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Youth Waterfowl Day requires non-hunting adult

Adults who accompany waterfowl hunters age 15 and under during Youth Waterfowl Day on Sept. 20 may not simultaneously hunt the September goose season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Except for the Northwest Goose Zone, the entire state is open this year for Canada goose hunting during the youth hunt, when young hunters accompanied by a non-hunting adult (age 18 and older, no license required) may take ducks, Canada geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens from one-half hour before sunrise to 4 p.m.

Adults who help young duck hunters should not carry a firearm, according to Jeff Lawrence, DNR wetland wildlife research group leader.

“Youth Waterfowl Day is an opportunity for adults to focus on teaching a young person about duck hunting without any distractions,” Lawrence said. “We want to make sure the focus stays on the kids that day.”

Daily bag limits for youth hunters are the same as during the regular waterfowl season, except for Canada geese, which vary by zone. Hunt details are contained in the 2003 Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Supplement, now available at license vendors.

Adults and youth may choose to participate in the early September goose season in areas of the state where it is open on Youth Waterfowl Day. Youth and adults may not participate in both hunts at the same time.




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