Drawn Youth Hunts by Special Permit
Drawings are held to select a limited number of youth in high quality supervised Youth Only hunts for deer, feral hogs, javelina, turkey, and alligators. The purpose of drawn Youth Only hunts is to provide youth with an enjoyable and memorable outdoor experience learning about wildlife conservation and sport-hunting ethic through an experienced and responsible mentor. Most hunts are scheduled to occur at times when youth are out of school and will be structured to make the activities more youth oriented and accessible.
During these Youth Only hunts, only the youth will be authorized to hunt, however, the youth must be supervised by a non-hunting adult (18 years of age or older) also listed on the application card. Both the youth and the supervising adult must possess a valid hunting license and a special hunting permit. Individuals 17 years of age are not eligible to participate in this category in any capacity.
The application fee for these Youth Only hunts is waived for both the supervising adult and the youth(s). If the application for a Youth Only hunt is drawn, the hunt permit fee is also waived for both the supervising adult and the youth(s). An adult applicant should place his or her name first on the application card on Youth Only hunts to act as point-of-contact for the youth applicant.
This year, the department offers six drawing categories for hunting only by supervised youth (8-16 years of age). These six categories are:
- YOUTH ONLY ALLIGATOR (YAL)
- YOUTH ONLY GUN DEER; EITHER SEX (YDE)
- YOUTH ONLY GUN DEER; ANTLERLESS/SPIKE (YDA)
- YOUTH ONLY DEER MANAGEMENT; EITHER SEX (YDM)
- YOUTH ONLY JAVELINA (YJE)
- YOUTH ONLY EXOTIC (YEX)
- YOUTH ONLY FERAL HOG (YFH)
- YOUTH ONLY SPRING TURKEY (YTS)