NC Wildlife Commission Offers Special-Opportunity Hunts to Youths

RALEIGH, NC August 5, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer facilitated permit hunts for youth, 12 to 15 years old, during the upcoming hunting season.

It’s all smiles, following a successful facilitated permit hunt for youth last year.

It’s all smiles, following a successful facilitated permit hunt for youth last year.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance,” said BB Gillen, the Wildlife Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and accompanying adults always have fun and learn and typically are successful during these hunts.”

Youth hunters will be selected by a random, computer-generated draw. A $5 nonrefundable administrative fee is charged for each permit hunt application. The 2014 facilitated hunts are:

  • Sept. 1 Dove, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Gaston County Application Deadline:Aug. 10
  • Oct. 4 Deer, at Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, Stokes County Application Deadline:Sept. 1
  • Oct. 18 Deer, at Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Lincoln and Gaston counties Application Deadline: Sept. 1
  • Nov. 8 Deer, at W. Kerr Scott Reservoir Warrior’s Creek, Wilkes County Application Deadline:Sept. 1
  • Dec. 13, Deer, at Weyerhaeuser’s Cool Springs Environmental Ed Center, Craven County Application Deadline: Oct. 1

For more information on facilitated youth hunts, contact Gillen at or 919-218-3638. To apply for any youth hunt, disabled hunts or other permit opportunities, visit or call 888-248-6834.

The Wildlife Commission provides permit hunting opportunities across the state. These hunts allow for managed participation, opportunities for special areas and include special hunting opportunities for youth, such as the hunts previously described, and persons with disabilities.

Hunter education certification is required for youth participating in Commission-facilitated permit hunting opportunities. Youth must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult at least 18 years of age. If orientation is required for the particular hunt, both the youth and accompanying adult must attend for the permit to be valid.