Raleigh, N.C. Oct. 25, 2011 – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a special youth-only deer hunting opportunity on Dec. 10 near New Bern. To be eligible, participants must be between 12 and 16 years old and have successfully completed a hunter education course.

The hunt will be held at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center between Vanceboro and New Bern on U.S. 17.

“This is a chance for an enjoyable and memorable outdoor experience, with guidance and assistance available every step of the way,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator who will lead the hunt. “We always have fun at these events.”

The cost is $5 per youth hunter and the deadline to purchase a permit is Dec. 1. Participation is limited. Permits can be purchased at any Wildlife Service Agent location or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and adult must attend an orientation on Dec. 3.

For more information, contact BB Gillen at bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org or call 919-218-3638. Information on this and other permit hunt opportunities are available online at http://www.ncwildlife.org/License/Permit_Hunts.htm.

In North Carolina, all first-time hunting license buyers must successfully complete a Hunter Education Course, offered free across the state. Go to www.ncwildlife.org to consult the online version of the 2011-2012 N.C. Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest or call 919-707-0031 for more information.

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.

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