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Guided waterfowl hunt for youth

Applications due by July 25

If you're a young person who's interested, but has little or no experience hunting ducks and geese, the Division of Wildlife Resources, the Utah Conservation Officers Association and the Utah Waterfowl Association have a deal for you — a free hunt guided by some of Utah's best waterfowl hunters.

A young hunter shows the ducks he took during a guided youth hunt. If you'd like to participate in the 2014 hunt, submit your application no later than July 25.

A young hunter shows the ducks he took during a guided youth hunt. If you'd like to participate in the 2014 hunt, submit your application no later than July 25.

Photo by Keith Fullenkamp

To participate, you must graduate from Utah's Hunter Education program and be 12 to 15 years of age on Sept. 20, which is the day the hunt will be held. Also, by July 25, you must submit an application so you can be considered for the hunt.

The application is available online. Once you arrive at the Web page, scroll down to the 'Youth hunts' subhead to access the application.

If your name is drawn for the hunt, you'll have a hunting experience you'll never forget. "Each young person will be guided by an experienced waterfowl hunter," says Wyatt Bubak, one of the DWR officers who'll participate in the hunt. "We won't be taking these kids out to pass shoot ducks off a dike. These will be high quality hunts."

Bubak says the guided youth hunt is the perfect way to introduce young people to waterfowl hunting. "In mid-September," he says, "the weather is usually perfect. And the number of duck and geese in Utah is the highest it will be all year."


The free, guided hunts will be held on the morning of Sept. 20 at locations in Davis, Weber and Box Elder counties. Here's what's required to participate:

  • You must be a graduate of Utah's Hunter Education program. If you aren't a graduate, you must complete the course before the hunt is held on Sept. 20.
  • You must have little or no experience hunting ducks and geese.
  • You must be at least 12 years old, and no older than 15, on the day the hunt is held.
  • You'll be highly encouraged to attend a free shotgun training course at the Lee Kay Public Shooting Range in Salt Lake City. The course will be held on Aug. 2, from 9–11.a.m. Please bring the shotgun you'll use during the hunt and two boxes of lead shot shells. If you don't have your own gear, the DWR will provide it for you.
  • For the hunt on Sept. 20, you must provide your own ammunition, shotgun, waders, hunting license and basic personal hunting gear. The guide, boat and decoys will be provided free of charge.
  • Your parent or legal guardian must accompany you on the hunt.
  • You must sign a liability waiver.

After the hunt is over, Camp Chef and Widow Maker Boats will provide a free lunch. The lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Robert N. Hasenyager Great Salt Lake Nature Center at the Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area.

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