Mentored Youth Hunts – Kids Age 9-13 Who Haven’t Passed Hunter Education Yet Can Still Go Hunting Under the Mentor Youth program.

The time shared between a youngster and a mentor is invaluable. There simply is no better way to introduce a young person to safe, ethical and responsible aspects of hunting than with the close supervision of an adult mentor that the Mentored Youth Hunter Program provides.

The Program allows youth 9 through 13 years of age to hunt without first passing an approved hunter education program. It gives unlicensed youngsters the opportunity to receive mentored, one-on-one field experience and training on the ethics, safety, responsibility, and enjoyment of the hunting while closely supervised by a licensed adult.

As an incentive to participate in the mentored youth hunting program, youth will receive one mentored youth preference point for each year the youth registers for the program. Once the department receives the youth’s registration form, if the youth does not have a hunter identification number, a number will be assigned and a mentored youth preference point updated in the system.

Call 503-947-6000

Youth Participation

A youth may participate in the mentored youth hunter program, without first passing an approved hunter education program, provided the youth:

Noah Frank
Noah Frank with his first buck.
-Oregon Fish and Wildlife- Is 9 through 13 years of age. At age 14, a youth is no longer eligible to participate in the mentored youth hunting program. From age 14 through 17, a youth must pass an approved hunter education program and possess his or her own license and/or tags.

Hunts while accompanied by a supervising hunter who is 21 years of age or older and who has a valid license and tag(s) for the dates, area and species being hunted.

Annual registration is required.

Has in possession proof of registration.

Reviews and acknowledges understanding of material on safe hunting practices provided by the department by signing form.

Follows all regulations regarding hunting in the given wildlife management unit, management area or location

Remains under the immediate control of the supervising hunter at all times while the youth is in possession of any legal weapon for the hunt

The supervising hunter shall:

Have a valid hunting license and tag(s) valid for the dates, area and species being hunted.

Maintain immediate control of the mentored youth hunter at all times while the youth is in possession of any legal weapon for the hunt.

Ensure that all Oregon hunting regulations are followed. The supervising hunter shall be responsible and accountable for all actions of the mentored youth hunter while engaged in hunting.

Supervise only one mentored youth hunter at any given time while engaged in hunting.

Review information on safe hunting practices provided by the department with the youth.
Safety

While engaged in mentored youth hunting activities:

The supervising hunter shall maintain immediate control of the mentored youth hunter at all times while the mentored youth hunter is in possession of any legal weapon for the hunt.

The supervising hunter shall not accompany more than one mentored youth hunter at any given time while engaged in hunting.

The supervising hunter and the mentored youth hunter shall not collectively possess more than one weapon legal for the hunt at any given time while engaged in hunting.

About Pete Heley

Writes and self-publishes Oregon and Washington fishing books.
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