FWC moves toward requiring hunters to report deer harvests next season
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) directed its staff on Wednesday to advertise new
rule proposals requiring all hunters to tag harvested white-tailed
deer and report the harvest to the FWC.
However, the commissioners directed staff to
provide a menu of options regarding exempt hunters, showing how
those hunters would report their harvest. Exempt hunters include
individuals 65 and older and under 16.
Tagging and reporting game harvests is commonly
done in many states, and FWC staff reviewed several other states'
harvest-reporting systems to see what might work well in
The FWC, along with its stakeholders, continues to
craft a system where hunters would report their harvested deer, to
better track where and how many deer are harvested in Florida.
FWC staff presented a draft proposal at five public
meetings across the state and gathered input and feedback through
an online poll.
The proposed harvest-reporting system would utilize
a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week telephone and Internet system, and
tags to attach to harvested deer.
Some of the information hunters would have to
report includes their customer number, date of harvest, county,
method of take, hunting with or without dogs, type of deer
(antlered buck, button buck or doe) and number of antler points on
bucks. All compiled statewide harvest data would be available
to the public online and updated daily, but would not include
hunters' personal information.
"We want to make this system as friendly as
possible for Florida's hunters," said Cory Morea, FWC biologist and
deer management program coordinator. "We need the data to
give Florida hunters what many of them have asked for - that is
better management of the state's deer herd, and at a more local
level. This will give us one of the tools to enable us to do
The new rules could be approved for final adoption
at the February 2011 Commission meeting and would become effective
July 1, 2011, and apply to the 2011-12 hunting season.
For more detailed information on the proposed
harvest-reporting system, go to MyFWC.com/Deer.