Youth Hunting Program of Florida
8/10/2010 8:54:48 AM
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.
To participate in the Youth Hunting Program of Florida:
-Be 12 to 17 years old.
-Complete and submit the Youth Hunting Program of Florida Application.
-Complete the Florida Hunter Safety Program, regardless of your age, and be able to provide a copy of your completion card.
-Follow this link for a list of Florida Hunter Safety courses in your area.
-Be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
-Complete a Youth Hunting Program hunting application 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.
-Submit a refundable deposit to secure your position when you are selected for a youth hunt, to insure all youth hunting opportunities are utilized.
To see more details, click this: http://myfwc.com/SAFETY/Safety_hunt_safety_youth_hunter.htm
New Jersey Take a Kid Hunting Program
8/10/2010 8:51:04 AM
The NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife’s popular Take a Kid Hunting Program is designed to provide a quality hunting experience for properly licensed youth hunters. These days, first added to the Game Code by the Fish and Game Council for the 2001-2002 season, increase a young hunter's opportunity for harvesting game in a setting which encourages responsible and safe hunting practices in a more relaxed setting. The program is coordinated by the division's Hunter Education Unit.
The primary component of the program is a series of "youth hunts" - special days, often outside regular hunting seasons on days provided in the Game Code. Hunts often utilize the expertise of "mentors" to further enhance the hunting experience.
There are typically five (5) youth hunting events: turkey, pheasant, upland birds, deer and waterfowl as described below. All hunts require the hunter possess a valid Youth License and be under the direct supervision of a properly licensed, non-hunting adult 21 years of age or older.
See more details here: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/takekidhunting.htm
Texas Youth Hunting Program
8/10/2010 8:47:23 AM
The Texas Youth Hunting Program was established to increase the number of youths participating in wildlife and hunting activities and to promote the hunting heritage in Texas.
The Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have joined forces to offer youth hunts that are safe, educational and very affordable. We sponsor introductory, instructive youth hunts for deer, turkey, hogs, javelina, exotics, dove, small game, waterfowl, varmints and other species. Normally, we provide mentors, lodging and meals.
•To preserve the hunting heritage in Texas for present and future generations.
•To promote the highest ethical standards in hunting.
•To give our youth an initial, positive, safe, educational, mentored hunting experience.
•To teach the basic skills, values, techniques and responsibilities of hunting.
•To instill in youth a basic understanding of practical conservation measures.
•To encourage wildlife habitat access, enhancement and management.
See more details here: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/hunt/youth_hunting/tx_youth_hunt_program/
Indiana F&W Area Youth Hunting Events
12/9/2009 9:45:45 AM
Events held on any division of fish and wildlife property that involves handling and shooting of firearms will be strictly organized and conducted by responsible, experienced adults. They will be paired with young particpants to constantly monitor their actions while they are holding, handling and shooting firearms. They will act as mentors to teach firearm safety and safe hunting practices.
Indiana F&W Areas:
Atterbury Fish and Wildlife Area 812) 526-2051
Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area 812) 346-5596
Event: Crosley Squirrel Dog hunt
Date: Jan 2, 2010
Time: 9:00 am
Details: Crosley FWA, in conjuction with the Hoosier Tree Dog Alliance (HTDA) will host a youth squirrel hunt with squirrel dogs. The hunt is open to kids 17 and younger, kids 12 and younger should have an adult accompany them. Kids can bring their favorite squirrel gun, but firearms will be provided to any kid who needs one. Also remember to bring a hunter orange garment. Call the property office by Dec 29 to register or for questions.
Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area (812) 659-9901
Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area
5344 S. Hupp Road, LaPorte, IN 46350
Located 6 miles south of LaPorte, then east on U.S. 35
Event Name: Youth Waterfowl Hunt and Seminar
Date/Time: Date and time will be announced after US Fish and Wildlife Service sets waterfowl hunting seasons. Contact Kingsbury
Details: Available to all youth 15 years of age or younger. Targeting youth that have never hunted before. Space is limited so, hunters must pre-register. Contact Kingsbury. The sponsoring organization is Kankakee Valley Chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Participants will learn about waterfowl identification, decoy placement, calls and calling, hunting equipment, and hunting techniques. The event is free and door prizes will be given.
Event Name: Youth Wetland Trapping Seminar
Date: November 7 and 8, 2009
Details: Available to all youth 15 years of age or younger. This event is geared toward youth that have never experienced trapping. Space is limited, participants must pre-register. Contact Kingsbury. All trapping equipment will be provided. A trapping license will be required for this event and may be purchased at Kingsbury.
Pigeon River Fish and Wildlife Area 260-367-2164
Event Name: Free Youth Hunting Weekend
Date: November 28 and 29, 2009
Details: Any resident youth age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt, and accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age, can take any legal game in season during this special free youth hunting weekend. Youth hunter does not have to possess a hunting license, HIP number or any stamp but most comply with all other hunting regulations. For more information please call the Pigeon River Office
Sugar Ridge Fish and Wildlife Area (812) 789-2722
Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area 574-834-4461
Event Name: Youth rabbit hunt
Date: October 24, 2009
Details; Hunting will take place here at Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area on Saturday October 24. The kids will participate in a guided rabbit hunt with various beagle dog handlers. Come and enjoy the sounds of beagles barking as they trail rabbits through the fields and woods here on Tri-County. If your child is interested in participating or has any questions regarding this event, please contact Don LeCount at 574-453-2513, email@example.com. or Tri-County Fish and Wildlife Area.
