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Waterfowl Youth Hunt Opens Saturday

The annual youth waterfowl hunt is open Saturday and Sunday, September 29 and 30, for hunters aged 15 and under.

Youth hunters must be accompanied by a licensed hunter 18 years or older.

Older hunters will have to wait until October 6 to hunt in northern and eastern Idaho and October 13 to hunt in southwestern Idaho and the Magic Valley.

All hunters must have a valid hunting license and a federal migratory game bird harvest information program validation, and hunters 16 years old or older must have a federal migratory bird stamp. Nontoxic shot is required to hunt waterfowl.

The 107-day season for duck, geese, coots and snipe dates are:

  • October 6 to January 18, 2008 - Area 1, northern and eastern Idaho.
  • October 13 to January 25, 2008 - Area 2, southwestern Idaho and Magic Valley.
  • September 29 and 30 - two-day youth hunt for hunters aged 15 and under.

Bag limits are unchanged from last year, except the daily limit on canvasbacks was increased to two.

Daily limits are:

  • Ducks: 7 of any kind, including not more than:
    • 1 pintail.
    • 2 canvasbacks.
    • 2 redheads, female mallards.
    • 3 scaup, total lesser and greater.
  • Geese: 4 of any kind, Canada, white-fronted, Ross' or snow goose, except in Fremont and Teton counties, which are closed to Ross' and snow geese.
  • Coots: 25.
  • Common snipe: 8.

Possession after first day of season:

  • Ducks: 14 of any kind, including not more than:
    • 2 pintails.
    • 4 canvasbacks.
    • 4 redheads, female mallards.
    • 6 scaup, total lesser and greater.
  • Geese: 8 of any kind, except in Fremont and Teton counties, which are closed to Ross' and snow geese.
  • Coots: 25.
  • Common snipe: 16.

Please consult Idaho waterfowl hunting regulation for 2006-2007 for details.

The regulation brochures are available at Idaho Department of Fish and Game offices and hunting license vendors across the state. And they are available at the Fish and Game Website: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/rules/wf/.

There is, however, a typo in the 2007 waterfowl brochure. The goose zone boundary description on Page 14 incorrectly includes Power County in Area 2 instead of Area 1. The map, which has it in Area 1, is correct. The error resulted from an attempt to resolve a goose hunting boundary issue along the American Falls to Aberdeen highway.