Youth Federal Waterfowl days set for Feb. 2-3

2013-01-31T15:17:00Z Youth Federal Waterfowl days set for Feb. 2-3 The Times and Democrat

South Carolina's waterfowl hunters will have an excellent opportunity to introduce the next generation of hunters to the sport of waterfowling this season.

Feb. 2-3, 2013 are Federal Youth Days. Only hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl (ducks and geese) on these days. The youth(s) must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age. The adult is not allowed to carry a gun or hunt and does not have to be licensed. The regular duck season limits apply.

South Carolina youth waterfowl hunters are not required to have the Federal Waterfowl stamp and the HIP (migratory bird) permit for the Feb. 2-3 hunt. For more information on Youth Waterfowl Days or Migratory Bird Regulations, call (803) 734-3886 in Columbia.

Many DNR Waterfowl Management Areas will be open for public hunting on Saturday, Feb.2 for Youth Waterfowl Day (DNR Waterfowl Management Areas are not open on Sundays). Waterfowl Management Areas that are open Saturday mornings during the regular waterfowl season will be open for Youth Waterfowl Day on Saturday, Feb. 2.

These include:

* Beidler Impoundment WMA in Sumter County

* Dunaway WMA in Union County

* Duncan Creek WMA in Laurens County

* Hatchery WMA in Berkeley County

* Enoree River WMA in Newberry County

* Marsh WMA in Marion County

* Monticello Reservoir WMA in Fairfield County

* Moultrie WMA in Berkeley County

* Parr Reservoir WMA in Fairfield County

* Potato Creek WMA in Clarendon County

* Russell Creek WMA in McCormick County

* Turtle Island WMA in Jasper County

* Tyger River WMA in Union County

* Sampson Island Unit of Bear Island WMA in Colleton County

* Wee Tee WMA in Williamsburg County

Nontoxic shot (such as steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-iron or tungsten-polymer) is required for all waterfowl hunting. The possession of lead shot is prohibited for all waterfowl hunting statewide.

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