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Youth Hunting Field Day Sept. 11

News Release

Monday, August 30, 2010

Media contact: Tony Young, 850-488-7867

New hunters looking for help and those with experience wanting to sharpen their skills will find it worthwhile to attend the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's (FWC) Youth Hunting Field Day on Saturday, Sept. 11 at Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy, 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 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.

At noon, expert instructors will teach the fundamentals of hunting in Florida for big game - deer, hog and turkey.  At 1 p.m., a similar session will offer tips on how to hunt waterfowl and small game.  Attendees will get to shoot at targets with bows and arrows, shotguns, rifles and muzzleloading guns and learn about wildlife identification.

Also, those who have taken the online hunter safety course can complete the required field activities at the event by registering at

Other activities include a K-9 demonstration by FWC law enforcement officers and their dogs, and a hunting-dog demonstration.  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. 11 Youth Hunting Field Day sponsors and volunteers include the Future of Hunting in Florida, the National Wild Turkey Federation, Talquin Portable Restrooms, Plantation Security Inc., 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 Division of Forestry and Hard Labor Creek.

For more information on the Youth Hunting Field Day, call Kelly Langston at 850-413-0084.  For directions to Tall Timbers Research Station, go to

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