Florida Hunting News

3 Florida Panthers Die in Early 2012

Florida panthers are off to a rough start in 2012, with three deaths documented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). Last year, 24 Florida panther deaths were recorded, but FWC biologists also observed 11 radio-collared females giving birth to 32 panther kittens. Overall, the known number of newborn panthers in 2011 appears to have offset the known number of panther deaths.

Florida Wild Hogs – Nuisance or Hunting Opportunity?

The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal pursued each winter by Florida's more than 200,000 hunters. But, there's another big-game species that's hunted quite a bit too and is especially popular with hunters in the southern and central parts of the state: the wild hog.

Florida Established Public Hunting Areas Do Not Have 7-day Antlerless Deer Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds hunters that antlerless deer season does not apply on FWC-managed lands that are part of its public hunting system.

Most of these 163 public hunting areas were established as wildlife management areas, but others were established as wildlife and environmental areas, national wildlife refuges, military bases, public-use areas, public small-game hunting areas and places such as the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes Area.

Bowhunter Education Course Scheduled for Alachua Co., Florida

Now you can take the Florida Bowhunter Education Course by completing an online, distance-learning component and then attending an abbreviated field day.

Hunter Safety personnel with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) said the field day will be Jan. 14 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Newberry Archery Complex in Alachua County.

Count Birds Instead of Staying Inside this Winter in Florida

One, two, three, four: cardinals, finches and chickadees. How many birds can you count in your backyard this winter?

While you may not hear their boisterous whistles and tweets like you do in spring, birds are still in your backyard. Your yard may look gloomy and dull this time of year, but there are bright spots, or feathers, to see! In fact, many species of birds are just arriving from as far away as Canada. It is migration season, when many of our feathered friends travel to the warm state of Florida to escape the frozen, snowy north.

Florida WC Seeks Alligator Trappers for Martin, Palm Beach Counties

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers in Martin and Palm Beach counties.

December’s Traditions Include Florida Holiday Hunting

There's finally a chill and certain festiveness in the air as most of us try to take time off from work to enjoy spending quality time with family and friends and reflect on the passing year. Children will be out of school on winter break soon, and while the holiday season is upon us, so are several traditional hunting opportunities.

Florida FWC: Hunting Season a Perfect Time for Conservation-minded Holiday Sharing, Gifts

The holiday season is here, bringing with it some much-appreciated cooler weather to the Sunshine State. Many of us will be taking time off from work, and children will be out of school on winter break soon. For me, this much-needed vacation provides a wonderful opportunity to take to the woods and go hunting, now that hunting season is in full swing.

It's also a perfect time to give children supervised hunting experiences with you.

Nov. 29 Workshop to Discuss Black Bear Conservation in South Florida

A draft plan to ensure a sustainable Florida black bear population will be presented by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at a Nov. 29 public workshop in Naples.

Members of the public from throughout south Florida are invited to the workshop, which will include a staff presentation on the FWC's draft bear management plan. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions, speak or complete a brief survey on the plan. The workshop begins at 6 p.m. at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 300 Tower Road.

Raccoon Complaints on the Rise in Jacksonville, Florida

Raccoon complaints have been the subject of several recent news stories in the Jacksonville area.

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials would like to explain what the agency can and can't do for homeowners with wildlife troubles.

Normally, nuisance-wildlife complaint calls are first handled by wildlife assistance biologist Eric Dennis, who gathers the information and comes up with solutions that do not adversely affect the animal or public safety.