2021 Youth Deer Hunting Day Announced

RALEIGH, N.C. (Sept. 14, 2021) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has designated Saturday, Sept. 25 as Youth Deer Hunting Day for 2021. Youth Deer Hunting Day was established in 2015 by the Wildlife Commission to increase interest in deer hunting among youth, potentially increase their success at hunting and highlight the need to engage youth in hunting.

On this day, youth 17 and under may use any legal hunting implement to hunt deer; anyone 18 and older may only use the hunting implement legal for the type of season open in their county. Hunters 17-years-old and younger may also hunt deer of either sex and are not required to be accompanied by an adult if they have completed a hunter education course. All deer hunters must wear blaze orange on the 25th, even if using archery equipment, and the use of dogs is allowed in areas where hunting deer with dogs is lawful.

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

Hunters 16 and older need to purchase a license with a Big Game Harvest report card by:

Going online, 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.

License-exempt youth must obtain their own Big Game Harvest Report Card at no cost from a wildlife service agent or by calling the number above. License-exempt cards are not available online.

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

About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities.

Purchase or a renew a fishing, trapping and hunting license and renew a vessel registration online at ncwildlife.org.

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