Waterfowl

Missouri: waterfowl seasons set, pending approval

At its regular meeting Aug. 26, the Missouri Conservation Commission set the following 2011-2012 waterfowl seasons, contingent on final federal approval. North Zone: Oct. 29 – Dec. 27 Middle Zone: Nov. 5 – Jan. 3 South Zone: Nov. 24 – Jan. 22 Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Bag Limit: Six ducks daily with species restrictions of: o…

Nebraska: Commissioners Approve Waterfowl Recommendations

LINCOLN, Neb. – The Nebraska Game and Parks Commissioners approved the 2011 waterfowl season recommendations at their meeting Aug. 30 in McCook. Waterfowl hunting seasons begin Sept. 3 with the Low Plains early teal season. High Plains teal season starts Sept. 10, a week later than in 2010. The early nine-day September Canada goose season has been eliminated, with those…

Texas Sets Waterfowl Seasons for 2011-12

AUSTIN – The 2011-12 Texas late season migratory regulations in place, it's now up to Mother Nature to set the stage. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission finalized this year's waterfowl seasons at its Aug. 25 public hearing as Texas entered uncharted territory for most days with 100 degree plus temperatures. Any rainfall prior to the Nov. 5 waterfowl season…

WI: Six ducks, three zones, 60 days for ’11

Spring Green, Wis. – The good old days of duck hunting are right now, considering that hunters will get a 60-day season with a six-duck daily bag limit in three duck zones, as approved by the Natural Resources Board on Aug. 10. The three zones are new this year, with the addition of the Mississippi River Zone to the regular…

NM: Apply now for special Sandhill Crane, Goose, Pheasant hunts

SANTA FE – The Department of Game and Fish is accepting applications for youth waterfowl hunts in the Bernardo Waterfowl Area south of Belen and for sandhill crane hunts in various areas around the state. More than 200 hunts at Bernardo are available to youths younger than age 18 who have successfully completed an approved hunter education course. Hundreds of…

UT: Plenty of days to hunt ducks and geese

Another long season awaits Utah's waterfowl hunters Salt Lake City – Good news, duck and goose hunters-you can hunt for 107 days in Utah this fall. During their meeting on Aug. 18, 2011 members of the Utah Wildlife Board approved another 107-day duck and goose season for Utah. The season begins Sept. 17, 2011 for hunters who are 15 years…

CO: Grand Valley Duck Blind Reservation System Announced

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife managers are extending the duck blind reservation system successfully used to manage public waterfowl hunting opportunity on several northeast Colorado properties to the Grand Valley, where the agency provides similar hunting access for West Slope waterfowlers at a number of state-owned properties. Reservations are free and hunters can reserve blinds up to…

OK: Duck blind drawings set for Sept. 17

Though it's still hot, it's not too early to mark the calendar for Sept. 17 when a number of drawings will be held for permits to construct seasonal blinds on several lakes across Oklahoma. Registration and drawings for duck blinds will be held for Ft. Gibson, Eufaula, Webbers Falls, Waurika, Canton and Ft. Supply, lakes. Registration and drawings for duck…

2011 Final Wisconsin Waterfowl Rule Summary

Here is a summary of this fall's Wisconsin waterfowl seasons: Early September Canada goose season – September 1-15, with a daily bag of 5 geese. Youth Waterfowl Hunt – September 17-18. The daily bag is the same as the regular seasons. Ducks 60 Day Season – Daily bag of 6 ducks in total. Of the 6 ducks, no more than:…

MN: Early goose forecast: excellent

Bemidji, Minn. – Waterfowlers who like to start the season as early as possible will get their first chance when the early September goose season opens Sept. 3. Until Sept. 22, they'll have the opportunity to harvest up to five birds a day, with a possession limit, statewide, of 10. "It's looking great," Dave Rave, DNR goose specialist in Bemidji,…

MN: Reactions vary to new state duck regs

Bemidji, Minn. – It isn't often that Steve Cordts hears from hunters who are satisfied with duck regulations. Generally, the people who call are not supportive. So what's he hearing this year, after the DNR made several major changes to the state duck season? "In the eight years I have been here, this is by far the fewest calls and…

IL: Fourth duck zone given ‘thumbs up’

Springfield – Duck hunters are anxious to see how changes to the state's waterfowl zones will affect their season and, more importantly, the annual duck harvest. Months of anticipation came to a head in late July when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved for publication in the Federal Register new rules allowing states to add a fourth duck hunting…

