North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Can My 16-Year-Old Participate in Youth Wild Turkey Season?

Author: NCWRC blogger/Friday, March 31, 2017/Categories: Hunting

Can My 16-Year-Old Participate in Youth Wild Turkey Season?

Earlier this year, wildlife commissioners approved three regulations that redefined youth as “anyone under 18 years old” for the purpose of allowing youth to participate in the youth-only hunting and fishing seasons. As we begin the youth turkey season for 2017, some constituents have expressed confusion as to whether or not these new regulations apply immediately.

To be clear, the new regulations regarding the definition of youth do not go into effect until Aug. 1, 2017.

From the 2016-2017 Regulations Digest: 
Turkey hunting by youth during this season is allowed statewide, but some game lands will require a permit. Each youth hunting during this season must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult at least 21 years of age (“Youth” means a person less than 16 years of age). The adult may accompany more than one youth during any particular hunt and the adult may NOT harvest a turkey. Only one weapon is allowed per youth hunter. Each youth must have a Big Game Harvest Report Card and report harvests according to instructions in the regulations digest. License-exempt youth should report their harvest using a Big Game Harvest Report Card for License-Exempt Hunters.

For current rules and regulation information, please refer to the 2016-2017 regulations digest. New information, including youth-specific hunting and fishing regulations, will be included in the 2017-2018 regulations digest, available this August.

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