JACKSON - The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks considered dates for the 2017-2018 waterfowl hunting seasons during their April meeting in Jackson, Mississippi. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases all migratory game bird frameworks in early spring each year, providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. “Waterfowl breeding populations in 2016 remained high, which will again provide states the opportunity to select a liberal hunting season of 60 days with a six-duck daily bag limit,” said Houston Havens, Waterfowl Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks. Waterfowl hunting season dates for 2017-18 are listed in the table below.
The duck daily bag limit will a total of six ducks, including no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two canvasbacks, two black ducks, one pintail, and one mottled duck. The merganser daily bag limit will be a total of five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. Coots will have a 15 bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and coots.
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