Contact: John Culclasure, Southeastern States Assistant Director
On October 14, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission released proposed hunting-related rule changes for the 2021-2022 seasons. The public comment period is now open.
Among others, the proposed rule changes include:
- Prohibiting the import of whole cervid carcasses or carcass parts from out of the state with the exception of de-boned meat; finished taxidermy mounts; antlers; and hides, skulls, skulls caps, and teeth with no soft tissue attached. The intent of the rule proposal is to minimize the risk of introducing chronic wasting disease into the state.
- Allowing non-native deer species to be harvested during deer hunting seasons without restrictions.
- Requiring hunters to report harvested turkeys within 24 hours of harvest via telephone, online or though the mobile app.
- Allowing centerfire rifles to be used for hunting during established small game seasons on Wildlife Management Areas unless otherwise specified by an area-specific rule.
- Removing the minimum draw weight requirement for bows. The current minimum draw weight is 35 pounds.
FWC Commissioners will consider the proposed rule changes and advise staff how to move forward during their December 2020 meeting. Commissioners will then consider the proposed rule changes for final approval during their February 2021 meeting.
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