Wisconsin duck hunters looking at 60-day season – again – and 6-duck daily bag limit
Wisconsin waterfowlers can have input into the 2019 waterfowl season regulations through March 15.
This year hunters can go to the DNR website and register their opinions on preliminary season proposals.
Taylor Finger, DNR migratory waterfowl ecologist, has presented the following general framework for the 2019 duck and goose hunting seasons:
- The season would be 60 days, as it has been in Wisconsin for the last 23 years, with a six-duck daily bag limit.
- The bag limit would include four mallards (of which only one could be a hen), three wood ducks, two canvasbacks, two redheads, two black ducks, three scaup, and one pintail.
- The statewide opener would be Sept. 28.
The changes proposed this year include:
- An early teal season increased from seven days to nine days, which will include a second weekend.
- The addition of snow and Ross’s geese to the bag limit during the early goose season. Previously, only Canada geese were legal.
- Increase the bag limit to include two black ducks (previously only one was allowed).
- Reduce the bag limit for pintails from two to one per day.
- Add five days to the length of the closure of the split season in the Mississippi River Zone. The duck season in this zone previously was only closed for seven days and was nearly identical to the southern duck zone. Hunters asked to make the temporary closed season a few days longer, adding later days to the zone.
The DNR will hold public hearings in LaCrosse, Rice Lake, Appleton and Pewaukee on the season proposal the week of March 11, but hunters may submit their comments through midnight Friday, March 15 by e-mail, phone, letter or through the new website.
Following the public comment period, the DNR will make a final proposal to the Natural Resources Board April 10.