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FWC to withdraw deer tagging proposal?

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Commission meets Feb. 23-24 to discuss alternatives to managing herd

By Mike Capshaw, Staff Writer

The second day of a two-day meeting for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will address an issue of interest to many deer hunters across the state.

The meeting on Feb. 23-24 in Apalachiola begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to the public. While Day 1 deals with fishing issues, Day 2's agenda focuses on hunting issues and includes an item about the proposed tagging system for deer. A release about the meeting reads, "the Commission will discuss withdrawing the proposal for a tag and reporting system for deer hunting, as well as continuing discussions on alternative systems for gathering deer-harvest data."

 The Commission will vote on final rules that affect hunting on specific wildlife management areas, although two affect public hunting statewide.