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Five Essential Florida Hunting Firearms

When I started noodling what collection of guns would be most suitable for hunting in Florida, I considered three criteria: versatility, functionality, and availability.

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Carhartt Fall Hunt Campaign: Generations to Come

Carhartt announced on November 1, the #HuntYourLegacy campaign, which is all about measuring hunting success through building a legacy for generations to come. Introducing Carhartt’s high-performance Buckfield and Upland Field hunting gear built with a higher purpose.

Forum Member down4dacount arrowed this South Zone buck recently. Check out reports from other Members on the General Hunting Forum.

FWC On Hunter Safety Courses

If you’re between the ages of 16 and 37, and haven’t yet taken the state’s hunter safety class, now is the perfect time to be thinking about it …

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August “Outta the Woods”

Help monitor for CWD; Floridians hunting out of state need to be aware of what they can bring back.

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2016 Florida Waterfowl Summit

Join fellow duck hunters from around the state on Friday, August 12th for the 7th Annual UW-F /FWC Florida Waterfowl Summit.

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Sound, Peer-Reviewed Science Guides Florida Bear Management

FWC invests considerable staff expertise in bear conservation programs and places great emphasis on using the best possible science. We employ 13 biological experts with more than 110 years of collective science and management experience directly focused on black bears.

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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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Apply for Fall Quota Permits and Special-Op Hunts Now!

The summer brings fishing and other recreational activities, but it’s never too early to start planning for the upcoming hunting season. If you’re going to hunt public land, you may submit your applications for fall quota hunt permits from now through June 15 to hunt during archery, muzzleloading gun and the general gun season.

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Remembering the Land

As we exited the bustling Turnpike on a sunny March Friday afternoon after a six-hour drive south from Tallahassee, we noticed the weekend traffic picking up, boats being trailered to the water, tops down on convertibles and Jeeps—spring had arrived in the Sunshine State. Winding back on a county road to a series of dirt roads in western Martin County, my husband Tony and I made our way to a gate where cattle skulls welcomed us from each side of tall fence posts made of railroad ties.

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Florida Turkey Hunting: Setting the Mood

Inside notes on talking turkey this spring. You’ve learned the basic calls, roosted some birds on scouting trips. You’ve patterned your loads, marked off dates on the calendar. But if you think bagging a spring turkey in Florida is as easy as connecting the dots, think again.

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Florida Varmint Hunting

Mention varmint hunting to the seasoned outdoors person and the talk will turn to prairie dogs, coyotes in the snow, and other critters of the mountains and prairies. Even many seasoned varmint hunters don’t realize that Florida, too, can be a good place for this style of hunting.

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Turkey Calling Tips

With spring turkey season right around the corner, it’s time to dust off the calls and get to practicing. If this happens to be your first season turkey hunting, you will want to know the tips and tricks behind the different calls.

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Florida Snipe Hunting

Bird hunting can be a passion that consumes a big part of a hunter’s life; maintaining and training dogs year-round, traveling from state to state with changing seasons, maybe flying to Argentina for fast and furious shooting, rising at 3 a.m. to lug and set decoys, and even raising and stocking quail to ensure action on hunts. This is all well and good, but what about the hunter who just wants a Saturday morning outing in the Florida outdoors with a bit of wingshooting? The answer is snipe, the perfect game bird for the solitary hunter, a pair of hunters, or a group of hunters with or without dogs. They are easy to find, hard to hit, and even warn you when they up and fly! The bag limit is generous enough to supply a few hours of fun and exercise.

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January Outta’ the Woods

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. There’s just something about those hounds’ voices that sounds both pleasing and eerie at the same time.

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Gear up for the Python Challenge

If you haven’t done so yet, register for the 2016 Python Challenge™ Python Removal competition to see if you can harvest the longest or the most Burmese pythons.

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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.