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All young hunters can participate in Vermont youth hunts

From the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
-- 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.
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.
A 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 Nov. 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.      

Updated information has been sent to license agents, but the hunting and fishing law book will not contain the updated information until the 2010 edition. For more information, go to Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website Youth Hunting page at

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