Youth hunters can take deer this weekend

Youth hunters can hunt and harvest deer this weekend, Oct. 9-10. The Youth-Only Firearms Season allows hunters age 15 and younger to take deer by firearm and any other legal method during the special hunting weekend season.

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources announced this weekend, on Oct. 9 and 10, both resident and non-resident youth hunters — 15 and younger — have the opportunity to hunt deer as part of the Youth-Only Firearms Season.

The youth deer season is a specially held hunting weekend in October. Youth hunters statewide may hunt deer with firearms or any other legal method, according to a news release.

Hunters ages 12-15 require proper licenses and permits, however, youth hunters younger than 12 are not required to have a hunting license or deer permit. Officials note it is not a free youth hunting weekend, according to the department’s website.

Adults chaperoning youth hunters during the special hunt weekend are not allowed to hunt with firearms and they are not required to possess a hunting license or deer permit if the adult is not deer hunting, “but by law, the hunter and the accompanying adults must wear hunter orange clothing at all times while in the field,” officials said.

The Kentucky Hunter Orange Clothing Law applies during the special hunt. The law requires youth hunters and accompanying adults to wear solid and unbroken hunter orange color that is visible on the back, chest, and sides of the head.

The law is effective “when hunting for any species during the modern gun, muzzleloading, and youth firearm deer seasons, or a firearm elk or bear season.”

Under Deer Hunting Zone 1 Bag Limit guidance, hunters in Caldwell and Lyon counties may harvest an unlimited number of antlerless deer using statewide deer permits and additional deer permits.

According to bag limit restrictions, hunters are allowed only one antlered deer statewide, regardless of zone, method, or season. Further, shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.