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Waterfowl hunting season and upland game changes adopted

Feather Publishing
8/30/2013
 

  The California Fish and Game Commission adopted the 2013-14 waterfowl and upland game bird hunting regulations Aug. 7. Possession limits were increased from double to triple the daily bag limit for waterfowl, band-tailed pigeon, doves, snipe, pheasant, quail, sooty/ruffed grouse and chukar. A new late-season hunt for white-fronted geese and white geese was established in the Northeastern Zone, as well as a new early archery season for pheasants statewide.

    Additionally, in response to the increasing invasion of Eurasian collared doves, the commission authorized year-round hunting in Imperial County (where the species is most abundant), beginning Sept. 1.

  Specific changes are as follows:

 

Ducks

  Seasons:

   The Balance of State and Southern California zones will be open from Oct. 19 through Jan. 26, 2014. Scaup season will be open from Nov. 2 through Jan. 26, 2014.

   The Northeastern Zone will be open from Oct. 5 through Jan. 17, 2014. Scaup season will be open from Oct. 5 through Dec. 29, 2013.

   The Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone will be open from Oct. 5 through Oct. 20 and from Nov. 2 through Jan. 26, 2014. Scaup season will be open from Nov. 2 through Jan. 26, 2014.

   The Colorado River Zone will be open from Oct. 18 through Jan. 26, 2014. Scaup season will be open from Nov. 2 through Jan. 26, 2014.

  Bag limits:

   Seven ducks per day, which includes no more than two hen mallards (or Mexican-like ducks in the Colorado River Zone), two pintail, two canvasback, two redheads and three scaup (during the 86-day season).

 

Geese

  Seasons:

   The Balance of State, Southern California and Southern San Joaquin Valley zones will be open from Oct. 19 through Jan. 26, 2014.

   Early Canada geese season (Balance of State Zone) will be open from Sept. 28 through Oct. 2.

   Late white-fronted and white geese season (Balance of State Zone) will be open from Feb. 15, 2014, through Feb. 19, 2014.

   Northeastern Zone dark geese season will be open from Oct. 5 through Jan. 12, 2014, and white geese season will be open from Nov. 1 through Jan. 12, 2014.

   Late white geese season will be open from Feb. 7, 2014, through March 10, 2014.

   Late white-fronted geese season will be open from March 6, 2014, through March 10, 2014.

   The Colorado River Zone will be open from Oct. 18 through Jan. 26, 2014.

  Bag limits:

   Ten total geese per day, which may include 10 white geese; six dark geese, with no more than two large Canada geese in the Northeastern Zone; or three dark geese in the Southern California and Colorado River zones.

 

Upland game

   Early archery pheasant season will be open from Oct. 12 through Nov. 3. Archery hunting for pheasants is not allowed on Type A and B wildlife areas.

   Eurasian collared dove season will be open year-round in Imperial County after Sept. 1. Existing seasons remain in effect for the rest of the state.

   Sage grouse hunting permits were authorized in North Mono (30) and South Mono (25) zones. No permits were authorized for either Lassen Zone following large-scale habitat loss resulting from the 2012 Rush Fire.

  A summary of the regulations can be found online at dfg.ca.gov/regulations. Note that these regulations have not yet been approved by the Office of Administrative Law, and may be subject to change.


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