• Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in October
  • Expanded fishing on Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Holiday

    Following a request from Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has expanded the recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters by adding an additional seven days in November. The expanded open season dates will be Nov. 5 and 6; Nov. 11 and 12, which is Veteran’s Day weekend; and Nov. 25, 26 and 27, which is the Thanksgiving holiday. The Nov. 26 date is also a saltwater license-free fishing day. Recreational fishing in Gulf waters adds $7.6 billion annually to Florida’s economy.

  • Bringing fish back from the Bahamas just became easier
  • FWC approves Gulf greater amberjack season closure
  • Horseshoe Beach fishing tournament to honor veterans

    The Marina in Horseshoe Beach is holding its first-ever “Hooking Up with Heroes” Saltwater Fishing Tournament this Saturday, Sept. 17, to honor US veterans.

    There will be a combined total of $6,500 guaranteed in cash payouts.

    "Join us in a great day of fishing and honoring all of our veterans," The Marina wrote in a press release.

    The tournament features an Inshore and Offshore Division.

  • Hunter safety internet-completion courses offered in September

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety internet-completion courses in nine counties in September. (List follows.)

    Students who have taken the online course and wish to complete the classroom portion must bring the online-completion report with them.

    All firearms, ammunition and materials are provided free of charge. Students should bring a pen or pencil and paper. An adult must accompany children younger than 16 at all times.

  • Blue Springs Re-opens

    Ok, everybody prepare to jump in.

    Blue Springs in Bronson has reopened. The waters cleared from all that nasty rain. It looks so good you can see the fish.

    Get you suit on, grab a towel, water and a picnic and visit one of the loveliest spots in Levy County.

    A release from Levy County Parks and Recreation notes the spring flow has flushed out the dark waters "and is beautifully clear."

    The springs are open 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. 7 days a week in summer.

  • Junior Ranger Program coming to Fanning Springs

    By Ashley Andresen

    Fanning Springs State Park is jumping on board with a state wide program to get kids involved with state parks and the outdoors.

    The Junior Ranger Program offers educational, outdoor workshops throughout the summer.

    "Outdoor education is what my passion is. I'm really looking forward to it," Sarah Kolb, the park attendant who will be leading the program at Fanning Springs, said.

    "I think it's going to be fun. I'm looking forward to the kids taking ownership of the park," she said.

  • Celebrate Gopher Tortoise on Sunday

    On Sunday, April 10, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and its partners will celebrate Gopher Tortoise Day for the first time in Florida.

    Go to GopherTortoiseDayFL.com for ideas on being a part of this day and other gopher tortoise-related events and activities all year long.

    Gopher tortoises live in every county of Florida and are known for their extraordinary digging skills.

  • Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Fernandina Beach

    Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Women’s Fishing Clinic in Fernandina Beach on Aug. 22.

    Participants will not only take home a lifelong hobby, they will leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.