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February, 2011 Commission Meeting

Time: 8:30am each day
Dates: February 23 - 24, 2011
Place: Franklin County Courthouse 3rd Floor Courtroom 33 Market Street Apalachicola, FL 32320

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Agenda

8:30 am, Wednesday, February 23

  1. Meeting Opening

    1. Call to Order

    2. Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

    3. Recognitions

      1. John Spohrer, Jr., local author and wildlife photographer

    4. Introduction of a Special Guest

    5. Introduction of Commission employees (Employee Introductions)

  2. Adoption of Agenda

    1. Review and Approval of December 1-2, 2010, Commission Meeting Minutes (Dec 1-2 2010 Meeting Minutes - Unofficial Until Approved by Commissioners)

    2. Approval of Consent Agenda (Attached)

    3. Approval of Agenda

  3. Executive Director's Report

  4. Items Requiring Action

    1. Draft Rules

      1. Bonefish - In order to recognize the importance of bonefish as one of Florida's premier gamefish, the Commission will consider rule modifications that would make bonefish a catch-and release-only fishery and allow temporary possession of bonefish for photographs, measuring, and weighing.  The proposed draft rule would also create a permit for tournaments that would allow tournament anglers to temporarily possess and transport bonefish to a weigh-in.  The proposed draft rule would modify the Commission's bonefish rule as follows: (Bonefish Draft Rule Presentation) (Bonefish Draft Rule Presentation Update) (DRAFT bonefish catch and release language) (Draft Bonefish Tournament Exemption Permit application)

        1. 68B-34.002, Definitions - The proposed draft rule would add definitions for organized tournament, person, and target.  The definition of harvest would be modified to remove an allowance for temporary possession of a fish for measuring to determine compliance with size limits.  Definitions of land and total length would be removed.

        2. 68B-34.003, Bonefish Size Limit; Bag and Possession Limits; Exception, Gear Restriction - The proposed draft rule would modify this section to eliminate the size, harvest, and possession limits for bonefish.  The requirement for bonefish to be landed in whole condition would also be removed.  The proposed draft rule would only allow bonefish to be targeted with hook and line gear.  This would make bonefish a catch-and-release-only fishery.

        3. 68B-34.004, Temporary Possession of Bonefish - This section would be created as part of the proposed draft rule to allow for temporary possession of bonefish in state and adjacent federal waters for purposes of photographing, measuring, and weighing at the site of capture.  This change would allow anglers to try for a world or state record outside participating in a tournament.  A temporary possession limit of one bonefish per person at any one time is proposed.  The proposed draft rule would require bonefish to be immediately released free, alive, and unharmed, but would allow anglers to photograph, measure, and weigh bonefish at the site of capture prior to release.

        4. 68B-34.005, Bonefish Tournaments, Exemptions - The proposed draft rule would add this new section to the bonefish rule to create a tournament exemption permit that may be issued to the director of an organized catch-and-release tournament in which bonefish are temporarily possessed and transported to a certified scale for a tournament.  Bonefish would still be released, but tournament anglers could bring bonefish to tournament check-in stations for weigh-in.  This section would outline permit conditions and application criteria, including temporary possession limits of one bonefish per person and no more than two bonefish per vessel live well and holding tank specifications, and reporting requirements.  An application form for the tournament exemption permit would also be created.  The proposed draft rule would also allow FWC staff to collect research data and conduct monitoring during tournaments as a condition of the tournament exemption permit.

      2. Red Drum - A recent reevaluation of the red drum stock assessment was performed to assess the status of the stock in each of the spotted seatrout regions.  Results indicated that red drum in the two northern regions are exceeding the management goal. Thus, the proposal will relax the regulations in these regions.  Public comment on the proposed draft rules will also be presented.  The proposed draft rules would modify the Commission's rule for the red drum fishery as follows: (Red Drum Draft Rule Presentation) (Red Drum Draft Rule Presentation Update)

        1. 68B-22.002, Definitions-The proposed draft rule would create three regions for red drum management in Florida with the same boundaries as the spotted seatrout regions.  Florida would be divided into northwest, northeast, and south regions.  The boundaries of these regions would be defined in this section.

        2. 68B-22.005, Bag and Possession Limits; Sale Prohibited-The proposed draft rule would increase the bag limit from one to two fish in the northeast and northwest regions of the state.  The proposed draft rule would also establish a statewide vessel limit of eight fish for red drum and eliminate the off-water possession limit.

