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  1. Peregrine

    Peregrine Elite Refuge Member

    Mar 11, 2000
    Southwest Idaho, USA
    Duck Talk Set

    Whether you are a duck hunter or just enjoy masterful wildlife wood carving, Wildlife Wednesday at the Nature Center has a program for you.

    Tom Matus, world champion gunning decoy carver, and Regional Wildlife Educator Dan Papp will share their expertise September 20 at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center at 600 South Walnut in Boise. The program is free.

    Matus has won several national and international decoy carving competitions in recent years. He carves wooden decoys for both decorative and gunning use. Papp is an avid waterfowler and retriever trainer. He also carves duck calls and decoys.

    The program will offer pointers on making and using calls and decoys as well as training retrievers.

    For more information, call Adare Evans, 334-2633.

    Youth Hunt to Start Duck, Pheasant Seasons

    The popular youth waterfowl hunt has been expanded to two days before the regular duck season begins, and a two-day youth pheasant hunt will be held before that opener.

    This year's youth waterfowl hunt will be held September 23-24. In previous years, the youth hunts were held on one day only. The regular duck and goose seasons in most of Idaho will begin October 7. The daily bag limit is the same as in the regular season; seven ducks with not more than one canvasback or pintail, two redheads or female mallards or four scaup.

    The pheasant hunt will be held October 7-8, the first full weekend in that month. The upland rules booklet simply says "first weekend in October." The daily bag limit is one **** pheasant. In Area 1 the season begins one-half hour before sunrise; in Areas 2 and 3 the season begins at noon.

    Youth hunts have been held for the last several years in Idaho to give hunters aged 12 through 15 the chance to learn the skills and traditions of bird hunting with mentoring, rather than competition, from older hunters. Each youth must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is licensed but not allowed to hunt.

    The estimate for total numbers of North American ducks is the third highest on record. Record numbers of waterfowl have meant little to Idaho duck hunters in the last two years, however, when fall and winter weather has not been helpful in bringing flights to Idaho. Pheasants are again expected to be more numerous than last year, making these two-day hunts a real chance to teach a youngster about the fun of hunting for Idaho's game birds.

    Ask Fish and Game

    Q. When is duck season? I haven't seen the rules book yet.

    A. Duck and goose season both open October 7. Limits are the same as last year. The special youth season will be Sept. 23 and 24. A licensed hunter over 18 must accompany each kid, and the oldsters can't hunt, just help and teach. Getting the duck book printed is about the toughest deadline each year. The Commission has to set the seasons at the August meeting because the federal framework must be in place prior to setting seasons. Then staff has to typeset the book and get it to the printer. The printer's due date this year was August 25, the day the Commission met. Having missed that date, there is a delay in printing. It should be at license vendors by the last week of September.

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