FWC will Consider New Deer-Dog Hunting Rules

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will meet in special session July 14-16, with the first day’s agenda focused on proposed deer-dog hunting rules for northwest Florida.

When the meeting convenes at 8:30 a.m. at the Ramada Inn at 2900 North Monroe St. in Tallahassee, staff will present rule proposals to ease conflicts between landowners and hunters who use dogs to pursue deer. Landowners have complained that hunting dogs sometimes stray from hunting lands.

In a series of meetings with landowners and dog-hunters, FWC staff has developed proposals to establish a dog-hunting permit system with a provision for revoking permits for hunters who fail to confine dogs on property where they have permission to hunt. Staff will ask FWC Commissioners to establish the new system in the Northwest Region for the coming hunting season.

Commissioners may consider making the system a statewide measure next year.

Interested parties will have an opportunity to address Commissioners during the meeting.

The second and third days of the meeting will consist of staff reports concerning the agency’s finances and legislative matters.

Anyone requiring special accommodation to take part in the meeting because of a disability should advise the agency five days in advance by calling Cindy Hoffman at (850) 488-6411. Hearing- or speech-impaired persons can arrange assistance by calling (850) 488-9542.