Youth Deer Hunting Day in Maine October 22

This is the perfect opportunity to give back to those you learned from and make an investment in the future of hunting. And even more importantly, it is a great time to make a meaningful connection with someone new to the experience, share your knowledge of the hunt, and your passion for the pursuit.

Perhaps you have already begun making preparations for the big day, but whether you have or you haven’t, here are a few things that you may want to consider:

Go over proper firearm handling and safety well before heading afield. Be sure to take them to the range to experience shooting, ask questions, and discuss any concerns that they may have.

Consider using “lighter” caliber guns for less recoil and a better overall experience for the hunter.

Shooting rests, sticks, tripods, etc. can help to steady the aim of the hunter resulting in greater accuracy and more confidence.

Before the actual day of the hunt, visit the location, evaluate the terrain, and discuss some of the likely scenarios they may encounter.

Check the weather before heading out and make sure that they have proper clothing. Layers are always a great way to better ready for whatever mother nature may have in store.

Don’t put too much emphasis on the harvest. A successful hunt is just getting out in the outdoors, learning, and spending time together.

Consider shortening the day or taking breaks to enhance the experience. Remember sometimes less is more.

Last but not least, have fun! Pack their favorite snacks and share some of your favorite hunting memories.

For 2022: On Youth Day, junior hunters may take one antlered deer OR one antlerless deer statewide (without a permit).

If a junior hunter takes an antlered deer on Youth Deer Hunting Day, they are prohibited from taking additional deer unless they have antlerless deer permits or participate in the expanded archery season (designated areas only) with appropriate expanded archery permits.

If a junior hunter takes an antlerless deer without an antlerless deer permit on Youth Deer Hunting Day, they are prohibited from taking an antlered deer or additional antlerless deer unless they have antlerless deer permits or participate in the expanded archery season (designated areas only) with appropriate expanded archery permits.