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A Bad Day Fishing Beats a Great Day at Work

Florida Fish Busters: Top freshwater fishing destinations in Florida for 2009 If you are like me, you’ve probably heard “you should have been here yesterday—the fishing was great,” more times than you can count.  Well, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission biologists continue to give anglers advice upfront that will help them find some of the best honey holes into which to cast a line in the hope that you’ll be the next one bragging about a whopper of a...

Finding Beauty Along the Garden of Eden Trail

Local couple explore trail in Bristol, Florida ***Due to recent tornado activity, the Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines hiking trails are CLOSED until further notice. Trails are blocked by debris and unsafe to hike at this time.*** The state of Florida has some of the most unique geological features in the entire south. From the most familiar beaches to the many crystal clear rivers, a little homework, and a willingness to wander off the beaten path can result in a pleasant...

Spend Valentine’s day at the ranch

Spend Valentine’s Day with your two favorite sweethearts Cypress Cattle Ranch is hosting an all day Valentine’s day ride, Saturday Feb. 14th. Come an join the folks at the ranch, bring your horses, ride as long as you like. They will be serving their “now-famous” ranch chili for lunch. Ride the rest of the afternoon, and when the sun goes down,  have a fireside steak dinner. Bring your overnight gear, Cypress Ranch has water hookups for live-aboard trailers, RV’s and...

Vicious Valentine: Roses are black, bruises are blue

Roller derby comes to Fort Walton Beach Feb. 7 Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Theo Docie Bass Recreational Center 54 Ferry Ave., Fort Walton Beach, FL. Check out the first home bout for the Beach Brawl SK8R Dolls! The area’s first-ever women’s flat track roller derby team will be taking on the ladies of Baton Rouge. Interested in being a roller derby SK8R Doll? Beach Brawl SK8R Dolls are now recruiting sk8r dolls, refs, & volunteers. Contact: beachbrawlsk8rdolls@yahoo.com The...

Youth hunt day for waterfowl Jan. 31 – Feb. 1

The two-day season allows children younger than 16 years old to hunt The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has established Jan. 31 and Feb.1 as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days to help pass on the duck hunting tradition. This opportunity also provides a chance for experienced waterfowl hunters to take youths afield to teach them duck hunting techniques and ethics. This statewide, two-day season allows children younger than 16 years...

North Walton fishing/hunting report for Jan. 17

What folks are catchin’ and baggin’ in Walton Sonja at Copeland’s tells me fishing has been very good with folks catching speckled trout, redfish, sheepshead and striper. As long as you don’t mind the chilly weather! For a refresher on fishing regulations click here. Hunting: Yahoo! The deer appear to be in rut! Hunters have seen a lot of activity and have been saying the best time is early morning around 7 a.m. Muzzleloading gun next days open: Feb. 19...

Upcoming paddles in the Panhandle

Turkey Creek paddle on Jan. 24 The West Florida Canoe and Kayak Club offers a variety of paddles in the Northwest Florida Panhandle. If you are interesting in becoming a member, you can go to their website at www.clubkayak.com/wfckc or contact Wes Mosteller at wesjane@earthlink.net Guests are welcome on trips as long as they have the skills to safely navigate the waters being paddled.  Guests must sign a waiver form and have an Eglin Recreational Pass if the trip is...

Obedience Training Workshop Jan. 24

A day of learning for you and your dog An obedience training workshop is being offered at the DogSmith Training Center in Vernon on Saturday, Jan. 24. The cost $100.00 and includes workbook, handouts, treats, lunch and refreshments. What you will learn • How can you quantify where your obedience skills are in terms of reliability and performance • How can you identify where you want to go with your obedience goals • Train to Perform and perform as you...

Join the birders on retreat in Apalachicola

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society annual retreat Feb. 13 – 16 2009 Join the CAS in birding, owling and star gazing in Apalachicola. Directed by Alan Knothe- expert birder. Other activities include kayaking/canoeing and good fellowship. Camping and motels available.  Register with Pat Baker- 850-678-2953 flabirder@cox.net or Bob Penhollow- 850-729-2602 bobpenhollow@cox.net Daily agendas will be given to registrants....

New waterfront park opens in Freeport

Boat launch and parking available on 4 Mile Creek A new park has opened on Four Mile Creek in Freeport. Known by the locals as ‘The Point,’ the park now boasts more than 20 parking spaces and several boat slips. In addition, there are restroom facilities and walkways that wrap around the waterfront. “This park has been 18 years in the works,” said Mickey Marse, mayor of Freeport. In addition, a custom-designed longer slip that runs parallel to the creek...

Choctawhatchee Audubon Society Bird Walk Jan. 24

Learn about bird behavior Jan. 24 Nature and bird lovers who wish to learn more about bird behavior, ID and habitats are invited to join Choctawhatchee Audubon Society for walks at local birding “hotspots”.  Beginners and experienced birders are welcome to join CAS volunteer, Bob Penhollow for a bird walk around the Niceville area on January 24th 2009. Meet at 7:30 AM at KMART parking lot. Binoculars, field guide, bug spray, hat, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, long pants and water are...

Surf and inshore fishing report

Pompano, redfish, bluefish, flounder being caught surf fishing Surf Fishing Surf Fishing in the winter offers some interesting possibilities.  In the last few weeks we have seen lots of big bull reds, bluefish, black drum, pompano and even bonita caught from the beach.  This time of year, you never know what to expect.  Keep an eye on the fluctuations in water temperature.  The past few weeks have seen the water temperature rise and fall several degrees.  When you see a...