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August 2016

In This Issue

August 2016

Check out a partial listing of the stories featured in this months exciting issue of Woods 'n Water. From new rules to news, photos and stories, along with current tide tables and feed times, look to WNW as a one stop location for all your outdoor information... (Read more)

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Fall hunt opportunities

August 2016

FWC’s Hunting Hot Sheet - Check out the latest hunting and conservation news and events from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission... (Read more)

New at-risk vessel law

August 2016

A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the FWC to more effectively manage the state’s waterways... (Read more)

Help monitor for CWD

August 2016

The FWC is looking to hunters to help monitor the state’s deer herd this coming season for chronic wasting disease, or CWD as it’s more commonly called. .. (Read more)

Lake Trafford

August 2016

Lake Trafford in Collier County recently received national recognition for its resurging bass fishery, made possible by ongoing restoration projects... (Read more)

Amberjack reopens August 1

August 2016

The recreational harvest of greater amberjack will reopen in Gulf state waters Aug. 1. It will remain closed in Gulf federal waters through Dec. 31, 2016... (Read more)

Hunter safety courses (August)

August 2016

(UPDATED) - The FWC is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion, Bow and Traditional courses throughout the state in the month of August. (List follows)... (Read more)

Tiny House Getaway

August 2016

Built in a single 20 foot container, the Rustic Retreat is designed as a self-contained remote camping/hunting retreat... (Read more)

Scallop sting!

August 2016

A boating safety and natural resource law enforcement detail conducted by FWC law enforcement officers during the holiday weekend resulted in six over-the-limit scallop cases being made in Taylor County waters... (Read more)

Hunter safety courses (August)

July 2016

The FWC is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion, Bow and Traditional courses throughout the state in the month of August. (List follows)... (Read more)

FWC votes to Postpone Bear Hunting

July 2016

The seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016... (Read more)

Get teens fishing!

July 2016

The FWC, along with its partners, are offering a grant to encourage the creation and success of high school fishing teams and clubs in Florida... (Read more)

Florida leads the nation!

July 2016

Florida swept the Take Me Fishing™ 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list, hosting the top four locations with nine locations on the list in total... (Read more)

New bass fishing regulations

July 2016

New black bass fishing regulations are in effect throughout Florida, beginning July 1. This regulation change will streamline existing rules, allow anglers to keep smaller, more abundant bass and protect larger bass... (Read more)

State snapper season closes

July 2016

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters closes July 11, with the last day of harvest being July 10. The season will reopen... (Read more)

Bay scallop conservation measures approved

July 2016

At the June 23 meeting near Apalachicola, the FWC approved measures to conserve bay scallops in the St. Joseph Bay area. The measures include... (Read more)

FWC returns Fla. panther to the wild

June 2016

A 2-year-old Florida panther is now back in the wild at its new home in Big Cypress National Preserve... (Read more)

Fishing time for kids!

June 2016

June is here, and school is out or nearly so. As they have for ages, kids are thinking about the adventures they are about to have. They still read about the fantastic adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer... (Read more)

Hunter safety courses (June)

June 2016

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in in June. (List follows.)... (Read more)

June FWC Commission Meeting (Agenda)

June 2016

All interested individuals may speak at workshops or meetings of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) within the guidelines established by the Commission... (Read more)

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic!

June 2016

The FWC and Pensacola Recreational Fisherman’s Association will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on June 11... (Read more)

Summer’s the best time to take hunter safety course

June 2016

With summer comes so many great fishing opportunities that it’s hard to even think about hunting... (Read more)

BOLO for Tagged Cobia!

June 2016

A cobia tagging project is underway along Florida’s east coast! Scientists with the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are tagging cobia in order to track movement of the fish... (Read more)

Red Snapper Season Extended!

June 2016

NOAA Fisheries Extends the Private Angler’s Red Snapper Recreational Fishing Season for 2 days in the Gulf of Mexico... (Read more)

Grouper fishing reopens May 1

May 2016

Anglers targeting grouper in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County, will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1... (Read more)

Redfish bag limit lowered (UPDATE)

May 2016

The recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone will be lowered from two fish to one fish per person starting Sunday, May 1... (Read more)

Red snapper season opens!

May 2016

The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7... (Read more)

Apply for gator permits in May!

May 2016

Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to harvest a 10-foot alligator? If you’ve never gator hunted before... (Read more)

Snook to close in May

May 2016

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1... (Read more)

Gag season opens in 4 counties!

April 2016

Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest! State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1... (Read more)

New fishing opportunity!

