Wisconsin’s ninth annual youth gun deer hunt will take place statewide Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 9-10.
Under Wisconsin’s Mentored Hunting Law, now in its second season, hunters as young as 10 years of age can participate – with or without hunter education certification- in the hunt with a mentor. The law also allows deer hunting during later seasons.
The early date of the hunt provides milder weather, allowing more time in the field under more comfortable conditions for youngsters and their mentors. In addition to giving youth their own opportunity to experience the traditions of deer hunting in Wisconsin, the focus is on the youth and allows more time for the mentor to share skills and teach their charges how to hunt safely and ethically.
Wisconsin now has two programs designed to introduce youths to deer hunting under controlled conditions and under close supervision of an adult hunter.
Hunters ages 12-15 who possess a hunter education certificate of accomplishment and a gun deer hunting license may hunt deer Oct. 9-10 accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or older. “Accompany” means the adult is within visual and voice contact of the youth. The adult does not have to be a licensed hunter or a hunter education graduate to accompany one or two youth who are at least 12 years of age and have completed a hunter education course.