Published: Feb 18, 2013 11:07 AM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - State wildlife officials are expanding hunting opportunities on private and public lands.
    
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Monday the openings on lands that include nearly 6 million acres of its public-hunting wildlife management area system.
    
The rules also allow for the use of air guns to take rabbits and gray squirrels.
    
Two new wildlife management areas in the southwest region of the state will go into effect July 1. The Southwest Florida Water Management District owns both and offers a suite of hunting and other outdoor recreational opportunities.
    
Diane Eggeman is the Hunting and Game Management Director for FWC. She says the changes were made "in response to requests from hunters." Changes to the quota system adjust the bag limit on deer and spring turkey quota hunts.

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