Concord, N.H. — Preliminary reports show that young hunters succeeded in harvesting 387 deer during the 2011 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend in New Hampshire, which took place on October 22-23.
This year’s reported youth hunt total is up slightly from the 2010 total of 376 deer and 2009 total of 363 deer for the weekend, according to Kent Gustafson, the Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The numbers remain preliminary because all registrations have not yet been verified.
“New Hampshire’s youth hunters had a productive weekend with many being successful in taking a deer, perhaps their first. Equally important was the opportunity to learn some deer hunting skills, enjoy the companionship of their hunting mentor and share the excitement of deer hunting,” said Gustafson.
The youth deer weekend gives young people statewide the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor. Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm, so that they can devote all of their time and attention to coaching their young companions. New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999.
Youth also may hunt in New Hampshire during the regular deer seasons. All youth hunters under age 16 must be accompanied by a licensed adult 18 years or older while hunting. “Accompanied” means “within sight and hearing, excluding electronic devices, when actual physical direction and control can be effected,” pursuant to RSA 207:1, XXX.
New Hampshire also offers special opportunities for young hunters through a youth turkey weekend each spring and a youth waterfowl weekend in September.
For more information about youth hunting in New Hampshire, visit http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/youth_hunting.htm.