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Hunting is not only an adventurous pursuit, but it is something parents can pass on to their children. Hunting not only fosters an atmosphere of bonding between parent and child, but you\'ll be teaching your kids valuable lessons about survival and self-sufficiency. If you\'re thinking of taking your children water-fowling in the state of Ohio, there are some guidelines to follow at the state and federal levels.
Times to Hunt
According to federal laws, children 15 years or younger are allowed to hunt waterfowl around the state on Saturdays and Sundays in early October. Hunters who are 17 years or younger are given special priorities on designated controlled hunts.
Opening Day Hunts
Those 17 or younger must be accompanied by a non-hunting adult to have access to priority day hunting at Mosquito Creek in the afternoon. A valid youth hunting license is required. The following youth hunting areas will be open on the first Saturday of the regular waterfowl hunting season: Mosquito Creek, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, Magee Marsh, Mercer, and Pickerel Creek. Any application must be postmarked by July 31 to qualify for random drawing, according to the Ohio Division of Wildlife. And you can apply online or pick up an application in June.
Youth Controlled Waterfowl Hunt
If you\'re thinking about going for a more controlled setting, you\'ll have plenty of time to prepare for next season. All controlled hunts are fostered by the Ohio Division of Wildlife. The application process is from June 1 to July 31. Dates and locations vary, but with summer months away, now might be a good time to think about picking up an application. You can also apply online. A hunting license is required for lottery applications.
All non-hunters must watch from a distance as the youth engages on the hunt. For youth 15 years or older, the young hunter must be escorted at all times, but for those who are 16 years and older, hunters must be accompanied by any season designated as a youth season. Those who are 15 years and younger must be sponsored by any adult 18 years or older, and those 16 years and older have to be escorted by a non-hunting adult 18 years or older. For the 15 and younger crowd, adults can hunt, as long as the function is a designated youth season. Adults cannot hunt with the 16 and older crowd. Adults do not have to be listed as a licensed hunter in both age groups.
Any shot birds can be taken under the regular guideline limits for the season. You can check with the Ohio Wildlife Division for more information.