Free Youth Deer Hunting Weekend

On the first weekend following Christmas, resident and nonresident youth 15 years of age and younger, who are accompanied by an adult, are eligible to participate in the free youth weekend. Youth hunters may hunt deer with firearms, or any other legal method, statewide without a hunting license or deer permit. Hunter education is not required for license-exempt hunters. All bag limits, zone restrictions and deer hunting requirements apply during the special youth deer seasons.


For More Information

Contact our Information Center at 1-800-858-1549 or if you have any questions not answered below.

Important Dates

Free Youth Deer Hunting Weekend: Dec. 31 - Jan. 1

Free Youth Small Game Hunting & Trapping Week: Dec. 31 - Jan. 6 (SEE BELOW)


Youths ages 15 and under may use modern firearms (centerfire rifles or slug guns) or muzzleloaders, as well as crossbows or archery equipment, to hunt deer during this weekend. (Other legal hunters may use crossbows and archery equipment per statewide deer seasons.)


Resident and nonresident youth hunters and trappers ages 15 and younger may hunt and trap applicable game and furbearers, and hunt migratory birds in season without a hunting or trapping license for seven consecutive days starting the Saturday after Christmas. Please refer to the hunter orange clothing law section (page 8) for guidelines. Hunter orange clothing must be worn by all hunters Dec. 31, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023 since youth hunters are also permitted to hunt deer with firearms at that time. Youth hunters must comply with all equipment regulations and bag limits for furbearers when hunting or trapping. Hunter education is not required for license-exempt hunters. Adults accompanying youth hunters/trappers during the free youth hunting and trapping week do not need a license if they are not hunting/trapping.

Refer to the hunting and trapping guide for more information.