Florida Hunting News

Florida Seeking Comments on Daylight Hours for Alligator Hunting

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to know what Floridians think about providing more daylight-hunting hours to alligator hunters. The public can comment via an online survey.

Florida Man Caught in the Act of Poaching

A Franklin County man was arrested Oct. 22 and charged with killing a black bear after a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigator saw him shoot the animal with a bow and arrow.

Black bears are classified as a threatened species in Florida and are fully protected. There is no open season for the taking of bears.

Habitual Florida Poacher Banned from Hunting for Life

A Putnam County man known for poaching deer has lost his privilege to hunt in Florida, and dozens of other states, for life.

John "Jay" Frederick Badger Jr. (DOB 07/20/70) of 412 Silver Lake Road, Palatka, pled guilty Oct. 7 to poaching and other charges filed against him last February by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers.

Florida B.O.W. Workshop Offered Oct. 8th-10th

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has openings available for its Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop near Tallahassee for women who want to spend a weekend learning a variety of outdoor activities.

The three-day workshop takes place Oct. 8-10 at Camp Wallwood on the Gadsden County side of Lake Talquin. The program begins Friday at 10 a.m. and ends Sunday with lunch.

Deer Poachers Post Pics on Facebook - Get Caught

Two Inverness residents were arrested when an investigation uncovered they had illegally taken a deer and then posted the photos on Facebook.

William Andrew Buchanan (DOB 08/26/89) and Tara Anne Carver (DOB 09/06/82) were cited for possession of wildlife taken illegally, according to investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Florida FWC Seeks Hunter Feedback

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announces that state hunters and anglers can now provide public comments and feedback on this year's proposed changes to hunting and fishing rules and regulations.

After completing an internal review, the FWC worked with other agencies and stakeholders in identifying and recommending these proposed changes, which may need to be made to Florida's hunting and fishing regulations.

"Jarhead" Bear Cub Finally Caught and Released From Trash

It took 10 days for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) biologists to catch a black bear cub in Marion County that was days away from death. They were ultimately successful, but it took extraordinary efforts from both FWC employees and local residents working together.

Florida Quota Hunt Permits Will Not be Mailed This Year

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to make hunters aware that beginning this year, quota permits for general gun, archery, muzzleloading gun, family, youth, airboat and track will not be mailed out to successful applicants as they have been in the past.

Florida Closes Stairsteps Unit to Deer Hunting for 2010-11 Season

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has issued an executive order, which will close zones 3 and 4 of the Stairsteps Unit of the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area to the harvest of deer for the 2010-2011 hunting season. The order will be effective prior to the archery season and will remain in place for one year.

Florida Offers Several Summer Hog Hunt Opportunities

Because of an abundance of wild hogs on portions of Ochlockonee River and Joe Budd Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in Northwest Florida, several hunting opportunities will be available during the coming months in an effort to reduce hog populations.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has quota permits available for hog-dog hunts on the Joe Budd area and still hunts for the Ochlockonee River WMA during July, August and September.