Florida winter is the perfect time to get outdoors – Tampabay.com
For most of the country, November means hunkering down for another winter. It has a much different meaning around here. November means it’s time to get outdoors. Fishing picks up, deer hunting seasons open, and manatees start making their way back to canals and rivers.
Red snapper extension
There’s nothing much better than a nice piece of lightly grilled red snapper, except for maybe catching the snapper yourself. Red snapper season would usually be closed by now. But fishermen get an extension in Gulf state waters (shore to 9 nautical miles).
Because Hurricane Hermine halted recreational fishing for several days, seven additional days were added to the season. The first two days were last weekend, but Friday and Saturday have been added. The last three days are Nov. 25-27.
There are recreational regulations. In the case of red snapper, they must be at least 16 inches, and there is a daily bag limit of two per person. But that’s more than enough for a nice dinner.
Time to hunt
General gun season opens in November throughout much of Florida. Deer is the main target, though wild hogs may also be taken.
The state is divided into four zones. In our area, Pinellas, Hernando, west Pasco, and west and south Hillsborough Counties are in Zone C. The season opened Saturday and runs through Jan. 22.
The area east of I-75 in Pasco County and east of I-75, and north of Highway 60 in Hillsborough County is in Zone B. The season doesn’t open until Dec. 3 and runs through Feb. 19.
To make sure which zone you are in, check out the map at myfwc.com/hunting.
There are different bag limits for deer, depending on whether it’s private land or a wildlife management area. There