The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a youth-only deer hunting opportunity on Dec. 10 at Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County.

The hunt is limited to 10 youth ages 12 to 15. Hunt permits, which cost $5, are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. To be eligible, participants must have completed a hunter education course successfully. During the hunt, all youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult, who is not allowed to hunt.

Both the adult and youth must attend a mandatory orientation session on Dec. 3 at the Weyerhaeuser-Cool Spring EE Center in order to hunt the following weekend. Registration for orientation begins at 8:30 a.m., and the program is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center is located along the Neuse River about 6 miles from New Bern.

The hunt is a permit-only hunt. Participants can purchase their permits through Wildlife Service Agents, which are located across the state, or by calling 1-888-248-6834. The deadline to purchase a permit is Nov. 20. Accompanying adults do not need to purchase a permit.

“We provide guidance and assistance for each youth hunter every step of the way,” said BB Gillen, the outdoor skills coordinator for the commission. “We always have a great time and, more often than not, participants harvest a deer.”

For more information on this youth hunt, contact BB Gillen at bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org or 919- 218-3638. For information on the wide variety of permit hunt opportunities offered by the commission, including special hunting opportunities for people with disabilities, visit the commission’s permit hunting page.