Vermont's Youth Hunts Now Open to Nonresident Youth

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Nonresident young hunters may now participate in Vermont's special youth hunt weekends for deer and turkey. Vermont's legislative statute governing youth deer and turkey hunts was amended to include nonresidents as well as residents, effective July 1, 2009.

"Vermont's three special youth hunting weekends are helping to ensure that young hunters get the quality training and experiences they need for lifelong participation," said Fish & Wildlife Hunter Education Coordinator Chris Saunders. "We wanted to help make it possible for both resident and nonresident families to enjoy a Vermont hunting experience."

Anyone under 16 years of age who has successfully completed a hunter safety course and purchased the required licenses may obtain free youth deer hunting or youth turkey hunting tags to participate in Vermont's special youth hunts for deer and turkey.

The young hunter must be accompanied by an unarmed adult over 18 years of age who holds a Vermont hunting license. The adult may accompany up to two young hunters. Landowner permission is required in order to hunt on private land during the youth deer and turkey hunt weekends.

Vermont's youth deer hunting weekend is November 7 and 8 this year, the weekend before the rifle season. A young hunter who has obtained a Vermont hunting license and youth deer tag may take one deer of either sex during youth deer hunting weekend. The antler restriction that applies for other Vermont deer seasons does not apply for youth deer hunting weekend.

"We have sent updated information to our license agents, so they will be aware that nonresident youths may obtain Youth Deer Hunt tags for use on November 7 and 8, 2009," said Fish & Wildlife Operations Chief Thomas Decker. "The 2009 hunting and fishing lawbook does not have the information, but the 2010 edition will have the updated language."

For more information, go to Vermont Fish & Wildlife's website Youth Hunting page: http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/hunttrap_youth.cfm