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New Youth Hunting Age
Posted 07 February 2018, 9:45 am NST
For those that may have questions about the recent age reductions for hunting in NL please see the following. If you need clarification. Please contact the Wildlife Division.

Small Game Regulations
In addition to the Regulations For All Hunters, these regulations apply to Small Game Hunters:

Age Limit
Youth age 12 to 15 may be issued a licence to shoot small game, coyotes, and wild birds permitted to be harvested under the authority of a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit during an open season under the following conditions;
•A youth must carry written consent of a parent or person who has custody of the youth;
•A youth must be accompanied by a designated adult;
•A designated adult who is not the parent or person who has custody of the youth, must be designated in writing;
•Youth must complete the required hunter and firearms training course and;
•Youth and Designated Adult must possess Outdoor Identification Card or equivalent document.

Youth age 16 to 17 may be issued a licence to shoot small game, coyote, fur bearing animals and wild birds permitted to be harvested under the authority of a Migratory Game Bird Permit during the open season without consent to purchase a licence. Youth age 16 to 17 who hold a valid small game, coyote, trapping licence or Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit and who do not possess a Minors Firearms Possession Licence are required to be accompanied and supervised by a fully licenced adult.

Requirements for Designated Adults
A designated adult accompanying a youth for hunting activity must meet the following criteria:
•Must be over the age of 18;
•Must not prohibited from carrying, transporting, possessing or using a firearm or from being a designated adult and;
•Must be eligible for the same type of licence under which the youth is hunting, taking or killing an animal by shooting.

While accompanying a youth hunter, a designated adult shall adhere to the following:
•Remain at arm's length of the youth; and be able to take control of the firearm if necessary;
•Not accompany and supervise more than two youths at one time;
•Carry evidence of his or her eligibility to hold the same type of licence as the youth hunter (e.g. possess an Outdoor Identification Card or similar document) and;
•If a designated adult is not the parent of the youth hunter a designation in writing is required from the parent or adult who has custody of the youth. The designation in writing must be carried by the youth or designated adult. Please find the consent forms at this link for youth hunters.

http://www.flr.gov.nl.ca/wildlife/trapping/Youth%20Hunter%20or%20Trapper%20Consent-Adult%20Designation%20Form.pdf
 
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