New dates proposed for many FWC-managed lands for 2011-12 hunting seasons
Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation
Commission (FWC) directed staff Wednesday to advertise new rule
proposals that would modify hunting season dates on many
FWC-managed areas. The new rules could be approved for final
adoption at the February 2011 Commission meeting.
During the past year, the FWC, and its partners and
cooperating agency landowners, have worked with stakeholders in
developing proposals to change season dates for these public
hunting lands. These lands include wildlife management areas,
wildlife and environmental areas and miscellaneous areas.
Making these adjustments would align these areas
more closely with the newly adopted hunting zone season dates,
which took effect this year.
"With the new changes to hunting season dates this
year on private lands, we - and our hunting stakeholders - feel
that season dates need to be modified on several of our areas to
correspond better with the new zonal seasons and the timing of deer
breeding," said Diane Eggeman, director of the FWC's Division of
Hunting and Game Management.
The FWC held nine public meetings across the state
and gathered input and feedback on the subject through an online
poll. Proposed changes take into consideration when deer breed on
each area and other hunter preferences, such as hunting during
holidays and the desires of other area users.
"We want to make things as good as we can for
public-land hunters," said Cory Morea, FWC biologist and deer
management program coordinator. "Adjusting some of these dates to
make the seasons occur closer to peak deer activity or during
holidays should increase hunter satisfaction.
"But, at the same time, we don't want to fix
something that isn't broken," Morea said. "Hunters have told us
that on some of our areas the seasons are timed just right, so we
aren't recommending any changes to those areas."
If approved at the February Commission meeting,
these rules would become effective July 1, 2011 and apply to the
2011-12 hunting season.
"We always advise hunters to look at the individual
public hunting area rules and regulations brochures to know the
hunting season dates for a particular area," Morea said. "In most
cases, they are different from the hunting zone in which the area
For information on the specific season date changes
being proposed for each area, go to MyFWC.com/Deer.