60 days and six ducks
Wisconsin’s duck hunters will get a 60 day hunting season this fall, with a six-duck daily bag limit.
The daily bag limit is similar to last year, except that the scaup limit has been raised to four birds. The daily bag limit is six ducks, including: no more than four mallards of which only one can be a hen; three wood ducks; two redheads, one black duck, two pintail, four scaup and one canvasback.
In addition, five mergansers to include not more than two hooded mergansers; five coot may be taken daily.
Season dates depend on whether hunters are in the Northern Zone or the Southern Zone (basically a line of Highway 10 from St. Croix County over to Winnebago County and then Highway 41 up to Marinette County) or Mississippi River Zone.
Northern Zone duck hunting begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 and runs through Nov.r 4. For the first time the Northern Zone will have a split season and the season closes for five days, and then reopens on Nov. 10 and runs through Nov. 25.
The Southern Zone opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 and closes on Oct. 7. After a five-day closed period, the season reopens Oct. 13 and closes on Dec. 2.
The Mississippi River Zone (West of the railroad tracks from Pierce to Grant Counties) opens at 9 a.m. Sept. 22 and closes on Sept. 30. Following a 12-day closure, the season reopens Oct. 13 and ends Dec. 2.
The Youth Waterfowl Hunt is statewide Sept. 15 and 16.
Canada goose hunting extends for 92 days, beginning Sept. 16, Sept. 22 on the Mississippi, closing with split duck seasons.
For more on the controversy when to split the North Zone duck season see Aug. 24 printed edition of Wisconsin Outdoor News.