Youth deer weekend, Oct. 24 and 25, 2020, is the perfect time to take a young person hunting. The special weekend gives youth 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 so the adult can focus time and attention on coaching a young companion.
According to Dan Bergeron, Game Program supervisor, the state’s deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities. “Last year’s total harvest was again above average and deer numbers should remain strong throughout the state.” In 2019, young hunters took 286 deer during the special youth weekend.
“This weekend presents a great opportunity to introduce your son or daughter, grandchild, or even a young friend to the excitement and rewards of deer hunting, all under the careful guidance of an experienced adult,” Bergeron said. “You can help teach them about the sights and sounds of the forest, how to interpret wildlife sign, and how to use this knowledge to track and harvest a white-tailed deer.”
Bergeron notes that hunting can also help young people learn about the environment, conservation, tradition, ethics, and build a deep and abiding appreciation for the wildlife and wild places that many of our citizens and visitors cherish.
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.
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