HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Game Commission today issued a clarification and correction regarding the Youth Waterfowl Day and where hunters may take Canada geese.
Young Pennsylvania hunters will be provided with a special day of waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Sept. 24. Youth Waterfowl Day will be open to holders of junior licenses ages 12-15. To participate, a youngster must be accompanied by an adult, who may assist the youth in calling, duck identification and other aspects of the hunt. During this special day-long hunt, youth can harvest ducks, mergansers, coots and moorhens, as well as Canada geese.
Because the Youth Waterfowl Day and the early Canada goose season (Sept. 1-24) overlap this year, youth and the adults accompanying them may harvest Canada geese, except in the Pymatuning Zone and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area. Statewide, with the exception of the closed areas of the Pymatuning Zone and the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, the daily limit for the Youth Waterfowl Day for Canada geese is eight.
Earlier, it was reported that the Pymatuning Zone permitted youth hunters to take one Canada goose. That information was incorrect.
The Youth Waterfowl Day bag limit for moorhens is three. Other Youth Waterfowl Day bag limits will be consistent with the limit for the regular season, which will be announced in mid-August, after the Waterfowl Symposium on Friday, Aug. 5.
Also, all of controlled and public hunting areas of State Game Land 46 in Lebanon/Lancaster counties, which includes the Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, will be closed for the early Canada goose season (Sept. 1-24), not just the controlled hunting areas of Middle Creek. In the news release issued on July 22, it only was noted that the controlled hunting area of the Middle Creek are closed for the early Canada goose season.
In related action, Game Commission Executive Director Vern Ross today announced the dates for the "youth only days" at the Middle Creek and Pymatuning controlled waterfowl hunting areas. The Middle Creek day is Saturday, Nov. 19. The Pymatuning day is Saturday, Nov. 26. Youth interested in applying for the public drawing for one of the blinds may use the application on page 89 of the 2005-06 Pennsylvania Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations, which is provided to each license buyer.