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Check out a partial listing of the stories featured in this months exciting issue of Woods 'n Water. From new rules to news, photos and stories, along with current tide tables and feed times, look to WNW as a one stop location for all your outdoor information... (Read more)
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FWC celebrates 75 years!
One purchase of land in 1941 has grown into an almost 6 million acre system of conserved habitat across Florida. Wildlife management areas provide homes for some of Florida’s most iconic... (Read more)
Take a Kid Hunting!
All hunters have a story about how we were first introduced to hunting and why we have such a love of nature. My wife was in the Wisconsin deer woods from early on... (Read more)
Florida Shooting Ranges
Ring in the new year with a trip to one of Florida's public gun ranges! No matter what your skill/experience level, your local shooting range has something for you and the whole family to enjoy!... (Read more)
Make New Memories
A hunt or fishing trip inspires joy and memories that last well beyond the excursion. The lure of serenity and solidarity drives many of us to the woods or water. But it is often the camaraderie... (Read more)
Mutton snapper changes
Several mutton snapper management changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2017. These changes were approved at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) September meeting... (Read more)
Three teenaged boys needed to be rescued at sea when their rented vessel became flooded with water and capsized 2.5 miles offshore while fishing... (Read more)
FWC to use Fishbrain app
250,000 Florida anglers can now log 15 different types of nonnative fish to help monitor and benefit the local ecosystem... (Read more)
Blue crab trap closure
Recreational and commercial blue crab traps must be removed from some northwest Florida waters before Jan. 5, the first day of a 10-day trap closure... (Read more)
Rule changes in Gulf waters start Jan. 1
Starting Jan 1, several recreational fishing season changes in Gulf waters will go into effect including: Amberjack, triggerfish and gag grouper... (Read more)
New record Mayan cichlid!
The FWC fisheries biologists certified the first state record Mayan cichlid weighing 2.37 pounds caught by Jonathan Johnson from Fort Myers... (Read more)
World Record Buck!
The word in the woods is Stephen Tucker of Gallatin, Tennessee may just be the most famous (or blessed) whitetail hunter in the world after he reportedly leveled his muzzleloader and killed what could be the largest whitetail shot in the world... (Read more)
Python Eats 3 Deer!
A Burmese python in the Everglades with a penchant for venison gulped down three whole deer — one doe and two fawns — before wildlife officials captured and euthanized it... (Read more)
Snook Harvest Closure
The recreational harvest season for snook closes Dec. 1 in Gulf state and federal waters, including Monroe County and Everglades National Park, and will remain closed through Feb. 28, 2017, reopening to harvest on... (Read more)
Landowner-led Prescribed Burns
The FWC Landowner Assistance Program is holding two December workshops in north Florida on how private landowners can work together on conducting prescribed burns on their properties.... (Read more)
FWC crowns Lionfish King
Shortly after announcing the removal of more than 100,000 lionfish from Florida waters, the FWC presented a custom-made, mounted metal lionfish trophy to the FWC’s first-ever Lionfish King, David Garrett... (Read more)
New Barracuda Size Limit
At its November meeting in St. Petersburg, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) set new barracuda size limits... (Read more)
Triggerfish changes approved
The gray triggerfish recreational season will remain closed Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2017, in Gulf state waters in response to an announcement that the 2016 federal gray triggerfish quota was exceeded... (Read more)
Hunting Season Guide
Easy guide to Florida’s fall hunting seasons! With one of the longest deer seasons in the nation and nearly 6 million acres of public hunting lands, Florida offers hunters many opportunities to get out and enjoy November’s cooler weather... (Read more)
Extended Snapper Season!
The recreational red snapper season in Gulf state waters will remain open for seven additional days this November, including Nov. 5 and 6; Nov. 11 and 12, which is Veteran’s Day holiday; and... (Read more)
Catch a Florida Memory!
The FWC challenges you to Catch a Florida Memory and participate in any of three fun and exciting Saltwater Angler Recognition Programs, two of which are available for the first time... (Read more)
Alligator Trapper Needed!
