Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
Kent Gustafson: (603) 271-2461
October 22, 2003

Youth Deer Hunting Weekend Is October 25 and 26

CONCORD, N.H. -- For New Hampshire hunters, a perfect opportunity is approaching to share the excitement of deer hunting and pass a tradition on to the next generation. This Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26, mark the state's Youth Hunting Weekend for Deer, when young people can go deer hunting with their adult mentors, without the pressure of competing with thousands of other hunters.

Kent Gustafson, deer project leader for Fish and Game, notes that today's kids have a lot of activities to choose from, but few of those activities will help them learn about their environment, conservation, tradition and ethics the way hunting can. "The special youth hunting weekend is a rare chance for young people to get outdoors with the adults in their life," he said. "We hope that hunters will take this opportunity to spend some quality time with their daughters and sons, grandchildren or young friends, explore the woods and learn what hunting is all about." Young people may hunt during legal hunting seasons outside of Youth Hunting Weekend for Deer, but this weekend is designed to allow them the opportunity to hunt before the regular firearms season opens, without competition from adult hunters. Adults are not permitted to carry firearms on Youth Hunting Weekend for Deer, so they can devote 100% of their time to coaching and mentoring their young companions.

Here are the rules for Youth Hunting Weekend for Deer:

  • Resident and nonresident youths must be under 16 years of age; they do not need a hunting license;
  • Youths must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older, and the adult must have a valid hunting license;
  • Adults who accompany youth hunters shall not carry a firearm, or assist in taking the deer, other than to supervise;
  • Each licensed adult may accompany up to two youths under 16 years of age;
  • Hunters under age 16 are not required to possess a hunting license, and are entitled to their own bag limit of game;
  • Any deer taken during Youth Hunting Weekend for Deer will constitute the one deer allowed by firearms per year per hunter. Youths should use the tag on the back cover of the 2003-2004 Hunting Digest, available for download from the hunting page (click here);
  • All deer need to be registered as required during the regular season;
  • A deer of either sex is legal statewide;
  • Youths and the adults accompanying them must comply with all Fish and Game laws relative to hunting deer.

According to Gustafson, the chances for getting a deer on Youth Deer Hunting Weekend should be better than during the regular season, because there won't be other firearms deer hunters in the field that day. Last year's youth hunters set a new record for the weekend, taking 260 deer throughout the state.

For more information on hunting in New Hampshire, click here.

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