Wood Duck Bag Limit Increased to Three

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Mississippi Wood DucksJackson- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) decided on Friday to allow an increase in the daily bag limit for wood ducks from two birds to three birds for the 2008-2009 waterfowl hunting season. 

“The wood duck bag limit increase will greatly benefit Mississippi’s waterfowl hunters, particularly those hunting in areas outside the Mississippi Delta”, said Houston Havens, Migratory Game Bird Biologist with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).  Discussions about increasing the wood duck bag limit have been going on for several years among the Flyways.  Ed Penny, MDWFP Migratory Game Bird Program Coordinator, explained, “After banding data was collected by MDWFP and other state agencies and analyzed by USFWS, the Atlantic, Central, and Mississippi Flyways reached an agreement with the USFWS to increase the bag limit to 3 wood ducks.  We are excited about this new opportunity for our waterfowl hunters, and we will remain committed to our ongoing banding efforts to better understand and manage our wood duck population.”

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