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Monarch Butterfly Tagging Festival in Panama City Beach Oct. 28

Panama City Beach Parks Department is hosting a Monarch Butterfly Tagging Festival at Conservation Park on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 12 Noon – 2 p.m. The festival is a citizen science project where the public can get hands on experience with tagging and tracking their own butterflies. There will be educational video clips and displays as well as the live butterflies. This year’s guests will be the Florida Native Plant Society who will be sharing information on host and nectar...

Northwest Florida hunting season dates for 2010-2011

FWC general hunting dates (Seasons and dates are not applicable to wildlife management areas) Season for Northwest Zone Hunting: General gun season reopens Dec.11 – 25. Don’t forget you need a $5 deer license! Zone D – Northwest Florida – Public lands Deer: Crossbow Season: Nov. 29 – Dec. 3 Antlered deer only by crossbow or bow Muzzleloading Gun Season: Dec. 4–10 and Feb. 21–27 – Antlered deer only by muzzleloader, crossbow or bow General Gun Season: Dec. 11 –...

Food plots planted in Point Washington State Forest encourages wildlife habitats

U.S. Forestry and FWC plant grasses to stimulate turkey brooding habitat The Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in Point Washington and the Florida Fish and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission are working together to promote wildlife brooding habitats in the Point Washington State Forest. 18 food plots have been planted on closed road areas throughout the Forest. Working with cost share funding from the National Wild Turkey Federation, Forestry and FWC started with warm season grasses in...

Outta’ the Woods: December’s holiday hunting traditions

Know your bag limits when hunting waterfowl by Tony Young There’s finally a chill and a certain festiveness in the air as most of us try to take time off from work to enjoy spending quality time with family and friends and reflect on the passing year.  Children will be out of school on winter break soon, and while the holiday season’s upon us, so are several traditional hunting opportunities. The second phase of waterfowl and coot season comes in...

Outta the Woods: hunting season regulations explained

Give thanks for hunting seasons galore November means the 2009-10 huntin’ season’s in full swing.  This month, general gun, fall turkey, quail and gray squirrel, snipe and the second phase of mourning and white-winged dove hunting seasons open. The first thing you need to do is pick up a $17 Florida resident hunting license.  Nonresidents pay $46.50 for a 10-day license or $151.50 for 12 months. If you plan to hunt one of Florida’s many wildlife management areas (WMAs), you’ll...

Crossbows, muzzleloaders and doves, oh my

Outta’ the  Woods By Tony Young Football season’s in full swing, and the 2009-10 hunting season’s starting to crank up. Archery season’s been going on in most of the state, and in this issue, I want to talk about three other seasons about to start: crossbow, muzzleloading gun and the first phase of dove. Crossbow season occurs between archery and muzzleloading gun seasons in the South and Central hunting zones, lasting five days: Oct. 12-16 and Oct. 26-30, respectively. In...

FWC to host open house for Blackwater Quail Enhancement Area

Proposals to enhance quail habitat and hunting discussed The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) invites everyone with an interest in bobwhite quail management on the Blackwater Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties to an open house Oct. 6. The event will take place 6:30 – 8 p.m. at the Bear Lake Recreation Area, 2914 Bear Lake Rd., near Munson....

FWC announces 2009-2010 bird hunting season

Rail and Common Moorhen Season: Sept. 1 – Nov. 9, 2009 Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset Bag Limits (daily/possession): Clapper & king rails – 15/30 (singly or in aggregate) Sora & Virginia rails – 25/25 (singly or in aggregate) Common moorhen – 15/30 Purple gallinule – No Open Season Special September Duck Season: Sept. 26-30, 2009 Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset 
Legal to Take: Wood duck, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal Bag Limit (daily/possession): 4/8....

New rule changes to Florida Quota Hunt Program for 2009-2010 season

New rule changes to the Quota Hunt Program that improves the state’s regulation of hunting on wildlife management areas The following major changes to the quota program were approved by the FWC Commission on Feb. 4, 2009 and will be in effect for the 2009-2010 hunting season. To obtain quota permit application worksheets,  Click here Apply for a quota permit now! Click here Has there been an increase in the number of quota hunt types? Yes. The number of hunt...

Hunter safety course offered in Okaloosa County

Classes will be held Aug. 3-6 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety course in Okaloosa County. The course will be at the Okaloosa County Extension Office, 5479 Old Bethel Rd. in Crestview.  Instruction will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 5 and 6; the range portion of the class will be Aug. 8.   ...

FWC announces 2008-09 migratory game bird and early waterfowl hunting seasons

Crow Season: Aug. 9 – Oct. 26, 2008 (Saturdays and Sundays only) and Nov. 11, 2008 – Feb. 18, 2009 Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset Bag limit: No bag or possession limits Rail and common moorhen Season: Sept. 1 – Nov. 9, 2008 Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset Bag limits (daily/possession): Clapper & king rails – 15/30 (singly or in aggregate) Sora & Virginia rails – 25/25 (singly or in aggregate) Common moorhen –...