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Outdoors

  • Tentative waterfowl hunting dates announced

    The FWC announced that it anticipates the 2014-15 waterfowl season dates to be:

    • Early Canada Goose: Sept. 6-24

    • September teal and wood duck: Sept. 20-24

    • September teal only: Sept. 25-28

    • Regular Season (ducks, coots, and light geese): Nov. 22 - Nov. 30 and Dec. 6 - Jan. 25, 2015

    • Regular Season (Canada Goose): Nov. 22 - Jan. 30, 2015

    • Youth duck and goose: Jan. 31 - Feb. 1, 2015

  • Officials: Cedar Key safe from red tide

    A red tide bloom in the Gulf has killed thousands of fish in the last two weeks, according to state officials, but Cedar Key is proving unaffected.

    Leslie Sturmer, a University of Florida aquaculture specialist in Cedar Key, said Monday that test samples for red tide toxins in the area's shellfish have yielded good results.

    "There are zero cells in the samples, as we suspected," she said, adding that 5,000 or more cells per liter in a sample would cause shellfish operations to close shop.

  • 2 teens arrested for torturing tortoise

    Officers with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) arrested two Clay County teenagers July 25 on charges of torturing a gopher tortoise.

    Danielle Susan Dionne, 15, and Jennifer Emoke Greene, 18, have been arrested on charges of felony cruelty to animals, a third-degree felony, and taking, harassing, harming or killing a gopher tortoise, a second-degree misdemeanor.

  • Gulf snapper season ends Tuesday

    The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters closes Tuesday, July 15, with the last day of harvest being Monday, July 14. Florida state waters in the Gulf are from shore to 9 nautical miles.

    Several workshops on Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper are planned for late July. The public is invited to discuss state and federal management of recreational red snapper and to explore future approaches for managing this fishery. Visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Rulemaking” and “Workshops” to learn more.

  • Suwannee Cleanup needs sponsors, volunteers

    The 5th Annual Great Suwannee River Cleanup is fast approaching, and representatives with the organizations involved want people to come out and get involved.

  • Brown repeats win in Rotary contest

    There were 30 boats entered in the Chiefland Rotary Club’s 10th Annual Fishing Tournament held Saturday, May 24, in Cedar Key. Fishermen had an almost perfect day for landing redfish and trout and the fish cooperated. 

  • Coast Guard rescues 3, reminds boaters to be safe Memorial Day weekend

    Coast Guard crew members from the Coast Guard Station in Yankeetown rescued three people from a sinking 16-foot recreational boat near Eleven Prong on Thursday, May 22.

    A report of a vessel with two adults and one child aboard taking on water at approximately 6 p.m.
 was received by the Coast Guard 

Sector in St. Petersburg.

    The Yankeetown CG crew launched a trailerable boat usually used in doing buoy and navigation sign duties to reach the three people and bring them to shore.

  • Chiefland Rotary goes fishing Saturday

    It's time for the Chiefland Rotary Club Fishing Tournament and Calcutta party and the club has made big changes to this year's event. Hopes are high that anglers will turn out this year and fatten the prize pot that could go up to $7,500 — provided 100 boats and crews enter. 

  • Biggest Wild Hog Yet

    The 37th annual Wild Hog Canoe and Kayak Race grew by leaps and bounds this year with 103 participants compared to last year’s 72 and 49 in 2012.

  • New test could ID tick disease

    University of Florida veterinary researchers say a simple DNA-based test could help identify strains of a debilitating tickborne disease that infects an increasing number of people.