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  • The Real Asian Carp Threat

    October 14, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Mussels and other invasive species have had effects Asian Carp could alter much more than is discussed Flying Asian Carp have become “YouTube Stars” By Mike Schoonveld None of the 180-plus invasive species found in, or threatening the Great Lakes, have more name recognition among average citizens than the Asian carp. Though people have ... Read More >>
  • Fall recreational red snapper season in Gulf starts this weekend

    October 8, 2019
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    The red snapper season for private recreational anglers and state for-hire operations in the Gulf of Mexico will be open on the following Saturdays and Sundays: Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Private recreational anglers may harvest red snapper in Gulf state and federal waters. However, state for-hire ... Read More >>
  • Text Message from a Grandson

    October 8, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    By Larry Whiteley I was working on a turkey fan mount in my workshop this past spring when I suddenly heard the sound of a turkey hen talking to me. I jumped and for a slight moment, I thought it was a hen coming to get me because I had taken ... Read More >>
  • Florida Youth – October Hunt coming up…”Outta the Woods”

    October 2, 2019
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    New Florida youth deer hunt weekend and muzzleloader season By Tony Young  The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission established a new youth deer hunting weekend, which occurs during the muzzleloading gun season in each of the four hunting zones. FWC staff initiated the proposal to promote youth hunting and stakeholders were ... Read More >>
  • Tighten your Hat, the 200 X-Shaft Yamaha 4-Stroke is Flying from the Hole

    October 2, 2019
    David Gray
    200HP V6 Yamaha Outboard for 555 pounds Instant Acceleration to 57 mph By David Gray Karen Lutto and I had barely shaken hands with the Yamaha outboard motor team when they gave us the Yamaha Marine “Hot Sheet” for their V- MAX/SHO 200Hp X-Shaft. As I looked over the motor specs, Product Education ... Read More >>
  • Let’s Bond with Nature this Saturday, Sep. 28 – Rick Clunn asks…”Join Me, Please.”

    September 26, 2019
    Dave Barus
    National Geographic’s current issue is about that fragile connection between all things We all need nature to help us Celebrate by locating an NHF Day event near where you live, there are many. By Rick Clunn Saturday is National Hunting and Fishing Day, and I know that there is some special day to celebrate ... Read More >>
  • Navionics Boating app: mark your location with one tap, and more

    September 26, 2019
    Dave Barus
    From Navionics: We believe details are important, especially while on the water. Let’s dive in and see how the latest app release can make your boating experience easy and fun. Drop a marker with one tap. Have you ever needed to quickly add a marker on your location while boating or fishing? Well, now ... Read More >>
  • Tree Stand Hunters, GRAB A LIFELINE to your Biggest Deer

    September 25, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Experts say the best deer hunting with a bow is from 15 to 30 feet up in a tree. Dangerous? Yes! Early to rise can mean “early to sleep” while in your tree stand. It’s common, it’s fun, it keeps you in the woods, but can be deadly if you are ... Read More >>
  • On Lake Tenkiller, Australian Pro Jocumsen Scores Bassmaster Elite Series Victory

    September 24, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Used Humminbird 360, side imaging and mapping to break down fish-holding spots in lake Caught his bass on a 3/4-ounce Molix football jig w/green pumpkin Strike King Rage Craw trailer The win earns Jocumsen $100,000 cash It was relentless determination and commitment to his game plan that paid off big for Carl Jocumsen, ... Read More >>
  • Catching Your First Bass…Unforgettable!

    September 18, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Unforgettable moments at the Black River near La Crosse, Wisconsin Light line, swim jig with Strike King Shad Bass Cat with Yamaha Vmax Engine By Forrest Fisher There is something special about fishing for bass, especially when you’ve tried before, but you let your kids fish so they have that first cast and last ... Read More >>
  • Fishing with Johnnie Candle, Extreme-Sensitivity Fishing Rods Catch Fish in La Crosse, Wisconsin

    September 17, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Fishing rod guides that don’t break Hi-modulus sensitivity rod blanks from Scheel’s allowed for detecting the lightest of strikes “Smart Boat” technics from Humminbird for total position control to target hotspots  By Forrest Fisher Walleye fishing legend, Johnnie Candle, suggested that we look at mid-river shoals on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin, ... Read More >>
  • Sky-High on Loon’s and Walleye in Wisconsin

    September 12, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Turtle Flambeau Flowage in Wisconsin offers comfort and Sounds of the Outdoors Autumn Musky, Walleye, Bronzebacks on the bite with upcoming Fall Colors By Bob Holzhei Catching a limit of walleye was expected, however, I wondered if it was the call of a loon that echoed in my mind and brought me ... Read More >>
  • Worlds Colliding

    September 11, 2019
    Brent Frazee
    By Brent Frazee I’ll never forget the day when my worlds collided in an instant. Sept. 11, 2001. One moment, I was reveling in the peace and solitude of the outdoors, with not a care in the world. The next moment, I was jolted into the reality that no American ever thought possible ... Read More >>
  • Where “X” Marks the Spot…at Lake-of-the-Ozarks

    August 28, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Avast ‘ye Matey’s! ‘Thar’s Treasure and Fun to be Had Here! By Forrest Fisher If you happen along the Gravois Arm while boating Lake-of-the-Ozarks, you could find a wailing pirate in search of treasure, and you could be helping ‘em. Your kids might be part of the crew too! You would be setting sail ... Read More >>
  • After the Fall – Saying Goodbye

    August 26, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    By Larry Whiteley It sure is getting foggy. I’m not sure I could even see a deer sneaking through the woods in this stuff. Oh well, I just love being out here sitting in my stand, even if I don’t see a deer. It’s a great time to be alone with ... Read More >>
  • Proven USA-Made Fishing Baits That Work!

