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Mentored Youth Hunting Program

  • dad and daughter turkey huntingMichigan's Great Outdoors ... Pass It On!

    The Mentored Youth Hunting program is designed to introduce youth under the age of 10 to hunting and fishing, offering a "package" license for just $7.50. For one low price, youth hunters under the age of 10 can hunt turkey (spring and fall) on private or public land, deer (one tag, any deer) and small game, trap furbearers and fish for all species.

    By eliminating the minimum hunting age in Michigan, the Mentored Youth Hunting program is geared toward parents and other adult mentors who want to teach children under the age of 10 how to hunt and fish. It lets parents determine if and when their child is ready to hunt.

    The Mentored Youth Hunting program is an easy way to introduce children to Michigan's rich outdoor heritage, teach them about the importance of conserving our state's unmatched natural resources and help ensure that our hunting tradition continues to thrive. Every license purchased means important funding for wildlife habitat improvement and restoration, wildlife research, programs that provide access for public hunting, hunter safety education and much more.

  • Video on Mentored Youth Hunting Rules and Guidelines (from Michigan OutofDoors Magazine)
  • Save the Date: 2014 Demonstration Days for Mentored Youth HuntersThis free event at the DNR's shooting ranges will give young hunters a chance to try a variety of firearms and archery equipment, and get fitted with help from range officers and hunter education instructors. Demo Days will be held July 29 at Pontiac Lake, July 30 at Ortonville, Aug. 5 at Sharonville and Aug. 6 at Rose Lake.


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