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Waterfowl Youth Hunts Coming Up

Youth hunters who want an early shot at a duck or goose may participate in the youth waterfowl hunt on September 24 and 25. The youth waterfowl hunt is open to youth 15 and younger. The regular waterfowl season opens the following weekend, on October 1 in northern and eastern Idaho, and on October 15 in the southwestern part of the state. The scaup season opens October 22 in the northern and eastern parts of the state, and November 5 in the southwest. The waterfowl youth hunt includes goose, duck, coot and snipe. Bag limits for the youth hunt are the same as for the general season. The daily limit is seven ducks, which may include no more than one canvasback, two pintails, two redheads, two mallard hens or three scaup. Youth hunters may also harvest four geese. Hunters must have a 2011 Idaho hunting license and a federal migratory game bird harvest information program validation. But a federal duck stamp is not required for hunters 15 and under. At least one adult 18 years old or older having a valid hunting license, must accompany each youth hunting party into the field at all times. Adults are not allowed to hunt. All other state and federal migratory game bird hunting rules and regulations still apply. Please see the 2011 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules brochure available at hunting license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66