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Wakulla Outdoors Sat, 25 Feb 2017 04:08:35 -0500 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb Panhandle Blue Crab Trap Closure Starts January 5 Recreational and commercial blue crab harvesters in certain areas of the Panhandle must remove their blue crab traps from the water before Jan. 5, the first day of a 10-day trap closure.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Sat, 05 Jan 2013 07:29:55 -0500 Outta' the Woods: December's Holiday Hunting Traditions'_the_Woods:_December's_Holiday_Hunting_Traditions_2012120714581/'_the_Woods:_December's_Holiday_Hunting_Traditions_2012120714581/ There’s finally a chill and 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.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Fri, 07 Dec 2012 14:02:13 -0500 2012 Gulf Gag Grouper Recreational Season Draft Rule Discussed at FWC Meeting The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) unanimously decided on a draft 2013 Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season Wednesday, Dec. 5, at its Commission meeting in Apalachicola.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Thu, 06 Dec 2012 14:56:23 -0500 Gone Coastal: Florida, We Have a Lionfish Problem,_We_Have_a_Lionfish_Problem_2012111514521/,_We_Have_a_Lionfish_Problem_2012111514521/ Let’s talk straight.  Lionfish are a challenge.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Thu, 15 Nov 2012 14:36:35 -0500 Black Bears Hyperactive During Fall Fall is an active time of year for Florida black bears as they stock up on calories for the coming winter.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Fri, 26 Oct 2012 20:47:17 -0400 Gulf Gag Grouper, Atlantic Vermilion Snapper Season Closures Start Nov. 1,_Atlantic_Vermilion_Snapper_Season_Closures_Start_Nov._1_2012102614452/,_Atlantic_Vermilion_Snapper_Season_Closures_Start_Nov._1_2012102614452/ gag-grouper-2-200The recreational harvest season for gag grouper in most Gulf of Mexico waters and vermilion snapper in the Atlantic Ocean will close on Nov. 1.

Wakulla Outdoors Fri, 26 Oct 2012 19:21:54 -0400
Strong 2012 Nesting Season for Florida Loggerheads Loggerhead sea turtle nesting was near a 24-year high along Florida beaches this year, according to data compiled by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Sun, 21 Oct 2012 14:50:28 -0400 First TrophyCatch Bass Comes from Lake Talquin trophy-bass-catch-249x187Corey Dolan of Tallahassee celebrated landing a 12.3-pound largemouth bass on Lake Talquin and released it Tuesday afternoon to become the first entrant in the Florida TrophyCatch program.

Wakulla Outdoors Thu, 18 Oct 2012 01:11:58 -0400
"Mystery Eyeball" Appears to be From Swordfish"Mystery_Eyeball"_Appears_to_be_From_Swordfish_2012101514417/"Mystery_Eyeball"_Appears_to_be_From_Swordfish_2012101514417/ mystery-eyeball-300After examining an eye found on a south Florida beach this week, researchers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) believe the specimen came from a swordfish.

Wakulla Outdoors Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:11:30 -0400
Gone Coastal: Fall Is the Time to Fish, If You Aren't Watching Football,_If_You_Aren't_Watching_Football_2012101514416/,_If_You_Aren't_Watching_Football_2012101514416/ Gone-Coastal-Logo-150Finally, the hot and humid days of summer are behind us and, for the first time in a while, you can get out on the water in perfect comfort.

Wakulla Outdoors Mon, 15 Oct 2012 19:48:35 -0400
Stone Crab Season Opens Oct. 15 in State and Federal Waters Get your claw crackers ready, because Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Wed, 10 Oct 2012 02:31:36 -0400 Public Input Requested at Oct. 11 Gulf of Mexico Gag Grouper Workshop The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a workshop next week to gather public input on Gulf of Mexico gag grouper.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Sat, 06 Oct 2012 21:14:30 -0400 TrophyCatch Bass-Reward Program Launched Oct. 1 trophy-catch-image-200Catching a trophy largemouth bass is the dream of anyone who fishes for this valuable game fish, which is the most-sought species in North America.

Wakulla Outdoors Sat, 06 Oct 2012 13:00:29 -0400
Viral Disease Detected in North Florida Deer Florida is the latest state to report the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in its white-tailed deer herd.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Thu, 27 Sep 2012 23:34:39 -0400 Recreational Bay Scallop Season Closes Sept. 25 scallops-in-bucket-249x187The 2012 recreational season for bay scallops, which was extended two weeks earlier this year, will close Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Wakulla Outdoors Wed, 19 Sep 2012 02:14:23 -0400
Outta' the Woods: Pull Back on a String; Hunting Season is Here'_the_Woods:_Pull_Back_on_a_String;_Hunting_Season_is_Here_2012090714322/'_the_Woods:_Pull_Back_on_a_String;_Hunting_Season_is_Here_2012090714322/ Even though you can hardly tell, summer is almost over. Kids have returned to school, football is back on TV, and hunting season’s already been going on for a month now in South Florida.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Fri, 07 Sep 2012 14:46:25 -0400 License-Free Saltwater Fishing Fun Saturday, Sept. 1,_Sept._1_2012083014291/,_Sept._1_2012083014291/ man-fishing-in-saltwater-249x187Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend?  Why not get out on the water and experience some of Florida’s finest fishing?

Wakulla Outdoors Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:45:40 -0400
Hunter Safety Course to be Offered in Wakulla hunter-safety-image-249x187The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Wakulla County.