    August 23, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Big Bass and Small Bass….you know you need to jig “in the junk” We do that with Soft Plastics, Jig Heads and Buzz Baits to Score Where to find help with Colors, Sizes, and Choices that Work…see below  By Forrest Fisher If you’re like me, whenever I fish, the baits I use sort ... Read More >>
  • Viper Archery – Sidewinder Bow Sight Series

    August 23, 2019
    Karen Lutto
    Simple, Accurate, Effective, Durable, Affordable Unique Precision Elevation System  Simplify 3D Archery, Simplify Competitive Shooting   Designed to bridge the gap between archery hunting and competition bow sights, the Viper Archery Products Sidewinder Series provides the fastest, easiest and most precise elevation adjustments of any single-pin sights on the market. The Sidewinder and ... Read More >>
  • Nocqua Portable Adventure Power…In Your Pocket!

    August 23, 2019
    Tyler Mahoney
    Why do we need a SMALL portable charger with BIG energy? By Tyler Mahoney As much as many of us would hate to admit, we all probably need a solution for a portable charger when we are out hunting and fishing. In between cell phones or GoPro’s, it seems there is always ... Read More >>
  • Wow! Why didn’t I think of that?

    August 16, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    New Gear for Outdoor Sportsmen By Larry Whiteley Have you ever seen a new outdoor product come out on the market and think to yourself, I wish I had thought of that? I sure have! Here are several innovative products that companies have developed to help make your outdoor adventures even better. Lure ... Read More >>
  • Wind Turbines: Threat to National Treasure of the Great Lakes

    August 6, 2019
    Capt. Tom Marks
    By Capt. Tom Marks I much prefer to write about fishing. Unfortunately, lately, all my time is being consumed by “fighting” to keep industrial wind developers from building wind projects in Lake Erie. In all my life, I could never have imagined being in such a dire place. “My lake,” Lake ... Read More >>
  • President asks All People to Promote Culture of Firearm Safety and Awareness beginning with National Shooting Sports Month

    August 2, 2019
    Bill Brassard
    President signs into law H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act All Americans asked to promote a Culture of Safety and Responsibility Today, August 1, 2019 – on the first day of National Shooting Sports Month®, The White House issued a Presidential message to the nation on the importance ... Read More >>
  • Lighted Fishing Rods…for Fishing After the Sun Goes to Sleep

    August 2, 2019
    Heather Miller
    Berkley® Lights the Night with Illuminated Glowstik Fishing Rods The new Berkley Glowstik rods boast a unique battery-powered technology that enables the rod to glow orange, so anglers can better see when fishing at night. The rods feature a fiberglass blank construction with an LED core, illuminating a lightweight fiber-optic cable ... Read More >>
  • Epic Sweepstakes Announced by Kryptek® Outdoor Group and CarbonTV® for “INVICTUS”: A Customized 2019 Chevy Silverado worth nearly $100,000

    July 31, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Enter to Win Daily on CarbonTV.Com – Now Until December 15, 2019 Kryptek Outdoor Group and CarbonTV have partnered on an epic sweepstakes where one lucky winner will win a 2019 Chevy Silverado Trail Boss named INVICTUS, fully customized and wrapped in Kryptek Typhon™ camo and valued at nearly $100,000. ... Read More >>
  • ICAST Helps to Make Fishing More Fun

    July 30, 2019
    Dave Barus
    A big benefit of being in the fishing business is attending the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades, better known as ICAST. Held in Orlando each summer, ICAST gives a preview of all the new fishing equipment, tackle, marine and outdoor products that fishermen everywhere are going to see very ... Read More >>
  • Lure Lock now offers a New 4-inch Deep Tacky Tackle Box

    July 26, 2019
    Glenn Walker
    Tak Logic Technology Gel has started to lock-up all those lost favorite lures in tackle boxes around the fishing world. Lure Lock continues to lead the tackle management industry with the introduction of its new 4-inch deep tackle box. The deeper 4-in-1 box offers a unique divider system, allowing anglers ... Read More >>
  • Lake Erie Fishing Adventure includes Thunder of Niagara Falls USA

    July 18, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    The history and vista view of Niagara Falls itself is inspiring, but the thunder and vibration from the falls is simply awesome   Lake Erie offers walleye, perch, smallmouth bass and musky Lake Ontario offers King salmon, Atlantic salmon, Lake Trout, Brown Trout, and Steelhead Niagara River offers some of all those species ... Read More >>
  • Deserving High School Angler Coach and U.S. Army Veteran, David Lowrie, grateful for Humminbird®and Minn Kota®Complete Boat Overhaul surprise at ICAST 2019

    July 13, 2019
    Neal Corby
    On July 12, 2019, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Desert Storm veteran and youth fishing mentor David Lowrie was surprised with a complete boat overhaul thanks to Minn Kota®, Humminbird® and the One-Boat Network™ Live overhaul at the American Sportfishing Association’s International Convention of Allied Sportfishing ... Read More >>
  • Multi-tasking Eating Tool…Fits in your Pocket

    July 12, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    It’s chow time on the trail. You know the excitement!  It means rest and relaxation, conversation, good moments are just ahead. Yet, many times, you are just ready to get the fire going and something is missing. Forks, knives, spoons, can opener – you know how it goes. That’s life, ... Read More >>
  • Best Tasting Venison Burgers, Ezy-Peezy & Fast

