Youth Deer Hunting Season

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North Dakota's youth-only deer hunting season opens for first-time hunters Friday, Sept. 17 at noon.

"Once again, white-tailed deer numbers are high in the northern and eastern parts of the state," said Bill Jensen, big game biologist for the State Game and Fish Department. "Youth hunters who put forth the effort should find plenty of opportunities."

The youth deer season continues through Sunday, Sept. 26. The season is statewide, except for restricted licenses and units in western North Dakota. After opening day, hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. Solid daylight fluorescent orange vests or coats, and hats are required for all youth deer season hunters and their adult mentors.

Each youth deer hunter must be accompanied by an adult while in the field. "This one-on-one approach to teaching the skills and tradition of hunting is a well proven method," Jensen said.