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Outdoors

  • Home on the Range June 21, 2018: Handgun comes back from the factory with problems

    By MARJ LAW

    This is the continuing story of my new Springfield 911 .380.
    After visiting the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office range with the new baby Springfield, I knew somethings were just not right.
    The little guy gave at least one misfire and two failures to feed per magazine. Out of seven rounds, this was far too much going wrong.
    In my opinion, even one problem is one problem too many.
    My guns very rarely, if ever, have any difficulties. If they do not shoot properly, it’s most likely because I buy reloads.

  • FWC NEWS June 21,2018: Scallopers need to recognize and use divers-down flags, buoys

    From FWC News

    With the opening of scallop seasons fast approaching, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants to remind everyone engaged in this fun outdoor activity to use a divers-down warning device whenever they are snorkeling or scuba diving while searching for these tasty treats.

  • FWC NEWS June 21, 2018: Participation in the Gulf Reef Fish Survey is improving fisheries management

    From FWC News

    Faster access to data. Improved fisheries estimates. More informed decision making. We want to thank you for making the Gulf Reef Fish Survey a success.
    Your participation has led the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, for the first time ever, to be able to manage the harvest of recreational red snapper in both state and federal waters in the Gulf.
    Participants in the survey are helping improve fisheries management in Florida.

  • Natural Wakulla June 21, 2018: Fungi are loving all the rain – along with mosquitoes

    The recent afternoon rains have produced a variety of results. The most obvious is the grass needs to be mowed more frequently, and as a result the mower blade will need to be sharpened additional times over the course summer 2018.
    In case it has slipped anyone notice, the mosquitoes are more active with ample breeding sites. Home owners should be draining the excess moisture from anything holding water too long.

  • Apalachicola Bay oyster changes remain through the summer

    Several oyster conservation measures implemented previously will continue in Apalachicola Bay during the summer season, June 1 through Aug. 31.
    The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission began implementing conservation measures in the fall of 2012 in an effort to help the Apalachicola Bay oyster population recover from the effects of low river flow. Changes effective June 1 through Aug. 31 include:
    • Commercial and recreational harvest of oysters in areas north of John Gorrie Memorial Bridge is prohibited (this change is new this year).

  • Red snapper season opened June 11

    From FWC News

    The recreational red snapper season started June 11 in Gulf state and federal waters and remain open through July 20, closing July 21.
    This year and next year are unique compared to previous years in that Florida’s Gulf recreational red snapper season applies to harvest from both state and federal waters.

  • Home on the Range June 14, 2018: How to conceal carry

    By MARJ LAW

    “So take the class a third time,” says Joe because I don’t have a clue where paperwork is from the last two concealed carry classes.
    “We’re going to the gun show at the fairgrounds,” he adds. “You can take the class again there. They give the lecture, have you shoot a gun, and take your fingerprints and your photo. They put it in a large envelope, and all you have to do is send it in.”

  • Natural Wakulla June 14, 2018: Camphor Shot borer drills holes to get to ethanol

    Summertime with warm weather and leisure hours offers almost unlimited opportunity for residents and visitors to enjoy Wakulla County’s unspoiled environment.
    In some cases, gasoline-powered engines are necessary to reach the natural wonders on an expeditious schedule.
    The presence of these modern conveniences is not necessarily intrusive or obnoxious to others who are propelled by animal power. The engines are similar, if not identical, to those used in home power equipment which is used to maintain the lawn and landscape.

  • Underwater Wakulla- June 7, 2018

    Creatures We Encounter Underground

    While under water, underground, we encounter many creatures, besides people. They are divided into two groups: those associated with open water with daylight, and those dedicated to the complete darkness of caves. They can often (not always) be identified by those that have eyes and those that do not. The latter, we call Troglofidic.

  • Natural Wakulla June 7, 2018: After heavy rains, mosquitoes become an issue

    With the liquid contribution of sub-tropical storm Alberto, rain has been frequent and copious in nature. There is plenty of water for Wakulla County’s lawns, gardens, ponds, pastures, swamps and the aquifer.
    Citizens who are dependent upon a residential well are breathing a collective sigh of relief as the water soaks into the soil. A major concern, and cost, of a dry year is the practices required to avoid running short of water.
    Municipal water system managers across the state are pleased too. They face the same challenges on a much expanded scale.