Open Dates for upcoming hunt seasons are out
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recently announced the 2012-2013 hunting seasons. Most of Pasco, Hillsborough, Polk, Hernando and Sumter counties fall within Zone B. The immediate areas surrounding Zone B, to the east, north and south are considered Zone C. The dates for the major seasons (Zone B listed first): Archery — Oct. 13-Nov. 11 and Sept. 15-Oct. 14; muzzleloading gun — Nov. 17-30 and Oct. 20-Nov. 2; general gun — Dec. 1-Feb. 17 and Nov. 3-Jan. 20; fall turkey — Dec. 1-Jan. 27 and Nov. 3-Dec. 30; quail — Nov. 10-March 3 (zones B and C); youth spring turkey hunt — March 9-10 (zones B, C and D); spring turkey — March 16-April 21 (zones B and C). For more information, go to MyFWC.com.
Paddlers navigate Molokai crossing
St. Petersburg's Patrick Klemawesch finished the 32-mile Molokai-2-Oahu Paddleboard World Championship race in 5 hours, 42 minutes (48th overall). The crossing of the Molokai Channel in Hawaii features regular swells of more than 12 feet in height.
This year, a Tampa Bay contingent led by Klemawesch and instructor Christian Cook joined hundreds of the world's top paddleboarders.
"Everything lined up right with the team, equipment, conditions and dreams of an incredible Molokai crossing for 2012," Cook wrote in an email. "But seasickness took a hold of me a few miles and it just got more intense from there."
Cook couldn't keep any fluids down, and he and relay teammates Kacie Wallace and Marc Shen had to pull out halfway across. Another local relay — Dana Hart, Chad White and Shane White — "rocked a solid paddle," Cook wrote, finishing in about 6 1/2 hours for 76th overall. St. Petersburg's Eric Shamas was 71st on a prone paddleboard.
Things to do
A woman-friendly outdoors workshop
Women looking to hone their outdoors skills can take the FWC's Becoming an Outdoors Woman workshop, a three-day, hands-on adventure scheduled for Oct. 19-21 at the Everglades Youth Camp near West Palm Beach. Topics covered include canoeing and kayaking, camping, backpacking and photography. The cost is $200. Half-price slots are available for low-income participants, single parents and college students attending for the first time. There's a $50 discount for those who register by Sept. 19. The event is limited to the first 100 to register. To register, visit MyFWC.com/BOW or call Lynne Hawk at (561) 625-5122.
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