Indaswamp wrote: ..... then what about the possession limit for teal? during the teal season the possession limit is 4, but it jumps to 6 during the regular season.
square that one for us.
The teal season is a "special season" that was first considered in the early 1960's when restrictive hunting regulations were leading to searches for additional opportunities from populations that were considered "under-harvested", like bluewings and scaup (how things have changed, eh?). The bag limit for ducks in those days was 4 per day, so the teal season limit was 4.
The teal season was controversial. Northern states did NOT support it, especially since they were not allowed to participate as "production" states. The USFWS wasn't real supportive either, so keeping the bag limit at 4 instead of 10 or 5 (during point-system days) was seen as a conservative compromise to maintain support for the season.
I'd also like to note that in 1992, 1993, and 1994, the limit during the Teal season was 4 per day, but the limit during the regular duck season was only 3 per day. For some reason, I didn't hear one single duck hunter wondering about the inconsistency in the bag limits in those seasons.
Fast-forward to today. Texas has been asking for a 6 per day bag limit on teal for a few years, and the northern states still want to participate. The USFWS has created an ad-hoc committee, of which I am a member, to scientifically evaluate the harvest potential for blue-winged teal in an attempt to create a biological foundation for dealing with these requests. Of course, much of the bluewing harvest comes from Mexico and South America, so the job faces some big difficulties. But the goal is to see if we can increase the limit and/or allow the northern states to have a teal season without negatively affecting the population of bluewings, which is pretty dynamic as it is.