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Cypress Cattle Company hosting dove hunt Dec. 11

Dove hunt and unique cypress gifts will be available Date/Time: Dec. 11 a.m. Location: Cypress Cattle Company 2890 R M Ward Rd., Ponce De Leon, FL Cypress Cattle Company will be hosting their third phase of dove hunting on Saturday, Dec. 11th. Hunt a 100-acre field of peanut, browntop millet and volunteer watermelon. Lots of birds in the field, with more arriving daily. Hunt will include skeet from 11-1 p.m., transportation to and from the field and a bird pickin’...

FWC offering hunter safety course in Bay County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety course in Bay County. The course will be conducted at Gulf Coast Community College in the second floor lecture hall of the Student Union East building, 5230 West U.S. Hwy. 98 in Panama City.  Instruction will be from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 17, 19, 24 and 26.  The range portion of the class will be Aug. 28 from 7-11 a.m. People who have taken the Internet course...

Time to apply for wild hog quota hunt permits

Phase I applications accepted until April 12 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is accepting applications through April 12 during its Phase I random drawing for quota permits to hunt wild hogs on selected wildlife management areas. These quota permits are for hog-only hunts (both still and dog), where hunters can use modern firearms.  Many of the new summer hunts are night-only hunts.  In addition, permits for the dog hunts allow hunting with up to three dogs at...

Apply for alligator hunting permits on May 5

Alligator hunting season will run Aug. 15 through Nov. 1 The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will begin accepting applications May 5 for a chance to obtain highly coveted permits to participate in the statewide alligator harvest. In Phase I, applications will be accepted for a random drawing from 10 a.m. (EDT) May 5 through 11:59 p.m. (EDT) May 18.  Approximately 6,000 alligator harvest permits will be available. During the Phase I random drawing, each person can submit...

Deer hunters get better-aligned zones, season dates

FWC announces 2010-2011 hunting season dates Click here for 2010-2011 season dates The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed new rules Wednesday affecting deer hunters, beginning with the 2010-11 season. The new rules modified zone boundaries and season dates for deer hunting on private property. “These changes will better align the deer hunting seasons with the rut and are intended to increase hunter satisfaction,” said Cory Morea, Deer Management Program Coordinator for the FWC’s Division of Hunting and Game...

Floridians show support for Hands Across The Sand

State of Florida shows its support for Hands Across The Sand More than 400 people showed their support for the Hands Across The Sand in Seaside, Fla. on Feb. 13.  The protest was to raise awareness about pending Florida legislation to drill for oil along Florida’s coastal waterways. The protest gained incredible momentum as there were thousands across the state who shared support. More than 80 in Blue Mountain Beach, 3oo in Key West, 262 at Siesta Key as well...

Deer season is not over yet in Florida Panhandle

Outta the woods: Northwest Florida deer in rut Thus far, this deer season has been pretty good to me as far as quantity goes.  I shot two does during doe week, and I got my season limit on fall gobblers, but I have yet to even see horns, much less harvest a buck.  But I still have plenty of room left in my freezer, and I’m not throwing in the towel just yet.  After all, there are still lots of...

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...

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....

Outta The Woods: Safe hunting is NO Accident

August best time of year to sign up for hunter safety courses By Tony Young With the dog-days of summer fully upon us, it’s hard to think about hunting quite yet. But if you’re between the ages of 16 and 34, and haven’t completed the state’s hunter safety course requirement, now’s just the time to be thinking about it. If you’ve been putting off taking a hunter safety class, August is the best time to sign up for one in...