    July 5, 2019
    Fern Fisher
    By Fern Fisher This is the easiest, fastest, most tasty and quick recipe for delicious venison burgers. Everyone that visits our humble abode says they love it, so I’m sharing it with you all. Please let me know what you think. Ingredients: 1 lb ground venison ½ lb lean ground beef 2 eggs (beaten) 1 cup ... Read More >>
  • First Casts, Catchy for a Lifetime

    July 4, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Life is about sharing your passion, making new friends and finding that next…First Cast By Bob Holzhei No matter how old you are, there is always a next first cast. I slowly walked to the pond behind our rental home in Punta Gorda, FL to field test the custom fishing rod I asked ... Read More >>
  • Finally, Magnetic Blades for Mechanical Broadheads – Sensible Efficiency, No Retention Parts to Lose

    July 3, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    No O-rings, plastic retainers, rubber bands or other things to lose on these broadheads Same cost as other high-performance broadheads 100 and 125-grain sizes, with 2-inch and 2-1/4 inch cutting diameters, respectively By Forrest Fisher For decades, big game broadhead engineers have come up with quite a few evolutions for change to make a ... Read More >>
  • The Ultimate Spring Hat-Trick Turkey Destination…Plan Now for Next Year: Hunting, Fishing, Eating!

    June 27, 2019
    Mike Joyner
    Look for these Critical Elements to assure a great Turkey Hunt: Woods, Waters, Streams, and Forage Resources High-Harvest Average  Lots of Public Hunting Land – it spreads out the hunters Chautauqua County in New York meets the List! By Mike Joyner Ultimate destination – a bold claim for a resource-laden state such as New York. ... Read More >>
  • BOONE & BO…Born to Hunt Together

    June 21, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    Boone and Bo…squirrel hunters that lived for the next day, every day The autumn of their years – a special story to my grampa and his dog Lessons for every generation to pass down By Larry Whiteley Bo was a beagle and beagles are usually rabbit dogs, but he was all squirrel dog and ... Read More >>
  • LOVE IS IN THE AIR…and maybe on your hair, your bumper and your windshield!

    June 19, 2019
    Capt. Tom Marks
    It’s that time of year, the Love Bugs are here! By Capt. Tom Marks If you are in Florida or anywhere along the Gulf coast and even up into South Carolina about this time of year, you are being annoyed by “love bugs.” I had to find out more about them. Researching ... Read More >>
  • Plop-Plop Fish! Everybody’s favorite…the Lucky 13®

    June 17, 2019
    Dave Barus
    By Forrest Fisher No matter where I travel with a fishing rod, catching fish on the surface is absolutely the most exciting. In some cases, it’s also the most effective. Not all surface lures work the same, but there is one lure that seems to always stand out when I ponder ... Read More >>
  • Lifetime Fishing Lessons 101: Lures…How to Pick ‘Em

    June 13, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    What lure should I buy? What color, what size, what brand? By Forrest Fisher Catching many fish lately? No? Do you wonder why not? Ask yourself this question, “Am I happy with my lures, baits, sizes, colors?” If you’re not catching fish, then you know the answer to that question. As an outdoor writer that has ... Read More >>
  • Hunting Above Ground? How to Stay Safe…Treestand Safety Guidelines

    June 13, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Get ready for hunting “Above Ground” during the Summer Months Get a full body harness, then learn how to use it Carry a cellphone or signaling device By Bob Holzhei Each year, thousands of hunters are injured in tree stand accidents. In fact, according to the Treestand Safety Awareness Foundation (TSSA), there are about ... Read More >>
  • Endangered Snake is Reintroduced to Northern Florida

    June 12, 2019
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    Good news for America’s longest snake! 15 eastern indigo snakes just released in year three of the north Florida recovery effort Multiple partners collaborate to bring apex predator back to The Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve  Fifteen eastern indigo snakes, listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, have just been ... Read More >>
  • “PROTECT THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE” – FIREARM SAFETY IS #1

    June 11, 2019
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    New Video Urges Families to “Have the Talk” About Gun Safety Own it. Respect it. Secure it. Talk with your Kids. Do it TODAY. The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) unveiled a new public service announcement (PSA), “Protect the People You Love,” to encourage families to ... Read More >>
  • Wherever the Currents may take You, Costa Sunglasses® Adds Support to Shark Research with Ocearch® Colletion

    May 28, 2019
    Dave Barus
    A wonderful effort to support the Apex Predator of our Ocean’s        Ocearch Sunglasses, Frames, Apparel…supporting Ocean research…and Shark Survival We’ve all wanted to see fish where they could not be usually seen with the naked eye, but anglers in the know also know…that the right kind of polarized sunglasses can actually help ... Read More >>
  • NSSF Celebrates President Trump Signing ‘Range Bill

    May 14, 2019
    Dave Barus
    The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®), the firearms industry trade association, celebrates President Donald Trump’s signing of H.R. 1222, the Target Practice and Marksmanship Training Support Act, at The White House. The President signed the NSSF-priority bill May 10, just two weeks after the bill was passed by Congress. “We deeply ... Read More >>
  • Outdoor Adventure and How-to Lessons for All in Ken Cook’s New Book

    May 9, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Quick-Read Outdoor Stories to Learn From: Fishing, Hunting, Shooting Lessons from Experience: Recipes, Youth Mentoring, Women in the Outdoors Bear, Deer, Rabbits, Squirrels, Birds, Fish, Wildlife, Photography By Dave Barus Old and young alike will love this manifest of outdoor spirit and culture shared by award-winning freelance outdoor writer, Ken Cook, in his new ... Read More >>
  • Florida Alligator Hunting – How to Apply for Permits

