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DNR, DU, FWS Hamden Slough offer youth waterfowl hunt

Youth who have an interest in becoming waterfowl hunters are eligible to participate in a mentored hunt on Saturday, Sept. 19, on the 3,170-acre Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuge near Detroit Lakes. Application deadline is Monday, Aug. 17. Participants will be selected by lottery.

On this day, throughout Minnesota, youth 15 and younger are allowed to possess a firearm and take waterfowl. Adults 18 and older can only assist.

DU will supply experienced mentors for up to 25 youth the day of the Hamden Slough hunt. An adult guardian or parent must accompany the youth on the hunt and to a pre-hunt orientation.

Youth hunters and their guardians will be paired with DU members who will serve as mentors. After a mandatory orientation Friday afternoon, the mentors will take participants waterfowl hunting in Hamden Slough on Saturday.

To be eligible to participate in the lottery, a youth must be 12-15 years old on or before Sept. 19; possess a valid firearms safety certificate; and have a parent, guardian or adult authorized by a parent or guardian to accompany them as a non-firearms carrying participant to the pre-hunt orientation and the hunt.

Those interested in applying for one of the 25 available spots can go online or contact the DNR Information Center at 651-296-6157 or toll free 1-888-646-6367.

The application deadline is 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17. Only successful applicants will be notified the week of Aug. 24.

The winner's notice will contain specific information about hunting license requirements, equipment needs and contact information for the hunt coordinator.