Nevada’s young hunters will have an opportunity to hunt waterfowl by themselves during a youth-only waterfowl season scheduled for Feb. 8-9 in the South Zone, and Feb. 8 in the Northwest Zone. This season is open only to hunters 15 years of age or younger, including non-residents. The young hunters must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old. However, adults are not allowed to hunt during this season.
The South Zone is comprised of Lincoln and Clark counties and includes the Moapa Valley portion of the Overton Wildlife Management Area. The Northwest Zone includes all other counties except Elko and White Pine. The daily bag limits for ducks, geese, and other waterfowl are the same as those established for the regular season.
"The youth season is a good opportunity for young hunters to gain experience in uncrowded conditions and without feeling pressure to match the skill and success of older, more experienced hunters," said Doug Nielsen, Conservation Education supervisor for the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). "It’s also a chance for one of those experienced hunters to share their knowledge with the next generation."
Just like the regular waterfowl season, reservations are required at the Overton WMA. NDOW will begin taking reservations at 8 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3 at the agency’s Las Vegas and Henderson offices. They are located at 4747 Vegas Drive and 744 S. Racetrack Road respectively. Reservations also can be made at the management area. The hunter, or their representative, must appear in person to make the reservation.
Youth hunters between the ages of 12 and 15 will need a current hunting license and a Nevada State Duck Stamp but will not need a federal migratory game bird hunting stamp. That stamp is required for persons age 16 and older who hunt migratory waterfowl. Youth hunters under the age of twelve are not required to possess a license; however, NDOW strongly recommends they complete a hunter education course prior to the hunt.
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