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For information about youth hunting in Wisconsin, contact:
Wildlife Management

Special seasons just for kids to enjoy

Youth hunting events give hunters ages 10 to 15 an opportunity to hunt and gain valuable experience without competing against adult hunters. Special seasons for a variety of species allow only youngsters to hunt during these days under the supervision of their mentor.

For wild turkey, white-tailed deer and waterfowl, one weekend each year (prior to the normal hunting season), has been set aside for persons 10-15 years of age (resident and non-resident) to gain experience. All youth hunters need to have successfully completed a Hunter Education Program (unless participating in the Hunting Mentorship Program), hold all required permits and tags and be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian 18 years of age or older. The adult may not accompany more than two youth hunters.

Youth Hunt Weekends

Spring Turkey Youth Hunt

A spring turkey license, stamp and valid carcass tag is required. Youths can hunt regardless of what time period their permit is issued for, but may only hunt in the Turkey Management Zone designated on their permit. Bag limit is one male or bearded turkey in total during this two-day youth hunt. See additional youth hunt rules and regulations [PDF]. All other hunting regulations apply. More turkey hunting details. See dates for this event.

Youth Deer Hunt

Youth hunters may hunt deer with a gun in all Deer Management Units except state park and non-quota units. A gun deer hunting license is required. The bag limit is one buck per Gun Buck Deer Carcass Tag plus additional antlerless deer per Antlerless Deer Carcass Tag valid for the Deer Management Unit the youth hunter will be hunting. See additional youth hunt rules and regulations [PDF]. All other hunting regulations apply. More deer hunting details. See dates for this event.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Dates are finalized after a period of public input and a final ruling on the waterfowl season by the Natural Resources Board in early August. Find final dates at season dates and application deadlines
All license and stamp requirements are waived for eligible youth duck hunters on these two days. We expect the duck bag limit to be same as the regular season. Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration is required of all youth hunters and to harvest a Canada goose, the youth must possess a Canada goose harvest permit for the zone he/she is hunting in. All other hunting regulations apply. See additional youth hunt rules and regulations [PDF]. More waterfowl hunting details.

Last revised: Friday September 12 2014