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Hunting in Florida: 5 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Thursday, 21 May 2015 03:25 PM

Florida is one of many states that offer youth hunting programs, which enable kids to participate in introductory hunts in a safe and affordable manner.

Here are five things you should know about youth hunting in Florida.

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1. Age Requirement

Kids ages 12 to 17 are allowed to participate in state-sponsored youth hunt activities, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A legal guardian must accompany youth hunters.

To participate in the program, a completed application is required. Participants also are required to complete a hunter safety education program. Although children younger than 16 are not required to have a recreational hunting license in Florida, enforcement officers may ask kids to produce identification to verify their age. Children younger than 16 also are exempt from federal duck stamp requirements.

2. Education

Youth hunters are required to complete a hunter education course before they can participate in hunting. These courses are offered throughout the state at various locations and online. Course and hunt event listings are available on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission website. The calendar changes annually.

With its K-5 educational program, the Wildlife Commission encourages involvement among children who are not yet old enough to hunt. This series of three free courses focus on firearms safety, outdoor ethics and conservation.

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3. Cost

Youth hunt programs require a refundable deposit to participate. The deposit secures the youth hunter a spot in the hunt. The costs vary depending on the hunt. Youth can hunt deer, hog, waterfowl, turkey and small game.

4. Management

Volunteers operate Florida’s youth hunting program, according to the Florida State Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. These volunteers are experienced hunters, marksmen, law enforcement officers and youth mentors. As all youth hunts are conducted on private property, landowners are crucial to the program’s success. Participating landowners often provide accommodations and food to participants.

5. Goals

The youth hunting program was designed to teach the younger generations how to hunt safely, in addition to tracking and processing game. Participants learn about ethical wildlife management while promoting the state’s heritage of hunting.

This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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