Youth Waterfowl Hunt Nears

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Tennessee's 2004 youth waterfowl hunt will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2004, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). This hunt is for youths fifteen years old and under.

Youths, ages 10-15, must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. Youths, ages 9 and under, must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Geese, coots, gallinules, moorhens, and ducks, including pintails, may be taken by youths during the youth waterfowl hunt. Canvasback season is closed during the youth waterfowl hunt. The adults accompanying the young hunter may not hunt ducks but may participate in other open seasons.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) is encouraging hunters to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a new generation to the joys and heritage of waterfowl hunting. "This is a great chance to let the kids go out and enjoy the experience of waterfowl hunting, said Dave Gabbard, TWRA Information and Education Coordinator, for West Tennessee. "It's a way for the kids to be the center of attention, to let them have the first shot or call in their first flock of ducks or geese."

Hunters 12 years old and younger do not need a hunting license to hunt in Tennessee. Hunters 15 years old and younger do not need a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp (Duck Stamp). Those ages 13-15 need a Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish license (Type 02). In addition, hunters 10 years old and older, born after January 1, 1969 must possess proof that they have successfully completed a hunter education course.