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tony young headshot 125There’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.
white-tailed-deer-249Florida is the latest state to report the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in its white-tailed deer herd.
tony young headshot 125Even 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.

hunter-safety-image-249x187The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion course in Wakulla County.

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
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L. B. Brooks and Kyle Jones with Gators

tony young headshot 125With the dog days of summer upon us, it’s hard to think about hunting.

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.

tony young headshot 125If you hunt public land, you should know that many of Florida’s wildlife management areas (WMAs) require a quota permit to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and all or part of the general gun season.

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Deer quota hunt worksheets for the St. Marks and St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuges’ 2012-13 hunt season are available online at www.myfwc.com/license/limited-entry-hunts.

florida-longbeard-turkeys-300Whether you oversee a large tract of land or own a smaller parcel, there are many wildlife management techniques you can use to help attract wild turkeys to your property.

floridaturkey-youth-huntsMarch 10-11 is Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Weekend in Florida.  This Saturday-Sunday hunt, which occurs the weekend prior to the opening of spring turkey season in each hunting zone, was established in 2011 on private property.

osceola_wild_turkey 125Better start brushing up on your turkey calling, because spring gobbler season is here.

tony young headshot 100It seems the deer in my neck of the woods have been a lot more nocturnal than usual, and my hunting season has been pitiful thus far.

tony young headshot 125The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal pursued each winter by Florida’s more than 200,000 hunters.

tony young headshot 125There’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.

bow-hunter-249x187Permits are still available for the following hunts:

St. Vincent Archery - Nov. 16 - Nov. 19, 2011

St. Vincent Primitive Weapons - Jan. 19 - Jan. 21, 2012

Kathy-Barco-headshot-125We are incredibly fortunate to have a vast system of public lands in Florida.  Over the years, the state has acquired a range of local and state parks, forests and a wildlife management area system that is one of the largest in the nation.

tony young headshot 125Football season is in full swing, and the 2011-12 hunting season is cranking up.  Heck, in Zone A, they’re already into general gun season.

tony young headshot 125Even 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 a month now in South Florida.
tony young headshot 125With the dog days of summer upon us, it’s hard to think about hunting.  But if you’re between the ages of 16 and 36, and haven’t yet taken the state’s hunter safety class – now’s just the time to be thinking about it.

hunter-image-noedge2011-2012 Florida Hunting Season Dates

(Seasons and dates do not apply to wildlife management areas; Wakulla County is located in Zone D.)

cwd deer pic 200The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has not found any evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD) after years of extensive testing of the state’s white-tailed deer population.

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