Patrick Foy, DFG Enforcement, (916) 651-2084
Dana Michaels, DFG Communications, (916) 322-2420
One of the best youth hunting opportunities in California is coming up the weekend of Feb 5-6, 2011. For two days, young hunters will be able to hunt waterfowl with no competition from adults. These two days of waterfowl season are only for youth hunters age 15 years old or younger with a junior hunting license.
“The youth waterfowl hunt is about providing an opportunity for kids to develop a passion for hunting,” said Nancy Foley, Chief of DFG’s Law Enforcement Division.
Waterfowl season closes Jan. 30, 2011 for the majority of the state. For the weekend of Feb. 5-6, it will reopen statewide for youth hunters who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult. All usual waterfowl hunting regulations apply.
DFG’s wildlife areas throughout the state provide ample opportunity for the hunt. The hunting is usually excellent on the youth hunt weekend and most areas are vastly underutilized.
While the kids are on school break over the holidays, adults who are familiar with the application system can walk their youth hunters through the reservation application process. The application deadline for the Feb. 5 hunt is Jan. 19, while the deadline for the Feb. 6 hunt is Jan. 20. To learn how to apply, please visit www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/waterfowl/waterfowlresinfo.html.
Youth hunters do not need a reservation if they have legal access to other waterfowl hunting areas such as a private duck club or other area accessible to the public.
“Hunters are a critical component in the future of wildlife conservation,” added Chief Foley. “And these kids are the future of hunting.”