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Maryland DNR Announces Junior Deer Hunt Day

Annapolis, Md. (October 29, 2009) — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites young hunters to participate in Maryland’s 15th Junior Deer Hunt day on Saturday, November 14, 2009.

Firearms hunting for white-tailed and sika deer will be open to hunters age 16 and younger who are accompanied by an unarmed, licensed (or exempt from license requirement) adult who is at least 21.

“Junior deer hunt day is dedicated to mentoring young people in the traditions of hunting and promoting an appreciation of our natural resources,” said Pete Jayne, DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service Associate Director for Game Management. “The day provides an opportunity for experienced adult deer hunters to pass on the knowledge and skills required for safe, effective and ethical hunting.”

All hunters participating are required to pass a hunter education course. The Maryland hunter education course includes instruction and testing in safety, hunter responsibility, firearms handling and the principles of wildlife management.

Successful junior deer hunters are encouraged to visit one of Maryland’s junior hunter certificate agents to receive a special certificate for any deer they harvest. This certificate is available to successful junior hunters during any of the Maryland deer hunting seasons.

Participating certificate agents, as well as complete bag limits, season dates, deer registration procedures and other information, can be viewed at

The Maryland Guide to Hunting & Trapping 2009-2010 issued with each hunting license contains detailed information about all of Maryland’s hunting seasons.

   October 29, 2009

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell

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