---- — CONCORD — Preliminary reports show that young hunters succeeded in harvesting 411 deer during the 2013 Youth Deer Hunt Weekend in New Hampshire, which took place Oct. 26 and 27.
“This year’s preliminary youth hunt total is up 14 percent from 2012 and is also above the final 2012 total youth hunt weekend harvest of 388. It was also up from preliminary totals in other recent years: 363 in 2009, 376 in 2010 and 387 in 2011,” said Dan Bergeron, the Deer Project Leader for the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department.
The 2013 numbers remain preliminary because all registrations have not yet been reported and verified.
“Many of New Hampshire’s youth hunters were successful over the weekend in harvesting, what for many, was likely their first deer,” Bergeron said. “
More importantly, they were safely introduced to the sport by an experienced hunter and close friend and hopefully gained some memorable experiences, a new passion, and an appreciation for the state’s wildlife and natural areas.”
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, according to state statute.
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 http://www.huntnh.com/Hunting/youth_hunting.htm.