    May 6, 2019
    Tony Young
    By Tony Young Since 1988, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and its predecessor, the Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission, have offered hunters the opportunity to take part in their annual statewide recreational alligator harvest, which always runs Aug. 15 – Nov. 1. Alligators are a conservation success ... Read More >>
  • Invasive/Non-native Species Rules TAKE EFFECT May 2 in Florida

    April 30, 2019
    Dave Barus
    If you currently possess one of the newly listed prohibited species and do not wish to obtain a grandfathered pet permit, PLEASE Don’t Let it Loose! By Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission New rules will help proactively protect Florida from invasive species becoming established in the state. The rules, which were ... Read More >>
  • Hunting and Fishing Groups File Final Comments Opposing Clean Water Rollback

    April 25, 2019
    Kristyn Brady
    14 national groups and 70 local affiliate chapters oppose the proposed weakening of clean water standards that would threaten fish and wildlife habitat By Kristyn Brady Today (April 15, 2019), dozens of national, regional, and local hunting and fishing groups submitted final comments on the EPA’s proposed rollback of Clean Water Act ... Read More >>
  • The NED Rig: One of the Most Effective Fishing Baits Ever…here is the story

    April 20, 2019
    Karen Lutto
    Z-Man Project Z ProFileZ: Drew Reese Finesse fishing godfather narrates rich history of the Ned Rig Not a non-sense story tale. Not a fairy tale. This is the story of something you need to know as a fisherman that wants to catch more fish every day. After learning more about this, I ... Read More >>
  • Wild Turkey Cottage Pie…A Fresh Florida Recipe that works all across the USA

    April 19, 2019
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    Ingredients 2 cups fresh Florida wild turkey meat, diced or shredded 1 ½ cups Florida green beans, cooked until tender crisp 1 ½ cups Florida sweet corn, cooked and cut off the cob 1 cups carrots, cooked 1 cup brown gravy (homemade or store bought) 2 cups mashed potatoes (homemade or store bought) Sea salt and ... Read More >>
  • CAMPING in the GREAT OUTDOORS, So Good For Your Soul!

    April 19, 2019
    Larry Whiteley
    Sensible gear to avoid bugs, mice, snakes makes camping lots more fun Choices for a truck tent, comfy pad, pillow and the right sleeping bag  By Larry Whiteley The beauty of nature can easily be missed if you’re not out there camping in our great outdoors. Even if it is cool, cold, rainy, ... Read More >>
  • Giving Back to the Outdoors – 22 Brands Will Raise Funds in Fifth Annual “We Keep It Wild” Campaign

    April 19, 2019
    Dave Barus
    “We Keep It Wild” program set for needed help from Outdoor Industry EVERYDAY PEOPLE Can Support this program through product purchase and donation  Together, we have helped protect 51 million acres, 3,107 river miles, removed or halted 34 dams, purchased 14 climbing areas & designated 5 marine reserves A diverse assortment of 22 ... Read More >>
  • New Firearm Laws Benefit Firearms Industry…the Data Speaks

    April 12, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Firearms Industry Economic Impact Rises 171% Since 2008 Since 2008, federal tax payments increased by 164 percent Pittman-Robertson excise taxes to support wildlife conservation increased by 100 percent State business taxes increased by 120 percent From the National Shooting Sports Foundation®, the firearm industry trade association in Newtown, Connecticut, we learn that the total ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Groups Formally Object to “Sustainable” Stamp on Menhaden Fishery – TRCP asks for Action

    April 3, 2019
    Kristyn Brady
    Mining the base of the food chain is neither sustainable nor economically justifiable By Kristyn Brady Today, three recreational fishing groups filed a formal objection against the Marine Stewardship Council’s recommendation that Omega Protein should receive a certification of sustainability for its U.S. Atlantic menhaden purse-seining operations. The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation ... Read More >>
  • Venison Reuben, from the kitchen of Charlie Killmaster – Georgia State Deer Biologist

    April 3, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Each year that goes by, I search for recipes that are worth sharing because they meet the rules of “Easy-To-Make” and “Delicious-To-Eat.” Charlie Killmaster from Georgia has several great game recipes. Here is one of them and there are more at this site: https://georgiawildlife.blog/2018/12/12/oh-deer-7-venison-recipes-youve-gotta-try/. Ingredients: Venison roast, preferably shoulder/neck, 1 to 3 lbs. Thick-cut ... Read More >>
  • 5 Deer Annual Bag Limit for Florida…New Rules for 2019-2020

    April 3, 2019
    Tony Young
    New deer hunting rules for Florida 2019-20 season  By Tony Young At their February meeting, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Commissioners passed new deer hunting rules that take effect starting with the opening of archery and crossbow seasons in Zone A on Aug. 3, 2019. Annual statewide bag limit – five ... Read More >>
  • Legend of Jacques Cousteau Lives On from Port Sanibel Marina, Florida

    March 31, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Calypso’s Maiden Fishing Voyage – 106 miles from port in the Gulf of Mexico Fishing Shark River, Outlet of the Florida Everglades Four Roaring 350 Horsepower Mercury outboards Shark On…the Adventure of a Lifetime! By Bob Holzhei “She was beautiful, gorgeous, erotic, and brand spanking new! Her curves and shape attracted the attention of fishermen ... Read More >>
  • Affordable Offshore Charter Fishing near Englewood Beach, Florida

    March 28, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    5 hour Offshore Fishing Trip, we caught more than 50 fish! Cost was so affordable, all gear and bait was provided Enjoyable day, the captain cleaned all the fish! By Bob Holzhei The fishing action in the Gulf of Mexico was like playing pinball. It was non-stop action baiting the hook and dropping the ... Read More >>
  • Buck 110 Folding Hunter Knife, Under $20! You Kidding Me?!

