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FWC looks to increase hunting opportunity, from a new WMA to expanded turkey-hunting hours
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.
Another proposal would extend shooting hours during spring turkey season on 16 public hunting areas. Those areas are Box-R, Joe Budd and L. Kirk Edwards in the FWC’s Northwest Region; Andrews and Big Bend’s Snipe Island Unit in the North Central Region; Caravelle Ranch, Guana River, Half Moon, Salt Lake, Three Lakes Prairie Lakes Unit and Triple N Ranch in the Northeast Region; Chassahowitzka and Hilochee in the Southwest Region; and Dinner Island Ranch, Fisheating Creek and J.W. Corbett in the South Region.
Currently, legal spring turkey shooting hours on these areas are from a half-hour before sunrise until If passed, the shooting hours would be extended to sunset. This proposed change is designed to give FWC staff an opportunity to monitor the effects of longer hunting days and use the information to potentially make future recommendations, if warranted.
Other proposals would add more hunting opportunity to 23 WMAs by adding hunt types, hunting days, making additional species legal to take, increasing methods of take and increasing quota permit numbers.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Erin Gillespie
November 21, 2014
Chef Justin Timineri Shares “Fresh From Florida” Thanksgiving Recipes
“Fresh From Florida” Seafood, Fruits and Vegetables are Great Picks for Any Holiday Menu
Tallahassee, FL – To help get your Thanksgiving menu ready for next week, Florida Chef Justin Timineri share several recipes for Floridians to incorporate into their holiday traditions. These recipes feature delicious seafood harvested from Florida’s coastal waters, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Look for the products with the “Fresh From Florida” label at your local grocery store.
“Nothing completes a Thanksgiving meal like our Fresh From Florida products,” Chef Justin said. “This time of year, you can find cucumber, squash, tomatoes and many more products grown and harvested right here in Florida, and don’t forget our delicious seafood.”
Main Course: Florida Snapper with Citrus Sauce
To find out what Florida crops are in season, browse for more recipes or learn about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.
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Division of Law Enforcement
November 14 – November 20, 2014
This report represents some events the FWC handled over the past week;
however, it does not include all actions taken by the Division of Law Enforcement.
Patrol, Protect, Preserve
Officer N. Basford was checking park passes at the entrance to St. Andrews State Park and made contact with three subjects in a vehicle entering the park. She could smell the odor of burnt cannabis emanating from the interior of the vehicle. She asked the operator if there was anything in the vehicle she should know about, advising the operator that she could smell the cannabis. The operator produced a glass smoking pipe with residue in it. Officer Basford searched the vehicle and found no other drugs. The operator was issued a notice to appear for drug paraphernalia.
Officer Palmer received a complaint concerning a deer that had been taken illegally from a private lease. Officer Palmer responded and found footprints (two sets of tennis shoes) and evidence of something being dragged out. Lieutenant Chesser arrived to assist and a gentleman at a nearby trailer was asked if he had seen anybody leaving the lease or if he had heard any gunshots the previous day. The man said he had heard a few shots he thought were from a small caliber rifle and later saw two teenagers exit the woods down the road. A small neighborhood was located adjacent to the lease and Lieutenant Chesser and Officer Palmer began checking the area for any clues. One trailer was located and an individual was asked if he knew anything about the incident. He confessed to killing a deer. The deer meat was located and antlers were seized. The violators had been squirrel hunting when they jumped the deer, shot it, and drug it back to their home. Citations for trespassing and illegal method of take were issued due to it being archery season.
Officer Forehand was on patrol in the early morning hours when he observed four subjects each using a handheld light out in a cultivated peanut field searching the area as if looking for something. Officer Forehand conducted surveillance on the subjects for a short time thinking they may be attempting to recover illegally harvested game and trespassing. After some time, the subjects returned to their vehicle and began to exit the field at which time Officer Forehand made contact with them. It was discovered that the subjects were trespassing in the cultivated field in an attempt to locate arrowheads and other artifacts. A search of their vehicle revealed four separate bags containing flint and other artifacts, several baggies containing methamphetamine, two glass smoking pipes and one metal smoking pipe, all containing methamphetamine residue. Two of the subjects were booked into the Jackson County Jail for possession of methamphetamines and drug paraphernalia. Trespass charges are pending.
SANTA ROSA COUNTY
Officer Jones was on patrol in a closed area of the Eglin Wildlife Management Area (WMA). While driving a remote dirt road, he encountered two hunters who were armed with long guns during archery only season. Both subjects fled on foot. Officer Jones, who was alone at the time, captured one suspect. The 33‑year‑old male was charged with hunting in a closed area, using a firearm during archery season, interference with an FWC officer, as well as license violations. Eglin Range Patrol also suspended the suspect’s Eglin permit for three years. Officers Barnard, Rockwell, and K-9 Officer Pineda responded and assisted.
Officers Lewis and Ramos were on forest patrol in Blackwater River State Forest when they observed a bonfire and keg party in a clay pit. Officer Lewis found three subjects attempting to hide a keg in the woods surrounding the clay pit. While the officers were issuing citations to the partygoers, a vehicle drove into the clay pit in an attempt to join the party, not knowing the officers were there. The officers issued four misdemeanor citations for possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21 years of age and four citations for operating a vehicle off the established road in a state forest.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF
BOB MARTINEZ CENTER
2600 BLAIRSTONE ROAD
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA 32399-2400
HERSCHEL T. VINYARD JR.