It may be August, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the upcoming waterfowl season. The September teal seasons in many states kick off in a month or so and before you know it you’ll be knocking ice off the decoys. Waterfowl hunters waiting for the release of the season length and bag guidelines for upcoming season need wait no longer. Yesterday the US Fish & Wildlife Service released its 2010-11 season length guidelines.
From this press release on the Fish & Wildlife Service website:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed hunting season lengths for the upcoming 2010ˆ11 late waterfowl seasons. The proposed frameworks include duck hunting season lengths of 60 days in both the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 days in the Central Flyway, and 107 days in the Pacific Flyway. Highlights of the proposed frameworks also include full seasons on pintails with a two bird daily bag limit and canvasbacks with a one bird daily bag limit nationwide. Additionally, the Service is proposing to have 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. States select their seasons from within the frameworks which establish the earliest beginning and latest ending dates and the maximum season length and bag limits.
Any surprises in the reg changes for your flyway? Probably the biggest thing to jump out at most hunters are the changes for pintails and canvasbacks. Your thoughts?