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Hunting in New Hampshire: 5 Things to Know Before Applying for a Hunting Permit for Your Kids

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 01:22 PM

Many hunters look forward to the day when they can take their children hunting in New Hampshire or elsewhere. Most start by introducing children to the outdoors at very young ages, and then building their skills toward hunting outings.

When the child and parents are confident in the child's ability to follow rules and keep focused on what is going on around them, he or she can make an entry into the official world of hunting.

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In an article for LiveOutdoors.com, writer Lem James fondly recalled introducing his children to hunting. In spite of dealing with certain challenges, James claimed, "Time spent outside hunting and fishing with your kids is irreplaceable, and it will be remembered long afterwards, even after you're taking their kids out for their first adventures in the wild."

Before heading to the fields and woods, consider ways to make your outing with a child safe and enjoyable. The New Hampshire Field and Game department offers valuable information on its website including regulations, hunter education, and licensing requirements. Hunters with children should understand several points prior to applying for a hunting permit for their kids:

1. New Hampshire has not set a minimum age for youth hunters; however, all hunters younger than 16 must be accompanied by a licensed adult hunter, who is age 18 or older. Youth hunters must remain in sight and earshot at all times.

2. Proper gear is needed for children, as well as adults. Check for used articles that friends and relatives may be able to hand down. Good boots and jackets are a must.

3. Hunter education courses are not required for children under age 16, but classes are recommended for all hunters age 12 and older. Younger hunters should be tutored by their accompanying adult partners before heading out to hunt. Information about hunter education can be found online.

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4. Certain weekends are set aside for youth-only hunting in New Hampshire. These include weekends for deer, turkey, and waterfowl, and the dates are available on the Fish and Game website.

5. Registration rules applying
to harvesting deer, turkey, and bear must be followed by youth hunters. Printable tags can be downloaded from the website. James also recommended keeping your activities age appropriate.

"If you take a 6 year old hunting, don't plan to stay out all day. I like to introduce kids to small game hunting where some success is assured whenever possible. Leave the mountain man elk hunts for a little later on," he wrote in LiveOutdoors.
This article is for information only. Please check current regulations before hunting.

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