Hunting


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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.

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Huntin’ Season is Here

Even though you can hardly tell, summer is almost over. Kids have returned to school, football is back on TV, and hunting season has already been going on for a month now in south Florida. Finally, the time of year we’ve been waiting for is here.

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Cleaning an Alligator

In the seminar above, Florida Sportsman’s Trey Wheeler met up with the staff at All American Gator Products in Ft. Pierce, FL to learn how to properly skin and clean a Florida ‘gator.

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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?