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Youth, veteran, military Waterfowl Hunting Day set

Hunting season isn’t over, yet – particularly if you’re a vet, in the military now or a kid.

The Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources has designated Feb. 4 as the second of the 2022-2023 hunting season’s Special Youth, Veteran and Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunting Days. The other special day was in November.

Youths under age 16 (accompanied by a licensed adult hunter), active military personnel and veterans may hunt for waterfowl statewide on that day. Regular waterfowl season shooting hours, bag limits, legal arms and ammunitions apply to the special days. Hunting area rules and regulations also apply.

Youths must be accompanied by a licensed adult (over age 21). Only one firearm will be allowed per youth and only the youth hunters are allowed to use it – unless the adult is a veteran or active-duty military. The adult must remain within arm’s length of the youth at all times and may accompany up to two youth participants during the hunt. The adult must have a state hunting license, state and federal waterfowl stamps and a free Harvest Information Program registration.

Veterans and active duty military personnel must be in possession of a valid proof of service such as a military ID, Veterans Administration ID, veterans ID, veteran validation on their driver’s license or a copy of their DD Form 214. Possession of the mandatory hunting licenses and stamps is also required.

For more information, contact WFF Migratory Gamebird Coordinator Seth Maddox at Seth.Maddox@dcnr.alabama.gov or call 334-242-3469, or visit www.outdooralabama.com/waterfowl.

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