November 15 Marks DNR’s 14th Annual Maryland Junior Deer Hunt Day
Annapolis, Md. — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources invites junior hunters to try deer hunting and refine their hunting skills during Maryland’s 14th Annual Junior Deer Hunt Day on Saturday, November 15, 2008. White-tailed and sika deer firearms hunting will be open exclusively to hunters aged 16 years and younger who are accompanied by an unarmed, licensed (or exempt from license requirement) adult who is at least 21 years of age.
“This popular hunting day provides an opportunity for experienced adult deer hunters to mentor and pass on the knowledge and skills required to be a safe, effective and ethical hunter,” said Harry Spiker, Wildlife and Heritage Service Game Mammal Section Leader. “Junior Deer Hunt Day is dedicated to teaching young hunters the ethics, techniques and traditions of hunting, and encouraging appreciation of our natural resources.”
New this year, the Junior Deer Hunt Day bag limit is separate from the Deer Firearms Season bag limit. This change allows successful Junior Deer Hunt Day participants to continue to pursue deer during the Deer Firearms Season in all regions of the state. Junior Deer Hunt Day is open concurrently with the Bow Season. Hunters pursuing deer with archery equipment on November 15 must wear fluorescent orange.
All hunters participating in the Junior Deer Hunt Day must have passed a Maryland Hunter Education Course and exam and demonstrated proficiency during a practical test and live firing exercise. The Hunter Education course includes instruction in hunter responsibilities, firearms safety, the principals of wildlife management and other outdoor fundamentals.
Successful junior deer hunters are encouraged to visit one of Maryland’s Junior Hunter Certificate Agents to receive a special certificate for any deer they harvest. The certificate is available to junior hunters during any of the Maryland deer hunting seasons. A list of participating certificate agents, bag limits, season dates, deer registration procedures and other deer hunting information are online at www.dnr.maryland.gov/huntersguide. The Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping 2008-2009 issued with each hunting license contains detailed information about all of Maryland’s hunting seasons.