Youth-Only Firearms Deer Hunting Weekend

One the second weekend of October, resident and nonresident youth 15 years of age and younger, who are accompanied by an adult, may take deer statewide. Please note the appropriate hunting license and deer permits are required for hunters ages 12-15. Youth hunters younger than age 12 are not required to have a hunting license or deer permit. Hunter education is not required for license-exempt hunters. Youth hunters may hunt deer with firearms, or any other legal method, statewide without a hunting license or deer permit. All bag limits, zone restrictions and deer hunting requirements apply during the special youth deer seasons.


For More Information

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Important Dates

Free Youth-Only Firearms Season: Second Weekend in October

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

Free Youth Small Game Hunting & Trapping Week: Dec. 31 - Jan. 6


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.)