Duck Creek will have 18 positions available plus 3 at Dark Cypress for the youth waterfowl hunt this weekend, October 25th and 26th. All of the positions in Units A and B (with the exception of 53) Fishponds and Kinder are flooded and ready to hunt. Pools 2 and 3 will begin to be flooded in a few weeks and will not offer any hunting positions this weekend.
Waterfowl populations are beginning to increase on the area and at last observation indicated about 2,300 birds on the area. Mallards are increasing daily and there is a good mixed diversity of other dabbling ducks, Ring-necked ducks, Wood ducks and a few Canada Geese using the area regularly.
The morning draw on both days will begin at 4:45 a.m. at the HQ building. Be sure to arrive a bit earlier than that to sign the waiting list. Party size is limited to 4 youth shooters with up to 2 supervising adults. Youth hunters must be 15 years old or younger and the supervising adult must be at least 18 years old.
If the youth hunters are hunter education certified, the accompanying adults do not need any permits, however, if the youth hunters have not been hunter education certified, the supervising adult will need to have in his or her possession a signed valid small game permit or be exempt. Federal waterfowl stamps and state migratory bird permits are not required of the supervising adult to participate in the morning draw. The Conservation Department field offices no longer sell hunting permits so you will need to ensure you are properly permitted before your arrival. We also cannot accept electronic copies of permits, only signed paper copies will be accepted.
Shooting hours will begin at 6:47 a.m. on Saturday and 6:48 a.m. on Sunday and all hunting positions will cease at 1:00 p.m.