Gearing Up for the Hunt

In Middle Tennessee, deer hunting season begins the first week of November. What many do not know, is the week before hunting season opens for everyone, youth season opens. This year, our hunt/fish program is excited to participate in a youth deer hunt on October 27th, 28th, and 29th at Youth Incorporated in Lavergne, TN.

Preparing for a hunt this big takes a lot of patience, practice, and dedicated volunteers who desire to teach the next generation about the outdoors. During youth hunts, we assign one “guide” to every student. The guide’s job is to help the student track, scope, and ultimately bag a deer. Every student that bags a deer gets to take some of the processed meat home for their family. The remaining meat is put into our freezers for use during programming nights.

As we approach this exciting season, our students have gone through rifle training and gun safety classes and have taken and passed their TWRA hunter’s safety course. This upcoming weekend, students will learn more about gun safety and will begin target practice. For the first time, we have several of our girls who will be accompanying the hunt in hopes of bagging a deer. This is incredibly exciting as we expand our programming and teach our girls that they can excel at anything they are willing to work at.

Program Director, Brandon Tinnon had this to say about the hunt “We are looking forward to our deer hunt this year. The addition of several of our girls to this hunt is exciting and will hopefully change the landscape of youth hunts to include more women hunters. We are working on their skills as often as we can and are putting them through rigorous gun and hunter safety courses.”

If you are interested in volunteering to be a guide on our youth hunt, please call the office at 615-807-0782 and we will assist you in getting signed up. Alternatively, you can email info@franktownopenhearts.com for more information.