    2. Fishery Management Council Updates

      1. Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (GMFMC) (Gulf Council Report)

        Staff will update the Commission on the greater amberjack season, stone crab management, and gag and red grouper management.  Staff will report on other GMFMC actions from its scheduled meeting on February 7-10, 2011, in Gulfport, Mississippi.

      2. South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) (South Atlantic Council Report Presentation)

        Staff will update the Commission on the development of regulatory amendments that were approved for public hearings by the SAFMC during its December 2010 meeting.  These amendments could result in changes to federal management regulations for spiny lobster, king and Spanish mackerel, cobia, black sea bass, golden tilefish, black grouper, dolphin and wahoo. Specific management measures being considered for the above species will be highlighted where direction to staff may be warranted.  Staff will also provide an update on red snapper federal management actions subsequent to the last Commission meeting.

  5. Reports

    1. Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (Florida's Marine Fisheries Replenishment Initiative Presentation)

    2. Goliath Grouper Stock Assessment and Implications for Management (Goliath Grouper Presentation) (Goliath Grouper Presentation Update)

  6. Additional Items Requiring Action

    1. Draft Rule

      68C-22.028, Flagler County Manatee Zones - Review and discussion of staff recommendations for a state manatee protection rule for Flagler County.

      NOTICE : Staff is recommending removing this item from the agenda to allow additional time to develop the draft rule.

    2. Issues ( Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program Presentation)

      Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program - Per Section 327.4105, Florida Statutes, the Commission shall select locations for the pilot program prior to July 1, 2011.  Staff will make recommendations for locations of pilot programs on the west coast and within Monroe County.

  7. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda

  8. Commissioner Exchange

  9. Recess Wednesday's Portion of the Meeting

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8:30 am, Thursday, February 24, Reconvene

  1. Meeting Opening

    1. Call to Order

    2. Recognitions

      1. Tim Breault, director of the FWC's Division of Habitat and Species Conservation and recipient of the 2010 Louise Ireland Humphrey Achievement Award

      2. Lt. Anthony Wright with the FWC's Division of Law Enforcement and recipient of the Lifesaving with Valor Award

    3. Approval of Consent Agenda

  2. Items Requiring Action

    1. Final Rules

      1. Deer Harvest Reporting

        1. 68A-12.003,  Protection of Certain Deer and Turkey; Tagging of Deer and Turkey; Evidence of Sex Required

        2. 68A-12.004, Possession or Sale of Birds or Mammals; Taxidermy Operations and Mounting Requirements

          Note: Staff will recommend that the proposal of a tag and reporting system for deer hunting be withdrawn from further consideration and request the Commission direct staff to continue discussions on alternative systems for gathering deer harvest data at the June 2011 meeting.

      2. Major Proposed Rule Changes for 2011-2012 (Rules Presentation)

        1. Hunting and Fishing Regulations for Statewide Application (68A-15.005) (68A-9.004)

          68A-9.004, Permits for Hunting or Other Recreational Use on Wildlife Management Areas - The proposed rule change would increase the number of recreational user permits issued for Gulf Hammock WMA from 450 to unlimited.

          NOTICE:  Staff will be requesting an amendment to change the above proposed rule to increase the number of recreational user permits issued for Gulf Hammock WMA from 450 to 550.

          68A-15.005, Quota Permits; Antlerless Deer Permits; Special-Opportunity Permits - The proposed rule would create a Youth Turkey Hunt quota category to effect quotas for Youth Turkey Hunts that are proposed on select wildlife management areas.

        2. Hunting and Fishing Regulations for Regional Application (NE Region season changes) (68A-15.006) (68A-15.061) (68A-15.062) (68A-15.063) (68A-15.064) (68A-15.065) (68A-17.005)

          1. 68A-15.006, Regulations Relating to Miscellaneous Areas - The proposed rule changes would adjust season dates to conform to calendar year changes and better align season dates with times of peak deer activity associated with the breeding season and other hunter preferences on miscellaneous areas.

          2. 68A-15.061, Specific Regulations for Wildlife Management Areas-Southwest Region - The proposed rule changes would adjust season dates to conform to calendar year changes and better align season dates with times of peak deer activity associated with the breeding season and other hunter preferences and revise specific area regulations on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the Southwest Region as follows:

            1. Avon Park Air Force Range WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt in areas specified by the Installation Commander; and expand the small game season to match the zonal season dates with hunting allowed on dates and in areas specified by the Installation Commander.

