New Hampshire’s 2015 Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend will be held statewide on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27, 2015.
To participate, youth must be age 15 or younger and must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older. The adult may not hunt. The youth does not need a hunting license or duck stamp.
“The youth weekend is a great way to get kids involved in waterfowl hunting. It provides them the opportunity to go with an adult who knows the sport, at a time of year when it’s still fairly warm and good numbers of birds are around,” said Jessica Carloni, waterfowl biologist for the N.H. Fish and Game Department. “Quality time spent with a child during youth weekend can help foster an appreciation for hunting and the environment.”
All regular season waterfowl regulations, including shooting hours, use of non-toxic shot, etc., apply during the youth weekend. Specific seasons and bag limits for various waterfowl are listed on the Fish and Game website at www.huntnh.com/hunting/waterfowl.html.
For the regular hunting season, as a reminder, the DNR says to hunt waterfowl in New Hampshire, you are required to have a Migratory Waterfowl License and a current NH Hunting, Combination or Small Game License (available at any Fish and Game license agent), as well as a Federal Waterfowl Stamp (available at some U.S. Post Offices; Fish and Game headquarters in Concord; and at Fish and Game’s Region 2 office in New Hampton). You also are required to have a free Harvest Information Program (H.I.P.) Survey permit number.
For 2015, the opening day in the Northern Zone (October 2) is four days earlier than the opening day in the Inland and Connecticut River Zones (October 6). Hunters planning to hunt in that portion of the Connecticut River Zone adjacent to the Northern Zone should be aware that the season does not open until October 6.
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