FHF Announces Youth Hunts for 2016-17 Hunting Season
For the seventh year in a row, The Future of Hunting in Florida (FHF) will be offering youth hunts for those parents and kids who are learning how to hunt! FHF is excited to announce that it has leased for the upcoming 2016-17 hunting season 1,387 acres in Liberty County for the exclusive purpose of hosting youth hunts. In other words, KIDS AND FIRST-TIME HUNTERS WILL BE THE ONLY ONES HUNTING ON THIS PROPERTY! The property is located about ten miles south of the town of Hosford and about six miles southeast of the town of Telogia, off of County Road 67. The property backs up to the Apalachicola National Forest and has lots of deer and hogs.(and bears, though we can't hunt them). We intend to put ten (10) kids and parents in different stands on each weekend hunt but only the youth may carry a weapon to shoot. FHF's rule is that bucks must have at least three points on one side but doe tags will be available for those kids who have never taken a deer. There will be a limit of one deer per kid but no limit on the number of hogs. It will be primitive camping with easy access off of CR 67, but we will have a generator, 18 X 20 ft. canopy, and a porta-potty. Primitive camping requires a tent, air mattress or cots, sleeping bags, and camp chairs; however, campers and motorhomes are welcome.
Cost for each weekend hunt (including the dove hunt) is $75 and that pays for both parent and youth for all meals, beverages, snacks, desserts, shotgun shells, and clay targets.
The schedule for all of our youth hunts is as follows:
Friday: Arrive at camp anytime after 1:00 pm and set up camp. If gun is sighted in and camp is set up by 3:00 pm. and after instruction of what can be harvested, we transport kids and parents to stands to hunt. That evening after legal shooting time, we pick everyone up from stands and come back to a dinner of chicken. potatoes, green beans, rolls, and chocolate cake for dessert. We sit around campfire and lights out at 9:00 pm, depending upon whether we have deer or hogs to clean.
Saturday: we get everyone up around 5:15 am and have hot coffee, juice, hot chocolate, muffins, danish, fresh fruit, and sausage. We draw for stands and start taking kids and parents to stands at 6:00 am. We hunt until 10:00 am and bring everyone back to camp. We shoot clay targets from 11:00-12:00 and have lunch of hotdogs, hamburgers, baked beans, and chips. We talk about deer hunting and conservation for approximately an hour and draw foe stands again. At 3:00 pm we take kids and parents to stands and hunt again until after legal shooting time. We come back to camp and clean deer and/or hogs and have dinner of smoked pork loin, dirty rice, peas, rolls and banana pudding for dessert.
Sunday: Up again around 5:15 am and same routine of light breakfast, drawing for new stands, and getting kids and parents to stands. We hunt until 10:00 am and try to break camp and vacate the property by noon on Sunday.
If a parent is uncomfortable about sitting in a stand alone with their child, we have volunteers who are willing to sit with you and we have stands that can accommodate three persons.
FHF has set the following dates for our youth hunts:
October 16 ,Sunday @ 1 p.m. - Dove Hunt in Gadsden County - only three vacancies available (field has been planted in sunflower and corn- shells and lunch will be provided).
Dec. 30-Jan. 1 - Deer/Hog Hunt @ FHF Hunt Camp in Telogia, Liberty County
Jan.13-15 - Deer/Hog Hunt @ Cal Cooksey's in Gadsden County
Jan. 27-29 - Deer/Hog Hunt @ FHF Hunt Camp in Telogia, Liberty County
Feb. 3-5 - Deer/Hog Hunt @ FHF Hunt Camp in Telogia, Liberty County
Feb. 24 - 26 - Deer/Hog Hunt @ FHF Hunt Camp in Telogia, Liberty (muzzeloader only)
If you want your child to learn how to hunt on private land in a safe environment but you don't know a whole lot about hunting yourself, these weekend hunts will provide you with that opportunity. And whether your child harvests an animal or not, they will learn a lot and have lasting memories for the rest of their lives!
Check your calendar and schedule your hunt as soon as possible by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.