Wildlife designates September 24 as youth hunting day

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission has designated Saturday, September 24 as Youth Deer Hunting Day for 2022.

Youth Deer Hunting Day was established in 2015 by the Wildlife Commission to increase young people’s interest in deer hunting, seeking to increase their hunting success and highlight the need for engage young people in hunting.

On this day, young people 17 and under can use guns or other legal hunting equipment to hunt deer.

Anyone 18 years and older can only use archery equipment. Hunters 17 and under can also hunt deer of both sexes and are not required to be accompanied by an adult if they have taken a hunter education course.

All deer hunters must wear bright orange on Youth Hunt Day, even if using archery equipment. The use of dogs is permitted in areas where deer hunting with dogs is legal.

During the remainder of the hunting season, youth 17 and under are required to use hunting gear legal for the hunting season in the area where they are hunting.

Hunters 16 and older must purchase a license with a Big Game Harvest newsletter by:

Go online at

Call 1-888-2HUNTFISH (1-888-248-6834), or

Visit one of over 1,000 wildlife service officers located throughout the state.

Permit-exempt youth must obtain their own Big Game Harvest Bulletin at no cost from a Wildlife Service Officer or by calling 888.

License-exempt maps are not available online.