Youth and Family Hunting Opportunities

Youth Hunting Opportunities

The FWC offers several opportunities for adults to take youths hunting.

  • The FWC offers two youth deer hunts at Camp Blanding WMA and at Andrews WMA. During these hunts, permitted youths (15-years-old and younger) and their nonhunting supervisors are the only persons allowed on the area. See worksheet to apply.

  • Two youth waterfowl days are held the weekend after the regular waterfowl season closes. Only those 15-years-old and younger are allowed to hunt while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older.

  • Supervised youth waterfowl hunts are held for those 15-years-old and younger on Ocklawaha Prairie, Guana River, T.M. Goodwin/Broadmoor Marsh and the stormwater treatment areas – STA1 West, STA2, STA3/4 and STA5. See worksheet to apply.

  • Supervised youth small-game hunts for those 15-years-old and younger are held at Caravelle Ranch, Ross Prairie and Jennings Forest WMAs. Quota permits are not required for these hunts.

  • Family hunts are offered on many WMAs. These hunts provide opportunities for a permitted supervisor to hunt with up to two youths (15-years-old and younger). See worksheet to apply.

  • The youth spring turkey hunt Adobe PDF occurs on private land and many WMAs the weekend before the spring turkey season begins. Only those 15-years-old and younger are allowed to harvest a turkey while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older.

  • The Youth Hunting Program of Florida offers safe, educational, mentored hunts for youth 12-17 years old.

  • The new hunter website provides a roadmap to help new hunters more easily navigate the opportunities and requirements in Florida. It pulls together links and information about hunter safety, regulations, license and permits, and more.


FWC Facts:
According to the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting & Wildlife-Associated Recreation, 66.1 million people engage in wildlife observation, spending about $38.5 billion per year.

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