            2. Chassahowitzka WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit; and remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            3. Green Swamp WMA - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            4. Green Swamp WMA West Unit - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            5. Hilochee WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            6. Hilochee WMA, Osprey Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit; and remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            7. Lake Marion Creek WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            8. Upper Hillsborough WMA - establish a 3-day wild hog-dog season (quota of 20, no exemptions); each wild hog-dog quota permit will allow two hunters and a guest hunter, and the use of three free-running dogs per quota permit; and prohibit the use of rifles during the wild hog-dog season.

          3. 68A-15.062, Specific Regulations for Wildlife Management Areas - North Central Region - The proposed rule changes would adjust season dates to conform to calendar year changes and better align season dates with times of peak deer activity associated with the breeding season and other hunter preferences and revise specific area regulations on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the North Central Region as follows:

            1. Andrews WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 20, no exemptions).

            2. Bayard WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 10, no exemptions).

            3. Belmore WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 10, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            4. Big Bend WMA, Snipe Island Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 40, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            5. Big Bend WMA, Spring Creek Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            6. Big Bend WMA, Tide Swamp Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            7. Big Shoals WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 20, no exemptions).

            8. Camp Blanding WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt in locations to be determined by the Camp Blanding Post Commander (quota of 35, no exemptions); prohibit take of wildlife on/within 100' of Dade, Treat and Impact Roads.

            9. Citrus WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 25, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            10. Cypress Creek WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 12, no exemptions).

            11. Devil's Hammock WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 30, no exemptions).

            12. Four Creeks WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 15, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit; and change general gun season from 2 (4- & 5-day) hunts to 3 (3-day) hunts.

            13. Grove Park WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (Recreational Use Permit required).

            14. Gulf Hammock WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (Recreational Use Permit required); increase archery season scout period to 3 days (consecutive Friday, Saturday, and Sunday prior to the archery season).

            15. Hatchet Creek WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            16. Jennings Forest WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 30, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            17. Lochloosa WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            18. Log Landing WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            19. Lower Econfina River WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            20. Middle Aucilla River WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            21. Nassau WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (Recreational Use Permit required).

            22. Osceola WMA - clarify that motorized vehicles are allowed only on designated, named or numbered roads and mixed-used roads, except all-terrain vehicles are allowed only on designated motorized trails and mixed-use roads and establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            23. Potts WMA - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            24. Raiford WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 25, no exemptions)
              Ralph E. Simmons WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 15, no exemptions).

            25. Steinhatchee Springs WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required); remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            26. Thomas Creek WMA, Kings Road Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            27. Twin Rivers WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 20, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

          4. 68A-15.063, Specific Regulations for Wildlife Management Areas-Northwest Region - The proposed rule changes would adjust season dates to conform to calendar year changes and better align season dates with times of peak deer activity associated with the breeding season and other hunter preferences and revise specific area regulations on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the Northwest Region as follows:

            1. Apalachicola WMA - clarify that motorized vehicles are allowed only on designated, named or numbered roads and mixed-used roads, except all-terrain vehicles are allowed only on designated motorized trails and mixed-use roads; and establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            2. Apalachicola WMA, Bradwell Unit - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            3. Aucilla WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required); remove the small game-only status for the area south of U.S. Highway 98 and designate it as a three points on a side still hunt area (the Pinhook still hunt area) with the following seasons and regulations:  two 9-day archery hunts (quota 20 per hunt, no exemptions); a 3-day muzzleloading gun season (quota 20, no exemptions); a 2-day family hunt (quota 20, no exemptions); a 23-day general gun season (divided into 7-, 7-, and 9-day hunts, respectively; quota 20 per hunt, no exemptions); a 16-day wild hog-still season (no quota permit required); a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required); other seasons as currently allowed on Aucilla WMA; require that antlered deer have at least one antler with three or more points, each point one-inch or more in length; set the bag limit for deer during the archery season at two deer, only one of which can be antlered, per quota permit; set the bag limit for deer during the family hunts at one antlered and one antlerless deer per quota permit; set the bag limit for deer during the muzzleloading gun and general gun seasons at one antlered deer per quota permit; require hunters to enter the Pinhook still hunt area at a designated entrance; and all other rules that currently apply to the Aucilla WMA.

