The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has a limited number of permits remaining for a special youth-only waterfowl hunt on Jan. 31 on Currituck Sound.

The cost is $5 per youth hunter, and the deadline to purchase a permit is close of business on Jan. 15. Permits can be purchased at any wildlife service-agent location, online at, or by calling 1-888-248-6834.

The hunt is for youth between 12 and 15 years old. Youth hunters must hold hunter-education certification to participate. During the hunt, the youth must be accompanied by a licensed adult. The adult is not allowed to hunt and does not need a permit. Both the youth and accompanying adult must attend a mandatory orientation session on Jan. 30.

“All participants are provided guidance and assistance every step of the way,” said B.B. Gillen, the Commission’s outdoor skills coordinator. “Youth and adults always have fun and learn — and typically are successful — at these events. This hunt in particular has been one of the most popular and successful waterfowl hunts for youth in North Carolina.”

The check-in, dinner, and orientation will be held Jan. 30 at the Hampton Lodge on Waterlily Road in Coinjock. The Currituck Waterfowl Association will provide boats, life vests, decoys and guides for the hunt. Youth hunters must bring their own shotguns and steel shot.

“This is a unique opportunity for kids to experience an awesome waterfowl hunting tradition and meet an outstanding group of volunteers who will work hard to provide a good time and a good hunting experience,” Gillen said. “The Currituck Waterfowl Association has been partnering with the Wildlife Commission for years … the whole shooting match. I commend them for their outstanding conservation efforts.”

For more information on this youth hunt, contact B.B. Gillen at or 919-218-3638.