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Outdoors

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Deer management units, increased antler regulations go statewide; archery opens in Zone A

    By Tony Young

    In February, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved proposals designed to improve Florida white-tailed deer management at a local level by establishing deer management units (DMUs) throughout the state, each with its own set of antler regulations and antlerless deer harvest days.

  • Cecil the Lion's killer deals terrible blow to true hunters

    By Lee Tolliver

    Special to the Citizen

    It's time for all the real hunters out there to give a huge and sarcastic “Thanks a lot” to Minnesota dentist Walter J. Palmer.

    You, sir, have done more with one horribly misplaced arrow sent into a lion to damage the image of hunters than PETA, the Humane Society of the United States and every other anti-hunting organization combined ever could have paid for.

  • Leaping sturgeon injures two on Suwannee

    A leaping sturgeon has injured two more people on the Suwannee River with the latest collision between the prehistoric fish that has armored plants along its sides coming on Monday, July 13, at 11 a.m.

  • Manatee Springs Magnolia Campground gets a facelift

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Park Service opened the newly renovated Magnolia Campground at Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland on July 1. The Magnolia Campground renovations, which total $1.3 million, include six additional campsites, upgrades to the existing campsites, a 2,090-square-foot bathroom and shower facility, new sidewalks, fire pits, grills, picnic tables and sanitary sewer system.

  • DEP to host mangrove workshops

    The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Northeast District has hosted several workshops to train participants on Florida’s regulations and best management practices for the maintenance of mangroves.

    Landscapers, consultants and homeowners throughout Flagler, St. Johns and Levy counties have attended. The Northeast District is eager to offer additional workshops and is asking the public to contact the district about participating in future workshops.