November 2, 2014

From NorthEscambia.com

The Florida FWC Division of Law Enforcement reported the following activity during the weekly period ending October 30.

ESCAMBIA COUNTY

Officer Hutchinson observed two male subjects loading a boat onto a trailer. He made contact with both subjects and asked if they had caught anything. The owner of the boat said, “Yes, we caught a few small ones.”

While Officer Hutchinson was attempting to inspect the fish in the live well, the passenger of the boat pulled an undersized black bass out of the live well and threw the bass into the water and the fish swam away. Officer Hutchinson asked him why he threw the bass into the water after being told to wait. He said, “I knew the bass was not legal to keep because it wasn’t 12 inches long.” The subject was issued a notice to appear citation for interference or obstruction of an FWC officer.

SANTA ROSA COUNTY

Officers Hoomes and Manning were working the opening of archery season in Blackwater WMA. They observed a vehicle parked near a location where the officers earlier found an area baited with corn. The officers went to this baited area and located a hunter wearing camouflage. The hunter was sitting in a tree stand overlooking the baited area. He was also in possession of archery equipment. The subject admitted to placing the corn in the area and also admitted he knew it was illegal to hunt over bait in the WMA. The subject was issued a citation for hunting over bait in a WMA.

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