    March 28, 2019
    Dave Barus
    By Dave Barus I have carried one of these to my deer woods for more than 50 years now. Today, there are more options to choose from, lightweight handles and more, but the reality of the device as a tool for sportsmen is unchanged. I cannot believe this is selling for ... Read More >>
  • Spring is an active time for wildlife!

    March 26, 2019
    Amanda Nalley - Florida FWC
    Be prepared for encounters, do your best not to disturb them Springtime is an active time for wildlife in Florida, with sea turtles beginning to nest on beaches, manatees leaving their warm-water winter refuges and gopher tortoises starting to stir outside their burrows. With warmer weather, a variety of species around the ... Read More >>
  • Turkey Hunting Lingo – Tom or Hen? Keep this handy pocket guide! FREE

    March 26, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Did you know what they call a SNOOD of the turkey?  What are Turkey Caruncles? Tom or Hen? Easy way to tell is illustrated below By Forrest Fisher As hunters, we never stop learning.  Folks in different parts of the country call turkey by different local slang terms at times, not counting the different ... Read More >>
  • Let’s Talk Turkey: Pot and Box Calls

    March 9, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Condition your Calls, Learn How Friction Calls: Pot Call, Box Call No matter where you live, turkey season is not far away. In Florida, the gobbler season is already open! In Georgia, it starts two weeks away. Other states too, not far away. Yelping, clucking, purring…pot calls, box calls, locator calls – it ... Read More >>
  • Cockroach Bay: Daytime Saltwater Fishing Thrills near Tampa

    March 2, 2019
    Forrest Fisher
    Speckled Trout, Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Jack Crevalle, Pompano, others Lures or Live Bait, both work well Lagoon or flats, there are fish in all places here By Forrest Fisher New to Southwest Florida and only in the wintertime, there is so much to learn about where to fish and what to do. Rod strength, ... Read More >>
  • Head for the Beach and the Birds….the Florida Turkey Birds

    February 26, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Spring Turkey Season STARTS NEXT WEEK in Florida…March 2nd Enjoy the outdoors and a healthy, delicious meal too Abundant wild Osceola Turkey populations across Florida Florida’s spring turkey season opens Saturday, March 2 on private lands south of State Road 70 and Saturday, March 16 north of State Road 70. Florida’s abundant wild ... Read More >>
  • Clunn is Ageless, Magic Fishmaster, Wins at St. John’s River

    February 11, 2019
    Dave Barus
    Theme of the 2019 Bassmaster Elite Series: “Big Bass. Big Stage. Big Dreams.” Clunn, 72 years young,  wins with 34-14 on Final Day to total 98-14 for tourney! Clunn’s Hot Lures: Luck-E-Strike Hail Mary(3/4-ounce), Luck-E-Strike Trickster Spinnerbait with a shellcracker-colored skirt and a Texas-rigged GatorTail worm. Palatka, Fl. – Feb. 10, 2018: After ... Read More >>
  • The Truth about Florida’s Deer Rut – Deer Hunting Continues in Florida Zones

    February 6, 2019
    Tony Young
    Moon Phase, Decreasing Daylight, Genetics, Evolution…the Hunter Debate and Science February 2019: “Outta’ the Woods” By Tony Young There are a lot of theories and differing opinions on what causes the white-tailed deer rut. Hours of daylight decreasing, geographic latitude, genetics, climate, evolution and moon phase are many factors that hunters and deer ... Read More >>
  • Fishing the Gulf of Mexico with Captain Ryan Kane

    February 1, 2019
    Bob Holzhei
    Fishing Fun, Seashells, Sightseeing and Dolphins near Port Sanibel, in Southwest Florida  Bobbers, Shrimp, Speckled Trout and FEW SUPRISES made for a VERY RELAXING DAY Screeching Drags, Fully-arched Rods, Tight Lines & Good Knots By Bob Holzhei The 36-foot Contender was impressive as we walked down the dock right after sunrise.  There were three ... Read More >>
  • Make a difference! Create wildlife habitat in your Florida backyard

    November 29, 2018
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    Your backyard can be a gathering place for birds, butterflies, frogs, flying squirrels and more. Attract native species by offering food, water, cover and space for them to raise their young, and your yard will be transformed into a welcoming habitat for wildlife. Today, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation ... Read More >>
  • Wild turkey: A different twist for a Thanksgiving favorite

    November 20, 2018
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for all who cherish its traditions involving friends, family and food. Some love preparing dishes from recipes that have been passed down through the generations. Others enjoy experimenting with new flavors. An interesting culinary trend is using organic ingredients and serving wild turkey for Thanksgiving ... Read More >>
  • November “Outta’ the Woods” – It’s a Special Time

    November 6, 2018
    Tony Young
    Outdoors and Hunting Families Provide a Powerful Sense of Community Hunt Deer and Hogs over a Bait Pile on Private Lands – it’s OK, but NOT OK on any Florida WMA’s Season Dates, General Regulations Explained Below By Tony Young With much of the Panhandle still coping with the devastation from Hurricane Michael – ... Read More >>
  • Florida Bears more ACTIVE this time of year

    October 3, 2018
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    In fall, Florida black bear activity increases as bears begin a natural process of putting on fat for the winter. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people to be BearWise to help prevent conflicts with Florida’s largest land mammal. To be prepared for winter, bears require around ... Read More >>
  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Applauds Pilot Program to Allow States to Manage Recreational Red Snapper Fishing in Gulf of Mexico

    August 19, 2018
    NOAA
    New two-year pilot program grants partial management responsibility of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery to the five Gulf states.  Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross commended the innovative, two-year pilot program that grants partial management responsibility of the Gulf of Mexico red snapper fishery to the five Gulf states. Red ... Read More >>
  • Florida’s statewide alligator harvest begins Aug. 15

