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Indiana to Offer Youth Deer Hunting Opportunities Sept. 27-28

From Indiana Department of Natural Resources

-- Getting the right introduction to hunting and fishing ensures a quality experience and the start to a lifetime of enjoyment. Many of today's hunters and anglers received their first introduction to the two sports from either family or friends as a tradition passed down from generation to generation. A young person's memories of taking that first deer or landing the "big one" that didn't get away last a lifetime.

To help create such memories, Indiana will celebrate this special day with a two-day event that provides young licensed hunters (age 15 years and younger) who are accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) the opportunity to take one antlerless deer in addition to all other tags for the remaining deer seasons.

Participants may use any legal equipment including shotgun, rifle, muzzleloader, bow and arrow, or crossbow to harvest deer. Hunter orange must be worn, and the youth hunter must possess a legal license while hunting (either youth consolidated hunting license or apprentice license).

A youth consolidated license requires the youth to have passed the hunter education course; however, the new apprentice hunting license allows a hunter of any age the opportunity to purchase a license without taking hunter education.

Individuals with an apprentice hunter license must hunt with a licensed hunter who is older than 18 years of age, and must stay in contact with the adult hunter at all times. Indiana hunters are limited to three apprentice licenses during their lifetime.

For hunting and fishing events in Indiana for youth, go to www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/12485.htm.

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