Thursday, December 3, 2009
Duck season opens
The Mississippi duck season opened Friday, Nov. 27, a moment many Magnolia State waterfowl hunters have been anxiously awaiting since the end of the last duck season.
“We are beginning to fly aerial surveys to get an estimate on waterfowl numbers in the Delta,” said Ed Penny, MDWFP Waterfowl Program coordinator.
“When we complete the aerial surveys, we will post the waterfowl concentration maps on our website at home.mdwfp.com/waterfowl. Thus far, the migration seems to be a little delayed when compared to this time last year, but duck numbers normally build throughout December and January. Hunters can also track the mallard migration on our website, which is updated weekly by biologists throughout the flyway.”
The duck, merganser, and coot season is November 27-November 29, 2009; December 4 – December 6, 2009; and December 9, 2009-January 31, 2010. The duck daily bag limit is a total of six ducks, including no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), three wood ducks, two redheads, two scaup, one canvasback, one mottled duck, one black duck, and one pintail. The merganser daily bag limit is a total of five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. Coots have a 15-bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and coots.
Mississippi offers numerous public waterfowl hunting opportunities. From rivers and reservoirs to intensively managed wetlands, fields, and flooded timber, there is a waterfowl hunting opportunity sure to interest everybody. MDWFP Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs) have both non-draw and limited access draw hunting areas with well managed habitat for Mississippi waterfowl hunters to enjoy.
Hunters ages 16 through 64 must obtain a hunting license and be Harvest Information Program (HIP) registered. All hunters over the age of 16 are required to have both a state and federal duck stamp. If hunting one of our Wildlife Management Areas, hunters will also need a WMA User Permit. Hunters should read the rules and regulations for public lands prior to hunting to ensure they are in compliance.
For complete information on license requirements, hunting regulations and hunting seasons visit the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks web site at www.mdwfp.com or refer to the Mississippi Outdoor Digest available where hunting and fishing licenses are sold.
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