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4 great hunting opportunities to enjoy this December

December 01, 2015 

There’s finally a chill and certain festiveness in the air as many of us make plans to go afield during the holidays. It’s such a special time of year. Children will be out of school on winter break soon. Friends and family are gathering. And for some there’s time off from work. This holiday season, celebrate the natural way by enjoying one of Florida’s traditional hunting opportunities listed below. 

Fish Kill Hotline celebrates 20 years of advancing science

December 01, 2015 

The FWC's Fish Kill Hotline remains an invaluable resource for the public and science community. Entering its 21st year, the hotline continues its mission of investigating fish kills and building a broad index of data for further scientific research and management. 

Give the gift of fishing this season

December 01, 2015 

When contemplating presents for the fishing enthusiasts in your life, you may want to start with a personal touch and plan some time together on the water. 

New permit allows mackerel tournaments to donate catch to benefit charity

December 01, 2015 

With just a no-cost permit, mackerel tournament directors can donate tournament-caught king and Spanish mackerel to a licensed wholesale dealer in exchange for a donation to the charity of the tournament's choice.  

Lake Istokpoga hydrilla and emergent plant treatments scheduled

December 01, 2015 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will conduct aquatic plant control treatments via helicopter on portions of Lake Istokpoga during the first and second weeks of December, weather permitting. Plant species targeted for treatment are hydrilla, water primrose, cattail and pickerelweed. 

Gag grouper recreational harvest closes in most Gulf waters in early December

November 30, 2015 

Gag grouper will close for recreational harvest in most Gulf of Mexico state waters Dec. 4, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 3. All Gulf federal waters will close Dec. 3, with the last day of harvest being Dec. 2. 

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Gulf starts Dec. 1

November 25, 2015 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 29, 2016, reopening to harvest March 1, 2016. Snook can continue to be caught and released during the closed season. 

FWC rescues orphaned panther kitten in Collier County

November 24, 2015 

The female kitten was likely orphaned when her mother was struck and killed by a vehicle on U.S. 41 near Collier-Seminole State Park. FWC staff took the kitten to the new rehabilitation facility at the Naples Zoo. 

Have fun helping wildlife, wild places when holiday shopping

November 24, 2015 

This holiday season, consider gifts to show your support of wildlife and help carry on the tradition of spending time with family and friends on Florida’s beautiful beaches, waterways and wildlife conservation areas.  

Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Pensacola!

November 20, 2015 

Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the FWC's Women’s Fishing Clinic in Pensacola on Dec. 5. Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more. 

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