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September 13, 2002


For more information contact:
Al Ivany at 609-984-1795

September 21, 2002 is Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day in New Jersey. According to the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish and Wildlife, young hunters with a valid youth license and accompanied by a non-shooting adult (aged 21 or older), will be permitted to hunt for waterfowl statewide from hour before sunrise to sunset.

No federal or state duck stamps are required for youths. In addition, a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number is not necessary.

Non-toxic shot is required. Shot types include steel, bismuth, tungsten-iron, tungsten-polymer, tungsten-matrix and tungsten-nickel-iron (HEVI-SHOT). Shot size may not exceed Size T (0.200 inch).

The bag limit is the same as the regular duck and early Canada goose seasons. For Canada geese it is 5 birds. For ducks and brant it is 6 and 3, respectively. Note that the bag limit for ducks may not include more than 4 mallards (including no more than 2 hens); 4 scoters, 3 scaup, 2 wood ducks; 2 redheads; 1 pintail and 1 black duck. Snow goose season is closed.

Hunters should review current regulations in the New Jersey 2002-03 Migratory Bird Regulations supplement before going afield.