N.D. finalizes fall waterfowl regulations

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has finalized its fall waterfowl hunting regulations, which became official Tuesday when Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed the 2013 waterfowl proclamation.

Waterfowl hunters in North Dakota will be able to take eight Canada geese everywhere but the Missouri River Zone, where the limit is five, when the state’s regular waterfowl season opens Sept. 21. North Dakota’s regular season Canada goose limit previously was three. (N.D. Game and Fish Department photo)

North Dakota’s waterfowl season opens Sept. 21 for residents and Sept. 28 for nonresidents.

According to Randy Kreil, wildlife chief for Game and Fish in Bismarck, the 2013 season will be very similar to last year with a few exceptions:

 The scaup limit has been decreased from six to three.

 The canvasback limit increases from one to two.

The limit on light geese increases to 50 birds daily, up from 20 birds in previous years.

 The Canada goose limit increases from three birds daily to eight everywhere but the Missouri River Zone, where the daily bag will be five.

Kreil said the higher limit on Canada geese results from populations that are above objective across North America, despite generally poor production this spring.

“The smaller increase in the Missouri River Zone is intended to avoid putting too much pressure on late-season migrants, which could drive the birds out of the state prematurely,” Kreil said.

Similar to last year, North Dakota will have a 74-day season with a six-duck daily bag limit. Besides the restrictions on scaup and canvasbacks, the daily bag includes two hen mallards, three wood ducks, two pintails and two redheads, Kreil said.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which sets the season frameworks for waterfowl and other migratory game birds, increased the possession limit to three times the daily bag, up from twice the daily limit in previous years.

For more information, check out the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov or the 2013 Waterfowl Guide, which will be available soon.

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