Upcoming Programs Involving Wakulla County Sheriff's Office

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

CHILDREN’S FISHING TOURNAMENT

The Wakulla Children’s Fishing Tournament Committee is hoping to build a love for fishing in young people through the annual Wakulla Children’s Fishing Tournament on Saturday, May 21. The tournament organizers are seeking sponsors for the tournament, which is free to children ages three to 15. Organizers are hoping more than 300 boys and girls come to Woolley Park in Panacea to take part in the event. Organizers are still seeking fishing captain volunteers who are willing to take children out fishing on their boats.

Festivities begin at 7 a.m. at the Port Panacea Marina and continue later in the day at Woolley Park in Panacea.

Sheriff David Harvey and the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office have helped organize the event for several years. “This is a great opportunity for boys and girls to learn something about the sport of fishing and enjoy an activity that may become a lifelong hobby,” said Sheriff Harvey. “Fishing is something that people can enjoy well into their retirement years.”

The last tournament fleet boat will leave Port Panacea Marina at 8:30 a.m. and the weigh-in at Woolley Park will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided to all participants at Woolley Park from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Youth not going out on a family boat or with one of the fleet of volunteer captains may fish from any safe location and bring their catch to Woolley Park. The fresh water divisions include bass, pan fish and catfish. The saltwater categories include white trout, speckled trout, Spanish mackerel, redfish, flounder and whiting. No grouper, snapper, amberjack, sharks, rays, hard head or sail catfish will be considered.

All anglers will receive a tournament T-shirt at the registration table. Parents or guardians of children must sign a release form before children board a tournament vessel. Children age 5 to 8 must be accompanied by one parent or guardian and they must wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket.

Youth will not only receive a T-shirt and lunch, but an opportunity to participate in games and win trophies as well. Prizes will be given away including fishing poles and tackle boxes. The grand prize is a trip to Sea World for a family of four that includes some spending money.

As is true with so many volunteer events, organizers are looking for sponsors. Your contribution of $75 or more will help ensure the success of the tournament and your name or company will appear on the back of the T-shirt.

The tournament may be cancelled due to poor weather. All donations to support the tournament will be welcomed. Donations may be made to Wakulla Children’s Fishing Tournament, P.O. Box 349, Panacea, FL 32346-0349. For more information, call Major Larry Massa of the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office at 745-7105.

FIREARMS SAFETY CLASS

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office’s Firearm Safety classes have already filled up through June, but another class is scheduled for Saturday, July 9 at the WCSO Firing Range from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The cost is $65 for individuals who are not members of the range. The course will satisfy the requirements of a concealed carry permit. To register for the class, contact Major Larry Massa at 745-7105. The classes during the first six months of the year filled up quickly.

PROJECT GRADUATION

During the final week of the 2010-2011 school year, the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office will sponsor the 28th Annual Project Graduation. Each year Wakulla County’s graduating seniors look forward to “their turn” for a fun-filled event. The goal of the sheriff’s office is to provide a safe celebration for the seniors.

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office was one of the first law enforcement agencies to organize and celebrate the accomplishments of seniors. The program has taken different forms over the years. This year the celebration will be held at Fun Station in Tallahassee where seniors can enjoy gifts, music, cash prizes, games and all the food, beverages and snacks they can eat. This event is conducted at no cost to the graduate.

Project Graduation is an expensive venture and the WCSO depends on the support of our friends in the business community to help us raise the needed funds. The cost of the event is expected to reach $3,500. Cash contributions would be greatly appreciated, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Captain Brent Sanders can be reached at the sheriff’s office at (850) 745-7246 or on his cell phone, (850) 251-1116. Captain Sanders will be glad to speak to you about the event or collect a contribution. Contributions may also be sent through the mail to: Project Graduation, C/O Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office, 15 Oak Street, Crawfordville, FL 32327.

“I want to thank you in advance for your positive response and for helping give our seniors one last chance to celebrate safely as a class, in a fun-filled environment, before traveling their separate ways and becoming our future leaders,” Sheriff Harvey concluded.

FIREARMS SAFETY AND OUTDOOR SKILLS PROGRAM

The popular Firearms Safety and Outdoor Skills Program is back for 2011 and this year youths have their choice of two sessions.

The first session will be held Monday through Friday, June 20 to June 24 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Wakulla Sheriff’s Office Training Center and Firing Range. The program is open to boys and girls ages 12 to 16.

The second session of the program will be held Monday through Friday, July 18 to July 22, also from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Registration ends for the two sessions on June 10 and space is limited to 30 youths. The cost is $100 per student which includes lunch and beverages each day.

WCSO instructors will provide a hands-on learning experience based on the Florida Hunter Safety Course. Classroom time will be kept to a minimum with teaching done at the range in an outdoor environment.

Students will receive training in a variety of topics aimed at introducing them to the lifetime sport of hunting. Subjects include how to use a map and compass; observation of wildlife and reading wildlife signs; developing outdoor survival skills; field first aid; and hunting skills and safe use of rifles, shotguns and archery equipment which will enhance the hunting experience.

Students will also be exposed to the GREAT and SAVE programs to reinforce a positive approach to dealing with social problems facing youth.

Once the student successfully completes the course, they will receive their Florida Hunter Safety course certification which is required for anyone born after June 1, 1975 to purchase a Florida hunting license.

To register for one of the programs, call Major Larry Massa at 745-7105. The range is located at 65 Qualify Lane in Sopchoppy.

INTERMEDIATE COURSE OF INSTRUCTION ON CARRYING A CONCEALED WEAPON/AR 15

· The sheriff’s office is also hosting an Intermediate Course of Instruction on Carrying a Concealed Weapon. The class is limited to 15 students on Saturday, June 11 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $60 and it will be held at the training center. Students will need to bring their handgun and 100 rounds of ammunition. The classroom segment will include a review of legal issues; shoot and don’t shoot situations; types of weapons; evaluation of your weapon; manner of carrying and concealing your weapon; how to shoot; and different types of ammunition.

The range segment will include: sight-in; adjust sights or adjust point of aim; seven yard line; full body targets; removing your weapon from concealment; shoot and don’t shoot utilizing full body; good guy-bad guy targets; move and shoot; and steel targets.

Certified WCSO law enforcement instructors will teach the course. To register for the course, contact Major Larry Massa at (850) 745-7105.

· An AR 15 Rifle Instruction Course will be held June 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WCSO Training Center and Shooting Range, Sopchoppy, FL. The cost is $60 for non-members and discounts are available for members.

The Basic AR 15/M 16 course introduces the student to the two rifle platforms including field stripping, maintenance and functioning. Shooting will be performed from 25 yards and 50 yards. Final shooting will be the same as the 40 round law enforcement qualification course.

Participants should have an AR style rifle, two magazines with 20 round capacity or greater and 200 rounds of ammunition. However, if you don’t own an AR and would like to participate, please contact the range for availability of a loaner by calling (850) 745-7290.

Participants will have an opportunity to shoot a full automatic M 16 rifle. This is a fee-based course with discounts offered to range members. WCSO Law Enforcement Certified Instructors and AR 15 Armors will teach the course.

To register for the course, contact Major Larry Massa at (850) 745-7105.


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