The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is hosting 17 special deer hunts that will allow youth to hunt with adult mentors in select state parks and other refuge areas.

Youth are invited to apply now through Friday, Aug. 17 for the hunts. Of the 17 special hunts, 15 are firearms hunts for youth ages 12 to 15, and two are archery hunts for youth ages 12 to 17.  The hunts will occur in October and November across the state.

According to the DNR:

Participation in other deer hunting seasons remains an option for youth who take part in the special youth deer hunts, but any deer harvested count against the youth’s season bag limit.  An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Both youth and mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation.

Follow the link below for more details on the hunts and how the application process works.