Tuesday, 01 September 2015 20:05

Waterfowler Heritage Days - an opportunity for Alberta Youth

Written by Michael Short
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I have been fortunate over the years to spend time hunting with kids and their parents. I have also enjoyed spending time with first time hunters as a mentor. In both instances the experience (at least from my perspective) is pretty magical.  Maybe it's the fact that kids actually listen to what their parents or mentor tells them!  Adults are pretty impressed when kids ask insightful questions about the day ahead.

With the province’s Waterfowler Heritage Days fast approaching, there is an opportunity for youth hunters to be introduced to the world of waterfowl hunting.

Here are some of the things you need to know before heading out.

Waterfowler Heritage Days – First Saturday and Sunday in September

Eligible youth can hunt migratory game birds on these two days without a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit or a provincial Game Bird License.

As of 2012, Waterfowler Heritage Days occurs throughout Alberta in all WMUs where there is or will be an open migratory game bird hunting season.

Youth can only hunt migratory game birds for which there is or will be an open season in that WMU. Regular bag limits apply. See the Alberta Guide to Hunting Regulations for bag limits for each species.

To be eligible, a youth must:

• Be 12 – 17 years of age and have passed the Alberta Hunter Education course (Alberta residency is not required); and

• Be accompanied by an adult who holds a Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit

On these two days, the adult permit holder mentoring the youth must:

• Not have a firearm in their possession or use a firearm; and not accompany more than two youth at a time.

If you have not secured access to private land for your day out, check out the Alberta Conservation Association’s Discover Alberta’s Wild Side Guide for public access to potential hunting locations across the province. More detail can be found by visiting http://www.mywildalberta.com/Hunting/SpecialHuntingDays.aspx

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