            4. Blackwater WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required); allow vehicles only on named and numbered roads; prohibit hunting from Bryant Bridge, Norman Riley, Sandy Forest and Pleasant Home roads; exempt individuals hunting raccoons at night in the dog hunt area from quota permit requirements; allow rabbits to be chased during the fox, raccoon, opossum and bobcat season; and convert the quail season on the Field Trial Area from two 4-day hunts with three quotas each, to four 2-day hunts with a quota of four each.

            5. Blackwater WMA, Hutton Unit - remove the quota permit requirement during the wild hog-dog season; remove the limitation of one gun and three free-running dogs per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season; and establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit.

            6. Box-R WMA - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            7. Choctawhatchee River WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt for the entire area and in the quota hunt portion of the area, set a quota of 5 permits (no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit.

            8. Econfina Creek WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt, except in the mobility-impaired area, with a quota of 3 in the Cat Creek and Fitzhugh Carter areas (no exemptions), a quota of 10 in the still hunt and dog hunt areas (no exemptions) and a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit.

            9. Eglin AFB WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required) in areas specified by the Installation Commander.

            10. Escambia River WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            11. Flint Rock WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (Recreational Use Permit required); allow wild hog to be hunted during existing seasons, as well as the small game season, with no height or bag limit restrictions; and allow the use of dogs to hunt wild hogs during the small game season.

            12. Joe Budd WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 20, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit.

            13. Juniper Creek WMA (NEW) 914 acres - establish a new wildlife management area with the following open seasons: five 3-day family hunts; a 2-day youth turkey hunt; establish as legal to take antlered deer, antlerless deer, wild hog and wild turkey (during the spring turkey season only); set the bag limit for deer at one antlered or one antlerless deer per person; set the bag limit for turkey during the spring turkey season at one gobbler or bearded turkey per person; prohibit camping on the area; prohibit hunting with dogs; allow public access during closed seasons by foot (pedestrian) only except that authorized hunters may use motorized vehicles one day immediately prior to each hunt; during hunting seasons, require possession of a U.S. Forest Service zone tag to access and hunt on the property; allow vehicles only on named and numbered roads; prohibit airboats, tracked vehicles, all-terrain vehicles and unlicensed and unregistered motorcycles; and prohibit fires.

            14. Ochlockonee River WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit; and allow wild hog to be hunted during the small game season.

            15. Perdido River WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit.

            16. Pine Log WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit; and allow wild hog to be hunted during the small game season.

            17. Point Washington WMA - allow wild hog to be hunted during the small game season; and prohibit hunting from all named and numbered roads.

            18. Talquin WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit; and allow wild hog to be hunted during the small game season.

            19. Tate's Hell WMA, Womack Creek Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 10, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit.

            20. Tyndall AFB WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required) in areas specified by the Installation Commander; and allow the Installation Commander to set dates for supervised youth hunts anytime between the beginning of archery season and December 31.

            21. Upper Chipola River WMA - rename the management area as "Chipola River WMA"; establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions), except in the Altha tract, with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit; and establish the following seasons and regulations for the new Altha tract: two archery hunts (7 and 9 days, respectively; quota 10 per hunt, no exemptions); a 4-day family hunt (quota 5, no exemptions); a 3-day muzzleloading gun season (quota 10, no exemptions); an 18-day small game season (9 Saturday-Sunday hunts); and three 3-day spring turkey hunts (quota 5 per hunt, no exemptions); establish as legal to take all legal game, fish, frogs and furbearers; allow fishing and frogging year round; allow trapping from December 1 through March 1; set the bag limit for deer during the archery season at one antlered or one antlerless deer per quota permit; set the bag limit for deer during the family hunts at one antlered and one antlerless deer per quota permit; set the bag limit for deer during the muzzleloading gun season at one antlered deer per quota permit; set the bag limit for turkey during the spring turkey season at one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit; prohibit the possession or consumption of intoxicating beverages; and all other rules that currently apply to the Upper Chipola River WMA.

            22. Wakulla WMA - add an additional day of hunting to the second archery/muzzleloading gun hunt to make it a 3-day hunt; and establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit.

            23. Yellow River WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt in the Burnt Grocery Creek area (quota of 3, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one gobbler or bearded turkey per quota permit.

