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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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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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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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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 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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New Florida Deer Tag To Kick Off Funding for Grassroots Projects

The 2014 legislative session transferred the “Deer Tag”, formerly known as the Sportsman’s National Land Trust, to the Foundation. In transferring the administration of this tag to the Foundation, the legislative intent is to focus funding efforts on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The FWC will not be the exclusive beneficiary of tag funds. A portion of the funds will be available to all eligible applicants.

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Cypress Swamp Turkey Hunting

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

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Florida Duck Hunting

I knew I was in trouble when I opened my eyes and felt well-rested. No one goes on a serious duck hunt well-rested, do they? As a fabulous sunrise unfolded I felt foolish for nearly calling off the hunt just because there had not been time enough to deploy decoys.

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Tampa Bay Double – Winter Action

From the duck blind to the redfish flats for an extra dose of cold season action. Ask most sportsmen about the action on Tampa Bay and they’ll say it’s a “blast.” Practically speaking, that colloquialism usually starts with a “cast” to snook, redfish, trout and the like.

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Homework For Florida Deer Hunters

The white-tailed deer is the most heavily hunted of all Florida’s game species. During the 2011-2012 hunting season, approximately 137,000 hunters in Florida spent more than 2.8 million days afield.

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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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Secrets to Tracking the Best Hunting Leases

It’s peak season to begin finding a backwoods getaway to call your own. Here’s how to do it. The exchange between the landowner and the hunter can be difficult to navigate. Finding a lease, evaluating the property and negotiating terms all have their challenges. But finding a good lease is possible.

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Breed Clubs in Florida

In the September 2013 issue of Florida Sportsman magazine, feature writer Carolee Anita Boyles discusses the most popular breeds for use while duck hunting in the field and marsh of Florida. Below, these breeds are listed along with their associated clubs.