It’s a Youth-Only Firearms Deer Hunting Weekend.
Youths ages 15 and under may use modern firearms (centerfire rifles or slug guns) or muzzleloaders, as well as crossbows or archery equipment, to hunt deer during this weekend. (Other legal hunters may use crossbows and archery equipment per statewide deer seasons.)
Hunter Education certification is required for youth hunters ages 12-15. Youths ages 11 and under are not required to have Hunter Ed certification, but must be accompanied by an adult who can immediately take control of the firearm if necessary. Youths hunting on land owned by their parents/legal guardians are exempt from hunter education requirements.