Waterfowl dates, bag limits set

The state Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved the dates and bag limits for the 2012-2013 waterfowl hunting seasons.

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Duck, merganser, and coot seasons will be Nov. 23 – 25; Nov. 30 – Dec. 2; and Dec. 5- Jan. 27.

The daily bag limit will be 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 4 scaup, 2 pintail, 1 canvasback, 1 mottled duck, and 1 black duck.

The merganser daily bag limit will be a total of 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. Coots will have a 15-bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and coots.

Canada, snow, blue, Ross’s, white-fronted goose, and brant seasons will occur from Nov. 15- Jan. 27.

Canada geese will have a 3-bird daily bag limit and brant will have a daily bag limit of 1 bird. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit for both Canada geese and brant. Snow, blue, and Ross’s geese will have a daily bag limit of 20 birds.

White-fronted geese will have a daily bag limit of 2 birds. The possession limit for white-fronted geese is 4 and there is no possession limit for snow, blue, and Ross’s geese.

In addition to the regular hunting season, there will again be a conservation order for snow, blue, and Ross’s geese during the following dates: Oct. 1 – Nov. 14; Jan. 28 – Feb. 1; and Feb. 4 – March 31 (only snow, blue, and Ross’s geese may be taken during the light goose conservation order).

The youth waterfowl weekend will occur during the weekend of Feb. 2-3.