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FWC: Bears become more active in fall

September 27, 2017 

To be ready for leaner winter months, bears require around 20,000 calories a day and will eat anything that’s convenient. Accessing unsecured garbage often provides more calories in a shorter amount of time than foraging in the woods.  

Ways to help reef fish survive after barotrauma

September 26, 2017 

Descending devices bring fish back down to a depth where increased pressure from the water will recompress swim bladder gases and allow the fish to swim away.  

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions lifted on Santa Fe River’s Zone 7; other three zones still being enforced

September 26, 2017 

The river’s water levels are falling, but speed restrictions in zones 5, 6 and 8 are still in effect. 

Hey, kids! Let’s go fishing!

September 22, 2017 

The annual Lake Eaton Kids’ Fishing Derby will be held at the FWC's Ocala Conservation Center and Youth Camp on Saturday, Oct. 14, starting at 8:30 a.m. for children ages 6-12. 

Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic coming up in

September 22, 2017 

The FWC is hosting a free, day-long Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in Crystal River on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Fort Island Trail Park.  

Idle-speed, no-wake restrictions still being enforced

September 21, 2017 

Although the river’s water levels are falling, these four zones’ speed restrictions are still in effect 

New generation of hunters is emerging

September 20, 2017 

Besides hunting the rut, early bow seasons provide a great opportunity to take a mature whitetail and are among the best times to do so 

Reminder: 2017 bay scallop season closure starts Sept. 25

September 20, 2017 

For updates and more information on bay scallops, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing. 

Gulf County bay scallop season to open Sept. 23

September 20, 2017 

The Gulf County bay scallop season will open to harvest Sept. 23. The 2017 season was postponed earlier this year due to a naturally occurring algae bloom (Pseudo-nitzschia) in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish. 

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by pledging to create a new conservationist

September 19, 2017 

To encourage people to share their love of the outdoors, the focus of this year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated Saturday, Sept. 23, is to challenge every hunter and angler to take someone with them on their next outdoor adventure. 

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