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FWC investigates bird deaths on Neptune Beach

December 10, 2015 

The FWC received reports about the dead birds over Thanksgiving weekend. Many of the birds were too decomposed to determine cause of death, so officials are unsure what happened to the animals. 

Snook harvest seasonal closure in Atlantic starts Dec. 15

December 09, 2015 

The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 15 in Atlantic state and federal waters, including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River, and will remain closed through Jan. 31, 2016, reopening to harvest Feb. 1. Snook can be caught and released during the closed season. 

FWC ‘releases’ snakes throughout Florida as part of 2016 Python Challenge™

December 08, 2015 

The FWC is conducting a Virtual Snake Finding Mission, “releasing” toy snakes near popular Florida landmarks in an effort to raise awareness about nonnative species in Florida. The search for the toy snakes ̶ which are superimposed on pictures of Florida landmarks ̶ is part of the 2016 Python Challenge™.  

TrophyCatch awards a bass boat package

December 08, 2015 

The FWC randomly selected Ed Prather as winner of a Phoenix 619 Pro bass boat and trailer that came with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard, MotorGuide trolling motor and Power-Pole anchoring system. This year, Bartow Ford added a surprise gift of $1,000 towards the purchase of one of their vehicles to pull the boat. 

TrophyCatch prepares to announce winner of a bass boat package

December 04, 2015 

On Dec. 5, at approximately 1 p.m. at the Bartow Ford Winter Wonderland event in north Bartow, FWC staff will conduct a random drawing among five TrophyCatch finalists to see who wins a $40,000 Phoenix bass boat. 

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. 

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