Youth hunting day

Youth hunting day in North Carolina is Saturday. Pictured, a daughter and her father enjoy youth hunting day last year in the state.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has designated Saturday, Sept. 26, as a Youth Deer Hunting Day for 2020. On Saturday, youth 17 and younger may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either sex and are not required to be accompanied by an adult if they have completed a hunter education course.

For example, a 16-year-old hunter in Wilkes without a valid hunting license may use a rifle, muzzleloader or bow and arrow to hunt whitetail deer on Saturday on both private (with permission from the landowner) and public lands.

Hunters age 18 and older with a valid hunting license may use only the weapon that is legal for the type of season open in their county on Saturday. In Wilkes, it is currently legal to hunt with archery equipment only. All hunters must wear blaze orange on Saturday.

The use of dogs for deer hunting is allowed on Saturday in areas where it is lawful. Deer hunting with the use of dogs is prohibited in Wilkes and other counties west of the Piedmont Triad area.

During the remainder of hunting seasons, youth 17 and younger are required to use the legal weapon for the open season in the area where they are hunting.

Youth Deer Hunting Day was established in 2015 to increase interest in deer hunting among youth, potentially increase their success at hunting, and highlight the need to engage youth in hunting.

Hunters can report their big game harvests either by phone at 800-I-GOT-ONE (800-446-8663), online at “Report a Harvest” or at a participating wildlife service agent location.

Hunters 16 and older need to purchase a license with a big game harvest report card by visiting www.ncwildlife.org, calling 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834), or visiting one of more than 1,000 wildlife service agents located across the state.

For more information on hunting in North Carolina, visit the commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.

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