2013-2014 Waterfowl Season Proposals

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) is seeking public comment on the 2013-2014 Waterfowl Season proposals.

Idaho’s waterfowl seasons must fit within guidelines set annually by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for all states in the Pacific Flyway.  Since 1997, the USFWS has allowed LIBERAL (107 days; 7-bird bag) duck seasons, and the Idaho Fish and Game Commission has adopted a 105-day season and a 2-day youth hunt.  For ducks and Canada geese, those 107 days can only occur between September 21, 2013 and January 26, 2014.  For white-fronted geese and white geese, those 107 days can only occur between September 21, 2013 and March 10, 2014.

The IDFG conducted a survey in 2012 to assess hunter preferences on how to structure the waterfowl seasons within the Federal Framework.  This information will be used to guide Idaho waterfowl seasons for the 2012-2016.

Most Idaho waterfowl hunters said they prefer continuous seasons that start and end the waterfowl season later, to allow for hunting opportunities as close as possible to the end of the Federal Framework (as late in January as possible).  

Idaho sets waterfowl seasons by zones.  Idaho has three zones for ducks, Canada geese and white-fronted geese; four zones for white geese (please see maps below). 

Youth Waterfowl Season:
Proposed season structure:  September 28 and 29, statewide.

The proposed season structure for ducks and Canada geese is the same as last season.

Ducks:
The proposed season structure for ducks is:
          Zone 1: October 5, 2013 – January 17, 2014; Scaup: October 26, 2013 – January 17, 2014
          Zone 2: October 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014; Scaup: November 2, 2013 – January 24, 2014
          Zone 3: October 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014; Scaup: November 2, 2013 – January 24, 2014
Proposed daily bag limit would be 7 ducks; but not more than 2 female mallards, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 2 pintails or 2 canvasbacks. 

Canada geese:
The proposed season structure for Canada geese is:
          Zone 1: October 5, 2013 – January 17, 2014
          Zone 2: October 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014
          Zone 3: October 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014
Proposed daily bag limit would be 4 Canada geese.
 

In 2013, the framework for white-fronted geese was separated from Canada geese.  For the first time, Idaho can now select a 107-day white-fronted goose season between September 21, 2013 and March 10, 2014.  The IDFG is considering two options to accommodate white-fronted goose hunting opportunities during the 2013-2014 season.

White-fronted Geese:
The proposed season structure for white-fronted geese is:
          Zone 1: October 5, 2013 – January 17, 2014
          Zone 2: October 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014
          Zone 3: November 2, 2013 – February 14, 2014 OR November 26, 2013 – March 10, 2014
Proposed daily bag limit would be 6 white-fronted geese.

White Geese (Snow and Ross's Geese):
The proposed season structure for white geese is:
          Zone 1: October 5, 2013 – January 17, 2014
          Zone 2: October 29, 2013 – January 17, 2004 & February 15 – March 10, 2014
          Zone 3: November 5, 2013 – January 24, 2014 & February 15 – March 10, 2014
                        OR
                       November 26, 2013 – March 10, 2014

          Zone 4: October 12, 2013 – January 24, 2014
Proposed daily bag limit would be 20 white geese.  This has been increased from 10 geese last year.  This is part of management prescriptions to slow the growth of the Western Arctic Population of lesser snow geese and prevent habitat degradation problems.

**It is important to note that if the white-fronted goose and white goose seasons occur at the same time, electronic calls and unplugged shotguns would not be allowed to hunt white geese.

Based on this information, for a ‘white-fronted goose’ season in Zone 3:  Is it more important to you to have a season that runs at the same time as the white goose season (no electronic calls/unplugged shotguns) or a season that does not run at the same time as the white goose season (electronic calls/unplugged shotguns allowed for the late white goose season)?  

Please select one option below.

In which Idaho Fish and Game region do you live? (Please select one.)
To see a map of Idaho Fish and Game Region boundaries please visit: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/about/offices/ (opens in a new window).

Thank you!

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