Florida Hunting News

Pinecrest Panther Encounters
Three Florida panthers that seemed too indifferent to encounters with humans in the Pinecrest community evidently are getting the message now that people are something to avoid.
Lynn Haven Man Sentenced in Deer Dumping Case
A Lynn Haven man has been sentenced in Bay County court for his part in the killing of at least nine deer and dumping the carcasses off a Bayou George road in early October.
FWC Acknowledges Pinecrest Panther Concerns
State and federal conservation officials met with Pinecrest area residents and other concerned individuals Saturday to discuss the presence of Florida panthers around residences and a conservation education center.
Vaccinations Underway for Virus in Panthers
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the National Park Service (NPS) are vaccinating Florida panthers against a potentially deadly disease in Collier and Hendry counties.
FWC Meets February 4-6 at Amelia Island
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet at Amelia Island Plantation Resort, near Fernandina Beach, Feb. 4-6. Hunting regulation proposals will dominate the Wednesday (Feb. 4) agenda. The first item to come up under “items requiring action” is disestablishing, as wild hog areas, the Raiford, Flying Eagle, Escambia River, Econfina Creek, Choctawhatchee River and Yellow River wildlife management areas (WMAs) and the Apalachicola River Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The effect of the proposed rule is to allow hunters to take wild hogs on these areas without bag or size restrictions.
Hunting Notice Regarding Lake Jackson
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has renewed an executive order prohibiting hunters from using rifles for hunting on the Lake Jackson lake bed. Hunters may use shotguns and other lawful equipment to hunt on the lake bed while the order is in effect. General gun hunting season will continue through Feb. 18.
FWC to Watch for Deer Disease
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is looking to Florida’s sportsmen for help in monitoring for chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is a progressive, fatal disease that wildlife authorities have detected in mule deer, white-tailed deer and Rocky Mountain elk in captive herds and in the wild in some midwestern and western states.
Deer Management Proposal
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Wednesday withdrew a proposal to change the way the agency manages Florida’s deer herds. The proposal to manage deer to produce larger antlers and larger animals drew favorable reviews from half the state’s hunters. Half isn’t enough to constitute a clear mandate, however, so the FWC decided withdraw the statewide proposal.
Captive Wildlife Fees Raised
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has increased fees for certain licenses authorizing the possession of captive wildlife. The license fees increases went into effect July 1, 2003.
Hunters Invited to Deer Management Workshops
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a series of public workshops across the state to discuss proposed changes to deer hunting rules. Workshops will offer hunters and other interested persons opportunities to meet with FWC wildlife biologists and share their thoughts about proposals to increase the quality of Florida’s deer herd by altering antler requirements and bag limits.