Tammy Sapp

FWC working to keep Florida free of deer disease

FWC working to keep Florida free of deer disease

In nearly two decades since the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began its Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance in the state, more than 13,000 deer—including animals killed by a hunter or vehicle, as well as those that died from an illness– have been tested for CWD. The results have come back negative every time.   […]

New rules in place for deer harvest

New rules in place for deer harvest

The reporting system for deer harvest during the new season has changed. All hunters, including those under the age of 16, must now log their harvested deer prior to moving it from where it was located. Hunters must also report the harvested deer within 24 hours.   Read the full article in the Aug. 8 […]

Out of sight doesn’t mean out of danger when it comes to alligators

Out of sight doesn’t mean out of danger when it comes to alligators

In early June a young girl was attacked by an alligator in Leon County. She and her grandfather had gotten out of the water for a snack and spotted an alligator in the lake in which they’d just been swimming. They waited 30 minutes or so before re-entering the water.   Read the full article […]

Permit application process open for alligator hunt

Permit application process open for alligator hunt

Alligator hunting season begins in August and runs through November. The time to apply for a hunting permit is now. Permits aren’t guaranteed as the drawing is done through a lottery system.   Read the full article in the May 23 issue of Navarre Press. Visit navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options – or click here […]

Looking ahead to start of spring turkey hunting season

Looking ahead to start of spring turkey hunting season

Spring turkey hunting season begins in less than two weeks, and this will be the last one in which the shooting hours won’t be extended. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved extended shooting hours on wildlife management areas at its meeting in February. Read the full article in the March 7 issue […]

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 […]

Alligator hunting delivers big thrills

Alligator hunting delivers big thrills

Alligator hunting offers quite the thrill. Local hunter Nick Naylor will tell you as much. But the first time he went out hunting, he just went along for the ride. He was hooked right away. Read the full article in the Sept. 6 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view subscription options. Sign up […]

FWC active in its approach to dealing with alligator issues

FWC active in its approach to dealing with alligator issues

Alligators are a part of Florida, and as their habitat is reduced because of development near water, more and more conflicts with humans arise. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is doing what it can to combat that problem and keep issues to a minimum. Read the full article in the June 21 issue […]

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 […]

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 […]

Program kindles conservation interest among Florida kids

Program kindles conservation interest among Florida kids

Seven years ago the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission launched a program to generate interest in the outdoors among youth in the state and establish within them a lifelong love for fish and wildlife conservation. Read the full article in the March 9 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little […]

Thanksgiving hunting tradition provides wide range of benefits

Thanksgiving hunting tradition provides wide range of benefits

Thanksgiving Day isn’t just about turkey for many. Deer hunting is also popular in Florida, with hunters hitting the great outdoors throughout the holiday weekend now that deer season is underway. “White-tailed deer are the most popular game species in Florida,” said Tammy Sapp of the Division of Hunting and Game Management for the Florida […]

Alligator hunt still popular in state

Alligator hunt still popular in state

Alligator hunting is a big deal in Florida. The numbers tell you as much. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission was flooded with  13,000 applications from across the state for permits to hunt alligators and more than 6,000 permits were issued for the hunt that started Aug. 15 and runs until Nov. 1 in […]