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Early hunting seasons to be set

The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks will consider dates for the 2009-2010 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds July 22 at its monthly meeting, according to the MDWFP.

The meeting will be held at 9 a.m. at the MDWFP office in Jackson.

On June 26, 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.

“Similar to last year, hunters statewide will again be able to enjoy a 70-day dove season with a 15-bird daily bag limit,” said Ed Penny, MDWFP Migratory Game Bird Program coordinator.

Mississippi is divided into two zones to maximize hunting opportunities throughout the state. The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. 84 plus areas south of U.S. 84 and west of Mississippi 35. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. 84 and east of Mississippi 35. The possession limit is 30 birds.

Other early migratory game bird hunting seasons that will be considered at the July meeting include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock and rails. Season dates and bag limits for all early season migratory game birds will be released after the meeting.

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