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Online hunter course completion offered in Bay

Hunter safety Internet completion course offered at Bay County Fairgrounds The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet completion course in Bay County. The course will be at the Bay County Fairgrounds, at the corner of U.S. 98 and Sherman Avenue in Panama City.  Instruction will take place 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Feb. 21, with the firing range section of the course being held the same day at a different location. Individuals...

FWC makes changes to WMA quota system

Quota permits no longer transferable At its meeting in Destin, the seven members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted in favor of proposed recommended changes to its Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Quota Hunt Permit Program.  An amendment to the new rules provides that the changes will no longer be in effect after 2012, unless the Commission reauthorizes these changes or approves an extension. For more than a year, a Quota Hunt Stakeholder Working Group, consisting of...

FWC offering free hunter safety course

Class held at Okaloosa County Extension Office in Feb. Instruction will take place 6-9 p.m. Feb. 16-19, and the range portion of the class will be Feb. 21. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Students should take a pencil and paper with them to take notes. Successful completion of an approved hunter safety course is required for anyone born on or after June 1, 1975 to purchase a Florida hunting license.  The FWC course...

North Walton Fishing and Hunting Report for Jan. 24

What folks are catchin’ and baggin’ in Walton Sonja at Copeland’s tells me fishing has been great with folks catching speckled trout. A secret fishing hole has been revealed… Alaqua Bayou! For a refresher on fishing regulations click here. Hunting: Deer hunting not just for the boys … Local teenager, Jasmine Mason, of Choctaw Beach bagged an 8 pointer at Eglin this week! Muzzleloading gun next days open: Feb. 19 – March 1 General gun: through – Feb. 18 Quail...

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...

Hunting in Walton County WMAs

General Gun season reopens Dec. 13 – Feb. 4, small game open through Mar. 1 There are three Wildlife Management Areas available in Walton County on which hunting and fishing is available. The WMAs are Choctawhatchee River Wildlife Management Area, the Lafayette Creek WMA and the Point Washington State Forest and WMA. GENERAL GUN SEASON: December 13 through February 4 (except Holmes Creek  Unit and East River Island). Permit, Stamp and License Requirements – Hunting license, management area  permit, migratory...

Duck hunters out in numbers, urged to wear life jackets

Life jacket an excellent holiday gift for boating hunters Law enforcement officers are unsure why, but they’re seeing more duck hunters out on lakes around Tallahassee than any time in the past few years. “This weekend we checked 150 hunters on Lake Jackson and 60 on Lake Miccosukee,” said Lt. Kent Harvey, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) area law enforcement supervisor.  “Maybe it’s the fact that permanent blinds are banned from four lakes around Tallahassee, but more duck...

New rules will boost deer hunting on Tate’s Hell WMA

New rules designed to improve quality of hunting in Franklin and Liberty counties Two new rules in place on the 187,700-acre Tate’s Hell Wildlife Management Area in Franklin and Liberty counties this hunting season are designed to improve the quality of the hunting experience. The first new rule requires that legal buck deer must have at least one antler with two or more points. Each point has to be at least 1 inch long, and the antler has to be...