The deadline for children to participate in Minnesota Youth Waterfowl Day is Monday.

Children ages 12 to 15 are eligible to participate in the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources program, which is in its seventh year.

“When you do these things and teach the whole family how to do it, I think you have a much better chance for a family participating long term in waterfowl hunting than if youth were to do it out there by themselves. ... Which better way to do that than through Ducks Unlimited,” said Mike Kurre, the DNR’s mentoring program coordinator.

Ducks Unlimited is a sponsor of the hunt on Sept. 12.

Participating youth must be accompanied by a parent or guardian for part of the day. This year’s hunt takes place in six areas across Minnesota. There were 58 participants last year.

Full information and applications forms are online at mndnr.gov/discover. An upland bird hunt for youth is scheduled for October.