- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Youth deer hunting weekend is underway in New Hampshire.

On Saturday and Sunday, hunters under the age of 16 may use firearms to hunt deer in advance of the adult muzzleloader and regular firearms hunting season.

Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter age 18 or older and any deer shot counts toward their regular season bag limit.

Adult hunters accompanying hunters under 16 cannot carry a firearm or assist the youth in taking a deer. Fish and Game officials stress the adult companions are there to coach only, and must remain within sight and sound of the younger hunter.

All deer taken must be tagged and registered.

Out-of-state youths may participate only if their home state allows New Hampshire youngster to participate in their youth deer hunt.

There is no minimum age for youth hunting in New Hampshire.

Fish and Game officials strongly recommend young hunters take a hunter education course before going out, but it is not required as it is for licensed hunters ages 16 and up.

New Hampshire has offered a special youth deer hunt since 1999 and also offers youth turkey and waterfowl weekends.

Young hunters took more than 400 deer during last year’s Youth Hunting Weekend.

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