Youth deer weekend October 23-24 is a special weekend to give 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 permitted to carry a firearm so they can concentrate time and attention on coaching their young companion.
Prospects for this year’s youth season are excellent, says Dan Bergeron, Game Program supervisor.
“New Hampshire’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,” he said. In 2020, young hunters took 295 deer during the youth weekend.
“These two days present a great opportunity to introduce your son or daughter, grandchild, or other young person in your life to the excitement and rewards of deer hunting, all under the careful guidance of an experienced adult,” said Bergeron. “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. We hope hunters will spend the weekend teaching the state’s youth what hunting is all about.”
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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. More information about deer hunting in New Hampshire is available online.