Young deer hunters aren't the only game in town this fall, as DNR's youth waterfowl hunts continue to gain in popularity and participation. This year's youth hunts have varying dates in each of the four Illinois waterfowl zones. The state has also opened a number of public hunting sites for young duck and goose hunters.
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The list of state parks, fish and wildlife areas, conservation areas and recreation areas open to youth waterfowl hunting has been released, along with a number of federal sites that fall under the DNR waterfowl administrative rule.
The list of youth hunting dates and available sites can be bound at this link – www.dnr.illinois.gov/news/Pages/IllinoisDNRAnnouncesStateandFederalSitestobeOpenforYouthWaterfowlHuntingSeasons.aspx
At most sites, regulations that apply during the regular waterfowl hunting season apply during the Youth Hunt (hunters should check for site-specific regulations, including changes in legal shooting hours). 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.