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Sept. 17, 2003
YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAY SEPT. 27
Saturday, Sept. 27, is Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day in New Jersey. The
Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife will
allow hunters with a valid youth license and accompanied by a non-shooting
adult (age 21 or older) to hunt waterfowl statewide from half an hour before
sunrise to sunset.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day is designed to increase a young hunter's
opportunity to harvest waterfowl with the help of an experienced mentor in a
setting that encourages responsible, ethical and safe hunting practices. It
is not created to introduce youngsters to the sport of hunting, but rather
specifically intended for existing youth hunters between the ages of 10 and
15 who have successfully completed a hunter education course and obtained a
youth hunting license to become acquainted with the sport of waterfowl
hunting in a non-crowded, non-competitive atmosphere.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day occurs at a time of year when many resident
species are plentiful such as Canada geese, mallards, wood ducks and black
ducks. Early migratory species like blue-winged and green-winged teal are
also abundant. All of these species can be found in freshwater and saltwater
marshes throughout the state.
No federal or state duck stamps are required for youths. In addition, a
Harvest Information Program (HIP) number is not necessary, however, youths
are encouraged to participate in the HIP program.
Non-toxic shot is required. Shot types include steel, bismuth,
tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix, tungsten-nickel-iron (HEVI-SHOT)
and tungsten-iron-nickel-tin (TINT). Shot size may not exceed Size T (0.200
The bag limit is the same as the regular duck and early Canada goose
seasons. For Canada geese it is 8 birds. For ducks and brant it is 6 and 3,
respectively. Note that the bag limit for ducks may not include more than 4
mallards (including no more than 2 hens); 4 scoters; 3 scaup; 2 wood ducks;
2 redheads; 1 pintail; 1 canvasback; and 1 black duck. Snow goose season is
Hunters should review current information in the New Jersey 2003-04
Migratory Bird Regulations pamphlet before going afield.
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