April 2016

The FWC, in partnership with the Treasure Coast Research and Development Authority, is pleased to announce the stocking of 700 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into the 7-acre pond at... (Read more)

FWC to release two manatees!

April 2016

The Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership is a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal entities that work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees... (Read more)

Project Spring Clean

April 2016

Volunteers needed for Project Spring Clean at the Ocala Wildlife Management Area... (Read more)

Hunter safety courses (APR)

April 2016

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering the following free hunter safety courses in April. (List follows.)... (Read more)

Tenoroc Public Shooting Range reopens

March 2016

Tenoroc Public Shooting Range, located in Polk County between Tampa and Orlando, is reopening its rifle and pistol ranges March 13 after undergoing improvements.... (Read more)

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinics!

March 2016

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting two Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinics soon, one in Fort Pierce March 11 and one in Melbourne Beach March 12... (Read more)

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic!

March 2016

Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Naples on March 12... (Read more)

March offers peak fishing!

March 2016

Throughout the southeast, freshwater anglers await early spring fishing, not just because of the glorious weather but also because the majority of sportfish are beginning their spawning patterns... (Read more)

Don’t cut the line!

March 2016

It’s a beautiful day and the fishing is good. Suddenly, the line snags on something as the cast is made. A bird is hooked. Don’t panic. There’s a way to get that bird released... (Read more)

Statewide manatee count consistent

March 2016

The FWC reported a preliminary count of 6,250 manatees statewide. A team of 16 observers from 11 organizations counted 3,292 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,958 on the west coast of the state... (Read more)

Hunter safety courses (March)

February 2016

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in six counties in March. (List follows.)... (Read more)

Fun Shooting

February 2015

A few months ago my wife and one of her friends were headed up north for a vacation (gun-friendly places, of course)... (Read more)

Black Bass Management Plan

February 2016

Progress has been made in all four major areas targeted in the Florida Black Bass Management Plan: new opportunities, habitat management, fish management and human dimensions... (Read more)

FWC Fishing Tips!

February 2016

FWC Saltwater Fishing YouTube Channel has all your fishing tips! Ever wondered how to tie a certain knot, but didn’t know who to ask? Check out the FWC YouTube Channel, FWC Saltwater Fishing!... (Read more)

Women’s Fishing Clinic

February 2016

Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Women’s Fishing Clinic Feb. 20 in St. Augustine... (Read more)

Hunter Bags Bizarre 22-point Doe!

January 2016

Curtis Russel first saw this 22-point deer on his trail cam, and when he encountered it in the field last month in Christian County, Missouri, he naturally assumed it was a dominant buck... (Read more)

NOTICE: Recreation areas closed!

January 2016

The Apalachicola National Forest has closed several recreation areas along the Apalachicola River due to flooding over the weekend... (Read more)

Hunter safety courses (February)

January 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering the following free hunter safety courses in February... (Read more)

"That coon dog’ll hunt"

January 2016

Some of my huntin’ buddies and I really live for being out in a wet patch of woods in the middle of a cool night and hearing the not-so-distant sounds of our coon hounds when they open up on a hot trail... (Read more)

Temporary closures in Box-R WMA

January 2016

Due to recent rainfall, the FWC has temporarily closed several roads located within the Box-R Wildlife Management Area in Franklin County... (Read more)

Hunter safety courses (December)

December 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering the following free hunter safety courses in December... (Read more)

Diva of the Month

December 2015

Meredith Arnold is the winner of the December “Outdoor Diva of the Month” contest... (Read more)

Give the gift of fishing!

December 2015

Thanksgiving has passed and many of us are now looking forward to the holidays when gift giving is so prevalent... (Read more)

December hunting opportunities

December 2015

There’s finally a chill and certain festiveness in the air as many of us make plans to go afield during the holidays. It’s such a special time of year... (Read more)

FWC rescues panther kitten

December 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rescued a 4-month-old female panther kitten in Collier County earlier this month... (Read more)

Fun Shooting

November 2015

This past year when a member left our hunt club, I ended up with one of his former stand locations. Lucky me!... (Read more)

The Hunter Conservationist Paradox

November 2015

This past week was Theodore Roosevelt’s 157th birthday, and never has a former president looked so good. The occasion serves as a great reminder... (Read more)

The Everglades

November 2015

Thousands of years ago the Everglades in southern Florida consisted of over four million acres of shallow sawgrass marsh, wet prairies and aquatic sloughs interspersed with tree islands... (Read more)

