Get your duck on: Youth Waterfowl Hunt sites, dates released

DNR has announced dates and sites for its annual youth waterfowl hunts in all four waterfowl zones.

Yes, that's all four zones.

The new south central zone implemented this year for duck hunters will have its own youth hunt.

At most sites, including federal sites, regulations that apply during the regular waterfowl hunting season apply during the Youth Hunt. The bag limits are the same as during regular seasons.

As part of the Youth Hunt, hunters age 15 or younger may hunt ducks, geese, coots and mergansers as long as they are accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. The accompanying adult cannot hunt these species, but may participate in other open seasons.

Youth hunters must have a hunting license. The youth hunter or his or her accompanying adult must have a valid FOID card. The supervising adult does not have to have a hunting license if they are not hunting other species. Youth hunters age 15 or younger are not required to have a state or federal duck stamp.

All waterfowl hunters, including those participating in the Youth Hunt, are required to register with the Harvest Information Program (HIP).

To see the sites open for the youth hunts, go to



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