New hunters looking for help and those with experience wanting to sharpen their skills are invited to attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s () Youth Hunting Field Day on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Tall Timbers Research Station, north of Tallahassee.
The FWC will partner with Tall Timbers and the Big Bend Youth Outdoor Foundation to put on this free, half-day event for kids of all ages and their parents who are interested in attending. Pre-registration is not necessary.
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., expert instructors will teach the fundamentals of hunting deer, turkey, waterfowl and small game, and participants will learn about using dogs while hunting. They will get to target-shoot with bows, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloading guns, and there is even going to be a fishing pole casting competition.
Other activities include getting a close look at the inside of an FWC helicopter and seeing a K-9 demonstration by FWC law enforcement officers and their dogs. Participants also are eligible for door prizes and the chance on winning a youth hunt or rifle.
Sponsors and volunteers include the Future of Hunting in Florida, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Kevin’s Guns and Sporting Goods, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Talquin Portable Restrooms, Plantation ecurity Inc., Ducks Unlimited, Jefferson Long Rifles, Seminole Archery Supply, Tallahassee Bowhunters Association, Horse Creek Traditional Archery Club, Quality Deer Management Association, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Safari Club International and the Florida Division of Forestry.
For more information on the Youth Hunting Field Day, call Renee Hays at (850) 413-0084. For directions to Tall Timbers Research Station, click www.talltimbers.org.