Tips for hunting season

November 2015

November means the 2015-16 huntin’ season is in full swing. In this month’s column, I cover the high points of what you need to know... (Read more)

FWC investigating bear attack in Eastpoint

November 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating an incident where a bear attacked a man in Eastpoint in Franklin County... (Read more)

TrophyCatch reports 3,000 bass recycled

October 2015

Since inception of this innovative citizen-science, conservation rewards program in October 2012, nearly 3,000 trophy largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds have been caught... (Read more)

7 essential points for bear hunting in Florida

October 2015

Florida will be having its first bear hunt in two decades. The black bear is a conservation success story in the Sunshine State, and because of the species’ population growth, hunting will be used... (Read more)

Hunter safety courses (October)

October 2015

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering the following free hunter safety courses in October... (Read more)

Snapper season reopens!

September 2015

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and will continue to be open... (Read more)

Hunting Hot Sheet

September 2015

Your source for the information and resources needed to take part in Florida’s hunting seasons... (Read more)

Orlando woman injured by alligator

August 2015

An Orlando woman was injured Aug. 8 when an alligator bit her while she was swimming in the Wekiva River just west of the Wekiva Island Marina... (Read more)

2015-16 Hunting Season Dates/Zones

August 2015

Check out the new 2015-2016 Florida Hunting Season Dates and Zones. *(Seasons and dates are not applicable to WMAs and other lands managed by the Commission)... (Read more)

2015 Florida Fishing Regulations (Salt/Fresh)

August 2015

Check out the new 2015-2016 Florida Fishing Rules and Regulations. *(Freshwater and Saltwater)... (Read more)

Fun Shooting

August 2015

Do you hunt? Do you have a buddy that may want to hunt? Would you like to take him/her hunting? If you answered yes to these questions, you might want to continue reading... (Read more)

Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month

August 2015

Tree Stand Safety Awareness (TSSA) is excited to announce that August is officially Tree Stand Safety Awareness month... (Read more)

Bowhunter Education courses

August 2015

Florida bowhunters will have three opportunities to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course this fall... (Read more)

FWC to score antlers in Alachua

August 2015

FWC officers are scoring deer antlers Aug. 8 in Alachua. People can bring their bucks to Alachua Farm & Lumber Inc... (Read more)

Big Bend Florida blue crab trap closure starts

July 2015

Crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Wakulla-Franklin county line, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20... (Read more)

Man cited for keeping Loggerhead sea turtles

July 2015

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers cited a man for keeping two Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings in his household aquarium.... (Read more)

Bass management is evolving

July 2015

Bass anglers may wonder why the Sunshine State supports some of the best bass fishing in the world... (Read more)

Rare white-faced deer rejected by mom

June 2015

The peculiar-looking fawn has the cutest coloration: a white face, pink nose, and a beautiful coat that’s a mixture of brown and pure white... (Read more)

Man catches state-record blue catfish!

June 2015

Bill Stewart, 66, of Weeki Wachee, caught a 69-pound, 8-ounce blue catfish on the Choctawhatchee River... (Read more)

License-Free Fishing Weekends!

June 2015

Governor Rick Scott announced four license-free fishing days in June for Florida residents and visitors. The license-free fishing weekends are... (Read more)

Apply for fall quota hunt permits now!

May 2015

You can now apply for fall quota hunt permits from May 15 to June 15!... (Read more)

Red grouper bag limit changes to 2

May 2015

The red grouper recreational bag limit will change from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, excluding Monroe County, on May 7... (Read more)

Grouper fishing reopens May 1

May 2015

Anglers targeting grouper in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County, will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1, when the season for several species reopens... (Read more)

FWC drafts bear management rules

May 2015

FWC continues to build on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules... (Read more)

70 Day Red Snapper Season

May 2015

FWC approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters at the April 16 meeting in Tallahassee. Red snapper is a popular species... (Read more)

Spring Fishing Edition

April 2015

April brings our highly anticipated annual "Spring Fishing Edition" to a news stand near you! This month we feature a complete list of Florida's wrecks and reefs, regulations for both fresh and saltwater anglers, as well as a ton of other helpful resources! ... (Read more)

The Magnificent Seven - Top 7 Bass caught in Florida!

March 2015

If recent Hall of Fame submissions to TrophyCatch are an indicator, this spring is going to set records for bass fishing in Florida!... (Read more)

The United States of Turkey Hunting

March 2015

Want a variety of fan mounts on your wall? Make sure you know where to go to harvest every subspecies of wild turkey in the United States... (Read more)

Florida Officials Revive Bear Hunting

March 2015

After more than 20 years, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is bringing back bear hunting to the Sunshine State... (Read more)

Hall of Fame Bass Caught!

