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FWC Commissioners agree on strategic priorities for panther conservation

September 02, 2015 

The panther position paper is available by going to MyFWC.com/Commission and clicking on “Commission Meetings” then “Agenda” for this meeting. 

FWC passes new stone crab trap regulation

September 02, 2015 

Beginning this year’s stone crab season, the use of round entrances (also known as throats or funnels) will no longer be allowed for stone crab traps used in state or federal waters off these three counties. The changes will also require that the rectangular or rounded rectangular entrances typically used in stone crab traps be no larger than 5½ by 3 1/8 inches at the most narrow portion of the opening. 

Gulf state recreational red snapper season reopens Labor Day weekend

August 31, 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 for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. 

Stay legal with these hunting tips for Florida’s bow seasons

August 31, 2015 

Bowhunting continues to be so popular in our state, accounting for more than 10 percent of all deer harvested, 15 percent of harvested does and 25 percent of the deer taken on wildlife management areas. Last year, more than 30,000 people bowhunted in Florida. 

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Wakulla County

August 31, 2015 

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling Hunter Safety Coordinator Will Burnett at the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Free hunter safety course offered in Escambia County

August 31, 2015 

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling Hunter Safety Coordinator Will Burnett at the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Liberty County

August 31, 2015 

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling Hunter Safety Coordinator Will Burnett at the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Idle-speed, no-wake zone temporarily in effect for a portion of the upper Withlacoochee River

August 28, 2015 

A temporary idle-speed, no-wake zone has been enacted for the portion of the Withlacoochee River between the Interstate-75 Bridge at Silver Lake to the railroad bridge located just east of U.S. 301.  

Pinellas County to get improved boating signs

August 27, 2015 

The FWC is installing new markers along with replacing signs to reflect a recent change in the state-adopted boating safety zone rule. This will improve safety and the boating experience in the area. 

Limited harvest for snook, a premier Florida fish, starts Sept. 1

August 25, 2015 

While the fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home.  

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