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!"
|Brooks, Lawhon and Jones Kids with Gators||Kyle Jones and L. B. Brooks with Gator|
|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|
With the dog days of summer upon us, it’s hard to think about hunting.
Please 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.
If 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.
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.
March 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.
The white-tailed deer is the most popular game animal pursued each winter by Florida’s more than 200,000 hunters.
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.
Permits are still available for the following hunts:
St. Vincent Archery - Nov. 16 - Nov. 19, 2011
St. Vincent Primitive Weapons - Jan. 19 - Jan. 21, 2012