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FSCA's 2015 Youth alligator hunt on STA 2 was a success thanks to all of FSCA volunteers, FWC, and South Florida Water Management District for making this opportunity possible. Big thanks goes out to Huntmaster Lauresa Musgrove would also like to share a video for Nate and Shanon Slideshow who did an awesome job at capturing all of the great moments check out the link below enjoy
Florida Sportsmens Conservation Association February 2015 minutes
Pledge of allegiance was first on the agenda
Motion made to approve last months meeting minutes was made by Mike Prince and seconded by Lauresa Musgrove
Bishop reported on FAA's quarterly meeting held at the boars last month. FAA Airboaters Unity Weekend is set for Lake Okeechobee July 17-19 this will be yet another great weekend for airboaters from around the state! The FAA raffle motor is going around to different events it will be raffled off March 22 at the Broward show. FAA's next quarterly meeting will be held on April 10th at 7:30 PM Lake Tiger campground in the rec Hall you can come by boat or vehicle.
Todd reported on the previous FWC meeting; The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will meet on Feb. 4-5 in Jacksonville at the Hyatt Regency. He presented Chris Wynn the Florida Sportsmen’s Conservation Association annual award. Majority of the day was discussion about Florida black bear management and future actions. In 1994 bear hunting in Florida or stop because of politics not for a biological reason today F W C staff recommended a 20% reduction of the Florida black bear.
Commissioners also approved the proposed rules which also included the JW Corbett rule that FSCA created that should stop the off-road abuse that as occurred during the Summer months, also vote on establishing Deer Management Units statewide and increasing hunting opportunities by establishing longer hunting hours for turkey season.
Billy Boatwright reported on the ECC meeting the main topic and large proportion of the meeting was the River of Grass Green way this is a trail "that is proposed" to run along Tamiami Trail through the Big Cypress. The fears is it will limit access for traditional use, ever one is concerned about bike path built on a levee sportsmen use for camping and a bridge crossing along the Tamiami Canal this would interfere with those who use it to access the backcountry. The next ECC meeting will be held at the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge at 6:30 pm. the entire agenda will focus on refuge issues. A buggy tour of the refuge is scheduled for those able to arrive early.
Bishop discuss the Everglade Youth Camp: I need to get together and establish the team to repair and rebuild EYCC swamp buggy ASAP. We're also in desperate need to scan photos for the cabin five Museum, Laura is to check on her scanner and make sure it's working properly so we can schedule this meeting to occur.
New business and upcoming events
YHPF Youth Hunt in Dupuis WEA on Feb 20-23 for Gators Kerry Garceau is the Huntmaster this hunt provides three youth hunters opportunity to harvest their very first alligator. FWC has provided him with the list of kids that were drawled from the quota he has his guides and everything set and ready to make this happen.
YHPF Youth Hunt in Grassy Island on Feb 20-23 for Gators Billy Boatwright is the Huntmaster this hunt provides three youth hunters opportunity to harvest their very first wild hog. FWC has provided him with the list of kids that were drawled from the quota he has his guides and everything set and ready to make this happen.
Panther meeting on Feb 24 in Gainesville Todd will be attending and will be giving us a report at the next meeting.
YHPF Youth Hunt in STA 2 on March 6-8 for Gators Lauresa Musgrove is the Huntmaster this hunt provides five youth hunters opportunity to harvest their very first alligator. FWC has provided her with the list of kids that were drawled from the quota she has her guides and everything set and ready to make this happen, Old Glory will be the camp post for this hunt.
YHPF Youth Hunt in Grassy Island on March 27-29 for Turkeys and Hogs Paul Hickman is the Huntmaster this hunt provides five youth hunters opportunity to harvest a wild turkey and hog. At this time he is lining up all of his guides and everything he needs to get the job done.
South Florida Water Management District Water Resources Advisory Commission (WRAC) Recreation Issues Workshop March 16,2015 at 5:00 PM held in West Palm Beach
Broward County Airboat & Halftrack Conservation Club is having its Airboat Show at Bergeron Rodeo Grounds in Dave, FL. If you are interested in participating get with Todd Hallman to help man FSCA's booth at the show.
Florida Airboat Association quarterly meeting will April 10,2015 at the South end of Lake Tiger come by vehicle or boat to Camp Tiger 1731 Sam Keen Rd, Lake Wales, FL 33898 from 7pm-9pm on Friday
Kissimmee River Valley Sportsmens Association Lake Kissimmee Clean up out of Shady Oaks Campground south end of Lake Kissimmee members are encouraged to participate
Earth Day in the Everglades is still in the planning stages were working on a structure to be removed on April 25, 2015 Billy Boatwright and Tom Schmidt is the chairman and there working with the South Florida Water Management District o what structures can be removed and what structures have to stay.
FSCA Banquet May 9, 2015 Caroll will check with Nikki on the availability of the Elks Lodge in Jupiter looking to do pretty much the same as in the past years. Right now save the date and more information will be coming.
Elections were held for the 2015 officers and board members.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15
Tom talked on the upcoming Palm Beach Airboat Show Laurie and him were setting up on Friday night we would sell a basket of cheers for raffle, the usual one dollar each or six for five. Billy, Terrlynn, Steve, and Rachel would work Saturday on Sunday Tom, Laura, Bishop and Mike Prince would work.
Tom also talked about the carport for the property and the gates; The club has little money in the bank and would like to try and get some work done on the property starting with the gates and putting up the carport would be this year's goal.
The previous youth sponsored by the Okeechobee Airboat Association were Billy was the Huntmaster! The club felt a little education would go along ways some of the things talked about was menu items and how the dinner was prepared. There was a motion made by John and seconded by Rachel to also supply the club with six T-shirts for those from OAA for volunteering.
Lauresa commented on the youth alligator hunt that will Take place March 6 through the 8 on STA 2, The hosts camp will be Old Glory there is discussion items needed and staff that would assist her with this Hunt.
Scott discuss the master training class that will take place at the Youth Camp March 14. FWC Will be introducing the new youth hunt Cordinator Jonathan Roberts and go over the plans for 2015/16 hunting season.
Everyone decided that we were rebook the Red Lobster meeting room for March 24, 2015 for the next Board Meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:45
Here are 1330 photos of FSCA's 20 year life commitment to conservation and ensuring recreational opportunity on public lands. Go to this Flickr site and check out some old-time photos to go back to 1994.
The Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association (FSCA) just celebrated 20 years of dedication by unifying and building upon the individual strengths of a diverse group of people who share a common interest in protecting and restoring the unique natural resources of our state in order that we and the generations to follow can enjoy its economic, social recreational, ecological and aesthetic benefits into perpetuity.
F.S.C.A. was founded in June of 1994 by a small group of sportsmen who shared a vision for creating a conservation organization, which would serve the needs of modern outdoorsmen and their families. Through enthusiastic hard work and the dedication of its members over the last 2 decades.
The diversity of our membership provides a rich resource of volunteer labor and donated equipment which has earned the trust and respect of our community and throughout the State.
For the last 20 years FSCA has worked towards the restoration of our natural areas while promoting legitimate public use of these areas. Through cooperative efforts with all five Florida Water Management Districts, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, Department of Environmental Protection, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and other private and state agencies to accomplish these goals, to include environmental protection and enhancement, habitat restoration, wildlife preservation and water quality protection.
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