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Veterans, active military can participate in special waterfowl hunting weekend

Saturday and Sunday, anyone who has served or is serving in the armed forces can hunt with the proper licenses.
A juvenile common gallinule feeds on the southern shore of Lake Seminole.
A juvenile common gallinule feeds on the southern shore of Lake Seminole. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2017) ]
Published Feb. 5

Veterans — currently serving or retired — are invited to participate in a special waterfowl hunting outing this weekend open just for them.

On Saturday and Sunday, those interested can hunt ducks, geese, mergansers, coots and common gallinules. Waterfowl hunting is closed to the general public right now.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to put on this opportunity for veterans and members of the armed forces, including the National Guard and reserves.

To participate, you must have an active hunting license, no-cost migratory bird permit, Florida waterfowl permit and federal duck stamp unless exempt. Hunters must also have a current military I.D. card or applicable military documents.

Applications can be found online at GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

Hunters can use Florida’s public lakes and rivers (that are wildlife management area approved) and private statewide lands with the landowner’s permission this weekend. In addition, guides are allowed to accompany hunters, but they may not participate in the actual shooting.

Migratory bird season dates vary, but some bird species (crow and snipe) are still in season from 2020. No hunting license or permit is needed to shoot crow.

Contact Mari Faiello at mfaiello@tampabay.com. Follow @faiello_mari.