Youth Hunting Program of FL
Check out this website link for upcoming YOUTH HUNTS : http://ihuntflorida.com/huntsevents.aspx?a=viewArchive
Thanks to FWC, SFWM, for giving FSCA volunteers an opportunity to make this possible. Here is a list of participants of the By-annual Youth Gator Hunt on STA 2, August 2013, Huntmaster: Lauresa Musgrove, Airboat Coordinator; Scott Summer, Cook: Ryan Kruger Guides Coordinator; Tom McWatters, the awesome guides were; Billy Boatwright, Steve Ebersbach, Johnny Myres, Steve Stroh, Sean McCann, and Bryan Swink, Swamp Donkey Captains Bruce Ward and Bishop Wright Jr. Chris Wynn and Jeff Lawlor with FWC, Jerry Krenz with SFWMD for them representing their agency on the hunt. (Definition of Swamp Donkey; Airboat used to Transport goods or materials)
I would also like to thank each hunter’s guardian for taking the time and spending a great weekend with their young hunter in the woods.Thanks to the Broward County Airboat & Halftrack Conservation Club for being this hunts camp host by letting everyone enjoy the Boars Nest. Members from the Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association had five youth hunters out into STA 2. This hunt gives so many first time opportunities to those who would never have had a chance of this lifetime experience.
Airboat Ride, Sunrise and Sunset in the Everglades, Camping in the Everglades, Gator Hunting, Now that's living Gladesmen's Culture and something I just can't live without. I wanted to thank all involved with the FWC, BCAHCC, FSCA and SFWMD, YOUTH GATOR HUNT for making the accessibility available for everyone to enjoy.
Youth hunt volunteers took 5 youths gator hunting in STA 2, everyone was able to harvest a gator congratulations to all. The first time Gator hunters are Philip from Bartow with his 5'9 gator, Gabby from Flagler Beach with her 10' gator, Trace from Crestview with his 9'1 gator, Jaeger from Port St. Lucie with his 5'9 gator, and Jacob from Venice with his 5'9 gator.
Thank all of its volunteers for doing their homework on this hunt which paid off big because all of the hunters had opportunity. All five youth hunt were fortunate enough to harvest all 5 GATORS yes they were successful in harvesting their first alligator AS PROMISED THEY WOULD HARVEST THE BIGGEST ALLIGATOR THEY EVER HARVESTED IN THEIR LIFE of course it was the first.
The experience was awesome and looking forward to many many more on this beautiful piece of property. FSCA thanks everyone who made this happen. FSCA,s next youth Gator hunt is in March 2014, on STA 2 for five youth hunters.
Here's some photos to enjoy:
Bishop Wright, Jr.
April 12-14, 2013 YHPF Youth Hunt in STA 2 for Gators – 5 Youths - Hunt master Lauresa Musgrove with members of the Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association.
Click here to see all of Bishop Wright's photos & videos on Flickr: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjEJVeiy
FSCA Youth gator hunt was a huge success!
Volunteers took 5 youths gator hunting in STA 2, everyone was able to harvest 3– 9’ 6”, 1 - 8’5” and a 6’ 5” gators. Congrats to everyone who harvested and a big thank you to all the volunteers who came out and helped during the youth hunt.
Fri 03.29 - Sunday, March 31, 2013 -Grassy Island Youth Turkey Hunt - thanks to South Florida Water Management District and the Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association. Huntmaster - Paul Hickman
Highlights by Bishop Wright:
Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association (FSCA) members have lobbied the South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) to work with FWC and the Youth Hunting Program (YHP) on SFWMD lands that were not big enough to host public hunting opportunity. In 2011 the FSCA request came in an answer of 3400 acres of Grassy Island becoming designated to the youth hunting program. The past two years YHP has had turkey hunts, hog hunts and deer hunts. The SFWM is also giving opportunity on STA 2 for a youth hunting alligator hunts. It is great to see Water Management District making opportunities like these available for our next generation that will help FSCA and other clubs introduce them to hunting public lands.
This was the third turkey hunt hosted by (FSCA) the location of property is just north of Okeechobee City. Without a doubt it is true Florida country the way it used to be. All five youth hunters enjoyed their time in the woods on Easter weekend where they had the time of their life. The YHP harvested one hog even though all hunters had opportunity, but just didn’t feel comfortable about their shot. That is why we call it hunting not killing. The group hunted turkeys both Saturday and Sunday morning and hogs on Saturday night. While they were in their stands they also observed plenty other wildlife.
Thanks to FWC, SFWM, for giving FSCA volunteers an opportunity to make this possible. Here is a list of participants for their Third annual Youth Turkey Hunt on Grassy Island. Person of Contact: Scott Sommer, Huntmaster: Paul Hickman, Cook: Bishop Wright, Jr., Guides Coordinator: Robert Anderson. The awesome guides were: Tom McWatters, Jack Bylsma, Robert Hickman, Kerry Garceau, and Sam Smith. Would also like to thank each hunter’s guardian for taking the time and spending a great weekend with their young hunter in the woods.The experience was awesome and looking forward to many many more on this beautiful piece of property. FSCA thanks everyone who made this happen. FSCA’s next youth hunt is an alligator hunt in April on STA 2 for five youth hunters
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24th & 26th of June = Indian River County Airboat Club hosted their 1st Annual Youth Hog Hunt, held at Grassy Island
See more photos in their website photo gallery: http://indianriverairboat.com/photogallery.php
6th & 7th of August= Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association hosted their Annual Youth Alligator hunt, held on the South Florida water management District STA 2 unit.
