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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend is scheduled for Sept. 29-30

Duck and goose hunting is among the coolest ways to introduce a youngster to the excitement of hunting. There’s usually plenty of birds in the sky and the opportunity for a novice to experience the blinds, the decoys, and the dogs, all under the supervision and guidance of an adult.

Here are the rules you need to know for the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend:

Open to licensed hunters 17 years of age and younger.

Duck, goose, snipe and coot seasons are open for two days only on Sept. 29-30.

Migratory Bird (HIP) Permit — required.

Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) Stamp — not required for hunters 15 and younger.

Daily duck, goose, snipe and coot limits are the same as regular season limits statewide.

At least one adult 18 years or older with a valid hunting license must accompany each youth hunting party into the field at all times. Adults are not authorized to hunt; they do not need a migratory bird (HIP) permit or Federal Migratory Bird (Duck) stamp to accompany youth during this hunt.

All other state rules and federal regulations pertaining to take of migratory game birds are in effect for this hunt.

To learn more about waterfowl hunting in Idaho, check out the Idaho Department of Fish and Game’s Migratory Game Bird seasons and rules booklet, which includes general rules and shooting hours.

— Roger Phillips, IDFG

Campfires

are allowed

on state lands

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game will remove the stage 1 fire restrictions from lands it owns or manages, which will be in conjunction with Idaho Department of Lands removing of restrictions statewide, effective on Friday.

Fish and Game may continue to prohibit fires in localized areas, which will be posted to notify the public of continued fire closures.

Fire season is winding down in Idaho, but land closures from recent fires, planned or active prescribed fires and other fire-related restrictions could remain.

Nonresident

tags available

as second tags

Resident elk hunters who want to buy a second elk tag can purchase an unsold nonresident elk or deer tag at the nonresident price.

The limit on elk tags is 12,815, and after they’re sold out, no more will be issued. As of Sept. 14, there were 1,276 nonresident elk tags remaining.

Nonresident deer and elk tags sold out in 2017, and are on track to sell out this year. Of the 15,500 deer tags available, 4,427 remained on Sept. 14. Contact the Idaho Department of Fish and Game for availability.

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