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N.H. holds annual youth deer hunt

It’s time for New Hampshire’s Youth Deer Hunt this weekend.

The event, which began yesterday and runs through today, gives people age 15 and younger the chance to go deer hunting with an adult mentor without the pressure of competing with other adults.

Accompanying adults must be licensed hunters and are not allowed to carry a firearm.

Dan Bergeron, deer project leader for the department, said New Hampshire’s deer population is healthy and provides excellent opportunities.

“You can help teach them about the sights and sounds of the forest, how to interpret wildlife sign and how to use this knowledge to track and harvest a white-tailed deer,” he said. “It’s a great excuse to get young people and yourself out in the fresh air, have some fun and enjoy some beautiful fall foliage.”

In 2012, young hunters took 388 deer during the youth weekend.

New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999. Non-New Hampshire residents may participate in the weekend only if their state of residence allows New Hampshire youth to participate in its youth deer hunt.

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