Andrews Youth hunt help?
I am new to Florida and after a bit of a frustrating and strange season last year in Croom...I put my son in for Andrews WMA youth. He drew the 2nd season. We will be making several scouting trips and understand we will need to get there early for a good zone/spot but I would really appreciate any help for my son.
We had a good time in Croom last year but had several very frustrating things occur. We had an old guy baiting in front of us.; After throwing corn all around out stand he turned the bucket over and set down 15 feet from our stand. He lit up a cigarette and was shocked we confronted him. We had a guy shoot a doe in front of us and ask us the keep it quite. We had a grown man shoot a deer (illegal for him but legal for a kid) out from under my son and the final straw was a guy who said he almost shot at our headlamps because he was convinced that we were coyotes because we use green headlights. It was an adventure but I would really like my son to have a better experience this year.
We have the Croom hunt as well both Muzzle and rifle but really want him to get his first deer.
Thanks for any help.
That was the total of the hunt. We contacted FWC three separate times. It was a bit crazy for sure. the "coyote" incident, baiting and doe all occurred the first weekend.
We did see a couple of decent bucks but my son could not get onto them fast enough. One was walking through the trees at about 100 yards. He could see it walking with his binos but couldn't get the scope on it.
All zones are pretty much equal in there. What I suggest a first timer in there do is scout at least a couple of the zones so you will have a back up incase you don't get the zone you want. Scout in the summer to learn the lay of the land, then scout closer to the hunt to locate the current food source they are on, then hunt that. They should be chasing during the youth hunt so anywhere the does go the bucks will be close behind.
Utah consider signing your son up for the Youth Hunting Program of Florida. Landowners and hunt clubs offer up hunts mostly on private land and volunteers run the hunts, guide, and cook. You usually camp out and pay nothing except the cost of food. It is a great program with even better volunteers running it and generous landowners/members inviting kids onto their land.
My sons both got their first Deer on these hunts. Link;