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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Early Migratory Game Bird Frameworks Announced

JACKSON-On June 25, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released early-season frameworks that provide a "window" of dates from which states may select specific season dates.  This year, these early season frameworks will be very similar to recent years.

The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will consider dates for the 2013-2014 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds on July 17, 2013 at their monthly meeting.

"Early" migratory game bird hunting seasons that will be considered by the Commission include resident Canada geese, teal, snipe, woodcock, and rails.  Houston Havens, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Leader, explained, "There are two changes for hunters in the frameworks this year.  The framework provides for the harvest of six teal during the September season and for an increase in the possession limit for all migratory birds from two to three times the daily bag limit".  The increase in the early teal season bag limit arose from a recent assessment of teal populations and their ability to sustain increased harvest.  The possession limit increase was implemented to provide hunters more flexibility in preserving harvested birds.  

Season dates and bag limits for these early season migratory game birds will be released following the Commission meeting.  

For more information regarding waterfowl in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/waterfowl or call us at (601) 432-2199. 

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