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Youth and Family Hunting Opportunities

Youth Hunting Events

Check our calendar of events for youth hunts in your area!

Youth Deer Hunt Weekend

Youth Deer Hunt Weekend – coincides with muzzleloading gun season in each of the four hunting zones and is available to youth 15-years-old and younger who are supervised by an adult.

Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Weekend

Youth Spring Turkey Hunt Weekend - occurs before the spring turkey season begins and is available to youth 15-years-old and younger who are supervised by an adult.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days - There are two youth waterfowl hunting days. One occurs the Saturday before the opening of the statewide duck season. The other one falls on the second Saturday after the statewide duck season closes. Available to youth 15-years-old and younger who are supervised by an adult.

  • Youth quota permit deer hunts at Camp Blanding WMA and at Andrews WMA. During these hunts, permitted youths (15-years-old and younger) and their nonhunting adult supervisors are the only persons allowed on the area. See worksheet to apply.
  • Supervised youth waterfowl hunts are held for those 15-years-old and younger at A-1 FEB, Guana River, Ocklawaha Prairie, T.M. Goodwin/Broadmoor Marsh and the stormwater treatment areas – STA1 West, STA2, and STA3/4. See worksheet to apply.
  • Family quota permit hunts are offered on many wildlife management areas. These hunts provide opportunities for a permitted adult supervisor to hunt with up to two youths (15-years-old and younger). 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 Wildlife Management Areas. Quota permits are not required for these hunts.

The Youth Hunting Program of Florida provides safe, educational, mentored hunts for youth 12-17 years old who have completed a hunter safety course.

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.

The FWC's Calendar of Events lists youth hunting events and opportunities to learn about hunting and conservation.