          5. 68A-15.064, Specific Regulations for Wildlife Management Areas-South Region - The proposed rule changes would adjust season dates to conform to calendar year changes and better align season dates with times of peak deer activity associated with the breeding season and other hunter preferences and revise specific area regulations on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the South Region as follows:

            1. Dinner Island Ranch WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 10, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            2. Fisheating Creek WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt west of US 27 only (quota of 10, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            3. J.W. Corbett WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required), allow vehicle access for hunters to continue until 6 p.m. the day after the close of archery, muzzleloading, general gun and spring turkey seasons.

            4. Spirit-of-the-Wild WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 10, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

          6. 68A-15.065, Specific Regulations for Wildlife Management Areas-Northeast Region - The proposed rule changes would adjust season dates to conform to calendar year changes and better align season dates with times of peak deer activity associated with the breeding season and other hunter preferences and revise specific area regulations on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) in the Northeast Region as follows:

            1. Caravelle Ranch WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt south of the Cross Florida Barge Canal only (quota of 10, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit; allow only tents, trailers and self-propelled camping vehicles to be used for camping; and allow authorized camping equipment and camping for no more than 14 days within a 30-day period; and prohibit the take of dove south of Rodeheaver Road and east of State Road 19, except on the special-opportunity dove fields by persons in possession of current and valid special-opportunity dove permits.

            2. Charles H. Bronson WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 10, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            3. Etoniah Creek WMA - establish wild hog as legal to take during small game season.

            4. Fort McCoy WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (Recreational Use Permit required).

            5. Guana River WMA - prohibit horses during spring turkey season.

            6. Half Moon WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 30, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            7. Herky Huffman / Bull Creek WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required) and require persons to enter and exit at a designated entrance.

            8. Jumper Creek WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            9. Lake George WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 25, no exemptions).

            10. Lake Panasoffkee WMA - establish a 3-day wild hog-dog hunt in February (quota 35; no exemptions); and remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            11. Little Big Econ WMA - require persons to enter and exit at a designated entrance.

            12. Ocala WMA - clarify that motorized vehicles are allowed only on designated, named or numbered roads and mixed-used roads, except all-terrain vehicles are allowed only on designated motorized trails and mixed-use roads; establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt on the Lake Delancy Unit (quota of 40, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit; allow the take of catfish by bow and arrow in Salt Springs Run; and increase the quota for muzzleloading gun on the Church Lake Unit from 225 to 250.

            13. Ocklawaha River WMA, Gores Landing - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            14. Relay WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (Recreational Use Permit required).

            15. Richloam WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            16. Richloam WMA, Baird Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 30, no exemptions).

            17. Salt Lake WMA - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            18. Seminole Ranch WMA - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            19. Three Lakes WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

            20. Three Lakes WMA, Prairie Lakes Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 15, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            21. Tiger Bay WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 10, no exemptions).

            22. Tiger Bay WMA, Rima Ridge Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 10, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            23. Tosohatchee WMA - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

            24. Twelve Mile Swamp WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (Recreational Use Permit required).

            25. Upper St. Johns River Marsh WMA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (no quota permit required).

          7. 68A-17.005, Specific Regulations for Wildlife and Environmental Areas (WEAs) - The proposed rule changes would adjust season dates to conform to calendar year changes and better align season dates with times of peak deer activity associated with the breeding season and other hunter preferences revise or establish specific area regulations on WEAs as follows:

            1. Southwest Region (SW Region season changes)

              1. Lake Wales Ridge WEA, Royce Unit - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            2. North Central Region (NC Region season changes)

              1. Fort White WEA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 3, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

              2. Lafayette Forest WEA - establish a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 5, no exemptions) with a bag limit of one turkey per quota permit.

            3. Northwest Region (NW Region season changes)

              1. Apalachicola River WEA - remove the limitation of one gun per hunting party during the wild hog-dog season.

              2. L. Kirk Edwards WEA - establish the following seasons and regulations for the portion of the area east of Chaires Cross Road:  three 3-day archery hunts (quota 5 per hunt, no exemptions); establish a 2-day family hunt (quota 3, no exemptions); establish four 3-day archery and muzzleloading gun hunts (quota 5 per hunt, no exemptions); establish a 15-day small game season (five 3-day hunts); a 2-day youth turkey hunt (quota of 3, no exemptions); allow fishing and frogging year round; prohibit trapping; establish as legal to take all legal game, fish, frogs, and furbearers, except that turkeys may be hunted only during the spring turkey seasons; set the bag limit for deer during the archery season at one antlered or one antlerless deer per quota permit; set the bag limit for deer during the family hunts at one antlered and one antlerless deer per quota permit; set the bag limit for deer during the archery/muzzleloading gun season at one antlered deer per quota permit; set the bag limit during the youth turkey hunt at one turkey per quota permit; and all other rules that currently apply to the area.

