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Beginning with the upcoming 2010-11 hunting season...

anyone hunting deer in Florida will need a deer permit.

The new permit costs $5 and is available now for purchase.

Those with a Sportsman’s License, Gold Sportsman’s License, 64 or Older Sportsman’s License, Military Gold Sportsman’s License, Lifetime Hunting License or Lifetime Sportsman’s License do not need to purchase the new deer permit because it is already included in each license – even if it was purchased before July 1.

However, the deer permit is not included with a regular hunting license, combination hunting/fishing license or a five-year hunting license.

Anyone hunting deer with one of these licenses must buy the $5 deer permit to hunt deer legally this year.

Funds generated by the new permit will be earmarked to support deer management and research and to support ongoing efforts to monitor Florida’s deer herd for Chronic Wasting Disease.

The FWC approved a “Strategic Plan for Deer Management in Florida: 2008-2018” in February 2008.

Critical to success of this plan is establishing deer management units and a harvest-reporting system. Both have been identified as top priorities by the FWC and its stake holders to better manage deer.

Hunters can purchase all permits and related licenses from their county tax collector, retail outlets that sell fishing and hunting supplies, online at www.fl.wildlifelicense.com or by calling, toll-free, 888-HUNT-FLORIDA (486-8356).

Photos courtesy of Razor Ranch. Check them out online at http://www.razzorranch.com/