Youth are the future of North Dakota’s hunting tradition. Last year Outdoor Life published an article with some detail of why we “suck” at recruiting new hunters. If you’re a hunter yourself, then you’re probably aware that our numbers have been dwindling for decades.
Overall — as the aforementioned article shows — the future looks pretty bleak. Yet, in statistics gathered from 1960-2016, North Dakota has led the nation in “Change in License Holders Per Capita”. In fact, we’re just one of four states in the nation to show an increase. But I think we can do better.
One of the great opportunities for our young people in North Dakota is to participate in the upcoming Youth Deer Season. It runs from September 13th through September 22nd. Licenses are available for those ages 11 to 15, but the deadline is approaching fast. Applications must be in by midnight on September 1st (Sunday).
There are a number of rules, regulations, and exceptions for the Youth Deer Seasons. Please click here to see those and to apply. Youth licenses are not done via lottery. Qualified individuals simply need to submit their application by the deadline.
Good luck to all those who apply! Be safe and shoot straight!
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