Youth Hunting Program of Florida
The Youth Hunting Program of Florida is designed to introduce young people to hunting and conservation by providing safe, educational, mentored youth hunts.
Thanks to private landowners who graciously open up their property, youth accompanied by a parent or adult guardian can learn outdoor skills from a mentor during organized hunts.
The FWC and its partners provide hunts for deer, wild turkey, wild hogs, waterfowl, dove, small game and more.
Who can participate?
- Youth between 12 and 17 years old who otherwise wouldn't have the opportunity to experience hunting.
- Participants also must have passed a hunter safety course and be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.
What are the steps to get involved?
- Select and register for hunts at the FWC event calendar.
- Complete a Florida hunter safety course (regardless of your age) and be able to provide a copy of your completion card.
- When selected for a hunt, submit payment for supplies to secure your spot at the event.
What can you learn?
- How to hunt safely, legally and ethically
- Marksmanship and firearms safety
- Identifying wildlife
- Tracking and processing game
- The relationship between hunting and conservation
It’s also a great chance to make new friends and spend time with friends and family!
Volunteers make it happen
Only through the passion and generosity of its volunteers can the Youth Hunting Program of Florida provide safe, educational, mentored hunting experiences for youth. The program is based on volunteer landowners who are willing to host hunts on their properties and other volunteers who plan and facilitate hunts. Learn more about becoming a Youth Hunting Program of Florida volunteer.
Watch this short video to get inspired about introducing the next generation to conservation and hunting!Apply to become a volunteer!
For more information about the program you can contact:
Youth Hunting Program Coordinator