Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days set for Feb. 2-3
“Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days” are quickly approaching. This opportunity
provides a chance for experienced waterfowl hunters to take youths afield to
teach them duck hunting techniques and ethics.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in conjunction
with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, has established Feb. 2-3 as “Youth
Waterfowl Hunting Days” to help pass on the duck hunting tradition.
This statewide, two-day season allows children younger than 16 years old to
hunt, with adult supervision, waterfowl, coots and common moorhens. Supervisors
(18 years or older) must be present and may assist but are prohibited from
hunting. Licenses, permits and federal duck stamps are not required for youth
hunters younger than 16 years of age.
The daily bag limit of ducks is six. The six-duck limit may consist of no
more than one black duck, one mottled duck, one fulvous whistling-duck, one
pintail, two canvasback, two redheads, two wood ducks, two scaup, four scoters
and four mallards, of which only two can be female. Taking or attempting to take
brant or harlequin ducks is illegal. All other species of ducks may be taken up
to the six-bird limit.
The daily limit on coots and common moorhens is 15, and there is a five-bird
limit on mergansers, only two of which may be hooded. Light geese may be hunted
statewide. Light geese include snow, blue and Ross’ geese. There is a 15-bird
daily bag limit on any combination of these geese.
Canada geese may be taken in the Florida waters of Lake Seminole, which is
south of State Road 2, north of the Jim Woodruff Dam and east of County Road
271. The daily bag limit is five geese.
All other regulations for hunting waterfowl apply to this two-day season.
Hunting regulations can be found online at MyFWC.com/hunting or in the FWC’s
waterfowl and coot seasons brochure, available at county tax collectors’
Note: Three Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day events are scheduled, where young
hunters will learn about waterfowl and waterfowl hunting from experts. The
youths will have the opportunity to hunt with experienced mentors to put the
skills they learn into practice at the following locations.
§ The South Brevard Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, in conjunction with United
Waterfowlers of Florida, Delta Waterfowl and the FWC, will host its annual Camp
Blackbelly waterfowl youth hunt on Friday, Feb. 1, at the T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl
Management Area in Brevard County. Participants will be provided dinner and will
camp out the Friday evening before the weekend event. Breakfast and lunch are
provided on Saturday. Attendees are required to provide sleeping bags, tents,
shotguns and steel shot. Camping also is available on Saturday night for the
Sunday hunt, but meals are not provided. The event is for children 15 years old
or younger, and parents or guardians are required to attend. For more
information or to RSVP, contact Tony Rushing at 321-725-3246, Capt. Jeff Kraynik
at 321-725-3456, or Jamie Feddersen at 321-726-2862.
§ The South Region members of United Waterfowlers of Florida will host its
annual waterfowl youth hunt on Sunday, Feb. 3, at Stormwater Treatment Area 5 in
Hendry County. Lunch and raffle items will be available beginning at 10 a.m. The
event is for children 15 years old or younger, and parents or guardians are
required to attend. For more information contact Alex Urquia at 786-251-8427.
§ On Saturday, Feb. 2, duck hunting will be available to about 30 youths
between the ages of 12-15 at the Beau Turner Conservation Center in Jefferson
County, approximately 20 miles east of Tallahassee. There will be places to hunt
waterfowl and wildlife programs. Breakfast will be provided following the hunt.
Families participating in the hunt are welcome to come to the center the
afternoon or evening before the hunt so the kids can practice wing-shooting at a
skeet range. They also may go fishing in the ponds and camp out on the property
the evening of Friday, Feb. 1. For more information contact Lt. Kent Harvey at