Florida Hunting News

FWC Hopes To Help Alligator Trappers
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) agreed Wednesday to try to find a way to help the state's financially strapped nuisance alligator trappers. Commissioners heard from trappers during the first day of their Nov. 20-22 meeting at Hawk's Cay Resort on Duck Key.
Mixed Ballot Results for Animal Rights Groups
Arkansas voters appear to have overwhelmingly rejected Initiated Act 1, a poorly worded animal cruelty act opposed by the state's sporting and agriculture communities. In Oklahoma, animal rights groups successfully banned cockfighting with the passage of Ballot Question 687 by a vote of 56 percent to 44 percent. At the same time, they defeated Ballot Question 698 that would have raised the bar to qualify future ballot issues attempting to restrict animal uses. In Florida, animal rights organizations successfully championed a constitutional amendment granting special rights to pregnant hogs.
Two Panther Kittens Rescued
Two Florida panther kittens are safe in captivity after their mother apparently died in a recent fight with another panther over feeding rights to a white-tailed deer carcass. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wildlife biologists rescued the kittens and placed them in an unnamed, secluded facility that specializes in caring for endangered species.
Antlerless Deer Hunting Rules Clarified
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants hunters to beware of current antlerless deer hunting regulations. The agency's first edition of the 2002-2003 Hunting Handbook, released in June, has an error that indicates the season bag limit during antlerless deer season is two antlerless deer. This error has been corrected in the second edition released this month. There is no season bag limit for deer.
WMA Quota Hunt Permit Deadline Nearing
Hunters who have not applied for a wildlife management area quota hunt permit still have time to do so during the second phase of the quota hunt process conducted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). "There are still permits available, but all that is about to change," said the FWC's quota hunt coordinator Eddie White.
Hunter Education Certificates Available by Internet
Hunters who need proof they've passed the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC's) Hunter Education Course now can print out duplicate certificates from the FWC Web site. In the past, hunters who lost their certificates had to call the Hunter Education Office to arrange for the agency to mail a replacement.
Bowhunter's Course Scheduled
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Hunter Education Section and the Florida Bowhunters Council are conducting a free bowhunting course on Sat., Aug. 31, as part of the annual Bowhunter Jamboree at the Citrus Wildlife Management Area.
FWC Not Registering Off-Road Vehicles
After June 30, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will no longer register off-highway vehicles. In place of registering vehicles, new legislation will require a certificate of title from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) for all off-highway vehicles purchased by a Florida resident after July 1 or any off-highway vehicle that is owned by a resident and is operated on public lands in Florida. Tracks, half-tracks and buggies will not have to be titled under the new legislation.
Special Opportunity Hunts
The Special-Opportunity Hunt Program offers sportsmen opportunities to hunt trophy animals in areas where game is plentiful and people are sparse. Special-opportunity hunts are open to anyone who invests $5 in an application and gets drawn in a random selection process. Once drawn, sportsmen must pay a fee from $50-$175 (depending on the WMA and the type of hunt) for special-opportunity hunt permits.
Gator Hunting Anyone?
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting applications May 1 from hunters who want to test their prowess in pursuit of alligators. Applications will be available at all FWC regional offices, and Internet users can download applications from the agency’s Alligator Management Program Web site at wld.fwc.state.fl.us/gators/public.htm.