This weekend, Barry County youngsters can participate in the first of two special firearms deer hunting seasons that are scheduled to take place over the next few months. Nov. 1 is the opening day for the fall youth deer hunting season.
"The youth deer hunting seasons are special seasons that provide an opportunity to introduce kids to the sport of deer hunting," said Travis McLain, Barry County conservation agent. "The major benefit of this season is that it allows parents or other mentors the opportunity to take a youth hunting without the pressures of having to compete with the high volume of hunters that are typically present during the regular firearms deer hunting season."
Youth hunting seasons are open to hunters that are at least 6 and no older than 15 on the opening day of the season. There is no minimum youth hunting age for resident landowners or lessees.
"In general, all other regulations are the same as during the regular firearms deer hunting season," said McLain. "Permit requirements, tagging, checking, transportation and possession regulations all must be followed. Methods for taking deer include all of those that are legal during the regular season.
"Additionally, all hunters, including an adult accompanying a youth, are required to wear a cap or hat and a shirt, vest or coat of the color that is known as hunter orange so that the color is plainly visible from all sides," said McLain. "Camouflage orange does not satisfy this requirement."
Youth hunters can harvest one deer in accordance with their permit. Youth who possess more than one firearms deer hunting permit may fill the remainder of their permits during the November firearms, muzzleloader, antlerless or late firearms youth hunting season, which is scheduled to be held Jan. 3 and 4, 2009.
For more information on the youth hunting season, call McLain at 847-4784 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.