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Take a Bowhunter Education course in August

June 28, 2018 

Students should register for the course by calling the FWC's North Central Regional Office at 386-754-1654 or by visiting MyFWC.com/Bowhunt. Students of all ages may participate.  

Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in August

June 28, 2018 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s Regional Office in Lake City at 386-758-0525.  

FWC promotes heightened awareness, enforcement for boating under the influence this weekend as part of Operation Dry Water

June 28, 2018 

FWC officers will be focused on educating boaters about safe boating practices, which includes boating sober and enforcing the Florida’s boating under the influence laws.  

Update: FWC’s response to Limerock Wildfire

June 27, 2018 

The FWC announced earlier today that we have suspended our prescribed fire program statewide and the Inspector General has begun an investigation to review all procedures, protocols and operations for the statewide prescribed fire program  

FWC initiates Inspector General investigation and suspends prescribed fire program

June 27, 2018 

Investigations underway to determine cause of wildfire. 

Bay scallop season opens July 1 in Franklin-NW Taylor and Levy-Hernando counties

June 26, 2018 

Starting July 1, state waters off the following areas will open to bay scallop harvest: Franklin through northwest Taylor County and Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties. 

FWC provides important alligator safety advice

June 25, 2018 

Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) urges you to call their toll-free Nuisance Alligator Hotline at 866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). 

Tripletail and sheepshead changes effective July 1

June 25, 2018 

These proactive measures will help conserve both fisheries for current and future generations. 

Gag grouper recreational harvest closing in 4-county Gulf region

June 25, 2018 

Gag grouper recreational harvest will close in state waters off the coasts of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties on July 1, with the last day of harvest June 30. 

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee

June 25, 2018 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Okeechobee from June 25 through June 27, weather permitting. Lake Okeechobee is the state’s largest lake, covering parts of Palm Beach, Martin, Glades, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties in south Florida. 

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