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Youth Deer Hunt Happening This Weekend

Contact(s): DNR Chief Warden Todd Schaller, 608-381-8927,

October 3, 2019 at 4:54:57 pm

Hunters Urged to Review Age Requirements and Stay Safe

MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources wants to remind all participants of this weekend's popular youth hunt for deer to review and to know the safety rules of this annual event.

The youth hunt held Oct. 5-6 is only open to persons 15 years and younger who have a gun deer license to hunt with a gun or other legal weapon before the regular firearm seasons. The youth hunt is open to all residents and non-resident youth hunters with a gun-deer license and appropriate tags.

As in previous years, those new to hunting can celebrate their first harvest with the official first deer or first hunt certificate. Follow the instructions on the page to upload a photo of your first deer and describe the experience. For more information, and to create a first deer certificate, search keywords "first deer certificate."

"Many youths are busy with schoolwork and extracurriculars," said Chief Warden Todd Schaller. "The youth hunt was designed to provide an additional opportunity outside the traditional deer seasons. It's an opportunity to spend time outdoors observing nature, spend time with family and friends, and to slow down and breathe, yes and, hopefully, harvest a deer."

Youth hunters may hunt in all Deer Management Units except state park and non-quota units. A gun deer hunting license is required if hunting with a firearm. The bag limit is one buck per gun buck deer harvest authorization, plus one additional antlerless deer per antlerless deer harvest authorization valid for the Deer Management Unit the youth hunter will be hunting. Youth hunters who possess an archer or crossbow license may continue to hunt with a bow or crossbow during the archery/crossbow season, which runs concurrently with the youth gun deer hunt. All other hunting regulations apply.

Here are more highlights of the rules:

Learn more about youth hunts on the DNR website, where hunters can also review regulations.

Last Revised: Thursday, October 03, 2019

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