Wisconsin’s NRB approves 60-day duck season with a two-canvasback limit

Horicon—Wisconsin’s 2015 duck hunting season will be one of the most liberal in years.

The Natural Resources Board approved a 60-day season on Aug. 12.

Changes from the past include opening-day shooting hours that begin one-half hour before sunrise, rather than 9 a.m., a two-canvasback daily limit and a shorter split season closure in the Mississippi River Zone.

Opening day is Sept. 26 in the north, Oct. 3 in the south and on the Mississippi River.

The North Zone season extends uninterrupted until Nov. 24.

The South Zone season runs from Oct. 3 to Oct. 11, and after a five day closure reopens Oct. 17 until Dec. 6.

The Mississippi River Zone runs from Oct. 3-9, and after a seven day closure reopens Oct. 17 until Dec. 8.

The daily bag limit is six ducks, including no more than four mallards (of which only one may be a hen), one black duck, two canvasbacks, two redheads, two pintails, three wood ducks, and three scaup.

The board had already approved the early teal season in June, which will run from Sept. 1-7, with a bag limit of six blue-winged or green-winged teal.

The youth waterfowl season will take place on the weekend of Sept. 19-20.  Youth hunters may harvest Canada geese in all zones, but the bag limit or tag applies for each zone.

The Canada goose season in the Exterior Zone will be 92 days, with a daily bag limit of two geese.

The North Zone for Canada geese runs from Sept. 16 to Dec. 16; the South Zone from Sept. 16 to Oct. 11 and Oct. 17 to Dec. 21; and the Mississippi River subzone from Oct. 3-9 and Oct. 17 to Jan. 9.

Horicon Zone Canada goose hunters have two time periods:  Sept. 16 to Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 to Dec. 16.  The daily bag limit is two, with a season limit of 12.

The Conservation Congress, Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, and Wisconsin Wildlife Federation all supported the season regulations.

The Wisconsin Wildlife Federation suggested that next year the DNR consider slightly changing the split season closure in the Mississippi River Zone so that it would provide hunters with an extra weekend of hunting in October when weather is likely to be nicer.

This change, if done this year, would have meant only losing the two days at the end of the season, which are a Monday and Tuesday in December, when River backwaters could be frozen.

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