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October 8, 2009

N.H. Youth Deer Hunt Set for October 24-25, 2009

CONCORD, N.H. -- Take a kid hunting on New Hampshire's youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 24-25, 2009.  This special weekend gives young people statewide the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters. 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. Nonresident youth may participate in New Hampshire's youth deer weekend only if their state of residence allows New Hampshire youth to participate in its youth deer hunt.

Prospects for this year's youth season are good, according to Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.  New Hampshire's deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities and memorable experiences.   In 2008, young hunters took 341 deer during the youth weekend, with deer being taken in all 18 of New Hampshire's Wildlife Management Units. 

"The weekend is a chance to introduce young people, under the careful guidance of an experienced adult, to deer hunting," said Gustafson.  "You can build bonds for a lifetime while tracking a whitetail through the autumn woods or deciphering the sounds of the forest from a treestand.  We hope hunters will spend the weekend with their sons and daughters, grandchildren or young friends, helping them learn what hunting is all about." Gustafson notes that hunting can help youngsters learn about the environment, conservation, tradition and ethics, and gain an appreciation for the wildlife and wild places of New Hampshire. 

New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999.  The state also offers youth weekends for waterfowl hunting in the early fall and for turkey in the spring. For more about New Hampshire's youth deer hunting weekend, visit www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Youth_deer_wknd.htm.

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