This is the second year I have been given the opportunity to assist with the youth hunt on the KC Corbin Ranch. Mr. and Mrs. Corbin have graciously donated their land for the FWC youth hunts for the second year in a row. By working with the FWC landowners have the opportunity to give first time youth hunters a quality guided youth hunting experience led by a certified Huntmaster and experienced hunters.
For this year’s hunt youths attending would have the opportunity to harvest their first hog, deer, turkey or coyote. The youths must be accompanied by one of their parents and must be able to qualify at 100 yards on the range prior to giving the opportunity to hunt. They also must have passed youth hunter safety training. These hunts are provided at little to no cost for the youths attending and reservations are required by contacting the FWC hunter safety division.
This year’s hunt was attended by four youth and their parents. Three young men and a young lady came to this event and were taught proper hunting etiquette and sportsmanship. All youths camped in an open pasture and were provided meals and instruction for this two day event. There would be two morning and one evening hunts and an instructional class was given on taxidermy by Ellie Willingham of Willingham’s Taxidermy during the break between hunts on Saturday.
On Friday evening and officer from the FWC came and spent time with the youth around the fire reviewing Florida State regulations, safety rules and answering any questions the participants had.
Each of the youths had many opportunities to harvest join this hunt, and many of them were successful. Our hosts for this event were pleased to see these young adults interested in hunting and even in cleaning their own game.
I feel blessed each opportunity I have to share these new experiences with our youth. I get to be there to see these young adults experience for the first time the ability to feed their future families and to pass on our hunting heritage. This is a freedom that no other country offers and I’m proud to pass on this knowledge to our next generation.
For more information on youth hunting in Florida please visit: http://myfwc.com/education/outdoor-skills/youth-hunter/
If you’re a landowner and are interested in hosting a youth hunt I’ll be happy to talk to you about the program and introduce you to the program director. I can be contacted at: http://www.notaclueadventures.com/information/contact-us/
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