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August 19, 2010   Email to Friend 

WATERFOWL SEASON OUTLOOK ENCOURAGING
David Rainer
(251) 945-6889
August 19, 2010

The outlook looks good for duck hunting in Alabama this year.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- David Hayden, waterfowl expert with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources' Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, said the number of waterfowl in North America has risen slightly and weather will be the driving force for Alabama's hunters.

"Teal numbers are still good, like they were last year," Hayden said. "If we can have some weather to get some migration and we can get them to stop and stay a while, we should have a good early season."

The special teal season is set for Sept. 11-26 with a daily bag limit of four and a possession limit of eight.

The overall waterfowl count for the upcoming season is encouraging with a welcome increase in pintail numbers.

"Duck prospects are real good," Hayden said. "Numbers are similar to last year, but the numbers for some species are up. Bag limits are the same except for pintail. It's gone up from one per day to two per day. If we get the weather, we're looking for a real good season."

For the regular waterfowl hunting, the seasons for ducks, coots and mergansers are Nov. 26-27 and Dec. 4-Jan. 30.

The liberal bag limit remains in effect. Hunters may take six ducks per day with no more than four mallards, only two of which may be female.

The bag limits on other species are: three wood ducks, one mottled duck, one black duck, two redheads, two pintail, two scaup and one canvasback.

The daily limit on coots is 15 per day with 30 in possession, while the merganser limit is five per day, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit on mergansers is twice the daily limit.

Waterfowlers get their first opportunity in the field with the special Canada goose season, which runs Sept. 1-15. The bag limit is five per day with 10 in possession. In Escambia and Monroe counties only, a special snow/blue goose season is set for Oct. 30 through Nov. 14 with a daily bag limit of five and possession limit of 10.

"If folks have the opportunity to hunt geese, we hope they will take advantage of it," Hayden said. "Hunting keeps the geese wary of man and helps keep them away from public places where they won't be a nuisance. We also have the start of our regular goose season later in September, so that gives people a second opportunity to hunt geese early."

The regular goose seasons are Sept. 25-Oct. 6 and Dec. 4-Jan. 30. The daily bag limit is five with no more than two Canada geese or two white-fronted geese. The possession limit of five shall include no more than four Canada geese and white-fronted geese in aggregate.

The use of non-toxic shot is required for waterfowl hunting in Alabama. A valid hunting license and state and federal waterfowl stamps are required, as well as a Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset statewide except for the area of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta north of Battleship Parkway, west of Alabama Highway 225, south of the CSX Railroad tracks, and east of the west bank of the Mobile River. In that area of the Delta, shooting hours are one-half before sunrise until noon Monday through Thursday. Friday through Sunday shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

For more information, contact Hayden at (334) 242-3465.

Visit OutdoorAlabama.com for all hunting regulations for the upcoming seasons.


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