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Conservation Blog

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What is a Florida “Sportsman”?

During a recent contract negotiation for the sale of conservation property, a representative of the organization purchasing the property indicated that he had to leave early to go to a meeting with a bunch of “sportsmen”.

FS Openers

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The Mission It is Creeping

It started out as a harmless enough effort to protect reefs. Suddenly it’s become one more of the biggest-ever attempts to ban fishing on a grand scale.

Conservation Front

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207 Scientists Petition for Sending Water South

Following is the complete list of independent researchers in the science community who have signed a petition calling for excess Lake Okeechobee water to be stored, treated and sent south. (See September FS Openers column.)

Fishery News

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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.

News Releases

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Texas Charter Captains Use Loophole to get Around Federal Snapper Limits

While charter boats and private recreational anglers in the Gulf were only allowed to catch red snapper in federal waters on 10 days last year, two companies in Galveston, Texas have been taking recreational anglers red snapper fishing all year round.


You can make a big difference by joining Florida Sportsman’s continuing conservation fight for the fisheries and ecosystem. FS has been our primary outdoors voice for close to half a century. Good management is ours for the asking–or demanding.


Reader Action Guide

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Make the Call

Here’s Florida Sportsman’s quick reference guide for contacting law enforcement and management agencies.

FS' Fisheries Record

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Our Fisheries Record is Second to None

Soon after its launch more than 40 years ago, Florida Sportsman became the state’s primary voice for fisheries conservation and wildlife advocacy.