The culmination of a process that began with pilot biologists conducting aerial and ground surveys of waterfowl production and habitat in Canada and the northern United States in the spring, most state wildlife agencies have announced season dates and bag limits for the 2010-2011 late waterfowl hunting seasons. For your convenience, links to the most up-to-date regulatory information maintained by each state have been compiled on this site so that you can quickly and easily find the information you need.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed hunting regulations for the upcoming 2010-2011 late waterfowl seasons. Hunting season lengths of 60 days were proposed for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, with 74 days for the Central Flyway and 107 days for the Pacific Flyway.
A full season on pintails would be offered nation-wide with a two bird daily bag limit, and a full season on canvasbacks with a one bird daily bag limit offered nation-wide. The Service also proposed a daily bag limit of two scaup in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways for the full season and three scaup in the Pacific Flyway for 86 days.
Hunters, stamp collectors and other conservationists can now help conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico by purchasing a special edition Federal Duck Stamp envelope, known as a silk cachet. The funds generated by the $25 cachet will be used to acquire wetlands for inclusion in the more than thirty-eight national wildlife refuges along the Gulf Coast.
The latest Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest Report has been released, reporting that over 13.1 million ducks were harvested in the United States during the 2009-2010 waterfowl hunting season, down from 13.6 million from the previous season. The number of harvested geese also decreased somewhat, from about 3.8 million harvested in the 2008-2009 season to 3.3 million harvested nationally in the 2009-2010 season.
In addition to downloading the full report, you can also generate custom harvest trends reports to quickly and easily view the information that is important to you. With these custom reports, you can view harvest trends for a specific species in a specific state; or you can view results for all ducks or all geese on a national level or within a selected flyway; or you can see the total of all ducks and geese at the national level. Results from these custom reports are presented in line graph format to easily illustrate harvest trends from 1961 through 2009. To view harvest activity reports for previous years, visit the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Management website.
The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS), on the setting of annual regulations permitting the hunting of migratory birds. Published in the Federal Register on July 9, 2010, the draft SEIS proposes adjusting the process for authorizing migratory bird hunting in accordance with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed continuation of liberal hunting regulations for the upcoming 2009-2010 late waterfowl seasons.
A full season on pintails would be offered with a one bird daily bag limit in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways, and a two bird daily bag limit in the Pacific Flyway and a full season on canvasbacks with a one bird daily bag limit offered nation-wide.
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Over 13.7 million ducks were harvested in the United States during the 2008-2009 waterfowl hunting season, according to preliminary estimates by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest report. Duck harvest was down from 14.6 million harvest numbers from the previous season. More than 3.8 million geese were harvested, an increase of 120,000 from the 2007-2008 season. Canada Geese were the most prevalent goose harvested with more than 2.8 million birds taken. Snow Geese were the second most popular goose species harvested, with nearly 560,000 taken nationally.
The Service compiles the harvest report each year to publish estimates of waterfowl hunting activity and harvest for all migratory game bird species in each state, flyway, and the entire United States. The crucial information that hunters provide each year helps to ensure that our migratory bird resources--and hunting tradition--will be around for future generations to enjoy.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announces a liberal waterfowl season for 2008. In three flyways, the Service Regulations Committee recommends closing the canvasback season due to low populations and restricting scaup harvest due to long-term population declines. Given increasing wood duck populations, the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways would get an extra wood duck in the daily bag limit.