Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Deer Season Is Not Quite Over

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Deer Season Is Not Quite Over

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Byline: JIM SUTTON

If you're sitting at home on the weekends suffering from the 1-2 punch of withdrawal caused by the ugly reality of the end of both hunting and football season, there might be some medicine for the malady.

If you're not opposed to a pretty fair drive west and don't mind hunting with a muzzloader or bow, Florida's Northwest Hunting Zone opens a second phase of hunting season, running from Feb. 19-March 1. The season is on all private land and most of the Wildlife Management Areas. It gives hunters the opportunity to hunt the rut in this zone.

On private land, hunters can use muzzleloaders, crossbows or bows. On WMAs, it's strictly muzzleloaders and bows. On WMAs, a $5 archery or muzzleloading stamp is required in addition to the $26 management area permit and a valid state hunting license. On WMAs only bucks with at least one antler five inches long can be taken. But antler size and bag limits can differ from one WMA to another.

For hog hunting, the season is year-round on private land. On most of the WMAs, there is neither a bag nor size limit. But again, there are exceptions to that rule, depending on which WMA you hunt.

No turkeys can be hunted during this season. No dogs can be used, except on leashes tracking wounded game. Baiting stations can be used on private land, but not on WMAs.

The Northwest Zone included Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton and Washington Counties. Parts of Jefferson, Leon and Wakulla are also open.

All permits are available at county tax collectors' offices or by calling, toll-free, 888-HUNT-FLORIDA.

BOATS CAN BE TAX BREAKS

Some boat owners might have federal tax benefits available to them.

Recreational boat owners who either financed their purchase though a bank or paid state sales tax on their boat purchase may have a deduction or two on their federal income tax for the year.

USE YOUR HEAD

For all the trouble sea-going toilets might have caused boaters in the past, here's an upside: If you paid interest on a boat loan this year, it's likely you can deduct it. …

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