This year, Illinois will open the regular duck, Canada goose, and snow goose seasons on Oct. 21.
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Willie Gloe, chairman of the Fowled Up Chapter in Pierre, S.D., is Delta Waterfowl’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. He bested a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote. Gloe, 36, became a member of Delta Waterfowl just six years ago, but hit the ground running, the organization said in a news release. Since 2011,…
This year’s brood index came in at 3.68 broods per square mile, down 5 percent from last year. The statewide average since the survey began in 1955 is 2.59 broods per square mile. Overall brood size was up 8 percent from last year.
But for the most part, season framework similar to last year.
Man admitted his guides baited ponds for waterfowl, helped hunters exceed their daily bag limits and didn’t follow federal and state laws on tagging, processing or transporting birds.
While duck hunting has slowed overall, some areas in central and southern Minnesota had exceptional hunting in recent days as the cold temperatures and northwest winds moved good numbers of mallards and other late-season migrants into the state.With the final weeks of the off-season ticking down, waterfowl hunters are anticipating release of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Waterfowl Breeding…
This year’s Canada goose population estimate a whopping 120,000 higher than last year.
Some resident hunters fear the commercialization of waterfowl hunting in the state, while some business interests want more nonresident hunters and their money in South Dakota.
DEC: Waterfowl hunting seasons provide diverse opportunities across the state.
Duck and goose hunters must register in person for waterfowl blind site drawings and must be present at the drawing – held at each location designated below immediately after the registration period – to claim their blind sites.
The proposal for three-day temporary hunts would expand to include a good chunk of the state. Would also make these licenses valid on private land only.
Similar to last year, the Horicon Canada goose hunting zone will have one single continuous 92-day time period, rather than the two split time periods experienced in the past. In addition, the pintail daily bag limit based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service frameworks, has been reduced from two to one.
Migratory birds, their nests and their eggs are protected by the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and must be left alone. But there are rare times when humans can “intervene.”
In the 2016 survey, 157,028 ducks, 33,468 geese and 5,896 swans were observed. Goose observations increased in 2017, while duck observations were down about 5 percent and swan observations down 13 percent.
The Commission adopted waterfowl season orders that include opening the early teal season on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend – a week earlier than staff had proposed and the same as the 2016 teal season
The annual hearings are being held by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Board.
Four public hearings allow waterfowlers to provide Wisconsin DNR comments on fall duck, goose hunting season structure
Near-record population estimates from 2016 bode well for 2017 season.
As mallard harvest goes, so goes the state duck harvest as a whole — downward.
Public hearings throughout Wisconsin provide great opportunity to provide feedback regarding fall waterfowl hunting season structure.
NRC considering a 10-day September season for teal.
Waterfowl hunters are encouraged to attend one of the hearings and share their preferences and opinions about the proposed seasons.
Get good photos of waterfowl in motion as seasons close and mating nears in Pennsylvania
Hunters may call the light goose “hotline” to hear recorded information 24 hours a day, and migration reports are also posted on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website.
Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces have helped agency establish season dates that provide equitable hunting opportunities for the various interests in each zone.
Warm fall makes latter part of season a bust
State law requires removal of blinds before deadlines to protect natural areas and to prevent boating accidents after ice melts