Catch a Florida Memory

Creating memories is a fundamental reason many hunters & anglers continue to return to the outdoors each season. The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is capitalizing on angler’s desire to capture memories of their catches while combining the desire with conservation and an emphasis on the R3 initiative through the Catch a Florida Memory program.

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What is “R3” and Why is It Important?

Recently, much ado has been made regarding hunting participation rates and the resulting economic impact on conservation efforts. Demographic changes, competing interests, and shifts in American culture have all contributed to a decline in hunting participation. Proponents of hunting are focusing their efforts to strategically increase participation through a national initiative referred to as “R3.” R3 (Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation) describes the process individuals and organizations use to engage with prospective hunters, active hunters and lapsed hunters.

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Braised Squirrel in Catalan Sofregit Reduction

Squirrel is commonly fried, served in gravy with dumplings or used as a filling in pot pie, but this recipe is based in the old world traditions of northeast Spain. Catalan cooking is often done in round terra-cotta casserole dish called a cazuela and many dishes feature a sofregit or sofrito traditionally made of tomatoes, onions, garlic sometimes including bell peppers.

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