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Joe Manchin III, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release : September 11, 2007

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-3381
Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief (304) 558-2771

Youth Waterfowl Hunt September 22, 2007
Youth Squirrel Hunt September 29, 2007

West Virginia’s youth waterfowl hunt has been set for September 22, 2007, and the youth squirrel hunt is scheduled for September 29, 2007, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section.

“These special youth hunts provide an excellent opportunity to introduce youngsters to the hunting heritage of West Virginians,” said Taylor. “The mild days of early fall are a great time to be afield with young hunters and to pass onto them the traditions of safe hunting and wildlife conservation.”

Youth who are less than 16 years of age on September 22, 2007, may participate in the youth waterfowl hunt. Youth hunters age 14 and under are not required to have a hunting license. Those who have reached their 15th birthday must possess a valid state hunting license (A, XJ, XXJ or A-L) and HIP registration card, or be a qualified resident landowner. The youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult at least 21 years of age. Landowners over 15 years of age are not exempt from the requirement to carry a valid migratory bird hunting and conservation stamp, commonly called the duck stamp.

Youth squirrel hunters must be less than 15 years of age on the day of the hunt. Youth hunters do not need hunting licenses; however, they must be accompanied by a licensed adult 21 years of age or older. The supervising adult may not hunt or carry a firearm or bow and must remain near enough to the youth to render advice and assistance. The daily bag limit for the squirrel hunt is six, the same as during the regular season.

For additional information, hunters should check the 2007-2008 West Virginia Hunting and Trapping Regulations and the 2007-2008 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations. These publications are available at all license agents, DNR offices and the DNR’s Web site at


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