Tennessee’s 2008 youth waterfowl hunt will be held on February 2 and 3, 2008, with the Reelfoot Lake Zone set for the following week, February 9 and 10, 2008, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA). The Reelfoot Lake zone is closed during the statewide segment.
This hunt is for youths 6 thru 15 years of age and all young hunters must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years of age. Geese, coots, gallinules, moorhens, and ducks, including pintails and canvasbacks, may be taken by youths during the youth waterfowl hunt. Bag limit for the youth waterfowl is the same as the statewide season. The adults accompanying the young hunter may not hunt ducks but may participate in other open seasons.
The TWRA is encouraging hunters to take advantage of this opportunity to introduce a new generation to the joys and heritage of waterfowl hunting. This is a great chance to let the kids go out and enjoy the experience of waterfowl hunting. It’s a way for the kids to be the center of attention, to let them have the first shot or call in their first flock of ducks or geese.
Hunters age 12 and under do not need a hunting license to hunt in Tennessee. Hunters age 15 and younger do not need a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp (Duck Stamp). Those ages 13 – 15 need a Junior Hunt/Trap/Fish license (Type 002). In addition, hunters 10 years old and older, born after January 1, 1969 must possess proof that they have successfully completed a hunter education course, unless they have the new Apprentice License (Type 012). For complete details on the requirements of the new Apprentice License (Type 012) check the 2007 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide or go to www.tnwildlife.org.
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