CASPER - Youngsters get the first shot.
On Sept. 15-16 in the Pacific Flyway and Zone C2 of the Central Flyway, and on Sept. 29-30 in Zone C1 of the Central Flyway – one week before the regular duck season opens across Wyoming – youngsters 15 and under can take to the marsh and river to hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, and Canada geese.
The youth waterfowl hunting weekends are offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to give kids an extra incentive and chance to enjoy waterfowl hunting.
“This is a great opportunity for youth to experience duck hunting in a less crowded and relaxed hunting situation,” said Game and Fish Waterfowl Biologist Larry Roberts.
He added an adult 18 or older must accompany all youngsters in the field. If the adult has a Wyoming small game/bird license he or she cannot hunt ducks, geese, coots, or mergansers, but may hunt other species, such as doves or snipe. One adult can take up to four young hunters.
Roberts alerts hunters all regulations for the regular season including limits, shooting hours, and license requirements, apply to youth day. All hunters are urged to pick up and study the 2012-2013 Late Migratory Game Bird Regulations.
“If anyone has ever wanted to take a kid hunting, this is a great time to do it,” encourages Roberts.
Youth hunt days are also offered at the Springer and Glendo special pheasant hunts, and the National Elk Refuge. Contact the Game and Fish at (800) 842-1934 or (307) 777-4600 outside Wyoming for more information.
(Contact: Jeff Obrecht (307) 777-4532)