The FWC Statewide Nuisance Alligator Program is accepting applications for contracted nuisance alligator trappers for east of Interstate 75... (Read more)
Tips for Taking Better Hunting Photos
Of all the photos you’ve taken throughout your life, odds are that your pics of harvested game are among the ones you treasure and share the most. After all, they capture the best moments of your outdoor life... (Read more)
Bass Pro Shops to Buy Cabela’s
Hunting and fishing company Bass Pro Shops is acquiring outdoor gear competitor Cabela’s in an all-cash deal valued at $5.5 billion, the companies said on Monday... (Read more)
Stone crab claw season opens
Florida’s recreational and commercial stone crab claw harvest season opens Oct. 15 in state and federal waters... (Read more)
FWC collects data on bears
To continue the cutting-edge science being conducted on Florida’s black bears, FWC researchers recently placed radio-collars on 16 adult female bears to track their movements in and around Tates Hell State Forest... (Read more)
Lionfish Challenge comes to a close
The invasive lionfish took a major hit this summer: a total of 16,609 lionfish were removed during the 4.5 month Lionfish Challenge, which came to a close Sept. 30... (Read more)
Fall hunt opportunities
FWC’s Hunting Hot Sheet - Check out the latest hunting and conservation news and events from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission... (Read more)
New at-risk vessel law
A new Florida law, approved by the Legislature and Governor during the 2016 Session, will enable county and local authorities along with the FWC to more effectively manage the state’s waterways... (Read more)
Help monitor for CWD
The FWC is looking to hunters to help monitor the state’s deer herd this coming season for chronic wasting disease, or CWD as it’s more commonly called. .. (Read more)
Lake Trafford in Collier County recently received national recognition for its resurging bass fishery, made possible by ongoing restoration projects... (Read more)
Amberjack reopens August 1
The recreational harvest of greater amberjack will reopen in Gulf state waters Aug. 1. It will remain closed in Gulf federal waters through Dec. 31, 2016... (Read more)
Hunter safety courses (August)
(UPDATED) - The FWC is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion, Bow and Traditional courses throughout the state in the month of August. (List follows)... (Read more)
Tiny House Getaway
Built in a single 20 foot container, the Rustic Retreat is designed as a self-contained remote camping/hunting retreat... (Read more)
A boating safety and natural resource law enforcement detail conducted by FWC law enforcement officers during the holiday weekend resulted in six over-the-limit scallop cases being made in Taylor County waters... (Read more)
Hunter safety courses (August)
The FWC is offering a free hunter safety Internet-completion, Bow and Traditional courses throughout the state in the month of August. (List follows)... (Read more)
FWC votes to Postpone Bear Hunting
The seven-member Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) voted to postpone bear hunting in Florida in 2016... (Read more)
Get teens fishing!
The FWC, along with its partners, are offering a grant to encourage the creation and success of high school fishing teams and clubs in Florida... (Read more)
Florida leads the nation!
Florida swept the Take Me Fishing™ 2016 “Top 100 Family Friendly Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S.” list, hosting the top four locations with nine locations on the list in total... (Read more)
New bass fishing regulations
New black bass fishing regulations are in effect throughout Florida, beginning July 1. This regulation change will streamline existing rules, allow anglers to keep smaller, more abundant bass and protect larger bass... (Read more)
State snapper season closes
The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters closes July 11, with the last day of harvest being July 10. The season will reopen... (Read more)
Bay scallop conservation measures approved
At the June 23 meeting near Apalachicola, the FWC approved measures to conserve bay scallops in the St. Joseph Bay area. The measures include... (Read more)
FWC returns Fla. panther to the wild
A 2-year-old Florida panther is now back in the wild at its new home in Big Cypress National Preserve... (Read more)
Fishing time for kids!
June is here, and school is out or nearly so. As they have for ages, kids are thinking about the adventures they are about to have. They still read about the fantastic adventures of Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer... (Read more)
Hunter safety courses (June)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety courses in in June. (List follows.)... (Read more)
June FWC Commission Meeting (Agenda)
All interested individuals may speak at workshops or meetings of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Commission) within the guidelines established by the Commission... (Read more)
Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic!
The FWC and Pensacola Recreational Fisherman’s Association will offer a free Kids’ Fishing Clinic for children between the ages of 5 and 15 from 9 a.m. to noon on June 11... (Read more)
Summer’s the best time to take hunter safety course
With summer comes so many great fishing opportunities that it’s hard to even think about hunting... (Read more)
BOLO for Tagged Cobia!
A cobia tagging project is underway along Florida’s east coast! Scientists with the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute are tagging cobia in order to track movement of the fish... (Read more)
Red Snapper Season Extended!
NOAA Fisheries Extends the Private Angler’s Red Snapper Recreational Fishing Season for 2 days in the Gulf of Mexico... (Read more)
Grouper fishing reopens May 1
Anglers targeting grouper in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County, will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1... (Read more)
Redfish bag limit lowered (UPDATE)
The recreational red drum daily bag limit in the northwest red drum management zone will be lowered from two fish to one fish per person starting Sunday, May 1... (Read more)
Red snapper season opens!
