Florida Hunting News

Deer Hunting Auxiliary Check Stations Announced in Florida

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces 11 auxiliary check stations for hunters to use to check the deer and turkey they harvest during the upcoming hunting seasons on Ocala Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and Gores Landing Unit of the Ocklawaha River WMA.

Hunters are required to check all deer and turkey harvested from the Ocala WMA at one of the following check stations prior to field-dressing or transporting the carcass out of the hunt area:

Florida Panther Conservation Progress Comes with Challenges

Efforts to recover the Florida panther population are showing success with a steady rise in numbers to an estimated 100 to 160 adults of this federally endangered species living in South Florida, according to a report presented Sept. 7 to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

"Panthers are very difficult to count, but there is no question that conservation efforts have reversed the downward spiral toward extinction of this imperiled species," said Kipp Frohlich, head of the Imperiled Species Management Section at the FWC.

Florida Crossbow Season Expanded on Private Lands

Even though you can hardly tell, summer is almost over. Kids have returned to school, football is back on TV and hunting season's already been going on a month now in South Florida. Most of us have already finished our preseason scouting, and we've hung our tree stands along well-traveled deer trails - we hope next to a mature oak tree that'll soon begin dropping acorns. Finally, the time of year we've been waiting for is here! 

Florida Storm May Toss Sea Turtles Ashore: How to Help

As waves from Hurricane Irene pound sandy Atlantic beaches along Florida's east coast, they bring more than debris to shore. Small sea turtles carried from their offshore homes of floating seaweed can be cast up on the beach by the waves.

Green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp's ridley turtles are federally endangered species, and the loggerhead turtle is a federally threatened species. As a result, people wanting to help these creatures should be aware of some requirements so they don't find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Florida Reminds Hunters to Remove Tree Stands

With the start of archery season a few days away in Everglades-area wildlife management areas, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reminds hunters to remove tree stands at the end of the season.

Abandoned tree stands present safety hazards. They also create debris and litter on public lands.

Florida Asking for Help in Monitoring CWD

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has not found any evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) after years of extensive testing of the state's white-tailed deer population.

The FWC tested 910 free-ranging deer during the past year and 5,519 deer during the past nine years, with no CWD-positive results.

Florida FWC Offers Hunters Safety in Leon County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety course in Leon County.

The course will be conducted in the second-floor conference room of the Farris Bryant Building, 620 S. Meridian St., Tallahassee. Instruction is from 6 to 9 p.m. July 12, 14, 19 and 21. The range portion of the class is July 23. Attendance is required on all class dates and for the range portion.

Florida Commission Meets, Extends Alligator Daylight Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wrapped up its two-day meeting Thursday in St. Augustine, in which it accepted staff recommendations on state-threatened species; discussed marine fisheries issues of concern to anglers, commercial fishermen and specimen collectors; approved hunting issues for deer and alligators; and dealt with other wildlife-related issues.

Florida Alligator Permit Apps Now Available

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting applications on May 4 for a chance to obtain highly coveted permits to participate in the statewide alligator harvest.

Applications submitted in Phase I will be entered in a random drawing to assign permits. Applications will be accepted from 10 a.m. (EDT) May 4 through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) May 17. More than 6,000 alligator harvest permits will be available.

Florida's Juniper Creek WMA Open to Family Hunts in 2011-12

When the 2011-12 Florida hunting season opens, there will be a new public hunting area in Calhoun County with a focus on families and youth, thanks to the efforts of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and its partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

The Juniper Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is on the small side - just 900 acres - but it will be open to five family hunts for deer and wild hogs and one spring turkey youth hunt. A family hunt is open to two young people ages 8-15 and an adult with a quota permit.