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

Friday, August 03, 2012

Liberal Frameworks Available for Mississippi Waterfowl Hunters
Jackson - States in the Mississippi Flyway will again have the opportunity for liberal waterfowl frameworks during the 2012-13 hunting season. In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Mississippi Flyway Council approved the liberal alternative for duck seasons during its July meeting.  This means Mississippi waterfowl hunters will again have the opportunity to hunt 60 days with a 6-duck daily bag limit for the 2012-2013 waterfowl hunting season.   
 
"As expected, high carry over from last year's breeding season resulted in strong waterfowl breeding populations again this year," said James Callicutt, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Biologist.  Mallard numbers increased 15% from last year to 10.6 million birds.  Most interesting is the 21% increase in the scaup population which has been in serious decline for many years.  Northern pintails were one of the only species that experienced a decrease in breeding numbers, pintail numbers were down by 22%.
 
Waterfowl hunting seasons are set through a process called "Adaptive Harvest Management." Through this process, waterfowl season frameworks may be liberal, moderate, or restrictive, based on the breeding population of mid-continent mallards and the number of ponds on the breeding grounds.  In the Mississippi Flyway, a liberal framework consists of a 60-day season with a 6-duck limit, a moderate framework consists of 45 days with a 6-duck limit, and a restrictive framework consists of 30 days with a 3-duck limit.  
 
The MDWFP Waterfowl Program will present its season and bag limit recommendations to the Mississippi Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks at its August 15 meeting in Jackson.
 
For more information regarding hunting seasons in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/wildlife-hunting  or call us at 601-432-2199

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