See below link for video & read the article in the Miami Herald for the story on the Youth Gator Hunt:
See below link for video & read the article in the Sun Sentinel :
11th-13th of November = Broward County Airboat Halftrack Conservation Club hosted their Annual Youth Deer & Hog Hunt, held on South Florida Water Management Districts Grassy Island unit
3th - 4th of December= Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association is hosted their Annual Youth Deer & Hog Hunt, held at Avon Park Bombing Range
FSCA just hosted the Avon Park AFR Deer and Hog Hunt this weekend. Everyone has a great time and we the kids harvested 2 does and a button, this was "first" harvests for them-what a great feeling to assist them in a fun weekend and get a chance to harvest game. Thanks for the opportunity!!!
- 13th - 15th of January = Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association Annual Magnolia Hunt
21st- 22nd of January = Florida Sportsmen's Conservation Association is hosting their Annual Youth Deer & Hog Hunt, held in Yeehaw Junction
3rd-4th of March = STA 2 Gator Hunt
March 31st - April 1st - Grassy Island Youth Hunt
Here is a list of participants for the Youth Hunt on Grass Island
Huntmaster: Paul Hickman
Chef: Kerry Garceau
Camp Host; Scott Sommer
Hunter skills trail; Bishop Wright Jr.
Youth Hunters; Sarah Flood, Copper Post, Peyton Blanton, Korbyn Boksner, John Blount, and Michael Menezes.
Guides; Tom McWatters, Paul Hickman, Robert Hickman, Roy Sapp, Sam Smith. and Bill Imboden
We were luck to harvest 1 gobbler and 3 hogs all hunter saw lots of wildlife thanks to all involved.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and other concerned conservation organizations have joined forces to offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and very affordable. We sponsor introductory, instructive youth hunts for deer, turkey, hogs, waterfowl, small game and other species. Hunts include mentors, lodging and meals.
The Youth Hunting Program of Florida was established to increase the number of youth involved in educational, safe, mentored wildlife and hunting activities through the opportunity to participate in the hunting heritage.
- Preserve the hunting heritage in Florida for present and future generations
- Promote the highest ethical standards in hunting
- Give our youth an initial, positive, safe, educational mentored hunting experience
- Teach the basic skills, values, techniques and responsibilities of hunting
- Instill in youth a basic understanding of practical conservation measures
- Encourage wildlife habitat access, enhancement and management
On Our Youth Hunts, You Will:
- Learn how to hunt safely, legally and ethically
- Develop your marksmanship and firearm skills
- Learn how to track and process game
- Learn the relationship between hunting and conservation
- Appreciate nature first-hand
- Make new friends
- Spend quality time with family, friends and other experienced hunters
- Leave with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
To participate you must:
- Be between 12 to 17 years old.
- Complete a Youth Hunting Program hunting application (above) that lists your choice of hunts by priority. Youth hunting schedules will be sent to you periodically.
- Complete the Youth Hunting Program release forms sent to you when you are selected for a youth hunt. (Please Remember This is a First Come First Served process!)
- Submit a refundable deposit to secure your position when you are selected for a youth hunt, to ensure all youth hunting opportunities are utilized.
- Complete the Florida Hunting Safety course and prove a copy of your completion card. See below link for more information.
Be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Submit a refundable deposit of $75.00 made payable to the Wildlife Federation of Florida, this is to secure your spot. This is to insure all your hunting opportunities are utilized.
We hope you will experience this wonderful opportunity for you and your child. We look forward to seeing everyone.
Volunteers Make It Happen:
Only through the work and resources of volunteers can the Youth Hunting Program of Florida provide thousands of safe, educational and memorable hunting experiences. The program is based on volunteer landowners who graciously open their property up to youth hunting, and other volunteers who plan and facilitate the hunts. The Youth Hunting Program of Florida provides everything for a successful hunt except hunting opportunities and dedicated people. To help preserve hunting for future generations, today?s youth must be provided quality hunting experiences. There are many volunteer opportunities for you to participate in the Youth Hunting Program.
How You Can Help:
Become a Volunteer - (volunteers also need to fill out a Consent for Criminal Background History Check)
Youth Hunting Program Huntmaster Volunteer
Interested in Becoming a Certified Huntmaster; The work and resources of volunteers that’s what makes the Youth Hunting Program of Florida grow and provide thousands of safe, educational, and memorable hunting experiences. The program is based on Volunteer with willing landowners who graciously open their property up to youth hunting, and other volunteers who plan and facilitate the hunts. The Youth Hunting Program of Florida provides everything for a successful hunt except hunting opportunities and dedicated people. To help preserve hunting for future generations of days ahead to provided the youth with a quality hunting experiences. There are many volunteer opportunities for you to participate in the Youth Hunting Program. But it starts with the Hunt Master so make plans and joining us today.
You must be a certified hunter safety graduate, work well with people and capable of speaking to large groups.
Public service to your community. Among other topics, you will instruct new hunters by educating them in firearm safety, outdoor ethics and wildlife management.