Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Saturday, February 4th, 2023

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Tips from VT F&W for Hunting Mentors

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.

Most Importantly

• 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


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