Kent Gustafson: (603) 271-2461
Jane Vachon: (603) 271-3211
November 3, 2009

2009 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend Results for New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. -- Preliminary reports show that young hunters succeeded in harvesting 346 deer during the 2009 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend in New Hampshire, which took place on October 24-25, 2009. 

This year’s preliminary total was nearly the same as in 2008, when 341 deer were taken during the youth hunt, according to Kent Gustafson, the Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  The numbers remain preliminary because all registrations have not yet been verified.

“Heavy rains on Saturday the 24th may have dampened the spirits of some, but youth hunters still had a productive weekend with many being successful, and all having an opportunity to learn some deer hunting skills and enjoy the companionship of their hunting partner,” said Gustafson. 

The youth deer weekend gives young people statewide the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor. Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm, so that they can devote all of their time and attention to coaching their young companions.  New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999. 

Youth also may hunt in New Hampshire during the regular seasons.  All youth hunters under age 16 must be accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years or older while hunting. "Accompanied" means “within sight and hearing, excluding electronic devices, when actual physical direction and control can be effected,” pursuant to RSA 207:1, XXX.

For more information about youth hunting in New Hampshire, visit

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