Frameworks Proposed for Late Season Waterfowl Hunting

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed hunting regulations for the upcoming 2011-2012 late waterfowl seasons. Hunting season lengths of 60 days were proposed for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, with 74 days for the Central Flyway (with an additional 23 days in the High Plains areas) 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.

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Duck Stamp Sales Translate to Increased Habitat in Refuges

Image of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Credit: US Fish and Wildlife Service

During their June 15th meeting, the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission approved the investment of more than $3 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to secure an estimated 1,600 acres of habitat on three units of the National Wildlife Refuge System: Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon (pictured to the right), San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in West Virginia. The Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, vitally supported by Duck Stamp revenues, has provided funding for the protection of more than 5 million acres of wetlands habitat over the years.

First Day of 2011-2012 Duck Stamp Sales

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The First Day of Sale event for the 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp is Friday, June 24, 2011 at the Bass Pro Outdoor World in Katy, Texas. Since 1934, the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ("Duck Stamp") has provided more than 750 million dollars for habitat conservation. This year's stamp artwork was created by James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minnesota.

State Agencies Announce 2010-2011 Late Waterfowl Seasons

Duck hunter with harvest. Credit: USFWSThe 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.

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Late Season Waterfowl Hunting Frameworks Proposed

Image of hunters with harvest, Credit: Dave Case

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.

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Duck Stamp Envelope to Benefit Gulf Coast Wetlands

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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.

Hunter Activity and Harvest Report for 2009 Season Released

Hunter setting decoys. Credit: Milton Friend/USFWS

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.

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Draft Impact Statement Issued on Waterfowl Regulations

image of hunting at sunset. Credit: Dave Menke/USFWS

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.

First Day of Duck Stamp Sales

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The First Day of Sale event for the 2010-2011 Federal Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp is June 25, 2010. Since 1934, the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp ("Duck Stamp") has provided nearly 700 million dollars for habitat conservation.

Late Season Migratory Bird Hunting Frameworks News Conference

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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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Introduction and Process


Habitat


Atlantic Flyway


Mississippi Flyway


Central Flyway


Pacific Flyway


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