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Gag season has begun in Gulf federal and most state waters

Story Submitted Gag grouper opened for recreational harvest in most state Gulf of Mexico waters and all federal Gulf waters on Friday, June 1, and will remain open through Dec. 31. Franklin, Wakulla, Taylor and Jefferson counties are excluded from this opening because they have their own season from April 1 to June 30 and Sept. 1 to Dec. 31. Monroe County is also excluded from this season because it follows the Atlantic state season. Gulf state waters are from shore to nine nautical miles. Federal waters begin where state…

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Regional Bay Scallop 2018 season approved

Story Submitted: myfwc.com At its February meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved regionally-specific bay scallop open season dates for 2018, including a change to the season for Levy, Citrus and Hernando counties that was proposed in December. The Commission also approved a trial bay scallop season in state waters off Pasco County in 2018. The following regionally-specific bay scallop open seasons will be created by executive order for 2018 only: Franklin County through northwestern Taylor County (including Carrabelle, Lanark, and St. Marks): July 1…

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2018 license-free fishing days in Florida

Story Submitted: Florida Rambler Get out and try fishing! That’s what the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission says, and to make it easy, the commission designates four days each year for license-free fishing. The following dates will be license-free fishing days: Saltwater June 2 and 3 (First Saturday and Sunday in June.) Sept. 1 (First Saturday in September.) Nov. 24 (Saturday following Thanksgiving.) Freshwater June 9 and 10 (Second Saturday and Sunday in June.) Dig into your garage for that idle rod and reel, pick up some bait at…

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MCHS student awarded at FFA banquet

Story Submitted On Thursday, May 3, at 7 p.m., the Madison County Future Farmers of America Chapter (FFA) held its Annual FFA Banquet at the Madison County High School (MCHS). For many years, the Madison County Farm Bureau awards a check to one person in the FFA Chapter who sets their standards high, possesses great leadership skills, and has the ability to inspire. This year, the Madison County Farm Bureau awarded Gracie Galbraith. Galbraith is a sophomore at MCHS and is the daughter of Jessica Webb (Shawn) and Lenny Galbraith…

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