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Outdoors

  • Natural Wakulla October 11, 2018: Storms show vulnerabilities of trees

    After tropical storms and hurricanes there are always discussions about the trees which have fallen during the storm.
    Many times the trees in question have landed on a home or some other structure which resulted in multiple thousands of dollars damage.
    Commonly water and laurel oaks are the culprits. They are frequently found in the area and with shallow roots, and these large trees have a relatively short life span.
    The sign of these trees reaching the problem stage are many. The crowns die out, their centers decay, and fungal growths speed their decline.

  • Home on the Range October 11, 2018: A gun in the hand

    By MARJ LAW

    Newbie comes to the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office range. She stands in front of the shooting bench and waits for us to share one of our handguns.
    “OK,” she says. “I’m nervous.”
    “What’s worrying you?” we ask.
    “Well,” she begins, “I’m wondering if I’ll hit the target.”
    “What makes you think you might not hit the target?”

  • Outta the Woods: Extend your hunting season with a muzzleloader

    “There are many reasons to own a muzzleloader and hunt the muzzleloading gun season,” said Clint Peters, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wildlife biologist. “But the biggest reason for me is it extends your hunting season and allows access to some smaller wildlife management areas with good deer populations, many of which have muzzleloader seasons that coincide with the rut.”
    Using a muzzleloader is not as complicated as some might think.

  • FWC Law Enforcement Report October 11, 2018

    From FWC News

    Some of the cases handled by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement during Sept. 7 to Sept. 20. (There were no Wakulla County cases reported.)

  • Underwater Wakulla- October 18, 2018

    Storm Effects on Our Marine Environment

    Hurricane Michael has had catastrophic effects on the coastal boundary, as evidenced by massive infrastructure damage, loss of homes and business, power and roads gone. Imagine what has happened underwater along this same coastal boundary. Yes, as on land, it depends upon where the storm struck.

  • Underwater Wakulla- October 11, 2018

    Lion Fish Conundrum

    Three days of Lion Fish presentations and discussions saturated our enthusiasm while visiting Cocoa Beach last week.  Over 25 papers and a dozen posters were presented. They were rounded out with topic specific panel discussions. This format made for an excellent conference. What became obvious in the end is what I call the Lion Fish Conundrum: is our mission to eradicate an invasive species, or create a sustainable fisheries. The opposing forces met in debate. I concluded, neither will succeed in the end.

  • State ices shrimp rule

    By JIM TURNER
    News Service of Florida

    TALLAHASSEE – Shrimp harvested in Florida waters and shipped out for human consumption literally won’t have to be put on ice any longer.
    With an eye on growing Asian markets across the U.S., the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission approved a rule change Thursday, Sept. 27, that required shrimp harvested as food to be dead and put on ice when transported from the docks to stores.

  • Ryan Hensel is new forester in town

    Special to The News

    The Wakulla Forestry Station has recently added a new face: Senior Forester Ryan Hensel joins the dedicated team of Florida Forest Service professionals providing service to Wakulla County.
    “Ryan comes to us with 2 years of experience in private forestry consultant work in the Tallahassee area.” says Tallahassee Forestry Center Manager Chris Colburn. “We are excited about the vital role he will play in promoting the Tallahassee Forestry Center’s Cooperative Assistance Programs in Wakulla County.

  • Home on the Range October 4, 2018: Carrying a .380 in a purse

    By MARJ LAW

    “No, I don’t have the kitchen sink in there,” I say somewhat peevishly. “All this stuff is necessary.”
    Joe doesn’t look convinced.
    “All I want is a pen.”
    Well, we all know that pens are round and slick and they fall into the very bottom of a purse. Next to nail files, stray coins, pillboxes, lip gloss, and sticks of gum. To get to them, I push aside a packet of Kleenex, a charge card wallet and a money wallet. And Tic Tacs, and a birthday card.

  • Natural Wakulla October 4, 2018: Lantana, Mexican petunia are invasives

    Autumn is usually considered the season of colors in the natural parts of Wakulla County, and other locations in North America. This tonal attribute is commonly credited to the foliage changes as the growing season ends.
    Maples, sweet gums, hickory and many others make their contributions to the natural palette of shades and hues which have existed since long before human habitation in the area. Even some of the native plants add to the display