Youth Antlerless Deer Season Nov. 1 and Dec. 22-23

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A split youth/Class Q antlerless deer season will be held on November 1, 2003 , and December 22-23, 2003 , as part of the Governor's Youth in the Outdoors Program, according to Ed Hamrick, Division of Natural Resources Director. The youth season, which is also open to Class Q license holders, will be held on private land in counties or parts thereof open to antlerless deer hunting (Class N) and on 29 designated Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) throughout the state.

“The special youth/Class Q antlerless deer season has become very popular with our young and Class Q hunters as nearly 4,000 antlerless deer were harvested during the three-day season this past year,” said Hamrick. “In addition to encouraging our youth to participate in the hunting tradition, special youth hunts provide an excellent opportunity for parents and adults to provide one-on-one instruction to our hunters of tomorrow.”

Youth hunters participating in the special season must be at least 10 and no more than 14 years of age and must be accompanied by a licensed adult who is at least 21 years of age. In addition, the adult must remain near enough to the youth to render advice and assistance, and is not permitted to carry a firearm. Class Q hunters must posses a valid Class Q (permanently disabled in both lower extremities) and CS (conservation stamp) license. The bag limit is one antlerless deer per day, which does not count towards the hunter's annual deer season bag limit. All hunters hunting on private land or on any of the specified WMAs on the days of the special youth/Class Q deer hunt, with the exception of waterfowl hunters and persons engaged in farming activities on their own land, must wear at least 400 square inches of blaze orange as an outer garment.

Individuals interested in participating in the youth/Class Q antlerless deer season should consult the 2003-2004 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations for additional details. Regulations are available at all license agents, DNR Offices, and at the DNR's web site (www.wvdnr.gov).