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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season Set for Sept. 20-21; License Required

Youth waterfowl hunters can look forward to high duck and resident Canada goose populations during the upcoming youth hunting season, according to Stan Kohn, waterfowl biologist from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

The two-day youth waterfowl season is Sept. 20-21. Legally licensed resident and nonresident youth waterfowl hunters age 15 and younger may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers and geese statewide.

The July brood survey found duck numbers are once again at near-record levels, Kohn said. "We expect to have a high number of birds in the state," Kohn added. "However, the birds may be congregated on larger bodies of water due to many temporary and seasonal wetlands drying up."

Before a youth waterfowler takes to the field, Kohn suggests hunters and mentors scout potential hunting areas before the season; make contact with landowners to access hunting sites; sharpen shooting skills by practicing with clay pigeons; and experienced hunters should spend time with a young hunter going over the regulations.

A waterfowl identification book is available from the department's Bismarck office. Shooting hours for the youth waterfowl season are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the resident youth hunter into the field, and a licensed adult is required to accompany a nonresident youth hunter. The two-day weekend hunt does not count against the nonresident adult hunter's 14-day regular season waterfowl dates.

The daily bag limit, including species restrictions, and all other regulations that apply to the regular duck and goose hunting seasons apply, including: all youth waterfowl hunters must be HIP certified by calling 1-888-634-4798; youth ages 12 and older need to have passed a certified hunter education course; and a general game and habitat license is required. Persons 15 years of age and younger do not need a federal duck stamp.




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