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Below is content from the 2013 guide.

Junior Hunter/Trapper Mentoring Program

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12–13 Year Old Junior Bowhunters Can Hunt Deer And Bear With A Bow, If They Meet The Following Requirements:

  • Have completed a course in both Hunter Education and Bowhunter Education.
  • Purchase a Junior Bowhunting License.
  • Be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or a “youth mentor” who is 21 years or older and designated in writing by the junior hunter’s parent or legal guardian (use the form below).
  • The adult accompanist needs to have at least 3 years experience in hunting deer or bear by longbow AND have a license to hunt big game in the same seasons.
  • The adult accompanist needs to be close enough to talk to each other without the aid of a phone or radio, and needs to be able to see each other at all times.

14 And 15 Year Old Junior Hunting License Holders Can Hunt Deer And Bear With A Gun, If They Meet The Following Requirements:

  • Have completed a course in Hunter Education.
  • Purchase a Junior Hunting License.
  • Be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or a “youth mentor” who is 21 years or older designated in writing (use the form below).
  • The adult accompanist needs to have at least 3 years hunting experience AND have a license to hunt big game in the same seasons.
  • The adult needs to be close enough to talk without the aid of a phone or radio, and needs to be able to see each other at all times.
  • Junior Hunter must stay on the ground and cannot use an elevated (tree) stand.
  • Both junior hunter and adult accompanist must wear hunter orange: Shirt or jacket with 250 sq. inches of solid/patterned orange (the pattern must be at least 50% orange) OR a hat with at least 50% orange visible in all directions.

14–15 Year Old Junior Bowhunters And first-time 16–17 Year Old Big Game Hunters Must:

  • Be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or person 18 years or older designated in writing (use form below).
  • The adult accompanist needs to have at least 1 year hunting experience AND have a license to hunt big game in the same seasons.

Trapping Mentoring Program

Trappers under 12 years of age:

  • May accompany and assist a licensed trapper who has at least 3 years of trapping experience.
  • May assist the licensed trapper in all aspects of trapping without possessing a trapping license.
  • The licensed trapper may be a parent or legal guardian, or someone 18 years or older designated in writing (use the form below).
  • If trapping on your own and you are under 12 years, you will need to successfully complete New York’s Trapper Education Program.
  • To continue trapping once you are 12 years, you need to take the class.

Share Your Hunting & Trapping Photos With Us!

Help us celebrate the successes of young & first-time hunters and trappers by submitting photographs to DEC’s Hunting & Trapping Photo Gallery. www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/54055.html

Instructions for submitting photographs are included on the photo gallery webpage.

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