Season Date: September 30, 2017
MassWildlife created Youth Deer Hunt Day to allow young hunters to hunt deer with their own permit. The hunt occurs on a special one-day season before the state's annual deer hunting seasons. Shotgun deer season regulations apply during the hunt. Licensed hunters who hunt other animals on this date must follow special restrictions.
2017 Preliminary harvest report
MassWildlife issued 1,225 youth permits and so far, approximately 100 harvested deer have been reported through the online MassFishHunt system. Deer reported at physical check stations will be tallied after the conclusion of the regular deer hunting seasons.
License and permit requirements
12-14 years old
Each child has to be with a licensed adult.
- A Youth Deer Permit is required, which you can get through MassFishHunt.
15-17 years old
Minor hunting license
Youth Deer Permit
Massachusetts non-resident Big Game License
Youth Deer Permit
The Youth Deer Hunt Permit is valid only for the day of the Youth Deer Hunt. Hunters cannot use it during any other deer hunting seasons.
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Information about the hunt
Young hunters may use shotgun, muzzleloader, or bow and arrow. MassWildlife allows only one hunting tool when an adult accompanies a minor. Accompanying adults may not use any hunting implements.
The bag limit is one deer of either sex. The Youth Deer Permit allows either:
- 1 antlered deer statewide
- 1 antlerless deer in the Wildlife Management Zone specified on the permit
Any deer taken during the youth hunt are not considered part of the statewide season bag limit.
All youth hunters and any accompanying adults must wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange on their chest, back, and head.
Young hunters must fill out the tag from the Youth Deer Permit and attach it to the deer before moving it. Do not use any other deer tags. You must report deer harvest within 48 hours. (Link to report harvest page)
Share your Youth Deer Hunt Day photos with us using #MAYouthDeerDay.
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Hunting restrictions during the Youth Deer Hunt season
You can hunt other game species during the Youth Deer Hunt date. Hunters must follow extra requirements when hunting other game on this date.
- No rifles or handguns.
- No dogs except for hunting waterfowl on coastal waters and salt marshes.
- All hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of blaze orange on their chest, back, and head.
- If hunting waterfowl, you must wear blaze orange on your way to and from your blind or boat. You can remove orange once you’re in a blind or boat.