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Contact: Bob DeGross, NPS, 239-695-1107
Contact: Carli Segelson, FWC, 561-882-5703
The National Park Service (NPS) at Big Cypress National Preserve and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) have worked cooperatively to modify the hunting seasons within the Big Cypress Wildlife Management Area (WMA). This modification will help make up for hunting days missed due to the recent federal government shutdown.
After consultation with the NPS, the FWC has issued an executive order that will extend the archery and muzzleloading gun hunts in the WMA.
"This cooperative effort between the Preserve and the Commission highlights the strong partnership between the two agencies," said Big Cypress National Preserve Superintendent Pedro Ramos.
The order, issued Friday, Oct. 18, will add an additional six days of archery hunting and five days of muzzleloading gun hunting. The archery hunt will run from Oct. 31 through Nov. 5. in all units of the WMA. The muzzeloading gun hunt will run from Nov. 6 through Nov. 10 in all units except Deep Lake. There is no quota for either of these extended hunt seasons.
The current muzzleloading gun season will continue as scheduled, ending on Oct. 27.
"We are pleased that our partners at the National Park Service have helped us extend the hunting season to make up for the time lost while the Preserve was closed," said FWC South Regional Director Chuck Collins. "We hope that hunters are able to get out and enjoy these opportunities."
The shutdown, from Oct. 1-16, reduced the archery season by six days and the muzzleloading season by five days.
To see Executive Order 13-41, go to MyFWC.com/About and select "Inside FWC" then "Learn more about the Executive Director's Office" and "Executive Orders."
To report any fish and wildlife law violation, call the FWC's Wildlife Alert hotline at 888-404-3922.