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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Opportunities

Duck hunting seasons begin with designated "youth waterfowl hunts" across the state. These hunts allow youth hunters to spend time afield with experienced adult hunters and gain necessary knowledge and skills to become safe and responsible members of the hunting community. Junior hunters (12 to 15 years of age) accompanied by a licensed adult hunter with up-to-date Harvest Information Program registration and a duck stamp may participate. During the youth hunt, the adult hunter may not possess a firearm or shoot any birds unless the respective regular season is open. Daily bag limits are the same as those allowed during the regular hunting season for all species (excludes September Canada goose bag limits). The youth hunts are held on weekends in each zone of the state, as follows:

  • Southeastern Zone - Sept. 21-22
  • Northeastern Zone - Sept. 21-22
  • Lake Champlain Zone - Sept. 28-29
  • Western Zone - Oct. 5-6
  • Long Island Zone - Nov. 9-10

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