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October 7, 2005

2005 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend Is Oct. 22-23

CONCORD, N.H. -- Aspiring young deer hunters will have a shot at success the weekend of October 22-23, 2005, in New Hampshire's youth deer hunt. This special weekend gives young people (age 15 and younger) the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of other hunters. Accompanying adults are not allowed to carry a firearm, so they can devote all of their time to coaching and mentoring their young companions.

"The youth weekend is a chance to introduce young people, under the careful guidance of an experienced adult, to deer hunting," said Kent Gustafson, deer project leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. "You can build bonds and create memories for a lifetime while tracking a white-tail through the autumn woods or deciphering the sounds of the forest. We hope hunters will spend the weekend with their sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, grandchildren or young friends, helping them learn what hunting is all about."

Gustafson notes that today's kids are busy with many activities, but hunting can help them learn about their environment, conservation, tradition and ethics. Youth of any age are allowed to hunt in New Hampshire during the regular seasons, but the special weekend gives them a chance to hunt before the muzzleloader and regular firearms seasons open.

Guidelines for New Hampshire's Youth Hunting Weekend for Deer:

  • Resident and nonresident youths must be under 16 years of age; they do not need a hunting license and do not have to complete a hunter education requirement;

  • Youths must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older, and the adult must have a valid New Hampshire hunting license;

  • Adults who accompany youth hunters may 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;

  • A deer of either sex is legal statewide during the youth weekend;

  • Youths are entitled to their own bag limit of game; any deer taken constitutes the one deer allowed by firearms per year;

  • All deer must be registered, as required during the regular season; youths should use the tag found inside the back cover of the 2005-2006 Hunting Digest, (click here to download from the main hunting page).

  • Youths and accompanying adults must comply with all Fish and Game laws relative to hunting deer.

The chances for getting a deer on the youth hunting weekend are often better than during the regular season, according to Gustafson. Last year's youth hunters took 312 deer in New Hampshire, down 7 percent from the record youth weekend harvest of 334 in 2003. New Hampshire has offered a youth deer hunt since 1999.

For more on youth hunting in New Hampshire, including other special hunting weekends for youth, click here.

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

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