YOUTH DEER HUNT TIPS FOR MENTORS AND PARENTS file size 2MB
The Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (MassWildlife) created the Youth Deer Hunt Day to provide young people an opportunity to hunt deer with their own permit during a special one-day season that precedes the Commonwealth’s annual deer hunting seasons (paraplegic, archery, shotgun, and primitive arms). Youth Deer Permits are available online through MassFishHunt or at any license vendor. All who participate are reminded that shotgun deer season regulations apply during the Youth Deer Hunt. In addition, licensed hunters who hunt squirrels, raccoon, opossum, certain migratory game birds, and crows on this date must follow special restrictions.*
Season Date: September 30, 2017 (4th Saturday following Labor Day)
- 12-14 years old: No hunting license is required but the youth must be accompanied by a duly licensed adult. (One adult per youth hunter.) Youth Deer Permit is required and can be obtained through MassFishHunt. This applies to both resident and non-resident youth hunters.
- 15-17 years old: Massachusetts minor hunting license is required, Youth Deer Permit is required. Non-resident youths must possess a valid Massachusetts non-resident Big Game License and Youth Deer Permit. Minors aged 15-17 must buy their hunting license in person at a license vendor, Youth Deer Permits can be obtained any time before the hunt from a license vendor or online via MassFishHunt.
Youth Deer Permits are FREE. The Youth Deer Permit with its accompanying tag is valid only for the day of the Youth Deer Hunt and cannot be used during any other deer hunting seasons.
Hunting Implements: Shotgun, muzzleloader, or bow and arrow may be used. When a minor is accompanied by an adult, only one hunting implement between them is permitted. Accompanying adults may not use any hunting implements.
Bag Limit: One (1) deer of either sex. The Youth Deer Permit allows the taking of either one antlered deer statewide OR one antlerless deer in the Wildlife Management Zone (s) specified on the Permit. For 2017, one deer of either sex can be taken statewide. NOTE: Any deer taken during the youth hunt are not considered part of the state wide season bag limit.
Blaze Orange: All youth hunters and any accompanying adults must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of blaze orange on their chest, back, and head.
Harvest Reporting: Successful youth hunters must immediately fill out and detach the tag from the Youth Hunt Deer Permit and attach tag to deer prior to moving it in the field. Do not fill out or use any other deer tags. Deer harvest must be reported online within 48 hours through the MassFishHunt system (mass.gov/MassFishHunt) or at a traditional game check station.
If you do head out in the field for Youth Deer Hunt Day, share your photos with us at www.facebook.com/masswildlife using #MAYouthDeerDay
* RESTRICTIONS WHEN HUNTING OTHER GAME DURING THE YOUTH DEER HUNT SEASON
A few other game species may be hunted during the Youth Deer Hunt Date (September 30, 2017). Hunters must follow additional restrictions and requirements when hunting other game on this date:
- Rifles and handguns: Rifles and handguns are prohibited for hunting any game. (Includes gray squirrel, raccoon, opossum, and crow.)
- Use of dogs: Dogs may not be used for hunting any game on this date except for waterfowl hunting (ducks and geese) on coastal waters and salt marshes.
- Blaze orange: All hunters must wear a minimum of 500 square inches of blaze orange on their chest, back, and head on this date. Waterfowl hunters are required to wear blaze orange in transit to and from their blind or boat. Orange may be removed once the waterfowler is in a blind or boat.