Youth-only deer hunting weekend on tap

The annual youth-only firearms weekend for deer hunters is this weekend, October 8th and 9th, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Youth who are 15 years old or younger may use modern firearms, muzzleloaders, crossbows or archery equipment this weekend and those ages 12 to 15 must have a current Kentucky hunting license and deer permit. A Hunter Education certification is also required. Children ages 11 and under are license exempt.

Youths are allowed to hunt deer with firearms on private lands where firearms hunting is permitted and they have permission from the landowner, or on public lands that are open to firearms deer hunting during the youth-only season.

During the youth weekend, if an adult accompanies a child and also hunt themselves, they must have the proper license and permit. If an adult wishes to only accompany the child and not hunt themselves, they are not required to have a license or permit.

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