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Wetland status reports available on the Internet

It is that time of year again. Cool winds are beginning to blow and soon they will bring ducks and geese on their migrations south.

Just in time, season dates and wetland status reports are now available on the Departmentís Web site at www.wildlifedepartment.com.

Waterfowl hunting regulations for the 2003-2004 season dates and bag limits will remain essentially the same as last year with a few notable exceptions. A shortened pintail and canvasback season will take place as part of the established duck seasons. For complete details pick up a copy of the "2003 Oklahoma Waterfowl Hunting Guide" available at hunting license vendors around Oct. 1, or log onto www.wildlifedepartment.com.

Wetland status reports also can be found on the Departmentís Web site.

"Overall, our wetland development units are in pretty good shape. Conditions can change quickly on these areas, but the reports should give people a good idea of the current status of the wetland," said Alan Stacey, wetland development biologist for the Department. "Hopefully, these reports will be a useful tool as they prepare for the upcoming waterfowl seasons."

Wetland status reports include the size of the area, the percent of the unit that is flooded, as well as forage conditions. Wetland development units are managed by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation and are funded through sales of Oklahoma waterfowl licenses.

In addition, maps of the wetland development units, waterfowl hunting zone maps, waterfowl reports during the season and more are available on the Internet at www.wildlifedepartment.com/watrfowl.htm

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