North Carolina Wildlife Commission Offers Special Deer Hunting Opportunity for Youth

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a special youth-only deer hunting opportunity on Dec. 10 near New Bern. To be eligible, participants must be between 12 and 16 years old and have successfully completed a hunter education course.

The hunt will be held at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center between Vanceboro and New Bern on U.S. 17.

“This is a chance for an enjoyable and memorable outdoor experience, with guidance and assistance available every step of the way,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator who will lead the hunt. “We always have fun at these events.”

The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline to purchase a permit is Dec. 1. Participation is limited. Permits can be purchased at any Wildlife Service Agent location or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and adult must attend an orientation on Dec. 3.

For more information, contact BB Gillen at or call 919-218-3638.  Information on this and other permit hunt opportunities are available online at Permit Hunting Opportunities.

In North Carolina, all first-time hunting license buyers must successfully complete a Hunter Education Course, offered free across the state. Go to to consult the online version of the 2011-2012 N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest or call 919-707-0031 for more information.


Retired2hunt's picture

  Great job NC in offering


Great job NC in offering another option for youth hunters in your state!  The ability to get a young adult out into the fields or woods and offer a good chance in harvesting a deer not only allows the introduction of the sport to the young person but also creates a story and memory that will live on for a lifetime between parent and child.  Again great job NC!



numbnutz's picture

This sounds like a great

This sounds like a great opppertunity for kids to get out there and hunt. Weyerhouser has some of the best hunting grounds out here in Oregon. Some are free to hunt but the primo areas they charge a modest $250 annual permit fee and they limit the amount of permits sold. One in particular had a new Oregon record Roosevelt elk shot on a few years ago. Ok back to the article. I love when states make special hunt just for kids. They are the future of our sport and we need to make every effort to keep kids interested in hunting. I hope this hunt is a sucess and all the kids will tag out. One thing I like about my state is they have nearly quadurpled the amount of youth hunts in the past few years and for the OTC tags they made the very last weekend a youth only weekend, and that will run right in the pre-rut time of year so chances of seeing a nice blacktail are really good. Good job NC for making this hunt possible. Keep up the good work.