FWC-managed areas may get new hunting dates in 11-12
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) directed staff on Wednesday to develop draft rules
to modify hunting season dates on FWC-managed areas for next year.
Commissioners will consider the draft rules at a future
The FWC, along with its partners and cooperating
agency landowners, has been working with stakeholders in developing
proposals to change hunting season dates for these areas, which
include wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas
and miscellaneous areas.
Making these adjustments would better-align these
areas with the newly adopted hunting zone season dates, which took
effect this year.
"With the new changes to hunting season dates this
year on private lands, we and our hunting stakeholders feel that
season dates need to be modified on several of our areas, to
correspond more with the new zonal seasons and the timing of deer
breeding," said Cory Morea, FWC biologist and deer management
The FWC held nine public meetings across the state
and gathered input and feedback on the subject through an online
poll. Proposed changes would take into consideration when deer
breed on each area, other hunter preferences - such as hunting
during holidays - and the desires of other area users.
"We want to make things even better for the
public-land hunters," Morea said. "Adjusting some of these
dates so that seasons occur closer to peak deer activity or during
holidays should increase hunter satisfaction.
"But, at the same time," Morea added, "we don't
want to fix something that isn't broken. Hunters have told us
that on some of our areas the seasons are timed just right, so we
wouldn't recommend making any changes to those areas."
Any future changes made to area season dates would
not take effect until the 2011-12 hunting season.