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Florida Public Land Hunting Changes:

New WMA dates, deer harvest reporting coming!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) scheduled 14 public meetings throughout the state to receive input from Florida hunters on proposals affecting deer hunting.

Nine of the meetings will be about potential changes to hunting season dates on wildlife management areas (WMAs) to align them with recent changes to the state’s hunting zones.

The remaining five public hearings will cover the possible implementation of a deer-harvest reporting system as a tool to further develop future harvest management goals.

The FWC wants to collect as much public input as possible to see if changes are needed before formally presenting the rule proposals to the Commission. If approved by the Commission, the changes could take effect as early as the 2011-12 hunting season.

Several of the meetings to discuss possible changes to WMA hunting season dates have already been held at the following locations: April 21 in Panama City, April 27 in Dania Beach and April 28 in Plant City.

Remaining meetings scheduled for May include:

Tuesday, May 4 - Ocala

Marion Co. Extension Auditorium

2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road

Wednesday, May 5 – Naples

Edison State College Conf. Center,

Building J, Rooms 103 and 104

7007 Lely Cultural Parkway

Thursday, May 13 – Tallahassee

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

6800 Mahan Dr.

Wednesday, May 19 – Orlando

Bass Pro Shops

Outdoor World Orlando

5156 International Dr.

Tuesday, May 25 – Milton

Santa Rosa Co. Admin. Center

Commissioner’s Board Room

6495 Caroline St.

Thursday, May 27 – Jacksonville

University of North Florida

Board of Trustees Room 1058

12000 Alumni Dr.

DEER HARVEST REPORTING

Meetings regarding the proposed deer harvest reporting system will be at the following locations:

Thursday, May 6 - Dania Beach

International Game Fish Assoc.

Headquarters

300 Gulf Stream Way

Thursday, May 20 - Ocala

Marion County Extension

Auditorium

2232 N.E. Jacksonville Road

Tuesday, June 1 - Lake City

Columbia County School Board

Auditorium

372 West Duval St.

Wednesday, June 2 - Plant City

Plant City High School

Auditorium

One Raider Place

Tuesday, June 8 - Tallahassee

Tallahassee Automobile Museum

6800 Mahan Dr.

All meetings will be from 6-8 p.m. (local time) and will follow a “town hall”-style format, with FWC staff making a presentation, followed by a public question-and-answer session with FWC staff. After the group discussion, the public will be able to address individual FWC staff members one-on-one.

For more information, contact the FWC’s state deer coordinator, Cory Morea, at 850-410-0656, ext. 17256 or by e-mail: [email protected]