On another site there is a discussion about the Youth hunt. Un fortunately all of the posters are from the south. The real issue is that there was very little if any youth or any other duck hunting in the northern portion of the state in late January. There is no reference to the education of waterfowl. Note the checkstation data below: By moving the dates forward youths that are new to the sport would have an opportunity to go again during the Regular Season rather than waiting months for the next season. In addition, ducks were more evenly distributed throughout the state in November. An earlier youth hunt would increase the opportunities for them to participate in a successful hunt. A comparison of the late January (19-22) Check Station harvest data for Guana River (12 hunters with an average of .4 birds per hunter) versus the WMA harvest data from STA 5 (2.9 birds per hunter) and TM Goodwin (2 birds per hunter) illustrates this concentration. November 23rd Guana River hosted 100 hunters with an average harvest of 1.4 birds.