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Hunter recruitment OppOrtunities
Mentored Youth Hunting Program (Kids Under 12)
The Mentored Youth Hunting Program is designed to allow youngsters under 12 years of age to gain hunting experience and learn at
an early age about Pennsylvania's rich hunting heritage. It gives unlicensed youngsters the opportunity to receive one-on-one, handson experience and training in the field on ethics, safety, responsibility, enjoyment and all other aspects of the hunting experience
by persons who are dedicated to this pursuit. There simply is no better way to introduce a young person to hunting than through
the close supervision of an adult mentor. Participating youngsters are not required to take a Hunter-Trapper Education class to be
eligible for the Mentored Youth Program. Once they reach their 12th birthday, however, they are required to successfully complete
an HTE course before obtaining a junior license.
General Information:
- A mentor (licensed person 21 years or older) who is serving as a guide to a mentored youth (an unlicensed person under 12
years of age accompanied by a mentor while engaged in hunting or related activities) must secure a valid, current hunting license
or otherwise qualify for a license and fee exemptions prior to engaging in any mentored youth hunting activities. Each youngster
planning to participate in the Mentored Youth Hunting Program must obtain a permit, and each youngster will be issued his or
her CID number (each youngster will need a Social Security number to receive a CID number). The permit will be assigned to the
youngster. The $2.70 permit is obtainable from any issuing agent through PALS and online at the Game Commission's "The Outdoor
Shop." The Mentored Youth Hunting Program permit includes big game tags for antlered deer and spring gobbler. Antlered deer
or turkey harvests must be reported within five days online, using harvest report cards found in this Digest, or by phone by calling
1-855-724-8681.
- A mentored youth who participates in any hunting party shall count as a member of the hunting party for maximum allowed
numbers.
Seasons & Bag Limits:
- A mentored youth can hunt only squirrels, groundhogs, coyotes, antlered and antlerless* deer (youngsters are required to
follow the same antler restrictions as a junior license holder, which is one antler of three or more inches in length or one antler
with at least two points) and turkeys# in any of their respective seasons, and must follow daily and field possession bag limits for
each species (one antlered deer and one bearded turkey in the spring, and one turkey in the fall, per license year).
- * An adult mentor can transfer one valid antlerless deer license to a Mentored Youth Hunting Program participant, and
the mentored youth can receive only one transferred license. The transfer of the antlerless license may not occur until after the
mentored youth has harvested the antlerless deer. At that time, the license is to be transferred to the youngster to complete the
harvest information and attach the carcass tag. The adult mentor has to report the deer and check the "taken by mentored youth"
box on the harvest report card. A mentor can transfer one DMAP harvest permit issued to him or her to an eligible mentored youth.
The DMAP permit shall be valid and in the possession of the mentor at all times while hunting antlerless deer. The transfer of the
DMAP permit may not occur until after the mentored youth has harvested the antlerless deer, but before tagging the carcass. A
mentored youth is ineligible to make direct application for a DMAP harvest permit.
- # An adult mentor can transfer one fall turkey tag to a mentored youth if the youngster harvests a fall turkey. The harvest
information and tag must be attached to the leg of the bird. The adult mentor has to report the turkey and check the "taken by
mentored youth" box on the harvest report card.
- A mentored youth is eligible to hunt during any special youth hunting seasons that apply to eligible mentored youth hunt
species. This includes the Special Antlerless Deer Only Firearms October season for junior and senior license holders.
Safety:
- A mentored youth must be stationary (the state or condition where a person is still, fixed in place or static, indicated by a
cessation of all forward, backward or lateral movement, whether in the standing, kneeling, sitting or prone position) and within
arm's reach of the mentor at all times while in possession of any lawful hunting device (any firearm or implement that is lawful to
be possessed during the current season and used to harvest the particular species) while engaged in hunting or related activities.
- A mentor may not accompany more than one youngster at any given time while participating in the Mentored Youth Hunting
Program. For example, a mentor cannot accompany a mentored youth and a licensed junior hunter at the same time. (A supervising
adult can accompany any number of junior hunters outside of the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.)
- A mentor and mentored youth may not possess collectively more than one lawful hunting device at any given time while
engaged in hunting or related activities. Mentor must carry the lawful device in transit to and from the spot.
- A mentor and mentored youth must be in compliance with fluorescent orange requirements for the species they are hunting.
Liability:
- A mentor is responsible and accountable for all actions of the mentored youth occurring while engaged in hunting or related
activities. A mentor who causes or allows a mentored youth to engage in an unlawful act shall be punishable as the principal offender.

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