Florida’s famed for its sunshine, beaches, quirky cities and hunting.
Yes, you read that right – hunting!
While it’s sometimes hard to see the forest through the trees (or past the concrete, depending on where you live), the Tampa Bay area is well known throughout the state and well beyond for its prime hunting locations.
As the Southwest Florida Water Management District prepares to open up open up the sale on its annual hog hunting permits, we want to hear from hunters throughout the Bay area.
Here are our questions to you: What is your favorite place to hunt? Do you prefer hitting the Green Swamp for hogs? Perhaps you don’t mind making the drive to Chassahowitzka to bag a Thanksgiving turkey? Sound off with your destination of choice in the comments section! (And, let us and other hunters know which location you think is best for what type of game or preferred hunting style, too!) If you have a photo of yourself at your favorite location with a big catch, you can even post it right to this story.
For those who don’t know, the water management district offers permitted hog hunts on some of its lands. The permits cost $75 each and go on sale Oct. 8 in a limited supply. These hunts, officials say, are crucial for keeping the hog population in check.
“Hog hunts are an important land management tool to control the wild hog population,” said district spokeswoman Robyn Felix. “Hogs reproduce quickly and have very few natural predators, so without the hunts, the damage they cause to our public lands would continue to increase.”
Information on Florida’s hunting seasons, which vary by part of the state, game and weapon of choice, is available on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s website. To find out more about the water management district’s permitted hog hunts, check out this story: “Florida Hog Hunt Permits Available Oct. 8.”