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WATERFOWL SEASONS ALMOST HERE, SOME BASINS HAVE WATER

Lincoln, Neb. -- Nebraskas regular waterfowl hunting seasons get underway in some areas Oct. 4 and hunters will find some huntable water in several rainwater basin waterfowl production areas thanks to recent rains and on some wildlife management areas thanks to pumping by the Game and Parks Commission.

This years waterfowl hunting seasons will be:

Ducks

Low Plains Early: Oct. 4 - Dec. 14 and Dec. 20-21

Low Plains Late: Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18 Dec. 28

High Plains: Oct. 4 Dec. 14 and Dec. 20 - Jan. 12

Pintail and Canvasback Season:

Low Plains Early and High Plains: Oct. 4 Nov. 11

Low Plains Late: Oct. 11-12 and Oct. 18 Nov 23

Daily Bag Limit: All areas - Conventional System. The daily bag limits is six ducks five mallards of which two can be females, one mottled duck, two wood ducks, two redheads, and three scaup (greater and lesser combined). One pintail may be taken per day during the pintail season. One canvasback may be taken per day during the canvasback season. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, one of which may be a hooded merganser. Possession Limit: Twice the daily bag.

Coots

Season: concurrent with duck season dates.

Daily Bag Limit: 15. Possession Limit: Twice the daily bag.

Dark Geese (Canada, brant and all other goose species (except white-fronted geese and those included as light geese).

East Unit: Oct. 4 - 12 and Nov. 1 Jan. 25

North Central Unit: Oct. 4 Jan. 6

Platte River Unit: Nov. 1 -- Feb. 3

Panhandle Unit: Nov. 15 Feb. 3

Niobrara Unit: Nov. 1 Feb. 3

Daily Bag Limit: All Units - three geese. Possession Limit: Twice the daily bag.

White-fronted Geese

Statewide: Oct. 4 - Dec. 28

Daily Bag Limit: Two geese. Possession Limit: Twice the daily bag.

Light Geese (Snow, Blue and Ross Geese) Regular Season

Statewide: Oct. 4 Jan. 16

Daily Bag Limit: 20 geese. Possession Limit: None.

Light Geese Conservation Action

Zone 1: Feb. 4 Apr. 18

Zone 2: Feb. 4 Apr. 18

Zone 3: Feb. 4 Apr. 18

Daily Bag Limit: None. Possession Limit: None.

Conditions in the rainwater basin area have been dry through most of the summer, but recent rains have resulted in dramatic changes in Fillmore and eastern Clay Counties. Some of the other areas also have huntable water and some areas are dry, so a little pre- season scouting may be in order. As usual, reservoirs and ponds should also provide hunting opportunities.

The areas that have some huntable water as of Sept. 25 include Bluestem WPA, Kearney County; Brauning WPA, Fillmore County; Cottonwood WPA, Phelps County; County Line WPA, Fillmore County; Funk WPA (main pools), Phelps County; Funk WPA (Whitefront Unit), Phelps County; Gleason WPA, Kearney County; Glenvil WPA, Clay County; Heron WPA, York County; Kenesaw WPA, Adams County; Killdeer WPA, Kearney County; Lange WPA, Clay County; Linder WPA, Phelps County; Mallard Haven northeast, Fillmore County; Moger WPA, Clay County; Rauscher WPA, Fillmore County; Sinninger WPA, York County; Smith WPA, Clay County; Tamora WPA,

The areas that have flooded vegetation with a few open pockets as of Sept. 25 include Funk WPA (Peterson Unit), Phelps County; Funk WPA (Pintail Unit), Phelps County; Funk WPA (Peterson Unit), Phelps County.

The areas that have some shallow water as of Sept. 25 include Freeman Lake WPA, Seward County; Griess WPA, Fillmore County; Hansen WPA, Clay County; Harms WPA, Clay County; Harvard WPA, Clay County; Hultine WPA, Clay County; Krause WPA, Fillmore County; Macon Lakes WPA, Franklin County; Massie WPA, Clay County; Meadowlark WPA, Clay County; Millers Pond WPA, Fillmore County; Morphy WPA, Fillmore County; Nelson WPA, Hamilton County; Real WPA, Fillmore County; Roland WPA, Fillmore County; Shuck WPA, Clay County; Springer WPA, Hamilton County; Theesen WPA, Clay County; Troester WPA, Hamilton County; Verona WPA, Clay County; Waco WPA, York County; Weseman WPA, Adams County; Wilkins WPA, Fillmore County.

Questions about pumping of federal areas should be directed at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in Kearney.

The wildlife management areas which may be pumped this fall if needed are Father Hupp WMA, Thayer County; Greenwing WMA, Clay County; Kissinger WMA, Clay County; Pintail WMA, Hamilton County; Prairie Marsh WMA, Thayer County; Renquist WMA, York County; Sacramento WMA, Phelps County; Sandpiper WMA, Fillmore County; West Sacramento WMA, Phelps County; Whitefront WMA, Clay County; Spikerush WMA, York County

Duck hunters are required to have in their possession a 2003 Nebraska hunting permit, a 2003 Nebraska Habitat Stamp and a Federal Waterfowl Stamp and be registered for the Harvest Information Program (HIP). Nebraska hunting permits, Habitat Stamps and HIP registrations are available from all Game and Parks Commission offices, permit vendors across the state, and on the Commissions website at www.outdoornebraska.org (Habitat stamps purchased on the website must be purchased with a hunting permit.) To register with HIP by phone, call the HIP 24-hour, toll-free number, 1-888-403-2473. Federal Waterfowl Stamps may be purchased from Game and Parks offices or the Post Office.

 

 

 

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