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Hunter safety courses offered in October 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in nine counties in October (list follows). Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An...

Holmes County Outdoor Expo in Bonifay Sept. 14

The Holmes County Outdoor Expo will be held on Sat. Sept. 14, 2019 at 1169 E. Hwy. 90, Bonifay, FL. The event will be from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. and admission is free. The Expo will offer hunting, fishing, recreation, resource management exhibits along with live animal displays. Florida State championship turkey calling contest, scavenger hunt, and silent auctions will be held as well. The event is hosted by University of Florida/IFAS Holmes county. Click here for more info....

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in 7 counties in August 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in seven counties in August (list follows). Hunter safety courses are designed to help students become safe, responsible and knowledgeable hunters and learn about conservation. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper....

FWC WMAs and quota hunts impacted by Hurricane Michael

Our hearts go out to those affected by Hurricane Michael as the impacts of this storm continue to unfold. Our number one priority is the health and safety of residents and visitors. The FWC and its land management partners continue to assess and restore wildlife management areas (WMAs) in northwest Florida that are closed due to Hurricane Michael. Check the closed status of our WMAs and other facilities before heading afield.  As WMAs and facilities reopen, they will be removed from the...

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in Walton and Washington counties

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in Walton and Washington counties in September. Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times. Anyone born on or after June 1,...

Freeport hunters harvest huge alligator from Basin Bayou

It was a busy morning on Aug. 25, 2018 as Freeport hunters Tilton Morrison, his son Dalton Morrison, and Cade Nick harvested a 13.675 ft. long alligator in Basin Bayou. The male alligator had a 42” tail girth and weighed approximately 800 lbs. The Florida state record for length is a 14 foot 3-1/2 inch male from Lake Washington in Brevard County. The alligator was taken from the bayou close to Nick’s Seafood Restaurant. The gator was brought to Nick’s,...

Hunter safety courses offered in the panhandle

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in four counties in June (list follows). Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them. All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times. Anyone born on or after June 1, 1975,...

Walton County fishing and hunting report for Feb. 14

Fishing is good Bay: Still some small trout, scattered redfish, and a good amount of sheepshead biting. River: River on the rise for a while. Good fishing reports on Black Creek. Reports of deer thinking about going into rut in N. Walton. Muzzleloading season coming up. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and...

Walton County fishing and hunting report for Feb. 1

Fishing is good Bay: Still some small trout, scattered redfish, and a few sheepshead. River: Large bass being caught, catish, and crappie. Reports of deer thinking about going into rut. Muzzleloading weekend coming up. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277...

Walton County fishing report for Dec. 7

Fishing is good Bay: Still a decent trout bite, black (mangrove) snapper, sheepshead, black drum, and redfish. Fish biting on gold spoons and live shrimp. General gun season opens this weekend. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.” Click here to find out more about Copeland’s. Copeland’s Gun and Tackle Shop 17290 U.S. Hwy. 331 S Freeport, Florida 32439 (850) 835-4277 Store hours: Mon....