The 2016 recreational red snapper season in Gulf of Mexico state waters opens Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7... (Read more)
Apply for gator permits in May!
Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to harvest a 10-foot alligator? If you’ve never gator hunted before... (Read more)
Snook to close in May
Snook will close to all harvest in Gulf state, federal and inland waters, including all of Monroe County and Everglades National Park, starting May 1... (Read more)
Gag season opens in 4 counties!
Florida 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... (Read more)
New fishing opportunity!
The FWC, in partnership with the Treasure Coast Research and Development Authority, is pleased to announce the stocking of 700 Florida largemouth bass fingerlings into the 7-acre pond at... (Read more)
FWC to release two manatees!
The Manatee Rescue & Rehabilitation Partnership is a cooperative group of nonprofit, private, state and federal entities that work together to monitor the health and survival of rehabilitated and released manatees... (Read more)
Project Spring Clean
Volunteers needed for Project Spring Clean at the Ocala Wildlife Management Area... (Read more)
Hunter safety courses (APR)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering the following free hunter safety courses in April. (List follows.)... (Read more)
Tenoroc Public Shooting Range reopens
Tenoroc Public Shooting Range, located in Polk County between Tampa and Orlando, is reopening its rifle and pistol ranges March 13 after undergoing improvements.... (Read more)
Free Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinics!
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting two Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinics soon, one in Fort Pierce March 11 and one in Melbourne Beach March 12... (Read more)
Free Kids’ Fishing Clinic!
Teaching children a lifelong hobby, instilling appreciation for our marine environment and providing fun, family outings are the objectives for the Kids’ Fishing Clinic in Naples on March 12... (Read more)
March offers peak fishing!
Throughout the southeast, freshwater anglers await early spring fishing, not just because of the glorious weather but also because the majority of sportfish are beginning their spawning patterns... (Read more)
Don’t cut the line!
It’s a beautiful day and the fishing is good. Suddenly, the line snags on something as the cast is made. A bird is hooked. Don’t panic. There’s a way to get that bird released... (Read more)
Statewide manatee count consistent
The FWC reported a preliminary count of 6,250 manatees statewide. A team of 16 observers from 11 organizations counted 3,292 manatees on Florida’s east coast and 2,958 on the west coast of the state... (Read more)
Hunter safety courses (March)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in six counties in March. (List follows.)... (Read more)
A few months ago my wife and one of her friends were headed up north for a vacation (gun-friendly places, of course)... (Read more)
Black Bass Management Plan
Progress has been made in all four major areas targeted in the Florida Black Bass Management Plan: new opportunities, habitat management, fish management and human dimensions... (Read more)
FWC Fishing Tips!
FWC Saltwater Fishing YouTube Channel has all your fishing tips! Ever wondered how to tie a certain knot, but didn’t know who to ask? Check out the FWC YouTube Channel, FWC Saltwater Fishing!... (Read more)
Women’s Fishing Clinic
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 Feb. 20 in St. Augustine... (Read more)
Hunter Bags Bizarre 22-point Doe!
Curtis Russel first saw this 22-point deer on his trail cam, and when he encountered it in the field last month in Christian County, Missouri, he naturally assumed it was a dominant buck... (Read more)
NOTICE: Recreation areas closed!
The Apalachicola National Forest has closed several recreation areas along the Apalachicola River due to flooding over the weekend... (Read more)
Hunter safety courses (February)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering the following free hunter safety courses in February... (Read more)
"That coon dog’ll hunt"
Some of my huntin’ buddies and I really live for being out in a wet patch of woods in the middle of a cool night and hearing the not-so-distant sounds of our coon hounds when they open up on a hot trail... (Read more)
Temporary closures in Box-R WMA
Due to recent rainfall, the FWC has temporarily closed several roads located within the Box-R Wildlife Management Area in Franklin County... (Read more)
Hunter safety courses (December)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering the following free hunter safety courses in December... (Read more)
Diva of the Month
Meredith Arnold is the winner of the December “Outdoor Diva of the Month” contest... (Read more)
Give the gift of fishing!