February 2015

Dewight “Richie” Whitmore, 27, from Ringgold, Georgia, caught, documented and released a 14-pound, 1-ounce Florida largemouth bass at Rodman Reservoir... (Read more)

Bear bites girl in Eastpoint!

January 2014

The FWC is responding to an incident where a bear bit a 15-year-old girl in Eastpoint, Franklin County on Dec. 21... (Read more)

TrophyCatch championship ring awarded!

January 2014

The FWC's TrophyCatch program awarded the Season 2 Hall of Fame winner, Joseph “Brooks” Morrell from Hampton, with the TrophyCatch championship ring from the American Outdoors Fund... (Read more)

ALERT: FWC Removes Ban on Suppressors for Hunting!

December 2014

At their meeting in Key Largo, Florida, today, the FWC voted to remove the ban on using silencers/suppressors on pistols and rifles for hunting... (Read more)

Anglers Catch Monster Alligator Gar in Texas

November 2014

In September, Jakob Hals and two friends made a 3,000-mile round trip from Minnesota to Texas just for a chance at Trinity River’s legendary alligator gar... (Read more)

Fanged Deer Spotted in Afghanistan

November 2014

The WCS announced last Friday that Kashmir musk deer (known for their strange, vampire-like fangs) have been spotted for the first time in 60 years in Afghanistan... (Read more)

Diva of the Year

November 2014

Ashley is the winner of the “Outdoor Diva of the Year” contest... (Read more)

Buck of the Year

November 2014

Check out the “Buck of the Year” contest results right here! The list includes the top bucks killed in the state of Florida last season, complete with stats and bios... (Read more)

NEW WORLD RECORD!

October 2014

Tom Herron boated a monster 221-pound albino catfish that measured over 8 feet long!Details here... (Read more)

$107 Man Cave

September 2014

Find out how one outdoorsman with a little extra cash turned a basement storage room into the ultimate "outdoor cabin" man cave... (Read more)

WORLD RECORD GATOR

September 2014

When taxidermist Ken Owens put his knife to the stomach of what is believed to be a world-record alligator killed on the Alabama River he saw a pair of ears pop out... (Read more)

Shark Attack Odds

September 2014

Ever wonder what the odds are of being bitten by a shark on that Florida vacation?... (Read more)

World Record Opah

August 2014

Joe Ludlow's 181-pound opah may earn him a spot in the record books! Joe was the first of the 3 anglers to land his opah, after a 30-minute fight with the 181-pound fish... (Read more)

Whale of a catch!

August 2014

A Chinese fisherman caught a massive whale shark in the waters off Fujian province over the weekend. Photos of the 13-and-a-half-foot, 2-ton fish being transported... (Read more)

NEW RECORD

July 2014

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources confirmed last week that Jimmy Tucker of Statenville is the new state record holder for bowfin... (Read more)

Frustrated with Gulf Red Snapper Management?

June 2014

Anglers in the Gulf of Mexico region need to make their voices heard in support of improved access to one of the region’s most important fisheries – red snapper!... (Read more)

Florida Angler Catches Rare Piebald Tarpon

June 2014

Capt. Clark Wright has been fishing for 20 years and had never even seen a piebald tarpon before he helped George Seibel catch-and-release this unusual "silver king"... (Read more)

2014-15 Hunting Season Dates/Zones

May 2014

Check out the new 2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates and Zones. *(Seasons and dates are not applicable to WMAs and other lands managed by the Commission)... (Read more)

Top 10 Common Deer Hunting Mistakes You Should Fix

January 2013

We all make mistakes. Learning from them makes us better hunters. But you need to know what you’re doing wrong. Watching for these 10 subtle but all-too-common deer hunting errors... (Read more)

Top 10 Fishing Injuries (2013)

January 2013

Top 10 worst fishing injury pics from hooks in eyes to arms torn open from baraccuda! *(WARNING VERY GRAPHIC)... (Read more)

FWC Rules and Regs

Current Season

Click here to access this season's hunting and fishing (both saltwater and freshwater) rules and regulations, season dates, etc... (Read more)

Buck of the Year Prizes

Current Contest

Florida hunters have a little extra incentive to hit the woods this year, as more than 20 businesses have stepped up to donate prizes for WNW's “Buck of the Year” contest... (Read more)