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Babcock-Webb Shooting Range to close for maintenance May 4-8

May 01, 2015 

For more information about locations and scheduled operating hours for FWC public shooting ranges, go to MyFWC.com/Hunting and select “Safety & Education” then “Shooting Ranges” or call the FWC’s Lakeland Regional office at 863-648-3200 during regular business hours. 

You can now apply for fall quota hunt permits from May 15 to June 15!

April 30, 2015 

If you hunt public land, you should know that many of Florida’s wildlife management areas require a quota permit to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and all or part of the general gun season. 

Celebrate Florida’s first annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day May 16 with FWC and partners

April 29, 2015 

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day (established to be the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year) was created by FWC Commissioners to help draw attention to the lionfish issue. Lionfish are a nonnative, invasive species that have a potential negative impact on native species and habitat.  

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Bay County

April 29, 2015 

People interested in attending this course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling Hunter Safety Coordinator Will Burnett at the FWC’s regional office in Panama City at 850-265-3676. 

Grouper fishing reopens May 1 in Atlantic, Monroe County waters

April 29, 2015 

The following species will reopen to harvest May 1: gag, black, red, yellowmouth, yellowfin and tiger grouper; scamp; red hind; rock hind; coney; and graysby. 

Free hunter safety Internet-completion course offered in Broward County

April 27, 2015 

The course will be held May 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Markham Park Shooting Range in the clubhouse near trap and skeet fields, 16001 W. State Road 84, Sunrise. 

Snook to close in Gulf state and federal waters

April 27, 2015 

Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1. Snook is open to harvest in Atlantic state, federal and inland waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, through May 31, closing June 1.  

Hunter safety Internet-completion courses offered in May

April 27, 2015 

Those interested in attending a course can register online and obtain information about future hunter safety classes at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety or by calling the FWC’s regional office in Lake City at 386-758-0525. 

Apply now for alligator hunt permits

April 24, 2015 

Applications for the Phase I random drawing will be accepted through April 30. Approximately 5,700 alligator harvest permits will be available. 

Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management meeting set for May 4

April 23, 2015 

The public is invited to attend a meeting to review and comment on the Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management plan for 2015-2016. Representatives from the FWC and Highlands County will be available to answer questions about planned upcoming aquatic plant management activities. 

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