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Liberal Season Proposed for the Upcoming Waterfowl Season

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Liberal Season Proposed For California With A Two Pintail Limit

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed continuation of liberal hunting season lengths for the upcoming 2009-2010 late waterfowl seasons.

Duck hunting season lengths would be 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 include: a full season on pintails 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.  Additionally, the Service is proposing to have a bag limit of 2 scaup in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central Flyways for the full season and a bag limit of 3 scaup in the Pacific Flyway for 86 days.

States select their season and earliest season beginning and latest ending dates from within the frameworks which establish the maximum season length and bag limits.

To see the "Status of Waterfowl" video, please see http://www.flyways.us/status-of-waterfowl/video-report


Pacific Flyway Highlights of the Proposed Season:

Pacific Flyway ( Arizona , California , Idaho , Nevada , Oregon , Utah , Washington, and portions of Colorado , Montana , New Mexico and Wyoming ):

Ducks: Under the proposal, States are allowed a 107-day general duck season between September 26, 2009, and January 31, 2010.  The proposed daily bag limit is seven ducks, including no more than two mallard hens, two redheads, one canvasback and two pintails.  In addition, an 86 day season for scaup can be chosen with a daily bag limit of three.

Geese: 100-day seasons are proposed for the Pacific Flyway between September 26, 2009, and March 10, 2010.  Proposed basic daily bag limits are up to 10 light geese and four dark geese.  There are exceptions to the basic bag limits and season structures for geese in many States, so consult State regulations for specific details.  In California , Washington and Oregon , the dark goose limit does not include brant.  For brant, the proposed season lengths are 16 days in Oregon and Washington and 30 days in California , with a two-bird daily limit.  Washington and California would be able to choose seasons in each of the two zones.

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