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MDIF&W: 2010 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Season Dates Set

September 10, 2010

MAINE DEPARTMENT OF INLAND FISHERIES & WILDLIFE 284 State St., SHS 41, Augusta, ME 04333 Main Number: 287-8000

MEDIA: For more information, call Wildlife Biologist Kelsey Sullivan at (207) 941-4474 or IF&W Spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte at (207) 287-6008

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Advisory Council has set the 2010 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Season dates and daily bag limits during a recent meeting.

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, after meeting with the Waterfowl Council and conducting a public hearing on Aug. 18 at the Augusta Civic Center, recommended to the MDIF&W Advisory Council that the waterfowl hunting season be a full 60 days, as allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and that the sea ducks season be 107 days. The MDIF&W Advisory Council approved the recommendations. The decision to have a full season this year was based on favorable breeding conditions and waterfowl populations.

The southern waterfowl zone will be open for hunting beginning Friday, Oct. 1, as in past years. The northern waterfowl zone will again for the second year have an earlier opening day. The duck season (but not the goose season) will open on Monday, Sept. 27, in the northern waterfowl zone. This will allow north zone duck hunters a few more days of duck hunting opportunity that may otherwise be lost due to an early freeze-up of inland waters that hunters in the north zone generally experience in December.

In addition to waterfowl, hunting seasons for webless game birds, such as rails and woodcock, falconry and crow also were adopted.

Species bag limits for the coming season are similar to last year’s limits. A copy of the “2010 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Schedule,” which includes information on bag limits and state and federal regulations, is available at most MDIF&W licensing agents or may be downloaded from the MDIF&W website at Select “hunting” and then select “migratory birds.”

Youth waterfowl day will be on September 18th.