The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today expanded hunting opportunities on private lands and on nearly 6 million acres of its public-hunting wildlife management area (WMA) system.
New rules also include allowing the use of air guns to take rabbits
and gray squirrels, and make a slight modification to the boundary line
between hunting zones C and D, south of Tallahassee.
Two new WMAs in the FWC’s Southwest Region of the state were also
established and go into effect July 1. Both properties are owned by the
Southwest Florida Water Management District and will offer a suite of
hunting and other outdoor recreational opportunities. Lower Hillsborough
WMA in Hillsborough County is 2,775 acres, and Weekiwachee WMA is a
2,850-acre tract within Hernando County.
“The specific changes to the quota system were made in response to
requests from hunters and to increase opportunity and hunter
satisfaction for WMA quota hunt participants,” FWC Division of Hunting
and Game Management Director Diane Eggeman said. “Changes to the quota
system adjust the bag limit on deer and spring turkey quota hunts on 39
WMAs to better accommodate guest hunters.”
Other changes allow a quota permit holder the flexibility to take a
different guest each day of a quota hunt. The old rule allowed for only
one person to make use of the guest permit for each quota hunt.