Wisconsin Youth Deer Gun Hunt

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The seventh annual Wisconsin Youth Gun Deer Hunt will be Oct. 11-12, 2008. This special hunt was established to get youth involved in hunting under conditions with low hunting pressure and in a safe and educational setting.

"In addition to giving youths their own opportunity to experience the traditions of deer hunting in Wisconsin, there is more time for the mentor to share skills and teach their charges how to hunt safely and ethically," says Keith Warnke, deer and bear ecologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Youth hunters ages 12 to 15 who have successfully completed a hunter education program and possess a gun deer hunting license may participate in this hunt. Youths must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. Adult mentors may not gun hunt for deer and cannot accompany more than two youth hunters.

The hunt will be held in all deer management units (DMUs) statewide, except state parks and non-quota units.

In DMUs designated as Earn-a-Buck (EAB) and in chronic wasting disease (CWD) management units, youth hunters are exempt from the earn-a-buck requirements to tag one buck using their "Gun Buck Deer Carcass Tag" during the youth gun deer hunt. This exemption only applies to the two day youth hunt. During all other deer hunting seasons, youth hunters are required to follow earn-a-buck requirements in DMUs designated as EAB or CWD.

Qualified hunters may harvest one buck deer using their only Gun Buck Deer Carcass Tag and additional antlerless deer with the appropriate carcass tag.

All deer, turkey and small game hunters, with the exception of waterfowl hunters, are required to meet blaze orange requirements on these two days. For more information on the youth hunt, check the 2008 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations pamphlet.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Keith Warnke - (608) 264-6023