Hunting


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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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Charlie’s LP-23 Gator Call

The gator calling method opens a whole new and exciting way to hunt gators. Alligators keen sense of smell, sight and hearing bring to the table challenges to get down wind and out of sight to draw them in with your call and ambush them.

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IHUNT Plate Sales Support Florida Hunting

Hunting success in the Sunshine State depends to a large degree on having well-managed game populations, access to public lands, education, and enforcement of laws. The Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida now has a license tag dedicated to help ensure today’s sportsmen, and future generations, will continue to enjoy Florida’s unique hunting opportunities.

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Florida Alligator Permits now Available

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is now accepting applications for a chance to participate in this year’s recreational alligator hunting season.

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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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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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Putting It to Bed

No knowledgeable boater would park a boat in the garage for nine months and expect it to perform flawlessly at the next launch if they didn’t do some basic pre-storage maintenance to the electronics, engine and fuel system.

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Florida Camouflage: Cool and Concealed

The art of avoiding detection has has been highly refined over the years, and few have studied it as thoroughly as military organizations. Their studies have concluded that the keys to becoming invisible are “The Three Ss”—Shape, Silhouette and Shine.

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Turkey Calling Tips

Hone in your “turkey talk” before hand and increase your chances of scoring a trophy bird.

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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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Turkey Call Basics

Forum member mcnallyoutdoors posted a very informative video on the use Slate Turkey Calls. Preston Pittman shows some tips and techniques to help new turkey hunters get their call down!

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FWC Increases Hunting Opportunities, from New WMA to Expanded Turkey-Hunting Hours

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), at its meeting Feb. 4 in Jacksonville, increased hunting opportunities, beginning with the next hunting season (2015-2016).
It established a new public hunting area in northwest Florida called Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area. The 4,017-acre WMA tract in Santa Rosa County will offer archery, general gun, muzzleloading gun and spring turkey hunts by quota permit, and a walk-in small-game hunting 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.

Florida Sportsman Member Fish Addict (left) took this fine Osceola on public land in South Florida. The report is posted in the General Hunting Forum, under FINALLY bird down.

Advice on Managing Land for Longbeards

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 wild turkeys to your property …

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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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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.