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Old 10-19-2020, 09:14 AM
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FWC proposed Restricted Hunting Areas rule

Many hunters received a request for comments on a proposed new rule to cover the process to respond to requests, mostly from towns along shore lines, to ban hunting in certain areas. The usual knee jerk response is naturally to be wary of any 'restricted hunting", but in this case there is a motive that will be helpful to hunters.

Currently, the only "rule on the books" is the Sanctuary Zone. Those areas not only have no hunting, there is no access, fishing or even throwing a lure into them. See the islands in Tampa Bay and elsewhere. There is a "Critical Wildlife Area" rule, but it is for very specific areas, like a rookery or beach nesting site.

Towns request the Sanctuary as that is what is on the books. The FWC does not like to create an onerous "sanctuary" just to stop hunting. So, when towns ask for "no hunting" on canals and shorelines in the case of Belle Isle and Hunters Lake for example, it becomes a negotiation and soon becomes a legal discussion. That is not good for hunters as if an agreement cannot be reached the issue will go to an Administrative Judge and really bad things can happen. The problem is there is NO legal, passed by the FWC Commission "Restrictive Hunting Area" law.....every thing is up to "negotiation".

Thus, the FWC staff is proposing to eliminate the onerous Sanctuary Rule and replace it with a Restrictive Hunting Area rule. This would be voted into law by the FWC Commission and the base for meeting any future requests for 'no hunting areas" in and around a town or development.

A good thing for hunters.

Good because it lays down the parameters that the town has to meet and the limits of the area in writing and...law. If you read the proposal, you will see the 300 foot safety distance. That is the one part that will create most discussion....please note, it is 300 feet from the nearest OCCUPIED dwelling. Ie. boat docks and sheds do not count. Florida had a 300 foot safety zone rule...'from Structures" for decades before the new Gun Laws were passed several years ago....Now the law is the "projectile trespass law" that makes it up to a felony to shoot across a property line. This new 300 feet rule would be applied only to Restricted Hunting Zones (the old law was universal). If the occupied dwelling is more than 300 feet from the shore...you will be able to hunt along the shore...

The FWC staff is on the side of the hunters in this proposal.
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Re: FWC proposed Restricted Hunting Areas rule

The third public meeting will be on the FWC web site tonight at 6 pm....See the web site for the connection.
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