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Youth hunting weekend is right around the corner

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The much-anticipated youth only hunting is very close. It's a weekend anticipated by many. The Special Youth-Only Season gives parents and the youth a huge advantage. It's not only our chance, but our responsibility as hunters to pass this sport down and keep it alive and well. The Youth-Only season lets the young ones into the field early before the deer get spooked with a lot of other gun noise and hunter traffic. It's a terrific opportunity for the kids to see a lot of game and have the woods to themselves before the crowd jumps in the following weekend.

Youth-Only weekend is the perfect opportunity to capture their interest. This is a great opportunity for the young ones to see a lot of game and enjoy comfortable weather. If you hunt and have never taken a younger one with you, not only are you cheating a young person from an opportunity, but you are also cheating yourself from a memory you will never forget.

See below for age restrictions, permits and dates.

Age Restriction: In the applicable Special Youth-Only categories, only licensed hunters 16 years of age or younger may hunt deer. Special Hunting License Required (Type 169).

October Special Youth-Only Season: Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, 2010. All legal hunting means and methods are allowed, except GraysonCounty is archery only. All other deer hunting, other than by youth hunters, shall be by means of lawful archery and crossbows (hunters with upper limb disability) only. See bag limits in the Outdoor Annual.

January Special Youth-Only Season: January 2-15, 2011. The season is open in all counties where there is a general open season for white-tailed deer. All legal hunting means and methods are allowed, except GraysonCounty is archery only.

October and January Special Youth-Only bag limit, take of antlerless deer, and special requirements: In Bowie, Brazos, Camp, Cherokee, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Gregg, Grimes, Hopkins, Houston, Lamar, Madison, Morris, Red River, Robertson, Rusk, Titus, Upshur, and Wood counties, the bag and permit requirements are the same as the period November 25-28, 2010 for each respective county (see County Listings); and for the remainder of the state, the bag and permit requirements are the same as for the first two days of the general season in the county (see County Listings).
In a county where antlerless deer may be taken only by permit, a permit is required to take antlerless deer during the youth seasons.

Take this opportunity to go share an experience you'll never forget. Good luck, be safe and go teach outdoor stewardship to the next hunting generation.

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