Guided waterfowl hunt for young hunters

A young hunter shows the ducks he took during a guided youth hunt, location unspecified, Sept. 16, 2011 | Photo courtesy of Stacey Jones, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A free hunt guided by some of Utah’s best waterfowl hunters is being held for the young people of Utah.

A young hunter shows the goose he took during a guided youth hunt, location unspecified, September 22, 2012 | Photo by Keith Fullencamp, St. George News
A young hunter shows the goose he took during a guided youth hunt, location unspecified, Sept. 22, 2012 | Photo courtesy of Keith Fullencamp, St. George News

“Each young person will be guided by an experienced waterfowl hunter,” Wyatt Bubak, one of the Division of Wildlife Resources conservation officers who’ll participate in the hunt, said. “These will be high quality hunts. You’ll either hunt on a private club or on a public area that requires a mud boat or an airboat to reach.”

The free hunts on public land will be held the morning of Sept. 19. The hunts on private clubs will happen during the general waterfowl hunt.

The guided youth hunt is the perfect way to introduce young people to waterfowl hunting, Bubak said.

“In mid-September, the weather is usually perfect,” he said, “and the number of ducks and geese in Utah is the highest it will be all year.”

Young hunter participated in a guided youth hunt, location unspecified, September 17, 2011 | Photo by Stacey Jones, St. George News
Young hunter participated in a guided youth hunt, location unspecified, Sept. 17, 2011 | Photo courtesy of Stacey Jones, St. George News

To participate you must:

  • Be 12 to 15 years old on Sept. 19
  • Graduate from Utah’s Hunter Education program or enroll in the state’s Trial Hunting program before Sept. 19
  • Provide your own nontoxic ammunition, shotgun with plug, waders and other clothing
  • Submit an application to be considered for the hunt by July 24
  • Have a current hunting license and Harvest Information Program number
  • Have a parent or legal guardian accompany you on the hunt
  • Sign a liability waiver

The guide, boat and decoys will be provided free of charge.

Participants are highly encouraged to attend a shotgun training course if available in their area.

Event details

  • What: Guided hunt for youth
  • When: Sept. 19
  • Where: To be announced
  • Contact: Wyatt Bubak, DWR Northern Region Sergeant, 801-786-9999
  • Hunter Education program
  • Trial Hunting program

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