Report fishing, boating or hunting law violations by calling toll-free 888-404-FWCC (3922); on cell phones, dial *FWC or #FWC depending on service carrier or text TIP@MyFWC.com (standard usage fees may apply); or report violations at MyFWC.com/WildlifeAlert.
Visit our Facebook page at Facebook.com/WildlifeAlert.
We all can help protect Florida’s fish and wildlife from poaching and wildlife and environmental violations and to help protect each other from boaters who are operating boats under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It’s called “Wildlife Alert” — a reward-based program for apprehending those who violate Florida’s fish and wildlife laws. Through the program, alert residents become the eyes and ears of fish and wildlife law enforcement officers and are rewarded for their efforts.
Callers can report any suspicious activity, supplying information such as the physical descriptions of violators, vehicles, license tag numbers, locations, etc. They should report it as soon as possible, but they should not put themselves in any dangerous situation. To make an anonymous phone call to report fish and wildlife violations, call toll-free 888-404-3922 or visit MyFWC.com/WildlifeAlert.
New bird flu in waterfowl
New strains of avian influenza (bird flu) have been introduced into the U.S. and may appear in Florida. Although these strains are not known to cause disease in humans, hunters are still urged to take precautions. Further information can be found at MyFWC.com/WildlifeHealth. You can assist by reporting bird mortality events online at MyFWC.com/Bird or by calling your regional FWC office.
The Florida Buck Registry recognizes hunters for taking quality deer in Florida. A minimum Boone and Crockett score of 100 for typical antlers and 125 for nontypical antlers is required for entry into the registry. To get your antlers officially scored, contact an FWC regional office.
The Florida Wild Turkey Registry recognizes quality wild turkeys taken in Florida.
- To qualify for an “Outstanding Gobbler Certificate,” the beard must be 11 inches or longer and both spurs must be 1¼ inches or longer.
- A “First Gobbler Certificate” also is awarded to hunters under age 16 for harvesting their first gobbler, regardless of beard and spur measurements.
Applications are available at MyFWC.com/Turkey.