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FWC SETS WATERFOWL DATES AND REGULATIONS

September 29, 2003
CONTACT: Mark Trainor (850) 488-8842

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) today announced the season dates and regulations for the 2003-2004 waterfowl hunting seasons.

Duck and coot season dates are from Nov. 22-30 and Dec. 6 – Jan. 25.  Canvasback and pintail ducks will be legal to take Nov. 22-30 and Dec. 6-26 only. Also, Jan. 31 – Feb. 1 will be Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days, during which children under 16 years old may hunt under supervision of non-hunting adults.

The daily bag limit for ducks is six, including:

bulletno more than four mallards (with a maximum of two hen mallards);
bulletone mottled duck (Florida duck);
bulletone pintail (only during the pintail season);
bullettwo redheads;
bulletthree scaup;
bulletone black duck;
bulletone fulvous whistling duck;
bulletone canvasback (only during the
bulletcanvasback season);
bullettwo wood ducks;
bulletfour scoters.

All other species of duck (except harlequin) may be taken up to the six-duck daily limit.  The daily bag limit for coots is 15.

There is a limited Canada goose season from Nov. 22 – Jan. 30.  The daily bag limit is five.  Canada geese may be taken only in the Florida waters of Lake Seminole in Jackson County that are south of S.R. 2, north of the Jim Woodruff Dam, and east of S.R. 271. 

In addition, a limited light goose season is set for Nov. 22-30 and Dec. 6 – Jan. 25 in an area north and west of the Suwannee River.  Light geese include snow geese, both blue and white phases and Ross’ geese.  The daily bag limit is 15.

For more information on Florida’s waterfowl season and regulations visit FWC’s Web site at www.floridaconservation.org and click on “Hunting.”

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