January 29, 2023

TWRA youth deer hunt provides chance to bag first harvest

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Youth between the ages of 10-16 who are hunter safety certified, but have never harvested a deer, are eligible to win a spot in what has become an annual special hunt. TWRA will host the hunt in conjunction with the opening day of the 2022 Tennessee Young Sportsman Deer Hunt on Saturday, Oct. 29. 

Youth from various regions from across the state have participated in the event held at Buffalo Ridge Refuge in Humphreys County. A total of 30 young hunters will be selected to participate. Applications and registration can be made at www.gooutdoorstennessee.com under the events section.

Buffalo Ridge incorporates a variety of wildlife management practices and totals more than 2,000 acres of prime deer habitat. Treestands will be provided, including three which are handicap accessible. 

A Friday night cookout will be held prior to the hunt on Saturday. Sites will be available for those who wish to camp, although participants must provide their own camping gear. Breakfast and lunch will be provided Saturday.

 TWRA will hold a drawing and the winners will be notified the week prior to the hunt. Confirmation packets will be sent to the successful participants that will include directions and a list of items to bring as well as a list of area hotels for those who do not wish to camp.

Winning hunters are responsible for providing the appropriate Tennessee hunting license and must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult at least 21 years of age or older. For additional information, contact Donald Hosse at [email protected]

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