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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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I have been hunting for about 50-plus years, and during that time I have hunted from many types of stands... (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)
Hunter safety courses offered
The FWC is offering free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in these counties. (List follows.)... (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)
Summer camp means the livin’ and fishin’ are easy!
Are you looking for something fun to fill the long summer days? Why not try a Kids’ Saltwater Fishing Camp this summer!... (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)
Help plan the future of Aucilla WMA
A 10-year plan for the Aucilla WMA will be presented at a public hearing beginning at 7 p.m. May 12 at the Jefferson County Courthouse Annex, 435 W. Walnut Street, Monticello... (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)
Who do you trust?
Field & Stream just released the results of a new survey revealing who hunters trust the most for information. The results are pretty surprising!... (Read more)
Great white shark caught from Florida beach!
Extremely rare catch is made in the surf near Panama City, Florida; shark is tagged and released in ‘excellent’ condition, but club is still being criticized... (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)
Obama Waives White Flag on Proposed Ammo Ban
The NRA was instrumental in stalling the Obama Administration’s initial attempt to ban commonly used ammunition for the most popular rifle in America, the AR-15... (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)
BATFE To Ban Common AR-15 Ammo
In a move clearly intended by the Obama Administration to suppress the acquisition, ownership and use of AR-15s and other .223 caliber general purpose rifles... (Read more)
FWC Commission Bear Season Decision
MyFWC tweeted the following Twitter exchange this morning during the meeting: “Responding to our questions #FWCbear“... (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)
Snook reopens in Atlantic
The recreational harvest season for snook reopens on Feb. 1 in Florida’s Atlantic coastal and inland waters (from the Miami-Dade/Monroe county line north), including Lake Okeechobee and the Kissimmee River... (Read more)
BPS – Spring Fishing Classic 2015
Experience the World’s Greatest Fishing event and sale! Bass Pro Shops event offers new features and an earlier date in addition to free family-friendly activities, seminars, and Bassmaster University... (Read more)
300 Manatees Invade Three Sisters Springs
"More than 300 manatees moved into Three Sisters Springs, which is why the US Fish and Wildlife Service issued another temporary closure of the waterway."... (Read more)
FWC returns Fla. panther to the wild
Today the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) released a rehabilitated Florida panther at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park in Okeechobee County... (Read more)
The Ultimate Luxury Grill!
This is the grandaddy of all grills! Designed to accommodate a group experience… and still facilitate the need of every guy in the group to control the flame!... (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)
Bowhunter education course scheduled
Now you can take the Florida Bowhunter Education Course by completing an online, distance-learning component, followed by attending a field class in Columbia County... (Read more)
In my search for a back-up handgun to carry on my adventure to Kodiak Island, Alaska, I searched for a revolver that would have the punch needed to stop the Kodiak brown bear... (Read more)
January hunter safety courses offered
The FWC is offering free hunter safety Internet-completion courses in three counties in January. (List follows.)... (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)
FWC unlocks mysteries behind red tide
Last month, researchers at the FWC published new findings on Florida’s red tide organism, Karenia brevis, in a special issue of the scientific journal... (Read more)
About a month ago, I was walking aimlessly down the aisles at a gun show, going from one table to the next, looking for something neat... (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)
TrophyCatch Gears Up To Launch Season 3
Season two of TrophyCatch was a huge success! For the second season, which just ended, more than $200,000 worth of individual prizes will be awarded!... (Read more)
FWC Survey (Deer Hunters in Zones A, B and C)
For the 2016 hunting season in zones A, B and C, the FWC is proposing greater antler regulations for bucks on private and public lands (WMAs)... (Read more)
Hunter Safety classes (Oct.)
Here are dates/times for FWC’s October Hunter Safety classes... (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)
2014 Florida Fishing Regulations (Salt/Fresh)
Check out the new 2014-2015 2014 Florida Fishing Regulations... (Read more)
FWC modifies some hunting zones; turkey bag limit
The FWC amended rules to modify fall hunting season dates and to increase the daily hunting bag limit of wild turkeys on private lands statewide... (Read more)
World Record Sunfish!
The Arizona Game and Fish Department announced on Thursday that the state may soon be home to the world’s largest angler-caught redear sunfish... (Read more)
Biologists rescue panther kitten
A team of panther biologists rescued an approximately week-old Florida panther kitten at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge... (Read more)
Proposed changes to deer regulations in Zone D
The FWC worked with stakeholders to develop proposed rule amendments to hunting regulations that would implement greater antler regulations for Zone D... (Read more)
Black crappie are favorite cool weather targets, so join the fun! What better way to start off a new year then with some healthy outdoor activity and a mess of fresh fish?... (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)
Where to Shoot a Deer for One-Shot Kills
To kill an animal with a single shot is the goal of every responsible hunter. Most of us were taught to put a bullet in the “boiler room,” the heart and lungs... (Read more)
15-Year-Old Texas Girl Shoots Record Whitetail
Makayla Hay had her eye on a gnarly 23-point buck as the Texas firearms opener approached—but then so did almost every other deer hunter in Madison County... (Read more)
Enormous rare sea creature hauled in by Fla. angler
Mark “the Shark” Quartiano has caught thousands of sharks, but never anything like the 800-pound deep-water stingray he landed off Miami Beach... (Read more)
Iowa Buck Could Challenge World Record!
We’ve seen some giant bucks tagged this season, but this massive typical bowkill from Iowa may prove the biggest yet... (Read more)
Net Limitation Information
District Court Judge Jackie Fulford Rules Net Ban 'A Legal Absurdity.' Click here to get MyFWC's official internal memo to see their response... (Read more)
Leon County Considering Gun Control
Mary Ann Lindley, is leading the Leon County Commission in an effort to join liberal antigun south Florida counties in imposing gun control restrictions on their citizens.... (Read more)
FREE: Women’s Fishing Clinic
Learn a hobby at free Women’s Fishing Clinic in Fort Clinch State Park.... (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)
2013 Fishing Regulations
Stay informed with newest saltwater fishing publication... (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)