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Kids Get Special Duck Hunt After Grown Ups

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Tennessee regular duck season closed Sunday, January 25. However after the regular season ends, parents till have the chance to take their kids duck hunting. Normally the closure in between the regular season and the special juvenile-only weekend provides excellent hunting for the youngsters.

Tennessee’s 2009 youth waterfowl hunt will be held on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, 2009, with the Reelfoot Lake Zone set for the following week, February 7 and 8, 2009.

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, 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 Apprentice License (Type 012).  For complete details on the requirements of the Apprentice License (Type 012) check the 2008 Tennessee Hunting and Trapping Guide or go to www.tnwildlife.org.  
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