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Florida’s Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day

WSFR and FWC-managed public shooting ranges

Press Release distributed by AmericanPressTravelNews–4/17/2017—Bob Epstein copying this release for my gun guys and gals!

April 19 marks the Shot Heard ‘Round the World Day, held each year to commemorate the events surrounding the birth of our nation in 1775 and celebrate today’s opportunities for safe and responsible recreational shooting and firearms ownership.You can mark this special day by visiting a new website that provides a wealth of information about FWC-managed public shooting ranges. At this site, you can find where FWC-managed ranges are located and get information about what opportunities they offer, hours of operation, updates, and more!

Recreational shooting is a fun way to spend time outdoors.  We manage nine safe, clean and family-friendly public shooting ranges across the state and have future shooting ranges under construction at Triple ’N Ranch in Osceola County and Palm Beach County. Depending on which FWC-managed range you visit, you can shoot 5-stand, sporting clays, trap, or skeet as well as get some trigger time at the rifle and pistol ranges. Some facilities even offer an archery range.

Did you know that hunters and target shooters are an important funding source for developing and maintaining FWC-managed target shooting ranges — as well as for wildlife management and hunter safety? When hunters purchase firearms, ammunition and archery equipment, they support the hunting and shooting sports industry, which pays into the Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration (WSFR) Program, resulting in millions of dollars to each state. When hunters purchase a Florida hunting license, they play a major role in this program because the amount of WSFR funding that comes back to our state for FWC-managed shooting ranges and wildlife management depends on the number of hunting licenses issued. So we are grateful to the shooting sports industry and each and every licensed hunter for their steadfast support of FWC ranges and wildlife conservation in Florida.

Learn more about FWC-managed public shooting ranges, including range safety tips, by visiting MyFWC.com/Ranges.  


Minnesota: Confiscated Fishing, Hunting Equipment Auction April 28           | April 12, 2017

 

AmericanPressTravelNews–News Release–April 12th, Bob and Barb passing it on to you!  Looks like bargains for gear are there.

 

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will hold an auction of confiscated hunting and fishing equipment on Saturday, April 29, beginning at 9 a.m. The auction items are from people who forfeited their equipment after committing serious game violations. The last auction was in 2014 and there is a large inventory available.

The public auction will be at Hiller Auction Service, 10785 261st Ave., Zimmerman.

Items offered for sale include, but are not limited to: firearms, bows, tree stands, fishing rods and reels, tip-ups, traps, trail camera, spotlights, scopes and spears. There are 387 firearms, 100 bows, 280 other items.

Inspection of items will be available on Friday, April 28, from 1 to 4 p.m., and at 7 a.m. the day of the auction. Once the auction begins, there will be no access to firearms.

All equipment is sold as is, including all defects or faults, known or unknown. Items cannot be returned once they have been purchased. Buyers may bring their own cases and there will be cases available for purchase to transport firearms.

Anyone purchasing a firearm will be required to pass a background check.

Revenue from the auction goes to the Game and Fish Fund, the DNR’s most important fund for delivering fish, wildlife and law enforcement programs. It is used, among other things, to manage 5,400 fishing lakes, 1,400 Wildlife Management Areas and support 150-plus field conservation officers.

A list of firearms and bows being offered for sale is available by visiting the auction website at www.hillerauction.com/04292017.html

Alaska is the Last Frontier, a Pioneer’s Valhalla if They Live “Prepared.”

AmericanPressTravelNews-March 16th,-Bob and Barb “On the Road Again” to the Florida Keys! The plan: Head for Alaska during the summer to fish, photograph, meet and greet, get to Inuit Craftsmen to try my hand at carving bone and wood objects being taught by the Masters.

My pals dog! Major point and result was wild bird dinner thanks to my trust 16-gauge.
Pheasant “over glass” not under, for dinner!
Kodiac Island, AK. Seals were all over the place! So were the fish.

2017 Bay Scallop Season in Dixie/Taylor Counties in Florida are Now Set

 

 NEWS RELEASE-Forwarded by AmericanPressTravelNews.com–The 2017 bay scallop season for Dixie County and parts of Taylor County will be open from June 16 through Sept. 10. This includes all state waters from the Suwannee River through the Fenholloway River. These changes are for 2017 only and are an opportunity to explore regionally-specific bay scallop seasons. These changes were discussed at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting on Feb. 8, where staff was directed to work with local community leaders on selecting potential 2017 season dates and to adopt changes by executive order.

At the Feb. 8 meeting, staff also updated the Commission on the status of bay scallops in St. Joseph Bay in Gulf County, and set a July 25 through Sept. 10 recreational bay scallop season off Gulf County, including all waters in St. Joseph Bay and those west of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County, through the Mexico Beach Canal in Bay County.

A prolonged red tide event in late 2015 negatively impacted the scallop population in St. Joseph Bay, which led to modified local scallop regulations for 2016 that included a shortened season and reduced bag limits. FWC researchers conducted a scallop restoration project last year within St. Joseph Bay to help speed the recovery of the scallop population. These efforts have been going well and the scallop population has shown signs of improvement. Staff will conduct similar restoration efforts in 2017.

All other portions of the bay scallop harvest zone will be open from July 1 through Sept. 24. This includes all state waters from the Pasco-Hernando county line to the Suwannee River Alligator Pass Daybeacon 4 in Levy County and from north and west of Rock Island near the mouth of the Fenholloway River in Taylor County through the westernmost point of St. Vincent Island in Franklin County.

Bag and vessel limits throughout the entire bay scallop harvest zone will be 2 gallons whole bay scallops in shell or 1 pint of bay scallop meat per person, with a maximum of 10 gallons of whole bay scallops in shell or 1/2 gallon bay scallop meat per vessel.

At the December 2017 Commission meeting, staff will review public feedback on these changes and make a recommendation for future management. To submit your feedback on bay scallop regulations, visit MyFWC.com/SaltwaterComments.

For more information on these changes, visit MyFWC.com/Commission and select “Commission Meetings,” then click on the link below “Next Meeting.”

For information on bay scallop regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater Fishing,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Bay Scallops.”

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