I have always been a huge advocate for youth hunts. Here in Virginia, our youth have the opportunity to hunt deer and turkey one weekend before regular seasons come in. This gives the kids a chance to get out before other hunters and before major hunting pressure starts. My boys particulary enjoyed their youth hunts during spring gobbler season. My youngest still has a few more years and he always manages to put the whammy on a big old gobbler prior to the rest of us hitting the woods. The best part of these hunts is the camaraderie. As much as the kids and I hunt together, they spend their youth day hunts with my Dad, otherwise known as Grandaddy. Those are memories that will last a lifetime.
Minnesota is promoting youn hunts in selected areas this year. Their hunts are drawn through an application process. There are several rules and regulations that must be met but for more information continue reading.
“Youth can apply to hunt deer in select state parks and other refuge areas during 16 special deer hunts in October and November.”
“Participation in other deer hunting seasons remains an option for youth who take part in the special youth deer hunts, but any deer harvested count against the youth’s season bag limit. An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Both youth and mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation.”