Dan Bergeron: (603) 271-2461
Jay Martin: (603) 271-3211
October 18, 2021
Concord, NH – New Hampshire’s youth deer weekend, Saturday and Sunday, October 23-24, 2021, is the perfect time to take a young person hunting. This special weekend gives young people age 15 and younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of competing with thousands of adult hunters.
Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm, the idea being to concentrate your time and attention on coaching your young companion.
Prospects for this year’s youth season are excellent, according to Dan Bergeron, Deer Project Leader and Game Program Supervisor for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. “New Hampshire’s deer population is healthy and will provide excellent opportunities,” said Bergeron. “Last year’s total harvest was the fourth largest on record and deer numbers should remain strong throughout the state.” In 2020, young hunters took 295 deer during the Granite State’s youth weekend.
“The weekend presents a great opportunity to introduce young people to the excitement and rewards of deer hunting, all under the careful guidance of an experienced adult,” said Bergeron. “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 instructing the state’s youth on what hunting is all about.”
Bergeron notes that 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 that many of our citizens and visitors cherish.
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.