    August 15, 2018
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    Recreational hunting is one part of managing the state’s healthy alligator population. Florida’s statewide alligator harvest, nationally and internationally recognized as a model program for the sustainable use of a renewable natural resource, begins Aug. 15. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) issued more than 7,500 permits, including an ... Read More >>
  • Catch a Florida Memory with south Florida angler, Allison Stattner

    August 4, 2018
    Amanda Nalley - Florida FWC
    By Amanda Nalley – Florida FWC Allison Stattner is rocking the fishing world. A participant in Florida’s Saltwater Angler Recognition programs, Stattner is one of only a handful of elite Saltwater Fish Life List “30 Fish Club” members, joining the ranks when she checked the permit of a lifetime off her ... Read More >>
  • Fishing, Sightseeing & Fun Boat Cruise Adventure for a Windy Florida Day

    July 11, 2018
    Forrest Fisher
    Big Boat Comfort and Capability Allows for an Unforgettable Cruise Adventure Enjoy Watching Loggerhead Turtles, Dolphins, Pelicans, Eagles, Osprey and Nature at Work Fishing Fun – Sea Trout, Barracuda, Hammerhead Shark and Stingray By Forrest Fisher Vacation time in Florida can be such fun! My better half discovered that we were not far from ... Read More >>
  • FWC provides important Alligator Safety Advice

    June 30, 2018
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    Report nuisance alligators by calling 866-FWC-Gator (392-4286). Alligators become more active during warm weather months, and it’s not uncommon to see them throughout the state. Most interactions consist of seeing alligators at a distance. However, if you have a concern about a specific alligator, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission ... Read More >>
  • Florida “TrophyCatch” celebrates first two Hall of Fame bass caught on Lake Istokpoga

    June 15, 2018
    Ambor Nabors
    There have been 430 Trophy Bass (8 lbs or more) caught in Lake Istokpoga since 2012 Only about a 1-hour drive from Orlando or Tampa Many other large fish species live here too Experienced TrophyCatch anglers Adrian “Lunker Louie” Echols and Syl Sims recently caught the program’s first two Hall of Fame largemouth ... Read More >>
  • In Florida? Go HOG WILD this spring and summer!

    April 5, 2018
    Tony Young
    Outta’ the Woods – Monday, April 02, 2018 Where to go hunt By Tony Young Did you know the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) offers late spring and summer hog hunts on several wildlife management areas across the state? And you don’t even need a hunting license to participate in these ... Read More >>
  • Early Spring TURKEY SEASON – a Special Florida Resource

    March 22, 2018
    Tammy Sapp - Florida FWC
    Florida Turkey Season is OPEN Osceola Turkeys are Common in Florida Wild turkeys are a Conservation Success Story in Florida & Across North America By Tammy Sapp, Florida FWC Florida’s spring turkey season opened on Saturday, March 3, on private lands south of State Road 70, making it one of the first spring turkey ... Read More >>
  • Help NESTING SEA TURTLES, Keep Beaches Dark and Free of Obstacles at Night

    March 22, 2018
    stoadmin
    Bright Beachfront Lighting Can MISDIRECT Nesting Sea Turtles -Turn it Off Loggerhead, Leatherback and Green SEA TURTLES are Nesting Right Now Report Sick, Injured or Entangled Sea Turtles to FWC Wildlife Alert Hotline, 1-888-404-FWCC (3922) Keeping beaches dark at night and free of obstacles will help sea turtles during their nesting season, which ... Read More >>
  • Spring Break on Sanibel and Captiva Island

    March 14, 2018
    I Need a Break
    Where Spring Breakers meet Wave Breakers with Sunrise, Sunshine, Sea Shells & a Sunset Cruise  @pinkhairgreenthumb A spring break vacation doesn’t have to include spring breakers. If you’re looking for a getaway that’s more laid-back than party-central, there are plenty of beaches to consider – but there aren’t many as memorable ... Read More >>
  • Red Tide MAROONS Bluebill Ducks

    January 18, 2018
    Robin Jenkins - DVM
    By Robin Jenkins, DVM As of Dec. 28, 2017, Peace River Wildlife Center has had a tragic influx of patients in the past few weeks.  We have taken in over 40 lesser scaups (locally called bluebills by many people), mostly found in the Port Charlotte Beach and Bayshore Park areas.  Many ... Read More >>
  • FLW Kicks Off 2018 Pro-Competition on Lake Okeechobee – Clewiston, Florida

    January 18, 2018
    FLW Fishing
    Fallen Angler, Nik Kayler, to be Honored by FLW Family Competition Launch set for Jan. 23-28, 2018 at the Big-O, in Clewiston, Florida Scott Martin says, “Lake Okechobee is “Fishing Different” in the Past Few Years.” January 17, 2018; FLW Communications; CLEWISTON, Fla. – When Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) co-angler Nik Kayler lost his ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Southwest Florida with “Fishin’ Frank”

    January 12, 2018
    Forrest Fisher
    Common Answers and Fishing Solutions, Eye to Eye Rods, Reels, Lines, Baits, Hooks and Rigs – Learn for Free Where to Fish, Where to Park, What to Use, When to Go – Can it Get Any Better?! Black Bass, Grouper, Snook, Crappie, Redfish, the list is LONG Saltwater and Freshwater Goodness Tales of Help ... Read More >>
  • Fort Myers & Sanibel Island Beaches ARE OPEN

