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Youth Firearms Deer Hunt Summary

Gina Gruttadaurio, age 15, with a doe she took in Wayne County during the 2012 Youth Firearms Deer Hunt
Gina Gruttadaurio with a doe she took in Wayne
County during the 2012 Youth Firearms Deer Hunt

New York's first Youth Firearms Deer Hunt was held during the Columbus Day weekend, October 6-8, 2012. During the youth deer hunt, 14-15 year old junior hunters could take 1 deer, antlered or antlerless, with a firearm or crossbow when properly accompanied by a licensed and experienced adult mentor. See the Big Game Hunting Photo Gallery for pictures of successful junior hunters.

2012 Results

Final Report: 2012 Youth Deer Hunt in New York State (PDF) (677 kB)

  • 1,411 deer taken (53% antlered and 47% antlerless deer)
  • 61% of eligible junior hunters participated (7,779)
  • non-participation was primarily influenced by lack of awareness of the Youth Deer Hunt and, to a lesser degree, by time conflicts during Columbus Day weekend.
  • The Youth Deer Hunt was a safe hunt. No safety violations or injuries were reported, and no junior hunters were cited for hunting violations.

map of deer harvest density for the 2012 Youth Firearms Deer Hunt