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N. Florida Spotted Seatrout Season Reopens March 1

Posted: 02/25/2011 - The recreational harvest season for spotted seatrout in northern Florida reopens on March 1. This means all Florida waters will be open to the sport harvest of spotted seatrout beginning in March.

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FWC Considers Extending Alligator Hunting Hours

Posted: 02/25/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission directed staff to advertise a rule amendment to extend alligator hunting hours. Commissioners will vote on it at their June meeting.

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FWC Resolution Highlights Gopher Tortoise Conservation

Posted: 02/25/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) signed a resolution Thursday in Apalachicola urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to recognize Florida’s strong conservation measures and actions to protect the gopher tortoise.

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FWC Honors Excellence in Conservation, Lifesaving

Updated: 02/25/2011 - FWC presented a prestigious conservation award on Thursday, Feb. 24 to Tim Breault, director of the FWC’s Division of Habitat and Species Conservation, and recognized one of its law-enforcement officers for his heroic life-saving rescue.

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FWC Adds Youth Turkey Hunts, Modifies Hog-Dog Hunts on Public Lands

Posted: 02/25/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed new rules that affect hunting on many of the state’s wildlife management areas. Most of these new rules apply to specific WMAs; however, two of them affect public hunting on a more statewide scale.

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FWC Propose to Increase Red Drum Fish Bag Size Limit

Updated: 02/25/2011 - Local fishermen could soon have more fish on their kitchen table if a regulation to increase the bag size limit on red drum fish is approved. Eyewitness News Reporter Jerry Askin spoke to some local fishermen and has more.

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Many FWC-Managed Lands Get New Dates for 2011-12 Hunting Season

Posted: 02/24/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) passed new rules that modify hunting season dates on many FWC-managed areas. These rules become effective on July 1 and apply to the 2011-12 hunting season.

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FWC Wraps Up 2-day Meeting in Apalachicola

Posted: 02/24/2011 - FWC wrapped up its two-day meeting Thursday, Feb. 24 in Apalachicola, where Commissioners enhanced fishing and hunting opportunities for the immediate and/or long-term future of these traditional, conservation-oriented activities and discussed important wildlife issues

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FWC Selects 3 Sites for Anchoring, Mooring Program

Posted: 02/24/2011 - At its meeting Wednesday, Feb. 23 in Apalachicola, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) selected three sites for an anchoring and mooring pilot program. Two more will be chosen in April.

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Experience Outdoor Fun March 5 at Beau Turner Youth Center

Posted: 02/21/2011 - Young people looking to get outside on a nice spring day are invited to attend Beau Turner’s Annual Outdoor Experience on March 5 at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center, east of Tallahassee in Jefferson County.

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Reward Increased in Crestview Bear Shooting

Posted: 02/16/2011 - Wildlife authorities are hoping a larger reward will lead them to whoever shot and killed a large black bear last Friday on the grounds of the closed Shoal River Golf Course at Crestview.

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Anglers Catching Super-Big Bass in Central Florida

Posted: 02/15/2011 - Mack will receive a “Big Catch” angler recognition certificate and 10-pounder club “Trophy Award” pin from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), with a “released” endorsement.

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FWC Certifies Stuart Woman’s Tilapia as State Record

Posted: 02/14/2011 - It’s official. Pamela Henry of Stuart broke state and world records when she reeled in a 9.6-pound blue tilapia last August. The fish measured 24 inches long. A taxidermist is mounting the record-breaking fish.

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Fear of Water District Plan Impact on Everglades

Posted: 02/14/2011 - In a move that has startled and concerned environmental groups, Gov. Rick Scott has proposed cutting the budgets of water management districts and wants more authority over how the independent taxing districts spend their money.

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Ultralight-led Whooping Crane Found Dead in Alabama

Posted: 02/09/2011 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is investigating the death of a whooping crane reported by an Alabama conservation officer at Weiss Lake, in Cherokee County Ala., on Jan. 28, 2011. The lake is located midway between Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chattanooga.

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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days are Feb. 5-6

Posted: 02/01/2011 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service established Feb. 5-6 as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days.

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Favorable Weather Leads to High Manatee Count

Posted: 01/28/2011 - Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission reported a preliminary count of 4,840 manatees statewide during the annual synoptic survey. The survey took place Jan. 20 and Jan. 24.

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