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September 20, 2012

Waterfowl youth hunts coming, hunt areas changed

By Niels Nokkentved, IDFG

   Young hunters who want an early shot at a duck or goose may participate in the youth waterfowl hunt Sept. 29-30.

   The youth waterfowl hunt is open to youths 15 and younger. The waterfowl youth hunt includes goose, duck, coot and snipe.

   The regular waterfowl season opens the following weekend. But the opening and areas have changed. Area 2 was Area 1 in the past.

   The season opens on Oct. 6 in what is now called Area 1.

   Area 1 includes all of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, including private inholdings; Bannock County; Bingham County, except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; Caribou County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power County east of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39.

   The season opens Oct. 13 in the rest of the state - now known as Area 2.

   Hunters are encouraged to check the new rules brochure available online www.fish andgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules/?getPage=66, and at license vendors and Fish and Game offices.

   Youth hunt bag limits for ducks and geese 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 or two mallard hens. Youths may also harvest four dark geese.

   Hunters must have a 2012 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 2012 Waterfowl Seasons and Rules brochure available at hunting license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online at: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.