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Firearm Accident Deaths Hit
(Another ) All-Time Low

The most recent data released by the National Center for Health Statistics shows that in 2008, the firearm accident death rate fell to an all-time annual low of 0.19 deaths per 100,000 U.S. residents-down 94 percent from the all-time high recorded in 1904. Despite a steady increase in the U. S. population and record firearm sales in recent years, the annual number of firearm accident remained about one in a million, as it has since 2002.

For the second consecutive year, firearm accidents accounted for 0.5 percent of fatal accidents, a record low, well behind accidents involving motor vehicles, falls, fires, poisoning, drowning, medical misadventures, natural/environmental factors (such as hypothermia), and bicycles and tricycles.

NRA’s 73,000 certified firearm instructors and highly acclaimed Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program have contributed to the steady decline in firearm accidents nationwide, along with educational programs offered by the National Shooting Sports Foundation and other groups. There seems to be no correlation between the decades-long downward trend in firearm accidents and the relatively recent imposition of “gun safety” laws, such as California’s law requiring handgun purchasers to possess a trigger lock or similar device, or so called Child Access Prevention Laws in several states. (American Rifleman March 2012)

Our mission at Florida Baseball Heaven is to develop young athletes and maximize their potential in the game of baseball or softball and ultimately teach them the skills that will help them succeed in life. We will teach proper baseball fundamentals to all players regardless of age or skill level and help develop the skills and awareness of what must be accomplished so that he or she will perform at the next level every year. We offer baseball camps, softball camps, clinics, scout days, private lessons, birthday parties and more.   Reserve your spot for Summer Camp   Click for Flyer

       Non-resident hunting license, tag, 
         stamp and permit sales have risen
               41.2 percent since 1993!




Saturday, June 16, 2012 9am - 5pm

Bartow Civic Center
2550 South Florida Avenue
Bartow, FL 33830

Admission is $5 for adults – children are admitted for free. Florida Antique Tackle Collectors is a non-profit, member-supported organization dedicated to the preservation of our angling heritage, history, and artifacts. FATC sponsors four exhibitions each year throughout the State of Florida. Club Members bring historical displays from their collections of old fishing tackle and also bring old tackle to trade among themselves. The public is invited to attend these exhibitions and encouraged to bring their own old tackle for free appraisals by Club Members. Click here for additional information.



Spring Antique Tackle Show

The International Game Fish Association maintains records for nearly 400 fish species around the world both saltwater and fresh.

Less than seven percent of
the U.S. population hunts !!

The largest Atlantic Blue Marlin caught off the coast of Vitória, Brazil boasted a weight of 1,402 pounds, breaking the previous record by 120 pounds.

Hunting is permitted on 60 percent of U.S. wildlife refuges and in many national forests and state parks.

The record for the largest Largemouth Bass is currently tied, with the bass weighing 22 lbs and 4 oz.  The turkey is the largest game bird.

The sailfish can swim at the speed of 109 km/h, making it the fastest swimmer.

An average hunter
spends $1,638 every year
on the sport.

A freshwater black bass can sense 1-200th of a drop of a substance in about 100 gallons of water.

"Bass Capital of the World"

Central Florida has many thousand acres
of deep, clear water that awaits you.
Crooked Lake is located six miles south
of Lake Wales off U.S. 27, with plentiful
good largemouth bass and bluegill fishing.
A public boat ramp is located one mile off
U.S. 27 on S.R. 630-A at Keene Park Road.

Anyone interested in fishing Crooked
Lake should consult with local guides
and resources before heading out to fish.
Casting a lure into the water, then reel in
the biggest trophy largemouth bass you’ve
ever seen, this is what Crooked lake offers.
The perimeters of vegetation and brush
around our lakes make excellent cover and
habitat for largemouth bass. Anglers from
near and far catch so many trophy bass
in Florida that we’ve earned the title "Bass
Capital of the World" and it's lakes like this
one that helps us do that. With more than
550 freshwater lakes and numerous rivers
and flooded phosphate pits, you’ll catch
other varieties of sweet-tasting freshwater fish
as well. Bluegill (bream), crappie (speckled
perch), and catfish are also found in these
waters. Lake Caloosa or Crooked Lake as
it is now known, is tucked away in Central
Florida and is over 7,000 acres. It is listed
on the top 10 most outstanding Florida
Freshwater lakes, due to water quality and
it's natural beauty. Caloosa has produced
several bass over 16 lbs. There has been
known to date, of 10 bass over 10 lbs kind
of days. Crooked Lake has a 60 foot deep
spring as well as 6 other springs. There are
also large areas of the lake that contain
water 30 feet deep, perfect habitat for
monster bass. A location to visit with a
experienced full time guide to have true

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Fish Fry's &
All You Can Eat

The Brunch Box 
735 E Memorial Blvd. Lakeland

Britts Cafe

3662 Harden Blvd  Lakeland

Garys Oyster Bar
660 East Alfred Rd Lake Alfred

Joshuas Kitchen
2020 Shepherd Rd Lakeland


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Did you know that children under 16 do not
need a fishing or hunting license and
seniors over 65 dont either!!