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