From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
-- New rules that modify hunting season dates on many Wildlife Commission-managed areas become effective July 1 and apply to the 2011-12 hunting season.
For more than a year, the FWC, its partners and cooperating agency landowners have worked with stakeholders to develop changes to season dates for public hunting lands. The lands include wildlife management areas, wildlife and environmental areas and miscellaneous areas.
Making adjustments more closely aligns newly adopted zonal season dates, which took effect on private lands last year.
Nine public meetings gathered input and feedback through an online poll. New changes take into consideration when deer breed on each area and other hunter preferences such as hunting during holidays and the desires of other area users.
"We want to make things as good as we can for public-land hunters," said Cory Morea, biologist and deer-management program coordinator. "Adjusting some of the dates to make the seasons occur closer to peak deer activity or during holidays should increase hunter satisfaction.
"At the same time, we didn't want to fix something that wasn't broken," he said. "Hunters have told us on some of our areas the seasons are timed right, so we didn't make any changes to those areas."
To find information on the specific season date changes made for each area, go to http://www.myfwc.com/recreation/Deer_index.htm.