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January 16, 2012

Youth Federal Waterfowl days set for Feb. 4-5

South Carolina’s waterfowl hunters will have an excellent opportunity to introduce the next generation of hunters to the sport of waterfowling this season. Feb. 4-5, 2012 are Federal Youth Days. Only hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl (ducks and geese) on these days. The youth(s) must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age. The adult is not allowed to carry a gun or hunt, and does not have to be licensed. The regular duck season limits apply.

South Carolina youth waterfowl hunters are not required to have the Federal Waterfowl stamp and the HIP (migratory bird) permit for the Feb. 4-5 hunt. For more information on Youth Waterfowl Days or Migratory Bird Regulations, call (803) 734-3886 in Columbia.

Many DNR Waterfowl Management Areas will be open for public hunting on Saturday, Feb.4 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. 4.

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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