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Gulf state recreational red snapper season reopens Labor Day weekend

August 31, 2015 

The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and will continue to be open for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October with the last day of harvest being Sunday, Nov. 1. 

Stay legal with these hunting tips for Florida’s bow seasons

August 31, 2015 

Bowhunting continues to be so popular in our state, accounting for more than 10 percent of all deer harvested, 15 percent of harvested does and 25 percent of the deer taken on wildlife management areas. Last year, more than 30,000 people bowhunted in Florida. 

Idle-speed, no-wake zone temporarily in effect for a portion of the upper Withlacoochee River

August 28, 2015 

A temporary idle-speed, no-wake zone has been enacted for the portion of the Withlacoochee River between the Interstate-75 Bridge at Silver Lake to the railroad bridge located just east of U.S. 301.  

Pinellas County to get improved boating signs

August 27, 2015 

The FWC is installing new markers along with replacing signs to reflect a recent change in the state-adopted boating safety zone rule. This will improve safety and the boating experience in the area. 

Limited harvest for snook, a premier Florida fish, starts Sept. 1

August 25, 2015 

While the fishery is already more than 90 percent catch-and-release, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to continue to use moderation when determining whether or not to take a snook home.  

FWC to meet Sept. 2-3 in Fort Lauderdale

August 24, 2015 

For the full Sept. 2-3 agenda and links to background reports, go to MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings.” 

Project restoring Grassy Flats in Lake Worth Lagoon finishes successfully

August 22, 2015 

This project is designed to restore critical marine habitats so fish, oysters and wildlife will return to an area known as Grassy Flats that was previously uninhabitable because of accumulated muck on the seafloor. 

Near-world-record Suwannee bass live-released at Bass Pro Shops, Tallahassee

August 21, 2015 

Ferrol “Roscoe” Holley from Telogia caught the 3.75 pound, 16.5 inches long Suwannee bass while fishing on the Ochlockonee River.  

Register now for a free hunter safety course

August 20, 2015 

Anyone interested in attending the local courses can register online or by calling the FWC’s Northeast Region Hunter Safety Office at 352-625-2804. 

Lake Istokpoga aquatic plant management meeting Aug. 25

August 19, 2015 

The agenda includes world-renowned aquatic plants expert Dr. William Haller, director of the University of Florida/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants as well as discussions regarding FWC aquatic habitat restoration and enhancement projects, plans for upcoming hydrilla treatment areas and an update of ongoing maintenance work around the lake. 

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