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New zones and dates

Postby Jethro48 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:02 pm

Has anybody heard for sure on the new zone changes or the dates or this coming season?? I've not seen anything on Dnr page!!
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New zones and dates

Postby Quackkillz » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:04 pm

Idk about the state you live in but they sure did change the zones in Louisiana
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby Jethro48 » Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:21 pm

Ya they proposed a lot of changes here n Indiana but never heard one way or another!!
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby 18javelin » Fri Aug 03, 2012 4:16 am

They (DNR) Told me they wouldnt post that data till end of aug. to first of sept... seems a little late.... :crying:
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby Jethro48 » Fri Aug 03, 2012 6:04 am

Probably cause that means less time people have to bitch!!!
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby weavesj » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:17 pm

personaly i dont care for the dates for the central zone. north zone however i think are an improvement.
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby Jethro48 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:43 pm

I'm from south west part never hunted the northern part here
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby badbowtie » Mon Aug 06, 2012 9:31 am

The zone changes can be good for the south zone, but the central zone gets screwed.
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby Jethro48 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 12:57 pm

Ya really hadn't changed anything other than boundaries and just a few days!
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby ddragon47 » Mon Aug 06, 2012 1:15 pm

Early migratory bird 2012 season dates

The 2012 early migratory bird season dates have been submitted to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Indiana DNR as listed below.

As in other years, these dates are not final until the USFWS approves them, which typically happens by the end of August. The season dates fall within the framework provided by USFWS, so no changes are anticipated. A later Wild Bulletin will notify you of approval or change.

Indiana’s requested seasons have never been altered by USFWS after submission; however, there is always the slight possibility of change; therefore, the dates below should not be interpreted as being final.

Bag limit, possession limit and licensing information is at hunting.IN.gov.

–Mourning Doves
Statewide, 15-bird bag/30-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Oct. 23 & Nov. 9–25

–Sora Rails
Statewide, 25-bird bag/25-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Nov. 9

–Woodcock
Statewide, three-bird bag/six-bird possession limit: Oct. 15–Nov. 28

–Common Snipe
Statewide, eight-bird bag/16-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–Dec. 16

–September Teal
Statewide, four-bird bag/eight-bird possession limit, blue-and green-winged teal only: Sept. 1–16

–Canada Geese
Statewide, five-bird bag/10-bird possession limit: Sept. 1–15

For more information: Adam Phelps, Fish and Wildlife, (812) 334-1137, aphelps@dnr.in.gov
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby Jethro48 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:53 am

Thanks but I'm more curious about the regular season dates!
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby badbowtie » Wed Aug 08, 2012 1:29 pm

Jethro48 wrote:Thanks but I'm more curious about the regular season dates!



Wont be out probably till end of sept.

Sign up for wild bulletin and you will know when they are posted. Someone on here will also post them up. When they are posted i will make it a sticky.

http://www.in.gov/dnr/2350.htm
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby Papachessie » Wed Aug 08, 2012 5:35 pm

badbowtie wrote:
Jethro48 wrote:Thanks but I'm more curious about the regular season dates!



Wont be out probably till end of sept.

Sign up for wild bulletin and you will know when they are posted. Someone on here will also post them up. When they are posted i will make it a sticky.

http://www.in.gov/dnr/2350.htm



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Re: New zones and dates

Postby ddragon47 » Wed Aug 08, 2012 6:08 pm

How about the Northern zone Oct 20, to Dec 9, and Dec 22, to Dec. 30,.
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby badbowtie » Wed Aug 08, 2012 7:06 pm

Papachessie wrote:
badbowtie wrote:
Jethro48 wrote:Thanks but I'm more curious about the regular season dates!



Wont be out probably till end of sept.

Sign up for wild bulletin and you will know when they are posted. Someone on here will also post them up. When they are posted i will make it a sticky.

http://www.in.gov/dnr/2350.htm



End of September? :huh: Nothing like giving you some time to prepare. :no: This state is something else when it comes to the outdoors.



Yea I mean they just released the early season's this week!

The dates that are proposed are most likely going to be the dates.....
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby Papachessie » Sat Aug 11, 2012 8:22 am

Here are the proposed dates. Most likely will be approved. Maybe. :huh:


These are all for ducks:
North Zone: Oct. 20 - Dec. 9 and Dec. 22 - Dec. 30

Central Zone: Oct. 27 - Dec. 16 and Dec. 30 - Jan. 6

South Zone: Nov. 3 - 4 and Nov. 24 - Jan. 20

I wish they would structure the North zone like they do the South. Short early season, then open 'til the end, as late as possible.
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby weavesj » Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:56 am

this is a re-post from another forum. there are a couple things different from the earlier this year when they anounced the changes. the big one is making the canada goose limit 3 instead of 2 :beer: and they pushed the central zones dates back :clapping: im hoping this will be finalized just like this.





