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 available to those 15-years-old and younger, they are only allowed to hunt while supervised by an adult, 18 years or older. Check the yearly Waterfowl Regulations for the specific dates.
- 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 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 provides 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.
- The FWC's Calendar of Events also has listings of various youth hunting and education opportunities.