Wakulla Outdoors Thu, 30 Aug 2012 01:46:11 -0400
Snook Opening in Atlantic but Remains Closed in Gulf The recreational harvest season for snook opens Sept. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:48:26 -0400 Gone Coastal: Taking Amberjacks to a Whole New Level When I first heard my brother-in-law, James “Jim Bob” Higgins, talking about catching full-grown greater amberjack on spinning tackle and top-water plugs, I was a bit skeptical, to say the least.]]> Wakulla Outdoors Tue, 21 Aug 2012 14:37:38 -0400 Locals Catch Two Large Gators in Wakulla Three Wakulla men hauled in two large gators this past Friday night, August 17, 2012.

A 9'6" gator and a 12'3" gator was taken by Team Sopchoppy, consisting of L. B. Brooks, Josh Lawhon, and Kyle Jones.  The gators were captured near the area of Shell Point and Oyster Bay in Wakulla County.

According to Brooks, he was asked to go along on the excursion with his cousin Kyle.  "I didn't think that much about it when Kyle asked me go with him, so I brought Josh along with me because he had done it before," said Brooks.  "But when the time came and I was face to face with the beast, it all changed!  Time to pull the trigger on the crossbow- here comes the adrenaline!  Wow!  That was just the beginning.  Then you have the death roll, bang stick, loading the beast in the boat with YOU,  its all 100 percent rush!  I'm hooked!"

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Brooks, Lawhon and Jones Kids with Gators Kyle Jones and L. B. Brooks with Gator
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Kyle Jones, L. B. Brooks, and Josh Lawhon with Gators Josh Lawhon and L. B. Brooks with Gators
L. B. Brooks and Kyle Jones with Gators
Wakulla Outdoors Mon, 20 Aug 2012 14:37:10 -0400
FWC Increases Lionfish Harvest Opportunities, Asks Public to Help,_Asks_Public_to_Help_2012081414193/,_Asks_Public_to_Help_2012081414193/ lionfishThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced changes to the lionfish harvest at a media event today in Coral Gables.

Wakulla Outdoors Tue, 14 Aug 2012 04:20:35 -0400
Outta' the Woods: Take Hunter Safety and Get Ready for Opening Day'_the_Woods:_Take_Hunter_Safety_and_Get_Ready_for_Opening_Day_2012080514162/'_the_Woods:_Take_Hunter_Safety_and_Get_Ready_for_Opening_Day_2012080514162/ tony young headshot 125With the dog days of summer upon us, it’s hard to think about hunting.

Wakulla Outdoors Sun, 05 Aug 2012 13:24:28 -0400
FWC Workshop Teaches Women Outdoor Skills bow_logo 200Are you an adventurous, nature-loving woman wishing to learn more about Florida’s great outdoors in a comfortable, noncompetitive, hands-on environment?

Wakulla Outdoors Sat, 04 Aug 2012 14:37:08 -0400
FWC Announces 2012-13 Hunting Season Dates hunter-image-noedgePlease note:  The statewide hunting season for gray squirrel on private lands has been extended.  From now on, it will open the second Saturday in October and close the first Sunday in March.  This season, the dates will be Oct. 13 – March 3.

In the table below, seasons and dates do not apply to wildlife management areas.

Wakulla Outdoors Thu, 26 Jul 2012 03:03:47 -0400
Gone Coastal: Heading to the Keys for Lobster Season Gone-Coastal-Logo-150Lobster sport season is July 25-26, followed by the regular season that begins Aug. 6 and runs through the end of March 2013.

Wakulla Outdoors Thu, 19 Jul 2012 15:46:02 -0400
Spiny Lobster Seasons Begin Soon spiny lobster great pixThe 2012 recreational and commercial spiny lobster seasons will open soon, beginning with the two-day spiny lobster recreational season July 25 and 26.

Wakulla Outdoors Wed, 18 Jul 2012 23:32:05 -0400
FWC Wants to Hear from Anglers about Saltwater Fishing in Florida snapperIf you go saltwater fishing in this state, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) researchers want to learn about your experiences and opinions through the new online Florida Saltwater Fishing Panel.

Wakulla Outdoors Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:30:23 -0400
Enjoy Florida State Parks and Trails this Summer blue-spring-249x187TALLAHASSEE - The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service and VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing corporation, today launched the State Parks component of the Share a Little Sunshine campaign.

Wakulla Outdoors Wed, 11 Jul 2012 21:21:34 -0400
2011 Boating Statistics Now Available life-jacket-pic-249x187Sixty-seven people lost their lives in Florida last year in boating accidents, and there have already been 28 deaths so far this year, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), which has released its 2011 Boating Accident Statistical Report.

Wakulla Outdoors Mon, 09 Jul 2012 19:40:10 -0400
Red Snapper Season in Gulf Extended 6 Days red snapper 150The federal and state recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico waters has been extended six days.

Wakulla Outdoors Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:11:41 -0400
Group has Successful Fishing Trip Out of Shell Point Lil' Daniel Lamarche served as First Mate when his grandfather took two plantation managers fishing out of Shell Point, in Wakulla County, Florida.  The two adults had a great catch, but the First Mate did pretty well himself. 

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Lil' Daniel's amberjack was released. Lil' Daniel's sea bass was bigger than
some of the grouper!
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Joel Norman, manager of Senah Plantation
in Albany, GA with big cobia.
Joel Norman with keeper gag grouper.
Wakulla Outdoors Sun, 08 Jul 2012 14:25:58 -0400