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Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

May 11, 2015 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon May 16 at Fort Clinch State Park Fishing Pier (Atlantic side), 2601 Atlantic Ave., Fernandina Beach. 

Exotic Pet Amnesty Day set for May 16 in Kissimmee

May 06, 2015 

The public is invited to surrender exotic animals, which they have been keeping as pets and can no longer care for – no penalties and no questions asked. 

Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Palm Beach

May 05, 2015 

Participants will not only take home a lifelong hobby, they will leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere. 

Help plan the future of Aucilla Wildlife Management Area

May 05, 2015 

A 10-year plan for the Aucilla WMA will be presented at a public hearing beginning at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex. The public is invited to attend, ask questions and comment.  

Limited commercial oyster harvest to potentially quicken recovery of Apalachicola area known as East Hole

May 05, 2015 

The Apalachicola oyster reef known as East Hole (also known as Area 1671) will open to limited commercial harvest on Thursdays starting May 7 and continuing through May 28. Open days include May 7, 14, 21 and 28.  

Hunter safety Internet-completion courses offered in June

May 04, 2015 

. 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. 

Fish kill ‘season’ warming up with the weather

May 01, 2015 

This time of year concerned anglers and citizens begin to see sporadic fish kills across the state. Most are on a small scale but, depending on circumstances, can seem quite significant. 

Red grouper bag limit changes to 2 on May 7 in Gulf state and federal waters

May 01, 2015 

The Commission hopes that this change will allow for a longer recreational red grouper season in federal waters, which closed early in 2014 because the recreational catch limit was exceeded in 2013.  

Babcock-Webb Shooting Range to close for maintenance May 4-8

May 01, 2015 

For more information about locations and scheduled operating hours for FWC public shooting ranges, go to MyFWC.com/Hunting and select “Safety & Education” then “Shooting Ranges” or call the FWC’s Lakeland Regional office at 863-648-3200 during regular business hours. 

You can now apply for fall quota hunt permits from May 15 to June 15!

April 30, 2015 

If you hunt public land, you should know that many of Florida’s wildlife management areas require a quota permit to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and all or part of the general gun season. 

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