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Newport Independent - Newport, AR
  • Cache River National Wildlife Refuge Accepting Applications for Youth Waterfowl Hunt

  • Cache River National Wildlife Refuge is now accepting applications for the Youth Only Waterfowl Hunt.
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  • In 2009, the Refuge acquired 1,180 acres along Bayou DeView in Woodruff County and designated this area as a Special Youth Only Waterfowl Hunt Area. Youth (ages 15 and younger) can apply for permits to occupy one of 5 designated blinds and allowed to hunt waterfowl on drawn weekend date (Saturday or Sunday) of the regular duck season. A successfully drawn hunter will also be allowed to invite 1 youth (age 15 or younger) as a guest to participate in the hunt. At least one adult, not less than 21 years old, must supervise youth hunters but will not be allowed to hunt. Volunteer mentors will be available (with advanced notice) to supervise any youth that may need assistance to participate in the hunt. Permits will be selected by random drawing. Applications will be accepted November 1 – 30, 2013. To apply, submit a 3 x 5 index card with the full name (first, middle, last), mailing address, and telephone number of the youth hunter. The drawing will take place on Monday, December 9. Duplicate, unclear, or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Mail to: Cache River NWR 26320 Hwy 33 South Augusta, AR 72006 Drawn hunters will be placed in the first available blind/date (Saturday or Sunday) as drawn. Persons selected will be notified by mail and provided a blind permit (no fee) with a full list of refuge regulations and a map identifying the blind/hunt area. Blind permits are non-transferable and valid only for the youth whose name appears on the permit and their guest. For more information, please visit our website at: www.fws.gov/cacheriver/youthwaterfowl Email or call Jonathan Windley at 870-347-2614 extension 24 / jonathan_windely@fws.gov
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