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Outdoors

  • Hunters tell FWC what they want

    People came from as far as Inglis and Gainesville to attend a public meeting about deer management held at the Tommy Usher Center April 1.

    Many said they came to find out about the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s plans and express their feelings based on what they learned at the meeting.

  • FWC webinar Thursday for input on alligator management rule

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is seeking public comment on draft alligator management rule proposals. 

    The FWC is holding a webinar o Thursday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. where individuals can submit comments. 

    For more information, click on the link by this story for documents on the draft and on the webinar. 

    For more information, visit MyFWC.com/Alligator.

  • Seasonal manatee speed zones in effect statewide

    Now that weather and waters are warming, manatees are disbursing into their popular feeding and loafing areas. To ensure manatee safety, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) law enforcement officers, along with federal and local law enforcement partners, will be increasing patrols in these areas.

    This effort coincides with seasonal manatee zones that went into effect April 1 and run through Nov. 15. The speed zones are intended to protect the state’s official marine mammal from collisions with boats.

  • FWC lifts restrictions on Suwannee River’s Zone 3

    When Suwannee River floodwaters at Branford fell below 24 feet, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) deactivated boating restrictions in Zone 3.

    Zone 3 runs from Little River Spring to the County Road 340 Bridge at Rock Bluff. This 23-mile segment is an idle-speed, no-wake zone as long as the Suwannee River is at 24 feet or more on the Branford gauge.

    The FWC had activated restrictions in this zone March 25.

  • Attention hunters

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will be holding a public hearing at the Tommy Usher Center in Chiefland, on Tuesday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m. on proposed deer hunting rules for the north Florida region.

    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) seeks input and invites the public to a series of meetings on deer management in hunting zones B and C in north and central Florida.

  • FWC: 4 counties open April 1 to gag grouper recreational harvest

    State waters off the coast of Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will open to recreational harvest of gag grouper starting April 1.

  • Idle-speed, no-wake zones activated on Suwannee River

    Two idle-speed, no-wake zones are activated on the Suwannee River as of Thursday due to high water levels, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    When Suwannee River floodwaters at Wilcox rose above 9 feet Thursday, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) activated boating restrictions on Zone 4. This is the third zone to be activated this month.

  • Two New York campers die on Suwannee

    The bodies of two upstate New York residents camping at a state park in White Springs were found in the Suwannee River, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officials.

    The body of Grace C. Maynard, 73, from Auburn, N.Y., was discovered Friday at 9:20 a.m. floating in the river downstream from the Highway 51 bridge. The body of her husband, James J. Maynard, 74, also from Auburn, N.Y., was found Sunday floating approximately 1.6 miles upstream from Dowling Park, FWC officials said.

  • Blue Grotto gets facelift

    New improvements are putting Blue Grotto Dive Resort on the map as a one-stop dive spot. 

  • Idle-speed, no-wake zone activated on stretch of Santa Fe River

    Due to recent large amounts of rainfall, a 32-mile segment of the Santa Fe River is now an idle-speed, no-wake zone, according to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials.

    Zone 5, which runs from River Rise within O’Leno State Park west to the confluence of the Suwannee River, was activated today as an idle-speed, no-wake zone.

    This area of the river becomes an idle-speed, no-wake zone when the Santa Fe River reaches 17 feet as indicated on the Three Rivers gauge, where flood stage is 19 feet.