FLORIDA

Deer Forecast 2003

Outdoor Life Online Editor

Last year Florida increased the number of doe days during firearms season from three to seven. That's likely just the beginning of new trends in whitetail management, according to deer biologist John Morgan. Plentiful rainfall on the heels of drought and wildfires has improved deer habitat, and that should result in improved hunting. The best hunting is in the Northwest Region, where body and rack size are generally greater. Morgan is especially excited about a new 13,000-acre WMA just open for whitetails in the Northeast Region near the St. Johns River. Contact: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (850-488-4676; www. floridaconservation.org).

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