Thanksgiving has passed and many of us are now looking forward to the holidays when gift giving is so prevalent... (Read more)
December hunting opportunities
There’s finally a chill and certain festiveness in the air as many of us make plans to go afield during the holidays. It’s such a special time of year... (Read more)
FWC rescues panther kitten
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) rescued a 4-month-old female panther kitten in Collier County earlier this month... (Read more)
This past year when a member left our hunt club, I ended up with one of his former stand locations. Lucky me!... (Read more)
The Hunter Conservationist Paradox
This past week was Theodore Roosevelt’s 157th birthday, and never has a former president looked so good. The occasion serves as a great reminder... (Read more)
Thousands of years ago the Everglades in southern Florida consisted of over four million acres of shallow sawgrass marsh, wet prairies and aquatic sloughs interspersed with tree islands... (Read more)
Tips for hunting season
November means the 2015-16 huntin’ season is in full swing. In this month’s column, I cover the high points of what you need to know... (Read more)
FWC investigating bear attack in Eastpoint
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating an incident where a bear attacked a man in Eastpoint in Franklin County... (Read more)
TrophyCatch reports 3,000 bass recycled
Since inception of this innovative citizen-science, conservation rewards program in October 2012, nearly 3,000 trophy largemouth bass heavier than 8 pounds have been caught... (Read more)
7 essential points for bear hunting in Florida
Florida will be having its first bear hunt in two decades. The black bear is a conservation success story in the Sunshine State, and because of the species’ population growth, hunting will be used... (Read more)
Hunter safety courses (October)
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is offering the following free hunter safety courses in October... (Read more)
Snapper season reopens!
The recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters reopens to harvest Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7, and will continue to be open... (Read more)
Hunting Hot Sheet
Your source for the information and resources needed to take part in Florida’s hunting seasons... (Read more)
Orlando woman injured by alligator
An Orlando woman was injured Aug. 8 when an alligator bit her while she was swimming in the Wekiva River just west of the Wekiva Island Marina... (Read more)
2015-16 Hunting Season Dates/Zones
Check out the new 2015-2016 Florida Hunting Season Dates and Zones. *(Seasons and dates are not applicable to WMAs and other lands managed by the Commission)... (Read more)
2015 Florida Fishing Regulations (Salt/Fresh)
Check out the new 2015-2016 Florida Fishing Rules and Regulations. *(Freshwater and Saltwater)... (Read more)
Do you hunt? Do you have a buddy that may want to hunt? Would you like to take him/her hunting? If you answered yes to these questions, you might want to continue reading... (Read more)
Tree Stand Safety Awareness Month
Tree Stand Safety Awareness (TSSA) is excited to announce that August is officially Tree Stand Safety Awareness month... (Read more)
Bowhunter Education courses
Florida bowhunters will have three opportunities to attend a National Bowhunter Education Foundation certified bowhunter education course this fall... (Read more)
FWC to score antlers in Alachua
FWC officers are scoring deer antlers Aug. 8 in Alachua. People can bring their bucks to Alachua Farm & Lumber Inc... (Read more)
Big Bend Florida blue crab trap closure starts
Crab traps in state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Wakulla-Franklin county line, including all waters of the Ochlockonee River and Bay, must be removed from the water before July 20... (Read more)
Man cited for keeping Loggerhead sea turtles
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officers cited a man for keeping two Loggerhead sea turtle hatchlings in his household aquarium.... (Read more)
Bass management is evolving
Bass anglers may wonder why the Sunshine State supports some of the best bass fishing in the world... (Read more)
Rare white-faced deer rejected by mom
The peculiar-looking fawn has the cutest coloration: a white face, pink nose, and a beautiful coat that’s a mixture of brown and pure white... (Read more)
Man catches state-record blue catfish!
Bill Stewart, 66, of Weeki Wachee, caught a 69-pound, 8-ounce blue catfish on the Choctawhatchee River... (Read more)
License-Free Fishing Weekends!
Governor Rick Scott announced four license-free fishing days in June for Florida residents and visitors. The license-free fishing weekends are... (Read more)
Apply for fall quota hunt permits now!
You can now apply for fall quota hunt permits from May 15 to June 15!... (Read more)
Red grouper bag limit changes to 2
The red grouper recreational bag limit will change from four to two fish per person in Gulf of Mexico state and federal waters, excluding Monroe County, on May 7... (Read more)
Grouper fishing reopens May 1
Anglers targeting grouper in Florida state waters of the Atlantic, including Monroe County, will be able to take home some of their catch starting May 1, when the season for several species reopens... (Read more)
FWC drafts bear management rules
FWC continues to build on its long-standing, proactive approach to bear management. At its April 15 meeting in Tallahassee, FWC Commissioners approved several proposed bear-related rules... (Read more)
70 Day Red Snapper Season
FWC approved a 70-day recreational red snapper season for Gulf state waters at the April 16 meeting in Tallahassee. Red snapper is a popular species... (Read more)
Spring Fishing Edition
April brings our highly anticipated annual "Spring Fishing Edition" to a news stand near you! This month we feature a complete list of Florida's wrecks and reefs, regulations for both fresh and saltwater anglers, as well as a ton of other helpful resources! ... (Read more)
The Magnificent Seven - Top 7 Bass caught in Florida!
