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Hunting with dogs effective and efficient

Hunting with dogs effective and efficient

Lane Stephens is the president of the Southeastern Dog Hunters Association and has been hunting with dogs for most of his life. A lobbyist for the association as well, Stephens got hooked on hunting at a young age. “My family got me into it. It was just one of those traditions,” Stephens said. Read the […]

Options plentiful for hunter safety courses

Options plentiful for hunter safety courses

With hunting season fast approaching, staying safe during the hunt is of the utmost importance. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers four different safety course options. Read the full article in the Sept. 20 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up to receive the online edition of Navarre […]

Hog hunting season about to begin

Hog hunting season about to begin

Wild hogs have been in Florida for more than 500 years, brought over by Spanish explorers, and they live in all 67 of the state’s counties. But because of their destructive behavior to habitats, hunts are a necessity, and the spring/summer hunts are scheduled to take place starting next month. Read the full article in […]

Recreational options abound at Eglin

Recreational options abound at Eglin

For more than 50 years, military land has been open to the public for outdoor recreational activities, and that includes the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation at Jackson Guard. The Sikes Act triggered that opening in 1960, ensuring that wildlife and natural resources on military lands are protected and enhanced. Chris Johansen, a wildlife biologist […]

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting popular on national seashore

Duck hunting is a thing on Gulf Islands National Seashore. The numbers tell you as much. While hunting ducks has been allowed since the national seashore was established more than 40 years ago, the issuance of permits for it didn’t start until 2013. Over the last three seasons, more than 200 permits have been issued […]

Hunting creates memories, aids wildlife conservation

Hunting creates memories, aids wildlife conservation

Hunting season begins this week for deer and turkey in this part of Florida, and there is no shortage of opportunities for those who love to hunt. “Florida is blessed to have nearly 6 million acres of public hunting land, and even if you don’t have a quota hunt permit, there are still wildlife management […]

Wildlife Management Areas have come a long way

Wildlife Management Areas have come a long way

One purchase of land in 1941 has blossomed into something that now serves as a home for some of Florida’s most well-known and threatened wildlife species. It also provides a place for hunters and anglers to enjoy while allowing others to take advantage of golden wildlife viewing opportunities. Wildlife Management Areas now cover nearly 6 […]

FWC prepared to handle violations that occur on the field and in the water

FWC prepared to handle violations that occur on the field and in the water

It’s late at night in early December and a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer spots a vehicle shining a spotlight on several fields. Upon stopping the vehicle, the officer discovers a loaded hunting rifle and fresh deer blood on a rack attached to the back of the truck. Further investigative efforts unveil the […]

FWC offers a variety of holiday gift ideas

FWC offers a variety of holiday gift ideas

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission offers several gift ideas for holiday shoppers, and the proceeds from some of those gifts will directly fund conservation efforts. A hunting license is one idea and they can be purchased at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com or by stopping by a participating retailer. You can also call 1-888-347-4356. Read the full […]

Safety key to successful hunting trips

Safety key to successful hunting trips

Learning about hunting safety can make all the difference in the world. Tony Young, the media relations coordinator for the Division of Hunting and Game Management for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, said incidents in the field have been reduced significantly in the last 25 years. “Hunting is a safe activity and hunter […]

Blackwater WMA cleaning station set to reopen in fall

Blackwater WMA cleaning station set to reopen in fall

Starting next fall, the Blackwater River Wildlife Management Area will have a cleaning station again. Through efforts of hunters, the Florida Forest Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the station will be reopened. Read the full article in the Feb. 18 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe for as little as […]

Hunter finds human remains in Milton

Hunter finds human remains in Milton

On Friday, Nov. 26 a hunter located what he said appeared to be human remains while hunting in the wooded area off of Blue Barnes Road in Milton. Deputies from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call. The major crimes detectives and crime-scene units also responded to investigate. The remains are believed […]

Possibility for bear hunting season in Florida

Possibility for bear hunting season in Florida

Online petitions are circulating in the hope of preventing the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission from lifting the ban on hunting bears in the state. The ban has been in place since 1994 after certain species were put on an endangered list. The petitioners are asking that the FWC find non-lethal methods to reduce […]

FWC establishes new hunting area at Escribano Point

FWC establishes new hunting area at Escribano Point

Tony Young said the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is always looking for new hunting areas in the state. The media relations commissioner for the FWC’s Division of Hunting and Game Management believes the addition of the Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area is a good one. During the 2015-16 hunting season, the 4,017-acre WMA […]

Gov. Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman’s License

Gov. Scott reduces cost of Lifetime Sportsman’s License

Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order Nov. 13 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 $1,000 but from Nov. 24 through Dec. 31, the price will be reduced to $500 for […]

Hunter arrested in fatal shooting

Hunter arrested in fatal shooting

Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission officials, at the direction of the State Attorney’s Office, sought an arrest warrant, charging Johnny Lee Farmer, 31, of Milton, with two felony counts in connection with the Nov. 30 accidental shooting death of his friend, Chris Garrett. Farmer was arrested Jan. 31. However, at Farmer’s first appearance Feb. 1, […]