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Prospects good for NH youth deer season Oct. 22-23

From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

-- New Hampshire's youth deer weekend, Oct. 22 and 23, 2011 is a weekend that gives young people age 15 and younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters.

Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm; the idea is to concentrate time and attention on coaching young hunters.

Prospects for this year's youth season are good, according to Kent Gustafson, Deer Project Leader. The state's deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities and memorable experiences. In 2010, young hunters took 392 deer during the youth weekend, up 8 percent from the previous year.

New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999. Nonresident youth may participate in New Hampshire's youth deer weekend only if their state of residence allows New Hampshire youth to participate in its youth deer hunt.

For more about New Hampshire's youth deer hunting weekend, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Youth_deer_wknd.htm.

For more information on deer hunting in New Hampshire, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_deer.htm.

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