Michigan Mentored Youth License a One Stop Shop for Deer Hunting

The Michigan Mentored Youth License, first available in 2012, is intended to be a one-stop-shop for youth under age 10 for all of their hunting, fishing and trapping needs. For just $7.50, a mentored youth gets a package license to hunt small game, including waterfowl, turkey (spring and fall tags), and deer (two tags still for 2013); trap furbearers, and fish for all species. What a deal!

Yet, still it seems that people can’t believe that it really is that easy! MUCC commonly gets questions about the deer licenses and rules for mentored youth, so here are some clarifying points that we have verified with the DNR. You can review all the hunting regulations in the new and improved 2013 Michigan Hunting and Trapping Digest, at your favorite license retailer now!

Remember that this is ONLY for youth UNDER AGE 10 who hold the Mentored Youth Hunting deer licenses:

  1. Antler Point Restrictions (APR) DO NOT APPLY for mentored youth license deer tags. This includes the newly adopted APR rules in Northwest Michigan and those being proposed for the rest of the Lower Peninsula.
  2. Archery: A hunter with a mentored youth license can use archery or crossbow during any deer season on any lands to target antlerless deer or antlered deer. They can’t take a buck if buck hunting isn’t open (i.e. in antlerless-only seasons), however the early antlerless only season coincides this year with the Liberty/Youth Hunt so a Mentored Youth hunter can still target a buck with archery equipment. If hunting during a firearm season, they still must wear blaze orange (just like any adult choosing to use archery gear during the firearm season).
  3. Firearm On Private Lands (not including Commercial Forest): A hunter with a mentored youth license can use a firearm and target antlered or antlerless deer during the Liberty/Youth Hunt weekend Sept 21-22 and the regular firearm deer season Nov 15-30, and muzzleloaders during muzzleloading seasons. They can only target antlerless deer during the Late Antlerless Firearm Season Dec 23-Jan 1. No separate antlerless license is required.
  4. Firearm On Commercial Forest lands: A hunter with a mentored youth license can use a firearm and target antlered or antlerless deer during the Liberty/Youth Hunt weekend Sept 21-22 and the regular firearm deer season Nov 15-30, and muzzleloaders during muzzleloading seasons. They can only target antlerless deer during the Late Antlerless Firearm Season Dec 23-Jan 1. No separate antlerless license is required.
  5. Firearm on Public Lands (not Commercial Forest): A hunter with a mentored youth license cannot use a firearm on public lands for any deer season.

A Mentored Youth Hunter can hunt small game and waterfowl, turkey, and trap fur bearers on public, private and Commercial Forest Lands with a firearm, crossbow or archery equipment according to the regular season’s rules and restrictions. Mentored Youth are not allowed to hunt bear, elk or wolves in Michigan.

Once a young hunter hits the age of 10, they can no longer buy the mentored youth license so different rules apply. MUCC will go through the rules for youth hunters ages 10-16 in a future post. Feel free to post additional questions in comments and we will try to get them answered for you!

We encourage all of our licensed hunters 21 and older to become a mentor  and get a kid outdoors this fall!

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  • Buzz Jones

    Im confused, Is the youth hunt for ONLY kids 10 and under or 16 and under?
    And if my son has his DNR Sportcard is he able Hunt, Is it his License ?

    • Amy Trotter

      The Youth Hunt Sept 21-22 is for 16 and under. The DNR Sportcard is just an ID card (given that most youth do not have a valid drivers license) and does not permit hunting, but is required in order to purchase a license. As for youth licenses, there are two options. If a youth is under 10, they can purchase a Mentored Youth License (the package of licenses mentioned above), however if a youth is 10-16 they must purchase a junior license (available in a combo deer license, archery or firearm)

      • Smg

        My son is 10, has his first DNR Sportcard and a combo Jr. license for use Sept 21 and 22 LIberty Hunt. It is correct understanding that he may use a firearm to shoot antered or antlerness deer during this weekend only?