Youth Waterfowl Season just around the Corner

Youth waterfowl seasons offer hunters age 15 and under a noncompetitive hunting environment

There’s nothing quite like the sights and sounds of a waking marsh first thing in the morning. Crawling out of bed before dawn may be an unappealing concept for some youth, but waterfowl hunting is more than worth the sacrifice when done right. With milder temperatures and youth waterfowl season just around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce young hunters to the world of hunting ducks.

The 2013 youth waterfowl season will kick off with the High Plains and Low Plains Early zones, Sept. 28-29, followed by the Low Plains Late Zone, Oct. 19-20, and the Southeast Zone, Oct. 26-27.

Daily bag limits are the same as those of the regular duck season and may consist of six ducks including no more than 5 mallards, of which only 2 may be hens; 3 wood ducks; 3 scaup; 2 pintails; 2 redheads; and 2 canvasbacks. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

For a detailed map of duck zone boundaries and other waterfowl hunting regulations, consult the 2013 Kansas Hunting and Furharvesting Regulations Summary available at all KDWPT regional offices, most license vendors, and online at

In an effort to get more youth involved with hunting, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) hosts free youth hunting events, and one such event will be a youth duck hunt at the Milford Wildlife Area, Sunday, Oct. 19. Youth ages 10-15 are invited to participate. There is no cost to attend and ammunition will be provided. Other hunting equipment will also be available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

Hunters must register no later than Oct. 14, 2013. Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Hunters will meet at the Milford Wildlife Area office, 

1782 10th Road

Clay Center, just prior to the hunt. Breakfast will be provided.

For more information on this event, or to register, contact public land manager Kristin Kloft at (785) 461-5402.