            4. South Region (S Region season changes)

              1. Southern Glades WEA - establish wild hog as legal to take during small game season; remove bag limit and shoulder height restriction for wild hog.

    2. Draft Rules (68A-25.042) (Daylight Alligator Hunting Presentation) (Survey Summary - Alligator Hunters) (Survey Summary - General Public) (Survey Summary - Other Stakeholders)

      1. 68A-25.042 Regulations Governing Statewide Alligator Trapping, Permitting, Taking and Sale - The proposed rule change would expand the legal hours for taking an alligator under the Statewide Alligator Harvest Program by 4 hours, and set the legal hours from 5pm to 10am daily during the established season.  Under this approach, alligator hunters will have more daylight hunting to accommodate more flexible scheduling and use airboats during unrestricted times, while overlap and potential conflict with other water recreationists, who typically use lakes and rivers during mid-morning through late afternoon, will be minimized.

  3. Reports

    1. Youth Conservation Centers Update (FYCCN Update Presentation)

    2. Legislative Report

  4. Public Comment on Items Not on the Agenda

  5. Commissioner Exchange

  6. Commission Administrative Matters

    1. The next regular Commission meeting scheduled on April 6-7, 2011, Havana, commencing at 8:30 a.m. each day.

  7. Adjournment

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Consent Agenda

Wednesday, February 23

Final Rules

  1. 68D-24.155-- St. John's County Boating Restricted Areas  - This proposed rule amendment would change the St. Johns County Boating Restricted Area Rule to extend the already existing Idle Speed No Wake Zone surrounding the Bridge of Lions an additional 500 feet south from the edge of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina fuel dock to provide for public safety.  The City of St. Augustine has expressed its support for this proposal.  NOTE:  Staff is requesting Commission approval to advertise the proposed amendment and file for adoption as soon as possible. If the rule amendment is approved for both advertisement and final adoption, Commission staff will file the rule for adoption as allowed by s. 120.54(3) Florida Statutes, without further public hearing. (68D-24.155 St. Johns County Boating Restricted Areas)

  2. 68A-23.005-- Bag Limits, Length Limits, Open Season: Freshwater Fish - The proposed rule change would delete the reference to Smith Lake (Washington County).  The property has been sold and public access has been eliminated. (68A-23.005)

  3. Transfer Windows for Saltwater Commercial Endorsements ( Transfer Window Presentation)

    The proposed rule amendment would modify the transfer windows in the stone crab, spiny lobster, marine life, and ballyhoo rules so that all of the commercial fisheries endorsement programs have the same time in which to transfer their endorsements.  This proposed rule would also increase the time a commercial fisher has to transfer their endorsement each year and would simplify the transfer process by aligning the rules governing the transfer process for these fisheries.  The rule sections that would be modified are listed below:

    1. 68B-13.010, Stone Crab Trap Limitation Program - The proposed rule amendment would modify the transfer window in which stone crab trap certificates may be transferred, from June 15 through March 1, to May 1 through the end of February each year.

    2. 68E-18.002, Definitions - The proposed rule amendment would remove the definition for "transfer period" from the spiny lobster rule.

    3. 68E-18.005, Transfer of Certificates - The proposed rule amendment would modify the transfer window in which spiny lobster trap certificates may be transferred, from June 15 through March 1, to May 1 through the end of February each year.

    4. 68B-42.0065, Commercial Requirements; Endorsements; Requalifying; Appeals; Leasing; Transferability - The proposed rule amendment would modify the transfer window in which a marine life endorsement may be transferred, from September 1 through November 30, to May 1 through the end of February each year.

    5. 68B-56.002 , Commercial Licensing Requirements; Appeals - The proposed rule amendment would modify the transfer window in the ballyhoo rule in which a lampara net endorsement may be transferred, from July 1 through March 31, to May 1 through the end of February each year.

Thursday, February 24

Wildlife Management Area (WMA) Establishment Order - WMA 11-01, Juniper Creek WMA - The proposed order establishes the Juniper Creek WMA in Calhoun County comprising approximately 914 acres. (Juniper Creek)



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