Quinn sends letter to USFWS requesting fourth duck zone

More progress on gaining a fourth waterfowl zone in Illinois:
Late Thursday, DNR sent out a press release announcing that Gov.
Pat Quinn sent a letter to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar outlining
the advantages of allowing the state to establish the additional
zone.

“A fourth zone would help alleviate the conflicts that are
arising in Illinois when zones are forced to be too large to
accommodate the weather conditions and available wetland habitats
in all parts of a duck zone,”  Quinn wrote.

DNR Director Marc Miller formally requested that four duck zones
(or three zones with a split into two season segments in each zone)
be considered in a letter to the Interior Department’s U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service (USFWS) last February.

This past week, wildlife staff from the Illinois DNR
participated in the Mississippi Flyway Council meeting and promoted
the proposal for duck zone changes. 

All four Flyway Councils (including both the Upper and Lower
Region Regulations Committees of the Misissippi Flyway Council) met
earlier this month and endorsed allowing states additional options
for duck hunting zones for the 2011-2015 seasons. The new options
would include four zones with no splits, and three zones with
splits into two season segments. The USFWS Service Regulations
Committee was expected to consider the proposal at its meeting this
week. This committee is comprised of USFWS personnel.

 

 

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