If recent Hall of Fame submissions to TrophyCatch are an indicator, this spring is going to set records for bass fishing in Florida!... (Read more)
The United States of Turkey Hunting
Want a variety of fan mounts on your wall? Make sure you know where to go to harvest every subspecies of wild turkey in the United States... (Read more)
Florida Officials Revive Bear Hunting
After more than 20 years, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is bringing back bear hunting to the Sunshine State... (Read more)
Hall of Fame Bass Caught!
Dewight “Richie” Whitmore, 27, from Ringgold, Georgia, caught, documented and released a 14-pound, 1-ounce Florida largemouth bass at Rodman Reservoir... (Read more)
Bear bites girl in Eastpoint!
The FWC is responding to an incident where a bear bit a 15-year-old girl in Eastpoint, Franklin County on Dec. 21... (Read more)
TrophyCatch championship ring awarded!
The FWC's TrophyCatch program awarded the Season 2 Hall of Fame winner, Joseph “Brooks” Morrell from Hampton, with the TrophyCatch championship ring from the American Outdoors Fund... (Read more)
ALERT: FWC Removes Ban on Suppressors for Hunting!
At their meeting in Key Largo, Florida, today, the FWC voted to remove the ban on using silencers/suppressors on pistols and rifles for hunting... (Read more)
Anglers Catch Monster Alligator Gar in Texas
In September, Jakob Hals and two friends made a 3,000-mile round trip from Minnesota to Texas just for a chance at Trinity River’s legendary alligator gar... (Read more)
Fanged Deer Spotted in Afghanistan
The WCS announced last Friday that Kashmir musk deer (known for their strange, vampire-like fangs) have been spotted for the first time in 60 years in Afghanistan... (Read more)
Diva of the Year
Ashley is the winner of the “Outdoor Diva of the Year” contest... (Read more)
Buck of the Year
Check out the “Buck of the Year” contest results right here! The list includes the top bucks killed in the state of Florida last season, complete with stats and bios... (Read more)
NEW WORLD RECORD!
Tom Herron boated a monster 221-pound albino catfish that measured over 8 feet long!Details here... (Read more)
$107 Man Cave
Find out how one outdoorsman with a little extra cash turned a basement storage room into the ultimate "outdoor cabin" man cave... (Read more)
WORLD RECORD GATOR
When taxidermist Ken Owens put his knife to the stomach of what is believed to be a world-record alligator killed on the Alabama River he saw a pair of ears pop out... (Read more)
Shark Attack Odds
Ever wonder what the odds are of being bitten by a shark on that Florida vacation?... (Read more)
World Record Opah
Joe Ludlow's 181-pound opah may earn him a spot in the record books! Joe was the first of the 3 anglers to land his opah, after a 30-minute fight with the 181-pound fish... (Read more)
Whale of a catch!
A Chinese fisherman caught a massive whale shark in the waters off Fujian province over the weekend. Photos of the 13-and-a-half-foot, 2-ton fish being transported... (Read more)
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources confirmed last week that Jimmy Tucker of Statenville is the new state record holder for bowfin... (Read more)
Frustrated with Gulf Red Snapper Management?
Anglers in the Gulf of Mexico region need to make their voices heard in support of improved access to one of the region’s most important fisheries – red snapper!... (Read more)
Florida Angler Catches Rare Piebald Tarpon
Capt. Clark Wright has been fishing for 20 years and had never even seen a piebald tarpon before he helped George Seibel catch-and-release this unusual "silver king"... (Read more)
2014-15 Hunting Season Dates/Zones
Check out the new 2014-2015 Florida Hunting Season Dates and Zones. *(Seasons and dates are not applicable to WMAs and other lands managed by the Commission)... (Read more)
Top 10 Common Deer Hunting Mistakes You Should Fix
We all make mistakes. Learning from them makes us better hunters. But you need to know what you’re doing wrong. Watching for these 10 subtle but all-too-common deer hunting errors... (Read more)
Top 10 Fishing Injuries (2013)
Top 10 worst fishing injury pics from hooks in eyes to arms torn open from baraccuda! *(WARNING VERY GRAPHIC)... (Read more)
FWC Rules and Regs
Click here to access this season's hunting and fishing (both saltwater and freshwater) rules and regulations, season dates, etc... (Read more)
Buck of the Year Prizes
Florida hunters have a little extra incentive to hit the woods this year, as more than 20 businesses have stepped up to donate prizes for WNW's “Buck of the Year” contest... (Read more)