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Harris Hill receives Youth Hunting Program’s Landowner of the Year award

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867

At its meeting in Tallahassee April 16, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission presented Harris Hill of St. Cloud with the Landowner of the Year award for its Youth Hunting Program of Florida. This program strives to provide quality hunting experiences for 12- to 17-year-olds to increase the number of youths involved in the tradition of hunting.

Hill owns Lee Ranch in Osceola County, which is known for having good game populations.

“I'm honored to even be considered for this award,” Hill said. “I host these hunts so that I can help to pass on the tradition of hunting to the next generation, and want nothing in return other than to bless others.”

For the past five years, Hill has hosted a fall youth hunt each year on his ranch. During these five hunts, 50 youth hunters had the chance to harvest their first deer and hog.

Besides allowing the use of his land, he volunteers his time during these youth hunts as the camp cook and helps out anywhere else he is needed. He also entertains the kids and their parents with stories he tells around the campfire about the history, dating back to the Civil War, of the surrounding area and his property.

“Harris Hill is one of the most giving people around, and he’s not one to simply donate the use of his property and walk away,” said Hill’s good friend Bobby Hensel. “He devotes his time and energy and pours his heart into these youth hunts, giving each of the kids an experience they won’t soon forget.”

To find out how to become a volunteer landowner or to learn more about the Youth Hunting Program of Florida, go to MyFWC.com/YHPF.



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