Youth Hunting Hunting News

Tips From Vermont F&W for Hunting Mentors

Tips from Vt F&W for Hunting Mentors

A youngster’s first deer hunt can mark the beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment to wildlife conservation. To make the most of the upcoming Youth Deer Weekend, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department offers these tips to mentors:

North Carolina Wildlife Commission Offers Special Deer Hunting Opportunity for Youth

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.

Minnesota: CWD Testing Applies to Youth Deer Season; One Zumbrota Test Station Closes

The youth deer season opens throughout southeastern Minnesota Thursday, Oct. 20, and there are mandatory testing requirements for hunters in deer area 602, the Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) management zone, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Successful youth hunters in deer area 602 are encouraged to register their deer at the Greenway Cooperative in Pine Island so DNR staff can collect a tissue sample for CWD surveillance.

Youth Rabbit Hunt at Salamonie Lake, Indiana, Oct. 29

DNR staff from Salamonie Lake and the Indiana Beaglers Alliance invite youth between ages 11 and 17 to participate in a special rabbit hunt Oct. 29 at Salamonie Lake.

Vermont Youth Deer Hunt Weekend is Nov. 5-6

Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend is November 5-6 this year, the Saturday and Sunday before the rifle season opens.

“Vermont’s special youth deer hunting weekend helps to ensure that young hunters get the quality training and experiences they need for lifelong participation,” said Fish and Wildlife Hunter Education Coordinator Chris Saunders.

Anyone, resident or nonresident, who is 15 years old or younger on the weekend of the hunt and who has successfully completed a hunter safety course may purchase a hunting license and obtain a free youth deer hunting tag.

New Hampshire Youth Deer Hunt Set for October 22-23, 2011

New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 22-23, 2011, is the perfect time to take a youngster hunting. This special weekend gives young people age 15 and younger 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; the idea is to concentrate your time and attention on coaching your young companion.

Free Youth Deer Hunt Registration Underway for Humphreys, Trousdale Events, Tennessee

Youth between the ages of 10-15, who are hunter safety certified and who have never harvested a deer, are eligible to win a special hunt for the opening day of the Tennessee Young Sportsman Deer Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 29, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced.

Free Orange Hat for Youth Hunters in Oregon

Free hunter orange hats will be given to youth hunters that plan to hunt the fall 2011 season, to help kids meet new regulations requiring they wear the color.

Hats will be given away by Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife troopers and ODFW field staff who see youth hunters in the field during hunting season. Hats are also available at select ODFW offices while supplies last (see list of offices below).

New Michigan State Law Allows 10-Year-Olds to Hunt Deer, Elk or Bear With a Firearm

A change in state law that took effect Sept. 1 makes it legal for 10- and 11-year olds to hunt deer, bear or elk with firearms in Michigan, the Department of Natural Resources announced.

The change is not reflected in the 2011 Hunting and Trapping Digest as the publication went to press before the law was changed.

The regulations change was part of the Hunter Heritage Act, which creates a new mentored hunting program and eliminates the minimum age requirements for hunting in 2012.

South Carolina DNR, Air Force Set Youth Deer Hunt at Poinsett Electronic Combat Range

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in cooperation with the United States Air Force (USAF) Shaw Air Force Base Asset Management Flight will conduct a special youth deer hunt at the Poinsett Electronic Combat Range in Sumter County. This hunt is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011. Fifteen (15) youth will be selected by random drawing to participate in this special hunt and there is no application fee or hunting license required for those youth 15 and younger. However, a junior hunting license is required for those youth who are 16 and 17.