South Dakota GFP Commission Finalizes 2013 Waterfowl Seasons

WATERTOWN, S.D. – The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Commission has finalized the 2013 goose seasons.

Unit 1, which includes most parts of the state, will have a daily bag limit of eight geese. The daily limit will be four geese in Unit 2 which is comprised of counties in central South Dakota along the Missouri River, and Perkins, eastern Pennington and Fall River counties. The Unit 3 January season in Bennett County will have a daily bag limit of four geese as well.

Canada goose season dates are Oct. 1 – Dec. 16 in Unit 1, Nov. 2-Feb. 14 in Unit 2 and Jan. 11-19 in Bennett County.

The light goose hunting season will run from Sept. 28 – Dec. 22 with a daily limit of 20 statewide.

The Commission also finalized changes to the white-fronted goose hunting season. The season will run two weeks shorter than last year’s season and will occur from Sept. 28 – Dec. 8 in 2013. With this change comes an increase in the daily bag limit from one to two geese.

The duck hunting season dates will be Oct. 12 – Jan. 16 for High Plains Zone; Sept. 28 – Dec. 10 for Low Plains North and Middle Zones; and, Oct. 12-Dec. 24 for Low Plains South Zone.

The daily duck limit is six and may be comprised of no more than five mallards  (two of which can be  hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails or two canvasbacks.

The possession limit for all waterfowl seasons has been increased from twice the daily limit to three times the daily limit.

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