NCWRC schedules youth deer hunting day Sept. 28

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On Sept. 28, N.C. youth hunters 17 and under may hunt with any legal weapon, and can shoot deer of either sex.

Youth hunters may use any legal weapon on Sept. 28

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has designated Saturday, Sept. 28, as a Youth Deer Hunting Day for 2019. On this day, youth 17 and younger may use any legal weapon to hunt deer of either sex. Youth hunters that have completed a hunter education course may hunt without being accompanied by an adult. The Youth Deer Hunting Day provisions apply to both private and public lands.

Hunters age 18 and older with a valid hunting license may use only the weapon that is legal for the type of season open in their county on this day. All hunters must wear blaze orange on Sept. 28. This includes hunters using archery equipment. Hunters may use dogs for deer hunting on Youth Hunting Day in areas where it is lawful. During the remainder of hunting seasons, youth 17 and younger are required to use the legal weapon for the open season in the area where they are hunting.

Sept. 28 is also National Hunting and Fishing Day

Youth Deer Hunting Day coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day. It was established in 2015 to increase interest in deer hunting among youth, potentially increase their success at hunting, and highlight the need to engage youth in hunting.

Hunters can report their big game harvests either by phone at 800-I-GOT-ONE (800-446-8663), online at “Report a Harvest” ( or at a participating Wildlife Service Agent location (

For more information on hunting in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s website, For more information on the four family-friendly events the Commission is supporting in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day, visit

Click here to see other activities scheduled for Sept. 28 in North Carolina.


Brian Cope
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Brian Cope of Edisto Island, S.C., is a retired Air Force combat communications technician. He has a B.A. in English Literature from the University of South Carolina and has been writing about the outdoors since 2006. He’s spent half his life hunting and fishing. The rest, he said, has been wasted.

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