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2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby MIKE J. » Thu Aug 15, 2013 6:02 pm

FYI
August 29: Informational Hearing, Sudbury: In accordance with the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 131, Sections 5 and 63, and Chapter 30A, Section 2, NOTICE is hereby given of an informational hearing to be held Thursday, August 29, 2013, at 3:00 P.M., at the Assabet River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor’s Center, 680 Hudson Road, Sudbury, Massachusetts, to establish rules and regulations relative to the 2013-2014 migratory game bird seasons and method of take.
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby Joser06 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 6:43 pm

I appreciate this heads up. I am jonesing for the dates. They can't come soon enough.
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby briggsy » Wed Aug 28, 2013 4:43 pm

Anybody have any predictions on dates this season??? Some folks last year had it right on before the hearing.....anyone?
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby duckstopper333 » Wed Aug 28, 2013 5:51 pm

These were the dates the Mass. biologist was thinking about at the end of July. There might be a little "tweaking", but I'd expect them to be pretty close to these dates. These are duck dates, I didn't hear anything about goose seasons.

Tentatively, Youth Day hunts would be Sat. Oct. 5 and 12.
Berkshire Oct 14 (Columbus Day) to Nov. 30 and Dec. 13- Jan 1.
Central Zone Oct. 15 to Nov. 30 - Dec 14-Jan 4
Coastal Zone Oct. 16 to 26 and Nov. 15- Jan 11.
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby briggsy » Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:23 pm

Any word from hearing yet? Anybody attend?
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby duckstopper333 » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:46 pm

There were a few changes from my above post:

Early Geese: 9/3 to 9/25

Berkshire Ducks: 10/14 to 11/30 and 12/9 to 12/28

Berkshire Geese: 10/14 to 11/30 and 12/9 to 12/17

Central Ducks/Geese: 10/15 to 11/30 and 12/21 to 1/11

Coastal Ducks/Geese: 10/16 to 10/26 and 11/15 to 1/11

Those in "red" are different than above post, but double check before going hunting.
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby MIKE J. » Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:50 pm

duckstopper333 wrote:There were a few changes from my above post:

Early Geese: 9/3 to 9/25

Berkshire Ducks: 10/14 to 11/30 and 12/9 to 12/27

Berkshire Geese: 10/14 to 11/30 and 12/9 to 12/17

Central Ducks/Geese: 10/15 to 11/30 and 12/21 to 1/11

Coastal Ducks/Geese: 10/16 to 10/26 and 11/15 to 1/11

Those in "red" are different than above post, but double check before going hunting.


Thanks Charlie :beer:
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby woodduck14 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 12:17 pm

This is the first season in a long time that duck started right on Columbus day and doesn't go into the new year. (for us Berkshire residents). Just put in for the day off...
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby JTR » Fri Aug 30, 2013 2:50 pm

An interesting note... It looks like the possession limit went up to 3 times the daily bag.
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby MIKE J. » Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:14 pm

JTR, Curious where you heard that? just checked the FWS regs for the 2013 - 14 season and it still says twice the daily bag limit :huh: Remember the state sets possession limits for upland game and resident goose but the Feds set the waterfowl limits.
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby wsumner » Fri Aug 30, 2013 5:27 pm

Mike go to http://www.mass.gov/eea/docs/dfg/dfw/re ... -final.pdf and check the possession limits = 3X
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby MIKE J. » Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:14 pm

thanks Wayne :beer: Now we don't have to gift as many to family members :biggrin:
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby duckstopper333 » Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:47 pm

Mike J:

H Heusmann did mention at last night's meeting that possession limits were now 3x, but he didn't say why it was changed.

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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby MIKE J. » Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:58 pm

I believe it was changed so that non resident hunters could hunt 3 days which does make sense.
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby Joser06 » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:10 pm

Now that the possession limit has changed for the better, Lets see if we can get Sunday hunting.... A man can dream
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Re: 2013 Waterfowl Hearing

Postby MIKE J. » Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:41 pm

Joser06 wrote:Now that the possession limit has changed for the better, Lets see if we can get Sunday hunting.... A man can dream


The change was nation wide :wink: As far as Sunday Hunting, I think you have a better chance of shooting a full limit of mature prime plumage King Eider in Mass. :biggrin:
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