• 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
    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 >>
  • Fishing the Gulf of Mexico

    March 30, 2018
    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 >>
  • 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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    -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
    -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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 >>