CO: Waterfowl Season to be Finalized

DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will finalize waterfowl season regulations for the Central Flyway portion of Colorado during a brief conference call scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 11 beginning at 10 a.m. Most 2011-2012 migratory bird seasons were finalized by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission at its meeting in Denver on July 7. However, season dates…

Louisiana Sets Tentative 2011-12 Migratory Waterfowl Season

Aug. 4, 2011 — The Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission (LWFC) voted to tentatively adopt proposed season dates, bag limits and shooting hours for the 2011-12 migratory waterfowl season at their Aug. 4 meeting. The dates will be ratified by a declaration of emergency from the commission, after approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Following a comment period…

NH: Waterfowl Season Meeting Set for August 17, 2011

CONCORD, N.H. – The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will hold a public meeting on proposed season dates and bag limits for the 2011 waterfowl hunting season on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive in Concord, N.H. Comments at the meeting will be considered in finalizing New Hampshire's…

Minnesota waterfowl numbers improved; wetland conditions excellent

Minnesota's 2011 breeding duck and goose populations improved from last year, according to results of the annual Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) spring waterfowl surveys. The state's estimated breeding duck population was 687,000 compared with last year's estimate of 531,000. This year's estimate is 11 percent above the long-term average of 622,000 breeding ducks. This year's mallard breeding population…

Tennessee Waterfowl Blind Permit Drawings August 6

The 2011 version of Tennessee's long-standing tradition of hand-drawn duck blind drawings will be held at the usual sites across the state on Saturday, August 6. Registration will be held from 7 a.m. until 10 a.m. and the drawings will begin at 10 a.m. at most locations. For more information, click here. While hand drawings will be held for the…

Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to discuss wolf management plan, set waterfowl seasons

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission is scheduled to discuss the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife's (WDFW) recommended Wolf Conservation and Management Plan during a special meeting Aug. 4 in Olympia. The special meeting will be followed by a two-day meeting Aug. 5-6, when the commission is scheduled to take action on proposed 2011-12 migratory waterfowl hunting seasons and…

USFWS Proposes Late Season Waterfowl Hunting Frameworks

Washington D.C. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced proposed hunting season lengths for the upcoming 2011-2012 late waterfowl seasons. The proposed federal frameworks include duck hunting season lengths of 60 days in both the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 days in the Central Flyway (with an additional 23 days in the High Plains areas), and 107 days…

MN: Counts, duck kill increase in state

St. Paul – State waterfowl surveys reflect what's happening elsewhere: breeding duck counts are up, and things are wet. DNR staff wrapped up the counts in mid-May, but release of the data was delayed by the state government shutdown. The counts revealed an estimated 687,000 breeding ducks in the state, which is 30 percent higher than last year and 11 percent…

NY: Across the continent, duck numbers increase

Alexandria, Va. – Across the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's duck breeding populations survey area, things are just ducky. And wet. According to the agency's 2011 report on populations, total duck abundance (45.6 million) jumped 11 percent from last year, and was 35 percent higher than the average from 1955 to 2010. There were 8.1 million ponds counted in the…

IL: DNR calling for 60-day duck season

Springfield – When DNR rolled out its annual waterfowl hunting proposals earlier this month, the state's duck hunters may have been more focused on changes to hunting zones than actual season dates. So here they are: DNR has asked the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for 60-day duck seasons in all zones, 85-day Canada goose seasons in the north and…

CO: Banner Lakes Youth Waterfowl Day Aug. 6

DENVER — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is holding a youth waterfowl hunt at Banner Lakes State Wildlife Area in Keenesburg on Aug. 6. This morning-long skills clinic will introduce youth and a mentor to the fundamentals of getting out in the field and bagging some birds. Skills taught at the seminar include: -Duck and goose calling -Decoying strategies -Waterfowl habitats…

OH: Dakotas very wet; duck numbers good, too

Bismarck, N.D. – Breeding duck surveys in May in North Dakota produced two bits of good news: the amount of water on the ground is exceptional, and duck numbers are pretty good. According to the survey report, the water index was up from last year by 31.4 percent, and 128 percent above the average from 1948 to 2010. The wetland…

MS: Breeding Duck Populations Increase

JACKSON- Breeding waterfowl populations have increased from 2010 estimates for eight of the ten duck species surveyed; and overall, duck estimates increased 11 percent from last year to just over 45 million birds. The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Canadian Wildlife Service conduct annual waterfowl population surveys on the breeding grounds to monitor waterfowl populations and help set…