Apply by Aug. 19 for special youth deer hunts in state park

Youth can apply to hunt deer in the Blue Mounds State Park during a special hunt in November.

“Parents or other adult mentors go with youth to the fields and forests during these annual hunting opportunities,” said Mike Kurre, Department of Natural Resources mentoring coordinator. “Time spent outdoors together is important and continued adult support can shape youth into lifelong hunters.”

Youth ages 12-17 have until Friday, Aug. 19, to apply for the hunt, which is Nov. 19-20.

Participation in other deer hunting seasons remains an option for youth who take part in the special youth deer hunts, but any deer harvested count against the youth’s season bag limit.

An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt.

Both youth and mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation clinic on Nov. 18. 

Only 10 either-sex permits are available for the Nov. 19-20 hunt in the Blue Mounds.

Participants must apply for the hunt of their choice, which can be done anywhere DNR licenses are sold or online at

If the number of applications exceeds the number of permits, the DNR will randomly draw names to choose participants.

Successful applicants must meet all firearms safety requirements, purchase appropriate licenses and follow hunting regulations.

For more information, visit and click on youth deer hunts.

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