    October 3, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    We HAVE SURVIVED Hurricane Irma VERY WELL Come Enjoy, Explore, Swim, Fish, Cruise It is a Shell Collectors Bonanza Adventure Time By Forrest Fisher If you know Lee County, Florida, you know that homeowners and snowbird visitors alike had safety and property concerns after Hurricane Irma sent a measure of fear throughout Florida in ... Read More >>
  • 4 Days to IRMA: How Much Time Boaters Have to Prepare

    September 6, 2017
    stoadmin
    Essential info for boaters, clubs, marinas at BoatUS.com/hurricanes ALEXANDRIA, Va., September 5, 2017 – According to the National Hurricane Center, Florida may have up to four days to prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Irma, a “potentially catastrophic Category 5” storm now approaching the Leeward Islands. While it’s difficult to determine landfall, ... Read More >>
  • Fishing Boom in the Drought-Stricken Everglades

    June 8, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    By Forrest Fisher While visitors are not normally familiar with catching fish that look like they might be from an aquarium, there are locals and visitors reporting many fantastic panfish catches.   Exotic panfish, such as oscar and Mayan cichlid, are biting almost as fast as you can cast or bait your hook. ... Read More >>
  • The Eagle Has Landed

    May 23, 2017
    stoadmin
    By Robin Jenkins, DVM Peace River Wildlife Center received a frantic call from a landscaper recently.  A baby eagle had walked into his open equipment trailer and was just hanging around.  He had tried to shoo it away, but it wouldn’t leave.  I asked him to take a picture with his ... Read More >>
  • Apply for Florida Alligator & Fall Hunt Permits in May

    May 7, 2017
    stoadmin
    Phase 1 Drawing May 12 – 20, 2017 6,000 Permits Issued by Random Drawing By Tony Young May is here, and so is the start of the Phase I application period for applying for alligator and fall quota, special opportunity and national wildlife refuge hunt permits. Mark your calendar, set yourself an alarm, ... Read More >>
  • Help Keep Nesting Waterbirds Safe: Give Them Space

    April 18, 2017
    stoadmin
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and Audubon Florida are reminding beachgoers and boaters to give nesting waterbirds and their young space to help keep them safe this nesting season.     Shorebirds build shallow nests out of sand and shells on beaches in spring and summer, and eggs and ... Read More >>
  • Inshore Canals & Flats for Saltwater Fishing Fun

    March 17, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Snook, Redfish & Tarpon Highlight Spring Action New LiveTarget Swimbait Lures are Killer Baits Use Light Line, Strong Leader Incoming Tide = Angler Advantage By Forrest Fisher Winter has not been the same this year anywhere in the country.  Minnesota lost much of their ice by early March, Tennessee and Kentucky bass and crappie fishing ... Read More >>
  • IFA Redfish Tour – $30,000 Top Prize, in Charlotte County, Florida

    March 5, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Steven Phillips 2017 Redfish Winner• Brandon Buckner & Mark Sepe Win $30,000 Top Prize • Micro-Power Pole was Key for Heavy Wind • Schooled Fish: In Sandbar/Grassbed Potholes • Scented Soft-Plastics and Topwater Baits Most Effective By Forrest Fisher The weather provided an extra challenge for competitive Redfish anglers as the 2017 Inshore Fish Association kicked off the Redfish ... Read More >>
  • IFA Redfish Tours Open Season at Punta Gorda, Florida

    March 2, 2017
    stoadmin
    The clear and warmer than usual waters off the southwest Florida coast at Laishley Park in Punta Gorda, will be the site this weekend where Redfish Anglers will gather to compete on March 3 (boats) and 4 (kayaks). Photo Credit: Hobie Fishing •  IFA 2017 Florida West Division events set for ... Read More >>
  • Florida Scrub-Jays in Festival Spotlight

    February 7, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Stuart, FL Feb. 18, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Guided Walks, Exhibits, Swamp Band Hay Rides, Kids Activities, Entertainment and Food Posted by Forrest Fisher Come celebrate this songbird at the 8th annual Florida Scrub-Jay Festival on Saturday, Feb. 18, at Jonathan Dickinson State Park, about 12 miles south of Stuart ... Read More >>
  • Trophy Catch Florida – Pays Cash

    February 2, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Catch, Measure, Release Alive Contest Photo Required, Simple Rules  Bass Pro Card to Each Monthly Winner  Posted by Forrest Fisher “TrophyCatch” is introducing BONUS monthly prizes! The rules and prizes will vary each month and will be announced here on Facebook and on Instagram (@FishReelFlorida). February’s prize is $50 in Bass Pro Shops gift cards for ... Read More >>
  • Finding a Florida Fishing Charter

    February 1, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    You Have 4 hours, You Want to Fish New “Find a Fishing Charter Service” What to Do, Where to Search, I Discovered www.Itrekkers.com By Forrest Fisher When you travel to Florida for vacation or business, you realize at some point – especially if you are a fisherman, that the deep blue sea is calling ... Read More >>
  • Florida Identifies Imperiled Species

    January 20, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Management Plan Rule Changes Are In Effect Florida Wildlife Conservation Charting Essential Course   57 Species Identified with New Status Posted by Forrest Fisher, Managing Editor The Imperiled Species Management Plan rule changes are now in effect, including changes in listing status for many species. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved ... Read More >>
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission – 75 Years of Success

    January 13, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Wildlife Conservation Areas Established  Fish, Wildlife and Public Access Expanded and Managed   Recreational Opportunities for All, Hunters and Anglers too By Forrest Fisher If you have ever travelled to Florida, it seems everywhere you go there are birds, fish, flowers and wildlife of all sorts.  It’s no accident.  In 2017, the Florida Fish ... Read More >>
  • Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission – 75 Years of Success

