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Harvest up slightly for NH youth hunt weekend

From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- Preliminary reports show young hunters harvested 387 deer during the 2011 youth deer hunt Oct. 22 and 23, up slightly from last year's total of 376 deer and the 2009 total of 363 deer.

The numbers remain preliminary because all registrations have not yet been verified, according to Kent Gustafson, deer project leader.

The youth deer weekend gives young people statewide the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor. Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm, so that they can devote all of their time and attention to coaching their young companions. New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999.

Youth also may hunt in New Hampshire during the regular deer seasons.All youth hunters under age 16 must be accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years or older while hunting. Accompanied means within sight and hearing, excluding electronic devices, when actual physical direction and control can be effected.

New Hampshire also offers special opportunities for young hunters through a youth turkey weekend each spring and a youth waterfowl weekend in September.

For more information about youth hunting in New Hampshire, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/youth_hunting.htm.

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