Thursday January 18 6:19 pm

Spotlighting events along the south shore of Lake Michigan

Youth free hunting days

09/02/2017 - 12:00
09/03/2017 - 12:59

Additional youth free hunting days for 2017 are Nov. 25-26. Youth free hunting days are traditionally set as the first full weekend after Sept. 1 when dove and squirrel season are open, as well as the weekend after Thanksgiving when deer, rabbit, squirrel, and other gamebird and furbearer seasons are open.

Any resident age 17 or younger on the date of the hunt can take any legal game in season during these youth free hunting days.To participate, the youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age.

The youth hunter does not have to possess a hunting license, Harvest Information Program (HIP) number or any state stamp but must comply with all other hunting regulations.

To hunt waterfowl, a Federal duck stamp is required for all persons 16 years or older. The youth’s adult partner must be in close enough proximity to monitor and be able to communicate with the youth hunter at all times. The adult may help the youth hunter with calling game but may not carry a firearm, crossbow, or bow and arrow, except for a handgun carried lawfully. The adult must possess a valid hunting license, unless exempted from needing a license.