    January 13, 2017
    Forrest Fisher
    Wildlife Conservation Areas Established  Fish, Wildlife and Public Access Expanded and Managed   Recreational Opportunities for All, Hunters and Anglers too By Forrest Fisher If you have ever travelled to Florida, it seems everywhere you go there are birds, fish, flowers and wildlife of all sorts.  It’s no accident.  In 2017, the Florida Fish ... Read More >>
  • Florida Fishing – New Fishbrain App

    January 9, 2017
    stoadmin
    Anglers Can Help Monitor Fish Species Health 250,000 Anglers are Invited 15 Different Non-Native Fish To Be Logged By STOadmin The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) plans to crowdsource data on nonnative freshwater fish species in Florida by partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Fishbrain – the world’s ... Read More >>
  • Barracuda Fishery-New Size Limits in South Florida

    December 19, 2016
    stoadmin
    Effective January 1, 2017 Slot Limit of 15 to 36 inches Fork Length Allows One Fish Harvest over 36 inches per Boat   No Closed Season By STOadmin Starting Jan. 1, new recreational and commercial size limits for barracuda will be effective in Florida State waters and federal waters off Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm ... Read More >>
  • Florida Duck & Dove Hunting

    December 14, 2016
    stoadmin
    Things to Know – Florida FWC Rules Licenses, Seasons, Bag Limits What You Can and Cannot Do By Tony Young There’s a chill in the Florida air, and soon children will be out of school on winter break. During the holidays, I encourage you to take time off from work and spend some quality ... Read More >>
  • Living with Black Bears in Florida

    December 6, 2016
    stoadmin
    New Videos Help Folks Understand Bears Black Bear Management By STOadmin As part of a continuing effort to reduce conflicts with bears, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is releasing two new videos in the “Living with Florida Black Bears” series, designed to educate the public about how to safely coexist ... Read More >>
  • Free Florida Fishing Clinic for Women Anglers

    November 29, 2016
    stoadmin
    Anastasia State Park, St. Augustine, Florida Bring a License December 3, 2016 By STOadmin The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is hosting a Women’s Saltwater Fishing Clinic in St. Augustine on Dec. 3.  The free, day-long clinic will run from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Anastasia State Park, 1340-A A1A ... Read More >>
  • Female Panther-North of Caloosahatchee River

    November 21, 2016
    stoadmin
    -Panther Conservation Program  -Southwest Florida Sightings -Species Recovery Enhanced Now By STOadmin/Florida FWC The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Panther Team has collected strong evidence a female Florida panther has finally crossed the Caloosahatchee River in southwest Florida. Currently, the only known breeding population of panthers is south of the Caloosahatchee River. This ... Read More >>
  • Hunting in Florida

    November 15, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    -License is Required -Small Game, Wild Turkey, Boars, Bears, Deer and more -November is Key Month By Forrest Fisher If you’re packing your snowbird bags already and are planning ahead to hunt in Florida this year, November in Florida is an awesome month to head for the woods.  You have the option to hunt ... Read More >>
  • Catch a Florida Memory!

    October 28, 2016
    stoadmin
    -For Saltwater Anglers -New Fun Awards/Recognition Program -From Florida Fish & Wildlife By STOadmin The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) challenges you to “Catch a Florida Memory” and participate in any of three fun and exciting Saltwater Angler Recognition programs. “Any angler knows saltwater fishing is a fun, challenging and rewarding sport, but ... Read More >>
  • New Charlotte Harbor Oyster Reef is Flourishing

    October 21, 2016
    Forrest Fisher
    -Nature Conservancy of Florida -Conservation Restoration Efforts Working By Forrest Fisher / Nature Conservancy of Florida Oyster Reefs provide life-sustaining habitat for fish and wildlife, and improve water quality.  The Nature Conservancy in Florida is committed to restoring oyster reef habitat in coastal areas throughout the Gulf of Mexico, the Charlotte Harbor Estuary ... Read More >>
  • FWC – Gone Coastal Column is Back

    October 10, 2016
    stoadmin
    By Amanda Nalley For those many of us that fish the many forms of Florida coastal waterways, we are always searching to know more about life in the sea and all of those things that affect that life. In a recent column by Amanda Nalley, you may be happy to know ... Read More >>
  • Florida Uses Science/Data to Manage Black Bears

    October 5, 2016
    stoadmin
    Florida Bear Population Estimated at 4,030 Radio Telemetry Part of Study To continue the cutting-edge science being conducted on Florida’s black bears, FWC researchers recently placed radio-collars on 16 adult female bears to track their movements in and around Tate’s Hell State Forest in northwest Florida. Data collected from this study will ... Read More >>
  • Florida Seeks Public Input on Anchoring and Mooring Rules

    October 4, 2016
    stoadmin
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking feedback from cruising boaters, local boaters and other residents in evaluating the state’s Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program, and related ordinances. The FWC has posted a brief online survey to accept this feedback. It should take approximately five to 10 minutes ... Read More >>
  • Key Largo – Burmese Python Hatchlings Spotted

    September 27, 2016
    stoadmin
    Officials Ask for Help Invasive Species From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission News, Burmese python hatchlings have been spotted for the first time on Key Largo. This is a discovery that’s prompting officials to send postcards to homeowners there asking for help spotting the elusive snakes. The postcards show a picture ... Read More >>
  • Florida Snook Season Opens

    September 1, 2016
    stoadmin
    Limited Harvest starts September 1, 2016 The recreational harvest season for Snook in Florida starts September 1, 2016, statewide. Unique to the region, Snook are one of the many reasons Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages anglers to continue to use ... Read More >>
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