Don’t Miss the Junior Deer Hunt Oct. 8-9

Remember to wear Blaze Orange and stay safe

MADISON, Wisconsin. – The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages young hunters and their mentors to get outside and enjoy the beautiful fall colors this weekend while participating in one of Wisconsin’s most beloved hunting traditions.

This special hunt is available to both Wisconsin residents and non-residents and is intended to give young hunters the opportunity to gain valuable deer hunting experience under the watchful eyes of experienced hunters. Hunters age 15 and under, with or without hunter education certification, are eligible to participate in the youth gun deer hunt with a mentor.

Those new to the hunt can celebrate their first harvest with an official certificate of celebration. Follow the instructions on this DNR web page to upload a photo of your first deer and describe the experience.

Youth Deer Hunting Reminders:

  • Junior hunters must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 who has received permission from the hunter’s parent or guardian. For hunters under the age of 12 and those who have not completed hunter education, the mentor must also be a hunter education graduate and have a current hunting license.
  • A mentor cannot accompany more than two youth at the same time.
  • Be sure to check the Youth Deer Hunting Rules and Regulations for all the details.

Learn more about additional youth hunting opportunities on the DNR Youth Hunting webpage.

Whenever a firearm deer season is conducted, including a young deer hunt, at least 50% of hunters’ clothing above the waist must be bright orange or fluorescent pink . The requirement includes archery hunters and small game hunters. Waterfowl hunters are exempt from this rule.

The DNR recommends 100% bright orange or fluorescent pink.