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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 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. 

Celebrate Florida’s first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day May 16 with FWC and partners

April 29, 2015 

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (established to be the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year) was created by FWC Commissioners to help draw attention to the lionfish issue. Lionfish are a nonnative, invasive species that have a potential negative impact on native species and habitat.  

Grouper fishing reopens May 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

April 29, 2015 

The following species will reopen to harvest May 1: gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. 

Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 27, 2015 

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1.  

Apply now for alligator hunt permits

April 24, 2015 

Applications for the Phase I random drawing will be accepted through April 30. Approximately 5,700 alligator harvest permits will be available. 

Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management meeting set for May 4

April 23, 2015 

The public is invited to attend a meeting to review and comment on the Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management plan for 2015-2016. Representatives from the FWC and Highlands County will be available to answer questions about planned upcoming aquatic plant management activities. 

Come to Free Kids’ Fishing Derby May 3 in Kissimmee

April 23, 2015 

The event is all about having some family fun at the Kissimmee Civic Center Pond. Bait and fishing equipment will be provided but children are welcome to bring their own.  

FWC, NASBLA encourage boaters to take a boating education course

April 20, 2015 

Florida law requires completion of an approved course, verified by NASBLA as meeting the national boating education standard, for individuals born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, who operate a motorboat of 10 horsepower or greater.  

Shikar-Safari Honors 2015 Officer of the Year

April 16, 2015 

The Shikar-Safari Club International has named Officer George Reynaud its 2015 Wildlife Officer of the Year. The annual award honors a state officer whose efforts show outstanding performance and achievement among sworn fish and wildlife law enforcement personnel. 

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