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Antlerless deer permits will be made available via a lottery to the following Pennsylvania Game Commission-defined licensed groups: Mentored Youth (Ages 12 -16 with little or no Hunting Experience); Mentored Adult (Ages 17 years and older with little or no Hunting Experience); Junior Hunter (Age 12-16 year old Junior License Holders); Active Duty Military; Veterans; and People with Disabilities. All participants must possess a valid refuge hunting special use permit and comply with all terms and conditions.

The mentored archery deer hunt provides individuals age 12 and over with little to no hunting experience an opportunity to participate in a managed deer hunt under the guidance of trained mentors on the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. Along with our partners, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), we will teach participants about the conservation history of hunting, deer biology and habitat, crossbow instruction, hunting safety and ethics, as well as, field game care and meat processing. Crossbows and ground blinds will be provided. Minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Refuge Regulation
John Heinz Hunt Plan
2021 Mentored Archery Deer Hunt Lottery Application

**The DEADLINE for the lottery application is August 31st. We will notify you via email if you have been selected for one of the hunt spots by September 14th. SELECTED HUNTERS MUST ATTEND THE ORIENTATION AND SELECTED HUNT DAYS.

Archery Hunting Programs (Application and Permit Required)
-Sunday, October 10th, 9am - 4pm - Archery Hunt Orientation and Skills Assessment (REQUIRED)
-October 21-23 - Archery Hunt #1
-November 4-6 - Archery Hunt #2
-December 2-4 - Archery Hunt #3
-December 9-11 - Archery Hunt #4

Please email for more information and if you would like to be considered to participate as a mentor.

***Subject to change based on COVID-19 developments and CDC guideline updates***




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