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Volunteers needed for Project Spring Clean at the Ocala Wildlife Management Area

April 05, 2016 

The FWC is seeking volunteers for a cleanup event on Saturday, April 23, the day after Earth Day. This cleanup is an effort to conserve the Ocala Wildlife Management Area habitat and keep it beautiful for public use. 

FWC officers honored with numerous awards for performance, courage

April 05, 2016 

In March, four FWC officers were honored during the State Law Enforcement Chiefs Association meeting in Tallahassee plus Gov. Rick Scott recognized FWC Officer David Brady with the Medal of Heroism at the Florida Cabinet meeting. 

Celebrate Florida’s Gopher Tortoise Day and the reptile that can really dig

April 04, 2016 

On Sunday, April 10, theFWC and its partners will celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day for the first time in Florida. Go to GopherTortoiseDayFL.com for ideas on being a part of this day and other gopher tortoise-related events and activities all year long.  

My first spring turkey hunt

April 04, 2016 

It was only 8 a.m. and I had my first spring gobbler, and it had a 9-inch beard. Maybe it was beginner’s luck, but whatever it was – I have been hooked ever since. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

April 01, 2016 

The FWC will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon April 9 at Vince J. Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park, 301 W. Main St., Pensacola. 

Catch nonnative freshwater fish, get the chance to win prizes

April 01, 2016 

The Nonnative Fish Catch, Click and Report Contest is open to all licensed or legally exempt anglers in Florida. There is no entry fee and prizes will be awarded.  

Join the FWC and partners at ‘Vamos a Pescar Miami!’ (Let’s Go Fishing Miami!) event

April 01, 2016 

Vamos a Pescar Miami! is April 3, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include boating and fishing skills clinics, sport shooting education and Daisy inflatable BB gun range, wildlife presentations, boating opportunities, and on-site fishing with loaner rods and free bait. Music and food vendors also will be on-site. 

April 15 marks start of Florida’s bat maternity season

March 29, 2016 

It is illegal to harm or kill bats in Florida, but they can be legally excluded from a building or structure by following effective, recommended practices that protect bats and people. Exclusions of bat colonies must be complete by April 15. 

Free fishing derby for youth at Tenoroc Fish Management Area

March 25, 2016 

The FWC is sponsoring a free youth freshwater fishing derby at Tenoroc Fish Management Area and Youth Conservation Center in Lakeland on April 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. No fishing license is required on this particular weekend but preregistration is required for the derby. 

4 Florida counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest

March 25, 2016 

State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1. This regional season will remain open through June 30, with the first day of the closure being July 1.  

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