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FWC looks to expand deer management units

Posted November 21, 2014 By NewsEngine

At its meeting in Key Largo on Nov. 21, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved draft rule proposals aimed at managing Florida’s white-tailed deer at a local level by establishing deer management units (DMUs) throughout the state, each with its own set of antler regulations and antlerless deer harvest days.

These proposals will be brought back to Commissioners for a final vote at their next meeting, in February. If passed, the changes would go into effect for the 2015-2016 hunting season. The purpose of the proposals is to manage deer on a more local scale, tailored to habitat quality, characteristics of the local deer herd and preferences of local hunters and other stakeholders.
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FWC looks to increase hunting opportunity

Posted November 21, 2014 By NewsEngine

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, at its meeting Nov. 21 in Key Largo, advanced rule-amendment proposals increasing hunting opportunities by directing staff to advertise them in the Florida Administrative Register. These proposals will then be considered for final adoption and voted on at the Commission’s February meeting in Jacksonville. If passed, they would take effect during next (2015-2016) hunting season.

One proposal would establish a new public hunting area in northwest Florida called Escribano Point Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The 4,017-acre tract in Santa Rosa County would 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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$13.2 Million for Gulf Restoration Projects in Texas

Posted November 21, 2014 By NewsEngine

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced about $13.2 million in grants for eight Texas projects that will use criminal settlement funds from the BP oil spill to add land to coastal wildlife refuges, restore threatened marshes, and protect vital habitat from erosion.

The projects, developed in consultation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas General Land Office and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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