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Outdoors

  • Gag grouper season opens in 4 counties Sept. 1

    From FWC News

    The Gulf of Mexico gag grouper recreational season in state waters off Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson and Taylor counties will be open for harvest Sept. 1 through Dec. 31.
    The season for all other Gulf state and federal waters is June 1 through Dec. 31.
    The minimum size limit for gag grouper is 24 inches total length and the daily bag limit is two fish per harvester within the four fish aggregate bag limit. Charter captains and crew have a zero bag limit.

  • Birding at the refuge

    By DON MORROW
    Special to The News
     
    I got down to St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge on Friday, Aug. 16 just before 6 a.m. I spent a little time walking along Lighthouse Road at the Double Bridges and near the Double Dikes. There was a full moon, but a high fog and mixed clouds obscured it.
    Every now and then a thunderhead hidden in the murky sky in the southeast would light up and send out rumbling thunder.

  • Triggers: curved and flat

    By MARJ LAW

    I never thought much about triggers. Except, of course, that you keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot. When the range is “hot” and your gun’s barrel is pointed safely downrange, then you can take your finger off the frame of the gun, place it on the trigger and shoot at the target.
    Once in a while, I’d notice that the trigger was uncomfortable. Some triggers have sharp edges. Otherwise, a trigger is a trigger, right?
    Apparently, not so.

  • Underwater Wakulla

    By Gregg Stanton

  • Why a woman wants a woman trainer

    By MARJ LAW

    “I want you to show me how to shoot my .22,” she says.
    “Why?” I want to know. After all, her husband says he grew up shooting.
    “Because I want a woman to teach me,” she answers.
    Yikes. Who do you trust more than your spouse? Or an officer who’s been shooting for years, even decades?
    “My husband gets frustrated with me. Then he yells. I know you won’t yell at me, even if I’m doing something stupid.”

  • FWC Law Enforcement report

    From FWC News

    Some of the cases handled by the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Law Enforcement during July 19 to 25.
    (There were no cases reported for Wakulla County.)

  • Underwater Wakulla- August 15, 2019

    Prelude to Panic.

    Adventure underwater is an awesome attraction to young and old alike. Breathing underwater differs from the terrestrial experience, a condition that few others can compare. Where else can you fly without wings, visit new and strange life forms and take home supper all at the same time. Granted, it took a few weeks of training, and the purchase or rental of life support equipment to enable you to visit this new realm, but what could possibly go wrong?

  • Lionfish challenge update

    From FWC News

    The Lionfish Challenge rewards lionfish harvesters with prizes for their lionfish removals.
    This year, participants who submit the largest and smallest lionfish may be eligible to receive up to $3,000 in cash prizes.
    As of last week:
    •  304 people have registered.
    • 127 people have submitted lionfish (113 recreational, 14 commercial).
    • 15,367 lionfish removed.
    • 51 checkpoints for recreational participant submissions.

  • Underwater Wakulla

    By RUSTY MILLER

    In the past most if not all recreational scuba diving certifying agencies would not allow persons with type I or type II diabetes get their open water scuba certification.

  • Gull-billed tern chick adopted by black skimmers

    From Florida Shorebird Alliance

    Nassau Sound Islands Critical Wildlife Area, located in Little Talbot Island State Park, had an extraordinary nesting season this year with the first record of successful black skimmer nesting since 2012. This CWA protects multiple species including gull-billed terns and black skimmers nesting on a small corner of the sand spit on the north end of the park.