Florida Hunting News

Permits Still Available to Stalk Prehistoric Predator
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has more than 300 permits remaining for hunters who want to take on the challenge of bagging huge reptiles that can clamp down 80 teeth with a ton of pressure per square inch.
Quota Hunt Procedures Updated
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is modifying procedures to change hunters’ quota hunt choices because of recent changes in the wildlife management area (WMA) program.
Hunter Safety Class and Registration Available Online
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC’s) hunter safety class now is available online as well as on compact disc. Hunters can take most of the classroom instruction without leaving home before taking part in a field day that includes live-firing instruction on a shooting range to earn certification.
Alligator Harvest Permits Available
Permits are still available for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) 2003 alligator harvest. The FWC expanded the alligator hunt this year to allow hunting in areas that were previously off-limits. But interest hunters must hurry, because only about 400 permits remain.
Special Opportunity Hunting Application Available
Wildlife management area special-opportunity hunting applications for the 2003-2004 seasons are now available. Hunters can obtain applications to participate in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) special-opportunity hunts at regional offices and online at wildflorida.org/hunting/.
Alligator Opportunities Expanded
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting applications May 1 from hunters who want to harvest alligators. Permittees will be allowed to take two alligators each during their hunts.
Public Lands Undergoing Name Change
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) recently took action to consolidate public hunting lands under the wildlife management area (WMA) designation. Since the 1970s, Florida has had both Type I and Type II public lands open to hunting. Hunters have generally understood that they needed a $25 state WMA permit to hunt Type I areas but have been less clear about what Type II public lands were or what permits they needed.
Hunter Input Wanted on Deer Management Options
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking input from hunters and other stakeholders, in a series of public workshops concerning deer management. Seven options to improve the quality of Florida’s deer population are under consideration to replace the state’s current deer bag limit – two deer per day, with a minimum of one 5-inch antler.
Gator Trapper Funding Sought
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) agreed today to try to find funding to help the state's nuisance alligator trappers stay in business. Nuisance trappers remove 7,000 nuisance gators in a typical year in the interest of human safety.
Fort Walton Beach Man Cited For Importing Deer
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has charged a 62-year-old Ft. Walton Beach man with importing seven white-tailed deer into Florida without a permit. Charges stem from a two-week investigation by the FWC, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS) and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).