Youth Waterfowl Hunting
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days occur on the weekend (Saturday-Sunday) following the closing of Florida’s statewide duck and coot season. This year, that weekend falls on Feb. 2-3, 2019. Only youth 15-years-old and younger are allowed to hunt ducks, light geese, Canada geese, mergansers, coots and common moorhens, while supervised by a non-hunting adult 18-years-old or older. No license or permit is required of the youth or supervising adult.
The hunt can take place on private property with landowner permission and on most waterbodies that have public access. Some public waterbodies may be closed or have restrictions so check with local law enforcement agencies or FWC regional offices prior to hunting on public waterbodies. There are also youth waterfowl quota permits that can be applied for at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com to hunt T.M. Goodwin, Broadmoor Marsh, Guana River, Ocklawaha Prairie, STA1 West, STA2, STA3/4 and STA5.
The FWC also has youth hunt events at T.M. Goodwin Waterfowl Management Area, STA 1W, and Guana River Wildlife Management Area. These fun, family-oriented events include raffles, free food and great waterfowl hunting. No youth are turned away from the hunts, so a quota permit is not necessary. For more information on the Guana River hunt, call 904-825-6877. For more information on the T.M. Goodwin and STA 1W hunts, call 321-726-2862.
Bag and possession limits for each waterfowl species are the same as during the regular season. Shooting hours are a half-hour before sunrise to sunset. All shotguns must be plugged to a 3-shell capacity, and only nontoxic (steel, iron, bismuth-tin, tungsten-alloy) shot maybe be used or in your possession. It is important to note that adults are not allowed to do the shooting; only the kids may harvest waterfowl during the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days.