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F&G Plans Mentored Youth Waterfowl Hunts

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game has scheduled three mentored waterfowl hunting opportunities for youths aged 15 and under in the Panhandle Region. The hunts are planned for September 24, the opening day of the annual youth-only waterfowl season open only to hunters aged 15 and under. The mentored hunting clinics will be at Boundary Creek Wildlife Management Area, Heyburn State Park and the Clark Fork River delta. Participation will be by advanced reservation and space is limited. Anyone interested should call to reserve a spot at one of the three clinics and to obtain additional details. For the Boundary Creek and Heyburn hunts, contact Dave Leptich at 769-1414. For the Clark Fork hunt contact Ray Millard at 264-5252. Young hunters will need to be accompanied by a non-hunting adult and bring a shotgun and ammunition. Young hunters will also need to secure a youth or small game license for $7.25 with a federal migratory bird permit for $1.75, before the event. Youth participants and a guardian will have the opportunity to spend a morning hunting with an experienced waterfowl hunter. Following a morning hunt, all will be treated to a free barbeque and waterfowl hunting skills clinic. The idea is to expose youth to a quality hunting experience and provide their guardian with enough training to repeat the experience independently. The Idaho Department of Fish and Game is also soliciting experienced waterfowl hunters willing to assist with the clinics. If you want to help pass on the tradition of waterfowl hunting, please call either of the numbers listed above.