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FWC votes to postpone bear hunting in 2016

June 22, 2016 

At its June meeting, the seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016.  

FWC law enforcement to participate in Operation Dry Water, national crackdown on boating under the influence

June 21, 2016 

Law enforcement agencies nationwide will be out in force June 24-26, looking for boaters who choose to boat under the influence, and then removing them from the water.  

Help plan the future of Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

June 16, 2016 

FWC staff will present the draft land management plan for the FWC-managed WEA, and people will be encouraged to comment and ask questions at the 7 p.m. hearing on June 28 at The Lake House in Spring Hill.  

Eagle Lake closes temporarily June 27

June 16, 2016 

Eagle Lake Fish Management Area in Hamilton County closes June 27 and will remain closed for approximately one month, according to FWC officials. 

Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic promises day of learning, fun

June 16, 2016 

The FWC partnering with the Florida Sport Fishing Association will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic from 9 a.m. to noon June 25 at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal #3, 220 Christopher Columbus Drive, Cape Canaveral. 

FWC to meet June 22-23 in the Apalachicola area

June 16, 2016 

The FWC will meet June 22-23 at the Franklin County School Gymnasium in Eastpoint. The meeting both days starts at 8:30 a.m. Both sessions are open to the public and the public will be provided opportunities to speak.  

FWC plans June 22 meeting on managing plants in Lake Istokpoga

June 15, 2016 

The FWC invites the public to participate in a meeting on managing plants in Lake Istokpoga. It will be held Wednesday, June 22 from 6-8 p.m. in the Bert J. Harris Jr. Agricultural Center auditorium. 

Snook stock is on the rise, aligns with FWC goals

June 14, 2016 

After a prolonged cold spell in January 2010, the FWC took immediate action to help snook populations rebound by closing the fisheries. The latest stock assessment shows that catch rates have returned to pre-cold event levels.  

Let the Lionfish Challenge begin; may the odds be ever in your favor

June 10, 2016 

Since the kick-off on May 14, 29 divers have entered 4,338 lionfish in the statewide Lionfish Challenge, which rewards those who remove 50 or more lionfish from waters across the state.  

New state record shoal bass caught in Florida

June 10, 2016 

Jimmy Ray Tice from Cottondale caught a 5.2-pound shoal bass on the Apalachicola River in Gadsden County at 6:45 a.m. on May 27, 2016. He beat the previous certified state record by more than 5 ounces. 

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