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FWC begins removal of tree stands within three wildlife management area

News Release

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Media contact: Carol Lyn Parrish, 850-556-2269

The recent deer hunting season has come to a close on three popular wildlife management areas in south Florida, and in January the FWC will begin the process of removing abandoned tree stands within the Everglades and Francis S. Taylor, Rotenberger and Holey Land WMAs. These areas are, in whole or part, in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

Removal will begin in early January and continue throughout the month. Notices will be affixed to tree stands, and stands will be removed six days after this notification. However, some stands may be removed without notice.

Tree stand owners are encouraged to remove stands after hunting season ends, since abandoned tree stands present safety hazards and litter Florida’s public lands. Specific WMA regulations require that tree stands used during the season must be removed after the season ends. All tree stands left in these WMAs outside of the allowed period will be removed and subject to disposal.

The FWC will remove and store the tree stands at an approved facility for 90 days prior to disposal while the FWC attempts to contact the owners.

“Our members handed out information at check stations during hunting season, reminding the public of the rules, so everyone should be well informed. We want to make sure that the owners have every opportunity to either remove their stands from the WMAs, or come pick them up from us after we remove them,” said Maj. Camille Soverel, FWC Law Enforcement Regional Commander.

Owners of tree stands in the advised areas can contact the FWC at its South Regional Office at 561-625-5122 to check if their tree stand has been removed. The GPS and/or location and description of the tree stand will be needed when calling.

For more information on WMAs, visit and click on “WMA Brochures.”

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