The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will host its Youth Hunting Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, north of Tallahassee. It’s no coincidence that this date happens to be National Hunting and Fishing Day, making the event a great opportunity for the entire family to come out and learn about hunting and fishing.
The FWC is partnering with Tall Timbers to put on this free, half-day event for interested kids of all ages and their parents. Advance registration is not necessary for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Attendees will get to shoot at targets with bows and arrows, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloading guns. Other activities include a hunting-dog demonstration.
Those who have taken the online hunter safety course can complete the required field activities at the event by registering at MyFWC.com/HunterSafety.
Also, participants are eligible for door prizes, including a youth hunt or a free week of summer camp in Ocala or at the Beau Turner Youth Conservation Center (BTYCC), near Tallahassee.
The BTYCC is part of the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network initiative to create youth centers that will provide opportunities for young people and families to participate in outdoor activities and share experiences that strengthen connections with and support for fish and wildlife conservation.
The Sept. 24 Youth Hunting Field Day sponsors and volunteers include the Future of Hunting in Florida, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Talquin Portable Restrooms, Ducks Unlimited, Jefferson Long Rifles, Tallahassee Bowhunters Association, Horse Creek Traditional Archery Club, Quality Deer Management Association, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Safari Club International, the Florida Forest Service, Dog Pond Kennels and Hard Labor Creek Plantation.
For more information on Youth Hunting Field Day, call 850-413-0084. For directions to Tall Timbers Research Station, go to www.talltimbers.org.