New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend is Oct. 23 and 24.

Dan Bergeron, game program supervisor for New Hampshire Fish and Game, said the event gives those 15 and younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters.

“New Hampshire’s deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities. Last year’s total harvest was again above average and deer numbers should remain strong throughout the state,” Bergeron said in a Facebook post Friday.

In 2020, young hunters took 295 deer during the youth weekend, he said.

Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not permitted to carry a firearm; the idea is to concentrate time and attention on coaching the young hunter.

“These two days present a great opportunity to introduce your son or daughter, grandchild, or other young person in your life to the excitement and rewards of deer hunting, all under the careful guidance of an experienced adult,” Bergeron said.

“You can help teach them about the sights and sounds of the forest, how to interpret wildlife sign, and how to use this knowledge to track and harvest a white-tailed deer. We hope hunters will spend the weekend teaching the state’s youth what hunting is all about.”

Hunting can also help young people learn about the environment, conservation, tradition, ethics, and build a deep and abiding appreciation for the wildlife and wild places, Bergeron said.

New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999. Nonresident youth may participate in New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend only if their state of residence allows New Hampshire youth to participate in its youth deer hunt.

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