Hunting


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Asymmetrical Antler Development: What Gives?

It’s a timeless question stemming from hunters’ ongoing fascination with whitetail racks. Why do some develop differently than others? Recently Florida Sportsman Member Batemaster posted this photo of a Hendry County buck for fellow Members to analyze.

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Hunting Big Bucks in Florida

“I just love it down here,” Levine said. “We thought we had a lot of deer back home, but I tell you what, I see more game down here on a consistent basis than I ever did in Minnesota. And then to be able to take a buck-of-a-lifetime like that, after hunting hard up there for forty years, it’s just amazing. I think the hunting in Florida is phenomenal.”

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Free Bowhunter Safety Course in Miami-Dade County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host a bowhunter education course on Saturday, July 12, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. in Miami-Dade County.

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Sighting for Success

Sighting in a deer rifle is simple, if you do it right. The preseason “sight in session” is ritual for many hunters. For some, it’s a quick, simple, and inexpensive affair. For others, it can be a lengthy and frustrating process that burns up a lot of expensive ammunition.

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Turkey Hunting Tips

Each spring Florida hunters take to the woods with visions of longbeards running into their setup. Taking into consideration the basics of nature, it’s not rocket science why birds commonly stay out of gun range.

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Hunting with a Handgun

Florida Sportsman member kci-mia wants to know what kind of handgun to use when hunting hogs, and just how successful he may be doing so. Fellow members offer many responses, pointing him in the right direction with pictures to prove it.

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Apply for Fall Quota Permits in June!

A quota is the maximum number of hunters allowed on a particular WMA. The FWC’s Quota Hunt Program prevents overcrowding on such areas and provides quality hunts. Quotas also help control game harvests. The FWC sets quotas based on an area’s size, habitat, game populations and regulations.

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Dove Field Prep: Plant Now, Plant Lawfully

In Florida, as long as the grain was grown in the field, and is there as a direct result of mowing or silage chopping, it is perfectly legal.

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Cypress Swamp Turkey Hunting

Hunting Florida’s cypress swamps poses unique problems and delivers special rewards.

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Curing a Wacky Rifle

When a rifle suddenly goes “bad,” often it’s a quick fix. Your deer rifle sat in the closet for the last nine months. The season approaches, so you haul it out for a sight in session, and things don’t go well.

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Baiting for Hogs

In Florida we can legally hunt wild hogs on private land year-round, and like anything we do, the more time spent doing it the better skills we will develop. This holds true in shooting skeet or killing hogs.

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Treestand Fall Rescue Systems

If you slip from your treestand, a properly fitted and secured safety harness should prevent you from falling to the ground. But now you’re in something of a fix. Will you be able to rescue yourself from potentially life-threatening suspension trauma?

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Hog Hunting in Florida

Great-eating wild hogs are never out of season if you know where to go. Wild hogs, also called wild boars or feral pigs, aren’t native to Florida. They either were introduced by colonists or may even have been brought over by the Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto as early as 1539. Either way, they have adapted and prospered in Florida’s mild climate and are plentiful throughout the state, found in all 67 counties.

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One Plot at a Time

How Florida landowners can help restore wild quail populations. Experts say the decline of native quail is related to habitat loss. It’s up to Florida landowners to take an interest and create what the birds need to thrive once again.

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Conservation Organizations Team Up for Quail

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) at its meeting today near Tallahassee announced a partnership with three other conservation organizations to help the northern bobwhite (quail) and youth shooting programs in Florida and Georgia.

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Follow ‘Rule of Halves’ in Managing for Turkeys

Whether you oversee a large tract of land or own a smaller parcel, there are many wildlife management techniques you can use to help attract and keep wild turkeys on your property.