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Outdoors notebook

South Florida outdoors notebook

Duck season: The regular duck season is Nov. 22-30 and Dec. 6-Jan. 25. Visit

Bass tournament: The Bass-N-Fools has its annual Giblets and Gravy open team tournament Nov. 23 on Lake Okeechobee out of Clewiston. Register early at BJ's Bait and Tackle, 201 SW 125th Ave., Plantation, or call 954-475-0248.

Shooting celebration: The Markham Park Target Range in Sunrise celebrates its 30th anniversary Nov. 22. After a ceremony and ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m., a variety of activities will be offered until 4 p.m., including equipment displays from the Broward Sheriff's Office, featuring a S.W.A.T. exhibit; rifle, shotgun and pistol club demonstrations; archery demonstrations; firearm safety information; tours of the renovated facilities; and food trucks.

Smackdown results: The Broward County crew on Cash Out, skippered by Capt. Jimmy Wickett, caught a 47.6-pound wahoo to take top honors this past weekend in Wahoo Smackdown V out of the Bimini Big Game Club in the Bahamas. Island Runner, skippered by Joe Slobodian of Jacksonville, was second at 46.1. Junior angler William Thomas, 14, of Orlando, caught the third-place fish, a 45.4 on Fishin A Loan, which also had the heaviest weight for five fish at 212 pounds.

Lifetime licenses: Here's a great holiday gift courtesy of Gov. Rick Scott, who signed an executive order last week to offer Lifetime Sportsman's Licenses for Florida residents 21 and younger for $500 — half the current cost of $1,000 — from Nov. 24-Dec. 31. The license covers saltwater and freshwater recreational fishing, hunting and permits for turkey, waterfowl, lobster and snook, among other species. The license is available at all Florida county tax collector offices, online at and by calling 888-347-4356. Residency must be verified. For more information, visit

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