Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days set for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1

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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days set for Jan. 31 and Feb. 1The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has established Jan. 31 and Feb.1 as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days to help pass on the duck hunting tradition.

This opportunity also provides a chance for experienced waterfowl hunters to take youths afield to teach them duck hunting techniques and ethics.

This statewide, two-day season allows children younger than 16 years old to hunt – with adult supervision – waterfowl, coots and common moorhens.  Supervisors (18 years or older) must be present and may assist young hunters, but are prohibited from hunting.  Licenses, permits and federal duck stamps are not required for youth hunters younger than 16 years of age.

The daily bag limit of ducks is six and may consist of no more than one black duck, one mottled duck, one fulvous whistling-duck, one pintail, two redheads, three wood ducks, two scaup, four scoters and four mallards (of which only two may be female).  Taking or attempting to take canvasbacks or harlequin ducks is illegal. All other species of ducks may be taken up to the six-bird limit.

The daily limit on coots and common moorhens is 15, and there is a five-bird limit on mergansers, only two of which may be hooded. 

Canada and light geese may be hunted statewide, with a daily bag limit of five.

Light geese include snow, blue and Ross’ geese. There is a 15-bird daily bag limit on any combination of these geese. 

All other regulations for hunting waterfowl apply to this two-day season.  Hunting regulations can be found online at or in the FWC’s waterfowl and coot seasons brochure, available at county tax collectors’ offices.