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Huntmasters needed for youth hunts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is seeking volunteers to help run its Youth Hunting Program of Florida – a program aimed at providing quality hunting experiences for 12- to 17-year-olds to increase the number of youths involved and to help preserve the sport’s future.

Interested in becoming one of the program’s huntmasters? All you need is your hunter safety certification, and good communication and people skills.

If you fit the requirements, and you would like to give back to your community and the sport of hunting by instructing tomorrow’s hunters in firearm safety, outdoor ethics and wildlife management, plan to attend the FWC’s next huntmaster class. The class is offered Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Camp Mack's River Resort in Lake Wales.

With limited FWC staff, the Youth Hunting Program depends on the work and resources of its dedicated volunteers to help plan and facilitate these safe, educational and memorable hunting experiences.

If you would like to receive huntmaster training at the Oct. 24 class in Lake Wales, contact Laura or Tom McWatters at 561-644-8020 or by e-mail [email protected]

The program also is always looking for landowners and hunting clubs willing to donate weekend youth hunts and other volunteers to be trained as hunter safety instructors, cooks and guides.

For more information on Florida’s Youth Hunting Program, or to learn about how you can become involved, visit MyFWC.com/HunterSafety.