Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They're Hunting for a Good Cause

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

They're Hunting for a Good Cause

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Byline: Jim Sutton

There are a lot of good people out there doing a lot of good things for a lot of good reasons that benefit a lot of good organizations. I run into them almost every week, and that's one of the truly nice parts of the job here.

Something that often strikes me while covering the outdoors here is how important kids are in the minds and hearts of our hunters and anglers. For whatever reasons, its members seem to clearly understand that our wild places are under constant assault. They look beyond where they'll hunt next year, or the next, and focus instead on saving something for the next generation of sportsmen and women.

They're aware of how important their hunting heritage was to them, in terms of respect for our natural world and the lessons learned in it. And they seem to intuitively realize the extent to which the lives of our children will be diminished without the same opportunities to love the woods and waters of our state and the fish and animals that rely on these places.

One excellent example is the upcoming Help a Kid Go Hunting Youth Hunt. Sponsored by Thrifty Outdoors, the program is aimed at giving a group of kids -- who might not otherwise have it -- the opportunity to experience a quality deer hunt. The goal is a good one in and of itself, but the program has the added value of benefiting a worthwhile charity at the same time.

What might be the most innovative part of the program is that any kid can participate. And their chance to win the hunt is directly related to their self-discipline, drive and interest in it.

The basic idea is that the sponsors are raising money to fund the hunts. These will be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 4 at a deer-managed plantation in Southwest Georgia. Twelve kids between 10 and 18 years old will get the chance to take part in the three-day hunt with all expenses paid.

Any kid can qualify for the special hunt, but every one selected will have to work for the opportunity. The kids will sell the raffle tickets. Each ticket will bear the name of the purchaser and the youngster who sold the ticket. …

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