WATERBURY, Vt — A youngster’s first deer hunt can mark the
beginning of a lifelong passion for the outdoors and a commitment
to wildlife conservation. To make the most of the upcoming Youth
Deer Weekend, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department offers these
tips to mentors:
• Hunt Safe. No matter what the age of participants, hunting is
one the safest outdoor activities. Youth hunters are some of the
safest hunters when accompanied by an alert mentor.
• Hunt Smart. Scouting and range practice are necessary and
exciting ingredients to any successful hunt.
• Model Behavior. Safe and responsible hunters are mentored by safe
and responsible hunters.
• Go often. Lifelong hunting participation is directly related to
the amount of time spent hunting in youth, especially when these
experiences occur in a family or mentor setting.
• Respect the Intent: The youth deer weekend hunt on November 5 and
6 is for the youth, not you. Legally, you must leave your firearm
at home, and the youth must harvest the animal.
• Have Fun! Being with family and friends and generally having a
good time is more important to youth hunters than bagging game.
Don’t push them. Young hunters need positive reinforcement
For more information, check out the Department’s Youth Hunting