ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved dates for the 2009-2010 waterfowl hunting seasons. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released late-season frameworks in early August providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates.
Duck, merganser and coot seasons will be Nov. 27-29, 2009; Dec. 4-6, 2009 and Dec. 9, 2009-Jan. 31, 2010. The duck daily bag limit will be 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 will be a total of five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. Coots will have a 15-bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers and coots.
Late-season Canada goose and brant seasons will occur from Nov. 23, 2009-Jan. 31, 2010. Canada geese will have a three-bird daily bag limit, and brant will have a daily bag limit of two birds. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit for Canada geese and brant.
Snow, blue, Ross’ and white-fronted goose seasons will be from Nov. 21, 2009-Jan. 31, 2010. Snow, blue and Ross’ geese will have a daily bag limit of 20 birds. White-fronted geese will have a daily bag limit of two birds. In addition to the regular hunting season, there will again be a conservation order for snow, blue and Ross’ geese during the following dates: Oct. 1-Nov. 20, 2009, Feb. 1-5, 2010 and Feb. 8 – March 31, 2010 (only snow, blue, and Ross’ geese may be taken during the light goose conservation order). The possession limit for white-fronted geese is four and there is no possession limit for snow, blue and Ross’ geese.
The youth waterfowl weekend will occur during the weekend of Feb. 6-7, 2010.