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UtahUtah Posts: 8 Greenhorn

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.


  • Reel TealReel Teal Posts: 3,963 Captain
    That's an eventful morning. Did you ever contact FWC??
  • UtahUtah Posts: 8 Greenhorn

    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.

  • spanglerspangler Posts: 2,799 Captain
    edited June 2018 #4
    Yeah, that's messed up.  I'm sorry to see that you moved here to experience that right off the bat.  Especially with your son.   I guess I've been lucky and have mostly avoided issues. 

    Can't help with Andrews as I don't know it.  But good luck!  Hope you have a better season this time!
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  • UtahUtah Posts: 8 Greenhorn
    We had fun and he has been able to hunt with me in AZ, UT, WY, and VA. We are trying to get him his first deer.  He is hooked and didn't realize how crazy last year was.  We had a great time in the stand and he enjoyed himself.
  • waterdipperwaterdipper Posts: 127 Deckhand

    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.

  • PinmanPinman Posts: 3,885 Captain
    edited June 2018 #7

    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;

  • ckurusckurus Posts: 5 Greenhorn
    Sent you a Message Utah. Give me a call and I may be able to help.
  • UtahUtah Posts: 8 Greenhorn
    Thanks.  I will give you a call this weekend.
  • erik-the-rederik-the-red Posts: 111 Deckhand
    I went on the hog hunt. There are some persimmon trees out there. They produce in September I think. Find them and hunt them. I hunted the f area. I took a shot a some hogs and missed. Also get there very early if you want a particular zone. I mean bring some chairs and camp out outside the door. I would get there around 12 or 1. 
  • gladesmangladesman Posts: 1,362 Officer
    edited July 2018 #11
    Maybe this can help your son on fast target acquisition in the scope. What helped me get a deer in the scope quickly/nearly instantly after some time was repeatedly bringing the empty/unloaded rifle I hunt with from normal weapon holding positions while hunting to my shoulder and aiming it over and over hundreds of times at targets I chose (e.g. corner of picture frame on the wall, powerline insulators near house, spots on trees while afield). After improving I would have the wife throw milk bones to have our short legged dog chase after them - challenge being to get the crosshairs on dog b4 he gets the milk bone. This self training method worked for me to the point these exercises eventually trained me so well that w/o realizing it I had begun aiming with both eyes open and that maybe the key to shooting a scope very quickly - usually my crosshairs are on the vital zone as my rifle butt is pulled into my  shoulder. Both eyes open may act like a small aiming scope beside a larger telescope for star gazing.
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