Tentative Season Dates 2013/2014

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Tentative Season Dates 2013/2014

Postby LeakyBoot » Wed May 15, 2013 10:42 am

TENTATIVE NEW JERSEY 2013-14 MIGRATORY BIRD SEASON DATES SET
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Fish and
Wildlife (Division) and Fish and Game Council proposed tentative 2013-14 migratory
bird hunting season dates at their May 14 meeting.
The Division and Fish and Game Council are responsible for adopting migratory
bird seasons within the frameworks prescribed in the Code of Federal Regulations
promulgated by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service (Service).
The status of migratory birds is annually measured through the completion of
numerous, continent-wide population monitoring surveys. Following review of these
survey results and with consultation with the four Flyway Councils, hunting season
frameworks for migratory birds are annually promulgated by the Service. Hunting
season frameworks include season length, bag limits, and outside opening and closing
dates for a particular season.
The tentative 2013-14 New Jersey migratory bird hunting season dates follow.
Although these regulation selections are expected to be within the frameworks proposed
by the Service, they will not be formally finalized through the Federal Register process
until the conclusion of the public comment period in late summer. This year’s season
selections include framework date changes for duck seasons in both the South and
Coastal Zones. These changes were implemented in response to a duck hunter survey
( http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/20 ... y12-13.pdf ) that the Division
recently conducted which indicated hunters’ preference to hunt later into January in these
zones. Season dates for the Regular (November to January period) Canada goose season
are yet to be determined pending results of surveys of Atlantic Population Canada geese
in northern Quebec that are conducted in June. The Migratory Bird Regulations will be
available on the Division’s web site by August and paper copies will be available at
Division offices, license agents and sporting goods stores throughout the state in
September. TENTATIVE NEW JERSEY 2013-14 MIGRATORY BIRD SEASONS
May 14, 2013
NOTE:Although the following selections are expected to be within the frameworks proposed
by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, they will not be formally finalized through the Federal
Register process until the conclusion of the public comment period in September 2013.
BASE WATERFOWL SEASONS
Ducks: 60 days with 6 bird bag limit (Species restrictions to be determined)
Brant: 30 days with 2 bird bag limit
Canada goose (Regular season): To be determined
Youth days: 2 days with same bag limits as regular seasons
NORTH ZONE
Ducks: Oct. 12 – Oct. 24 Nov. 16 – Jan. 11
Brant: Nov. 16 – Nov. 30 Dec. 24 – Jan. 11
Canada geese: To be determined
Youth days: Oct. 5 & Nov. 2
SOUTH ZONE
Ducks: Oct. 19 – Oct. 26 Nov. 16 – Jan. 16
Brant: Oct. 19 – Oct. 26 Nov. 16 – Dec. 12
Canada geese: To be determined
Youth days: Oct. 12 & Nov. 9
COASTAL ZONE
Ducks: Nov. 2 – Nov. 12 Nov. 28 – Jan. 25
Brant: Nov. 2 – Nov. 12 Dec. 21 – Jan. 14
Canada geese: To be determined
Youth days: Oct. 26 & Nov. 16
CANADA GOOSE
September Season (Statewide)
Sept. 2 - Sept. 30
Daily bag limit: 15 Canada geese
The following special regulations apply:
1. Electronic calls permitted
2. Shotguns capable of holding no more than 7 shells (including magazine and chamber) are
permitted.
3. Hunting hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
NOTE: THESE SPECIAL REGULATIONS ONLY APPLY TO THE SEPTEMBER CANADA
GOOSE SEASON
Regular Season (TO BE DETERMINED)
Special Winter Season (Two Zones): TO BE DETERMINED
Open day after regular season closes – Feb. 15 Daily bag limit: 5 singly or in aggregate to include cackling and white-fronted geese
LIGHTGOOSE
Regular Season (107 days)
Statewide: Oct. 17 – Feb. 15
Daily bag limit: 25, singly or in aggregate to include greater and lesser snow geese and Ross’s
geese
Conservation Order
Statewide: Feb. 17 – Apr. 5
Daily bag limit: None; includes greater and lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese
The following special regulations apply:
4. Electronic calls permitted
5. Shotguns capable of holding no more than 7 shells (including magazine and chamber) are
permitted.
6. Hunting hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
NOTE: THESE SPECIAL REGULATIONS ONLY APPLY TO THE LIGHT GOOSE
CONSERVATION ORDER
WOODCOCK (36 days)
North Zone: Oct. 19 – Nov. 23
South Zone: Nov. 9 – Nov. 30
Dec. 19 – Jan. 1
Daily bag limit: 3
SEA DUCKS;SEA DUCK AREA ONLY (107 days)
Sept. 24 – Jan 25
Daily bag limit: 7 singly or in aggregate to include long-tailed ducks, eiders and scoters; except
no more than 4 scoters
RAILS AND MOORHEN (70 days)
Sept. 2 – Nov. 10
Daily bag limit: Sora and Virginia rails 25 total or aggregate; moorhen and clapper rail 10
SNIPE (107 days)
Sept. 17 – Jan. 1
Daily bag limit: 8
CROWS (Mon., Thur., Fri., & Sat.)
Aug. 12 – Dec. 7
Dec. 16 – Mar. 15
Daily bag limit: None

http://www.njfishandwildlife.com/pdf/2013/13-14mig_seasons-tent.pdf
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Re: Tentative Season Dates 2013/2014

Postby LeakyBoot » Thu May 16, 2013 11:57 am

This year’s season selections include framework date changes for duck seasons in both the South and
Coastal Zones. These changes were implemented in response to a duck hunter survey that the Division
recently conducted which indicated hunters’ preference to hunt later into January in these
zones.


Being a Coastal Zone hunter I'm pleased with having the season run till the last possible Saturday in January.
Also like having the first split for 9 shooting days.
NJ Coastal seasons are just right given the Federal Frameworks!
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Re: Tentative Season Dates 2013/2014

Postby pvn6616 » Thu May 16, 2013 8:47 pm

I've been hunting too long to really care at this point, I wish everyone would learn that there is much more toife than killing birds. Meeting new friends, experiencing new locations, etc,... that is what it is all about! When I began hunting the season ended the first week of January and there was no special winter goose season or CO season for snows to allow us to hunt thru April...

Hunters today have opportunities to hunt for ducks and geese today that sportsman 50 yrs ago did not have. Our seasons and bag limits are much more liberal than they were back then. I have a brochure from 1912 that allows hunters to shoot blacks and mallards from nov 1 to dec 31 and then jan 1 to march 1. Geese were the same except march 10 was the last day. The limits were 20 ducks and 10 brant and geese per day. Althoughspring hunting isn't allowed and we can't shoot that many per day we have a 6 duck limit which is pretty liberal considering that 100 yrs ago they figure there were 3X's more birds and science wasn't what it is today. Plus the extra seasons on geese certainly give us all the chance to enjoy the outdoors twice as much as we were able to ten yrs ago!

The bottom line here is to support DU, DELTA and NJ WA

TERFOWLERS, as well as any other organization which supports wildlife habitat. If you fail to support these as well as NRA you may as well hang your guns up on the wall and "remember the good ol' days"
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Re: Tentative Season Dates 2013/2014

Postby FowlHooked » Sat May 25, 2013 5:18 am

Sounds like good season dates to me. South zone gettin week on back end n coastal that last wknd in jan. Shame they just cant make the dates work so brant stays open til 25 but thats not a biggie.
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