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Outdoors news: Hunting seasons arrive

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Time arrives for Hunters to get out and play

Fall is here, and that means it's time to clean the guns for hunting. The season has already started in Zone A, which encompasses the southern area of the state. But most Tampa Bay area residents tend to hunt in zones B and C. The fall season kicks off with muzzleloading gun as soon as crossbow season closes. Season dates on private lands run Nov. 23-Dec. 6 in Zone B, Oct. 19-Nov. 1 in Zone C and Dec. 7-13 in Zone D. During muzzleloading gun season, hunters can still use bows and crossbows on private lands. But if you are hunting one of the state's wildlife management areas, it's muzzleloaders only. Most hunters target deer and wild hog this time of year. When hunting deer, only bucks (with one antler at least 5 inches long) can be harvested. The bag limit is two. Hogs can be hunted year-round on private land. There is no bag or size limit. Hunters can also take gobblers and bearded turkeys during muzzleloading gun season. The limit is one turkey per day, or two birds per fall season, except if you are hunting in Holmes County, where turkeys are off limits. Take note that bag limits and antler/size restrictions can vary in different management areas. So check the specifics before going. Gray squirrel season is open on private lands statewide and runs through March 2. There's a daily bag limit of 12 gray squirrels. Fox squirrels are off limits. The first phase of the mourning and white-winged dove season began Oct. 5 and ends Monday statewide. The bag limit is 15 birds per day. To learn all the details and dates for specific species and zones, go to myfwc.com.

Send news to Terry Tomalin at ttomalin@tampabay.com or call (727) 893-8808.

Solunar chart

AM PM

Minor Major Minor Major

10/25 11:15 5:05 11:40 5:25

10/26 0 5:55 12:05 6:15

10/27 12:30 6:35 12:45 6:55

10/28 1:10 7:15 1:25 7:40

10/29 1:55 7:55 2:05 8:25

10/30 2:40 8:40 2:50 9:00

10/31 3:15 9:20 3:30 9:45

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Outdoors news: Hunting seasons arrive 10/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, October 24, 2013 5:56pm]
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