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FWC votes to postpone bear hunting in 2016

EASTPOINT, Fla. – July 22 the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016. Although the framework for bear hunting in Florida remains in place, there will be a zero hunt objective set for 2016, and the Commission could consider future bear hunting in 2017. Nick Wiley, FWC executive director said, “Although hunting has been demonstrated to be a valuable tool to control bear populations across the country, it is just...

Walton County fishing report for Feb. 10

Fishing is good Bay: Redfish and sheepshead through the roof! River: Crappie being caught in area ponds. Hunting: Deer in full rut right now. 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. – Fri.: 6 a.m. – 5:30 p.m....

Walton county fishing report for Dec. 23

Fishing is good Bay: Trout and redfish bites are still good. Some sheepshead and reports of black drum. River: Some crappie, bass and shellcracker. Hunting: Not many duck hunters, hogs on the move, along with a few deer. Click here for fishing forecast   Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Thanks for the business. Copeland’s will be closed for the holidays Dec. 25 – Jan. 7. Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and...

Walton County fishing and hunting report for Nov. 11

Fishing is on! Bay: Redfish bites and trout still wide open biting on all kinds of baits. Reports of white trout being caught in the bay. Most reeling in on the west end of the bay. River: River high so catfish are biting. Small game season opens this weekend and folks are getting ready along the river. Click here for fishing forecast Bay and river report brought to you by Copeland’s. “Where the locals shop and the tourists are welcome.”...

Eglin Air Force Base recreation permits now available online

By Mike Spaits Team Eglin Public Affairs EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. — Beginning Sept. 15, 2015, people who use Eglin to get closer to nature will have an easier path to get their outdoor fix. A new web-based electronic permit system, called iSportsman, will debut online Sept. 15 and brings a slew of changes for the more than 17,000 permit holders of Eglin’s Outdoor Recreation Program, managed by Jackson Guard. “For the first time ever, users will be able to create...

Walton county fishing report for Feb. 18

Fishing is good for those getting out there Choctawhatchee Bay: Trout bite still on along with sheepshead. A few redfish being caught. River: Crappie biting on the river. Hunting: Deer in full rut. Lots of big bucks. 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...

Walton county fishing report for Jan. 9

Fishing is cold! Choctawhatchee Bay area: Trout bit still on, however on the smaller size and biting on Zoom flutes. Some old timers getting out there in the cold weather. Hunting: A lot of activity along the river. 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,...

Walton county fishing report for Dec. 17

Fishing is good! Choctawhatchee Bay area: Trout bit still on, however on the smaller size and biting on Zoom flutes. Sheepshead along the causeway. River: Crappie biting good along the river. Hunting: Duck hunt and hog hunt on.  Coyotes have been troublesome for some and seem to be in abundance this year. 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...

Florida lifetime sportsman license costs for youth reduced Nov. 24 – Dec. 31, 2014

On Nov. 13, 2014, Governor Rick Scott signed an executive order authorizing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to offer Lifetime Sportsman’s Licenses for Florida children and young adults at a greatly reduced cost. The license now costs up to $1000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, 2014, the price will be reduced to $500 for Florida residents who are 21-years-old and younger. The lifetime license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and most associated permits. Governor...