take their mandatory Hunter Safety Course this summer and not wait until the fall. This time of year provides the best opportunity to get into a class as slots are more readily available.
FWC Offers Unique Hunting Opportunities
In addition to regular and special quota hunts, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering sportsmen some unique hunting opportunities for the coming season.
Alligator Hunts Provide Unparalleled Hunting Adventure
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering hunters a great opportunity to take part in its annual statewide alligator harvest, which runs Sept. 1 through Oct. 8. Since 1988, Florida has offered these alligator hunts, which provide a thrilling, hands-on, face-to-face hunting adventure that is unlike any other hunting experience imaginable.