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Youth Waterfowl Hunting

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Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days is a Saturday-Sunday hunt the weekend following the closing of Florida’s statewide duck and coot season. This year, that weekend falls on Feb. 3-4, 2018. 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 water bodies that have public access. Some public water bodies may be closed for specific reasons, such as being in a park or in an area where the discharge of firearms is prohibited. Please check with local law enforcement agencies or FWC regional offices prior to hunting on public water bodies. There are also youth waterfowl quota permits that can be applied for at to hunt T.M. Goodwin, Broadmoor Marsh, Guana River, Ocklawaha Prairie, STA1 West, STA2, STA3/4 and STA5.

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.