I just returned from a youth hunt at CBSP with my 9-year-old son. I spent a lot of time doing research before the hunt and thought I would share some info after returning.
1. Safety first - wear orange at all times and remind kids. I also put an orange fly over our pop up for extra identification purposes. Be sure to sign in and out. Make sure to use the safety appropriately and unload the gun as needed.
2. You can find trail maps online that will load into Google Earth. Search for open areas (which are limited) as this will help you find an appropriate hunting location.
3. Setup asap on the first day. Get the food out to start attracting animals (we used horse and mule feed - recommended by staff). Be sure to brush in your pop up blind so it doesn't stick out too much. We did our best and didn't get busted. We trimmed a lot of Juniper trees to help clear the lanes and used the trimmings. NOTE - if you can't find a good spot, ask staff for help asap.
4. Gear - we used Ameristep Caretaker with an orange fly for id and for rain protection. Caldwell SureShot is fantastic for youth to help stabilize the gun. Be sure to have branch cutters and gloves - juniper pokes a bit.
5. Keep your youth warm - I bought snow pants, ski coat, mittens, hand warmers, boots, etc. I even bought a small propane heater but decided it would be a bit iffy to use inside the tight pop-up.
6. Fun part - we saw pigs and deer. My son shot a very small doe, a spotted pig, and a larger doe. He fired (and likely hit) a huge buck, but after waiting 15 minutes, we spooked it and never saw it again. That was sad, but couldn't keep our spirits down. We did search for about 4 hours with no luck.
7. Know the difference between a pig and a javelina. They also have aoudad and Spanish goats. Our group killed a 175 pound Spanish goat.
8. The drive from the entrance to the river (cleaning station) takes about 20 minutes if you go the 20 mph speed limit.
9. Cell phone reception is sketchy. Higher elevation caught us one bar at our stand, which I appreciated.
10. Zone map and other photos attached.
Hope this helps someone else. The hunt was a fantastic experience for my son and me. The staff was exceptional. They answered several of my questions before the hunt. They really added to the whole experience.
If you happen to win a hunt at CBSP, be ready for a great time!
Let me know if you have questions. I'm so excited about the trip that I probably won't stop thinking about it for months.