From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission - John Corry is Youth Hunting Program’s Landowner of the Year
Tallahassee, Florida -
At its meeting near Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today presented John Allen Corry Jr. of Tallahassee with the 2013 Landowner of the Year award for its Youth Hunting Program of Florida (YHPF). This program strives to provide quality hunting experiences for 12- to 17-year-olds to increase the number of youths involved in the tradition of hunting.
Corry owns the 1,100-acre Corry Farms in Gadsden County. The property has gun ranges, a cleaning facility, comfortable deer stands and excellent bass fishing. The land also is known for holding large amounts of game and is intensely managed for game quality and herd health.
“Corry exemplifies what land stewardship is all about and more importantly shares that philosophy with others,” said FWC Commissioner Charles W. Roberts III. “He is passionate about Florida’s great hunting heritage and ensuring that it is passed on to the next generation.”
For the past four years, Corry has been hosting youth program hunts. During that time on his farm, he has provided 11 hunts where many of the 75 youth hunters harvested their first deer, dove or turkey. During the 2013-2014 hunting season, he donated archery, muzzleloader and rifle hunts for deer, and a turkey hunt during the youth turkey hunt weekend.
He and the members of the Corry Farms hunting lease volunteer their time during these youth hunts and act as guides, cooks and, more important, mentors. In addition, they often let the kids participate in other conservation-based activities like prescribed burns and tree planting to add to the experience. Hunt club members work hard to ensure the young hunters and their parents have a time they’ll not soon forget.
Corry’s commitment to YHPF and to passing on Florida’s hunting heritage doesn’t stop with hosting youth hunts. In 2013, he organized an effort to secure equipment for the program to be used for youth hunts throughout Florida. As a result, 10 ground blinds, four lock-ons and two ladder stands were donated to the program and dispersed to the areas of the state where they were most needed.
“I'm honored to even be considered for an award like this,” Corry said. “I hope that I'm able to be an example to other landowners and that by receiving this award it will help create additional opportunities for youth interested in hunting.”
“John Allen Corry Jr. is deserving of this award in so many ways,” said Youth Hunting Program of Florida coordinator Kenny Barker. “His commitment to the program and passion for passing on our hunting heritage are second to none. People like Mr. Corry make the Youth Hunting Program of Florida a success!"
To find out how to become a volunteer landowner or to learn more about the Youth Hunting Program of Florida, click MyFWC.com/YHPF.