A parent or accompanying adult may take part in the event with the youth, but is not required. Your child will be partnered with an experienced hunter/volunteer who will act as a mentor throughout the day. Adults will not hunt, but can accompany their children.
Your child is allowed to bring a shotgun as long as it is unloaded, cased and in good working order. However, it is not necessary to bring one, shotguns and ammunition can be provided.
Event Name: Free Youth Hunting Weekend
Date: November 28 and 29, 2009
Details: Any resident youth age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt, and accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age, can take any legal game in season during this special free youth hunting weekend. Youth hunter does not have to possess a hunting license, HIP number or any stamp but most comply with all other hunting regulations. For more information, contact Tri-County FWA
Winamac Fish and Wildlife Area (574) 946-4422
Event Name: Youth Pheasant Hunt
Date: November 29, 2009
Time: 10:00am – 3:30pm Eastern Time
The youth hunt at Winamac FWA is specifically aimed at kids who would like to try hunting, but do not have anyone to take them and have never before had the opportunity to go hunting.
Details: This year, 25 to 30 boys and girls, ages 10 to 17, will be selected to participate in the hunt. Firearms, ammunition, blaze orange hat, and lunch will be provided. This event is conducted during one of the DNR’s free hunting days, so the completion of a hunter education course and a youth hunting license is not required for this hunt.
Each young hunter will be paired with a dog handler and an experienced adult mentor who will supervise the hunt to teach hunting skills and ensure that safe gun handling procedures are being followed. A parent of the youth hunter is encouraged to participate and may accompany the hunting party, although only the youth hunters will actually be hunting.
An application/questionnaire must be filled out and submitted to the Winamac FWA office by Oct. 31, 2009, in order to be considered. For more information about the youth pheasant hunt or to obtain an application, call or visit the Winamac FWA office, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET, Monday - Friday.
Ohio Offers Youth Hunting Opportunities
12/9/2009 9:32:49 AM
From ODNR Division of Wildlife
COLUMBUS, OH - Ohio's youth hunters will again have several added opportunities to learn and practice their hunting skills this fall. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife offers several ways for families to hunt together and create lasting traditions in the state's outdoors.
WATERFOWL: Youngsters age 15 and younger wanting to pursue waterfowl may do so, statewide, on Saturday and Sunday, October 3-4.
SMALL GAME: Hunters age 17 and younger may hunt statewide for rabbit, pheasant and all other legal game in season during two designated weekends, October 24-25 and October 31 and November 1. Quail also may be taken in 16 designated open counties.
Pheasant releases for young hunters will occur prior to these dates on the following state wildlife areas: Resthaven, Oxbow, Berlin, Killdeer Plains, Camp Belden, Grand River, Spencer, Wellington, Delaware, Dillon, Caesar Creek, Rush Run, Fallsville and Darke, as well as Charlemont Metropark in Lorain County.
WHITE-TAILED DEER: A youth deer-gun season will be open statewide, November 21- 22. Young hunters age 17 and younger who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult may take one deer of either sex during this season, in accordance with existing bag and deer zone limits.
WILD TURKEY: It is not too early to be planning to participate in the spring youth wild turkey hunting for 2010. A statewide sspring youth wild turkey season will be offered on Saturday and Sunday, April 17-18. This hunt is open to youths age 17 and younger.
CONTROLLED HUNTS: The Division of Wildlife also offers several controlled hunts for young hunters throughout the hunting season. Applications to participate in these hunts are accepted June 1 through July 31. Applications are available at the division's five district offices and on wildohio.com, and may be completed by mail or online. There are controlled youth hunts for white-tailed deer, wild turkey and waterfowl.
To participate in the upcoming youth hunts, all young hunters must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult, and must abide by all regular hunting hours and bag limits. A valid 2009-2010 youth hunting license, along with the appropriate permits, are required. For complete details on all of Ohio's youth hunting seasons, refer to 2009-2010 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations booklet, call 1-800-WILDLIFE (1-800-945-3543) or go online to wildohio.com.
The 2009-2010 licenses will not be printed on weatherproof paper. Sportsmen and women should protect their licenses and permits from the elements by carrying them in a protective pouch or wallet.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR web site at www.ohiodnr.com
Ohio's Youth Hunting Week Safe!
12/9/2009 9:22:25 AM
From the The Marietta Times
Young hunters took to the woods Saturday and Sunday during Ohio's youth deer-gun season.
The two-day season was designed to get kids 17 and younger involved in hunting. The weekend was a safe and successful one. The harvest for Washington County was 362 deer, which is 66 more than last year's youth deer-gun season harvest.
"There were no hunter incidents reported as far as I know," said Susie Vance, a wildlife communications representative from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The regular statewide deer-gun season runs Nov. 30 through Dec. 6 and the season will reopen for an extra weekend of hunting Dec. 19-20. To ensure that hunters stay safe throughout the season, Vance there are some safety precautions that should be taken.
"One of the main ideas that we teach in hunter education courses and remind all hunters of is to be sure of your target and beyond and always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction," she said.
Vance added that every gun should be treated as if it were loaded.
Pam Meyer, a recreation technician at the Marietta extension of the Wayne National Forest, said the hunter should always be aware of his or her surroundings.
"The first thing off the bat is to know where you're hunting. You need to know the topography, in particular, and where other people could be located," she said.
Meyer said that no one should go hunting without letting someone know that they're going.
"When you're hunting, you should make sure people know you're going and when you're supposed to return, so they know to come look for you if you don't return."
She added that it's also important to be aware of hunting laws and regulations, as well as property lines.
"Be aware of where property lines are, do your homework, and buy maps so you're not on private property"
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