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Wisconsin youth gun deer hunt Oct. 8-9

From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

-- Wisconsin's annual youth gun deer hunt for youngsters ages 10 to 15 takes place Oct. 8 and 9 statewide.

Under Wisconsin's Mentored Hunting Law, now in its third season, young hunters can participate with or without hunter education certification, in the youth gun deer hunt with a mentor.

The mentored hunting law also allows deer hunting during later seasons.

There are several changes from last year's youth gun deer hunt. The junior antlerless gun deer carcass tag will now be valid statewide for youth hunters, allowing them to use it in buck only units. A separate, unit specific, antlerless tag will not be required in these units.

The hunt will be held in all deer management units statewide, except state park units, Fort McCoy, Chambers Island, Menominee County and the Apostle Islands other than Madeline Island.

Wisconsin has two programs designed to introduce youths to deer hunting under controlled conditions and under close supervision of an adult hunter:
Youth hunters 12 through 15 years of age, resident and nonresident, who possess a hunter education certificate of accomplishment and a gun deer hunting license may hunt deer Oct. 8 and 9 accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. To accompany means the adult is within both visual and voice contact of the youth.

The adult does not have to be a licensed hunter or a hunter education graduate to accompany one or two youth who are at least 12 years of age and have completed a hunter education course.

Qualified adult mentors must be at least 18 years of age and have the youth's parent or guardian's permission to mentor the youth hunter. They also must possess a valid hunting license for the current year (any type of game), unless they are mentoring a youth on land that the mentor owns.

Earn-a-buck restrictions do not apply to the hunter's one green gun buck deer carcass tag in CWD EAB units. Following EAB rules, a youth may harvest and tag bucks or antlerless deer using the free 2011-12 or 2012-13 CWD Deer Carcass Tags in CWD units. More information about EAB rules and CWD tags is available on page 15 of 2011 Wisconsin Deer Hunting Regulations.

All hunters and their mentors must observe blaze orange clothing requirements.

All deer, bear, turkey and small game hunters, with the exception of waterfowl hunters, are also required to meet blaze orange requirements on these two days.

More information on the youth deer hunt and Mentored Hunting Law is available online.

Wisconsin seer hunting regulations can be found online.

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