South Carolina’s waterfowl hunters will have an excellent opportunity to introduce the next generation of hunters to the sport of waterfowling this season. Feb. 2-3, 2013 are Federal Youth Days. Only hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl (ducks and geese) on these days. The youth(s) must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age. The adult is not allowed to carry a gun or hunt, and does not have to be licensed. The regular waterfowl season limits apply.

South Carolina youth waterfowl hunters are not required to have the Federal Waterfowl stamp and the HIP (migratory bird) permit for the Feb. 2-3 hunt. For more information on Youth Waterfowl Days or Migratory Bird Regulations, call (803) 734-3886 in Columbia.

Many DNR Waterfowl Management Areas will be open for public hunting on Saturday, Feb. 2 for Youth Waterfowl Day (DNR Waterfowl Management Areas are not open on Sundays). Category II Waterfowl Management Areas that are open Saturday mornings during the regular waterfowl season will be open for Youth Waterfowl Day on Saturday, Feb. 2.

These include:

  • Beidler Impoundment WMA in Sumter County
  • Carr Creek(within Samworth WMA) in Georgetown County
  • Dunaway WMA in Union County
  • Duncan Creek WMA in Laurens County
  • Hatchery WMA in Berkeley County
  • Enoree River WMA in Newberry County
  • Hickory Top WMA in Clarendon County
  • Hickory Top Green Tree WMA in Clarendon County
  • Marsh WMA in Marion County
  • Monticello Reservoir WMA in Fairfield County
  • Moultrie WMA in Berkeley County
  • Parr Reservoir WMA in Fairfield County
  • Potato Creek WMA in Clarendon County
  • Russell Creek WMA in McCormick County
  • Turtle Island WMA in Jasper County
  • Tyger River WMA in Union County
  • Sampson Island Unit of Bear Island WMA in Colleton County
  • Wee Tee WMA in Williamsburg County
  • Woodbury WMA in Marion County
  • Waccamaw River HP in Horry County
  • 40 Acre Rock in Lancaster County

Nontoxic shot (such as steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-iron or tungsten-polymer) is required for all waterfowl hunting. The possession of lead shot is prohibited for all waterfowl hunting statewide.

Image courtesy South Carolina Department of natural Resources

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