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Youth Hunting Day Sept. 27

SALT LAKE CITY A unique chance to introduce young people to waterfowl hunting awaits Sept. 27, as Utah holds its annual Youth Hunting Day.

"Holding this day is important to the future of waterfowl hunting and the future of Utah's wetlands," says Tom Aldrich, waterfowl coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources. "The number of young people participating in all types of hunting has declined in recent years. If that trend continues, the funding hunters provide to conserve wetlands will also decline, and that will affect everyone who enjoys visiting these areas.

"Letting young people hunt waterfowl, without all the adult hunters out there and when waterfowl numbers are high, is a great way to get them interested in and excited about waterfowl hunting," Aldrich says. "And, since adults can't hunt that day, it gives them more time to teach young hunters good hunting skills, safety and ethics."

All of the state's waterfowl management areas, and the three federal migratory bird refuges in Utah, will be open to youth hunters on Sept. 27. To hunt that day, hunters must be 12 to 15 years old; a Hunter Education safety course graduate; possess a small game or combination license; and be accompanied by their parent or an adult who's at least 21 years old or older.

The adult may not hunt or possess a firearm and must supervise the young people they take. An adult may take as many young people as they'd like, provided the hunters are the proper age and possess the proper licenses.

Shooting on Sept. 27 begins at 8:00 a.m. Youth hunters may take ducks, geese, coots and mergansers and must stay within general season limits. The 2003 2004 daily duck bag limit is seven ducks, including not more than two hen mallards, one pintail, one canvasback, two redheads and four scaups.

The daily Canada goose bag limit is three.

Snipe and swans may not be taken on Youth Hunting Day.

For more information, contact the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at (801) 538-4700.




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