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January 14, 2010

Youth Federal Waterfowl days set for Feb. 6-7

Young waterfowl hunters across the state will enjoy special days in the field Saturday, Feb. 6 and Sunday Feb. 7 by participating in Youth Waterfowl Days on private lands, public waters normally open to waterfowl hunting, and on some S.C. Department of Natural Resources Waterfowl Management Areas.

Hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt ducks, geese, mergansers and coots on Saturday, Feb.6 and Sunday, Feb. 7 when accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age.  Daily and possession bag limits are the same as the regular duck season. The adult cannot carry a firearm or hunt and does not have to be licensed. South Carolina youth waterfowl hunters are not required to have the Federal Waterfowl stamp and the HIP (migratory bird) permit for the Feb. 6-7 hunt. For more information on Youth Waterfowl Days or Migratory Bird Regulations, call (803) 734-3886 in Columbia.

"These hunts offer the perfect opportunity for youth to be introduced to waterfowl hunting in a positive manner," said S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) biologist Dean Harrigal.

Many DNR Waterfowl Management Areas will be open for public hunting on Saturday, Feb.6 for Youth Waterfowl Day (DNR Waterfowl Management Areas are not open on Sundays). Waterfowl Management Areas that are open Saturday mornings during the regular waterfowl season will be open for Youth Waterfowl Day on Saturday, Feb. 6.

These include:

Nontoxic shot (such as steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-iron or tungsten-polymer) is required for all waterfowl hunting. The possession of lead shot is prohibited for all waterfowl hunting statewide.        

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