New waterfowl hunting zones go into effect



The first changes in Indiana’s waterfowl hunting zones in more than 25 years will be in effect for the start of the regular waterfowl seasons this fall.

There still will be three zones, but they will be renamed as North, Central and South. The South Zone will represent a significant geographic expansion and replace the previous Ohio River Zone.

Changes to the zone boundaries are designed to improve hunting opportunities by better relating duck migration, and therefore season timing, to the geography of the state, said DNR waterfowl biologist Adam Phelps.

The North Zone boundary is essentially unchanged, with the exception of moving Roush Fish & Wildlife Area into the North. The North Zone boundary segregates the natural lakes and wetlands part of the state into its own zone.

The North Zone boundary follows a line extending east from the Illinois border along State Road 18 to U.S. 31; north along U.S. 31 to U.S. 24; east along U.S. 24 to Huntington; southeast along U.S. 224; south along S.R. 5; and east along S.R. 124 to the Ohio border.

The Central Zone is that part of Indiana south of the North Zone boundary and north of the South Zone boundary.

The South Zone boundary follows a line extending east from the Illinois border along U.S. 40; south along U.S. 41; east along S.R.58; south along S.R. 37 to Bedford; and east along U.S. 50 to the Ohio border.

The South Zone extends north to Terre Haute and includes all or parts of 29 counties. It takes in DNR-managed properties such as Fairbanks Landing, Glendale, Sugar Ridge and Wabashiki FWAs; and Hardy and Patoka lakes.

“Changing zone lines in southern Indiana will allow us to capture a fundamental geographic split by bunching the lower Wabash River, as well as much of the White and Muscatatuck rivers, with the Ohio River in the southernmost zone,” Phelps said.

The new zones were derived by looking at not only geography, but also at climate patterns and, most importantly, long-term waterfowl migration data.

These new zones will be in effect for regular duck, coot and merganser seasons, as well as regular goose seasons.


Regular-season 2012 waterfowl season dates

The regular-season waterfowl dates, as proposed to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) by the Indiana DNR, are listed below. The dates are not final until approved by the USFWS in mid-to late September. Look for another announcement around that time that will either confirm or amend these dates. Historically, they have been accepted as proposed.

The DNR’s recommended dates for ducks, coots and mergansers are:

• North Zone: Oct. 20 to Dec. 9 and Dec. 22-30
• Central Zone: Nov. 3 to Dec. 25 and Jan. 14-20
• South Zone: Nov. 3-4 and Nov. 24 to Jan. 20

The daily bag limit for ducks in all zones is six, including no more than four mallards (of which no more than two can be hens), four scaup, three wood ducks, two pintails, two redheads, one canvasback, one black duck, and one mottled duck. The daily bag limit for coots is 15. The daily bag limit for mergansers, separate from ducks, is five, of which no more than two can be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

Though the prairies are drier than last year, the estimate of the total duck population is the highest since the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat survey began in 1955 (48.6 million ducks). Green-winged teal, blue-winged teal, northern shovelers, gadwall, and redheads are all at or near record population levels, and mallards and canvasbacks are well above their long-term average. Scaup populations are at the long-term average for the first time in several years, and have increased 60 percent since 2006.

For Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant, the proposed dates are:

• North Zone: Oct. 20 to Nov. 11, Nov. 22 to Jan. 6, and Jan. 19-23
• Central Zone: Nov. 3 to Dec. 25 and Jan. 7-27
• South Zone: Nov. 3-11 and Nov. 24 to Jan. 27

The daily bag limit this year for Canada geese during the regular season has increased from two to three. The daily bag limit for white-fronted geese has increased from one to two. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.

“In addition, because of a change in the white-fronted goose management plan, we are able to align the seasons for white-fronts with the Canada goose season,” Phelps said.

“Because brant are rarely taken in Indiana, we also aligned that season, so that all dark geese have the same season.”

These changes simplify goose regulations in Indiana while adding opportunity in the form of higher bags for geese that regularly occur here.

The proposed late season for Canada geese is Feb. 1–15. The counties authorized for a late season are: Adams, Allen, Boone, Clay, DeKalb, Elkhart, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Huntington, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaPorte, LaGrange, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Noble, Parke, St. Joseph, Shelby, Steuben, Starke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo, Wells and Whitley.

A permit is no longer required to participate in the late season for Canada geese. Geese harvested during this season no longer need to be taken to a check station. The daily bag limit during this season is five Canada geese, with a possession limit of 10.

The proposed statewide season for light geese is Oct. 20 to Jan. 31. The daily bag limit for light geese is 20 (snow and/or Ross' geese in aggregate). There is no possession limit on light geese.

The proposed light goose conservation order is Feb. 1 to March 31, statewide, except for those counties that have a late season on Canada geese. For those counties with a late season on Canada geese, the proposed light goose conservation order season is Feb. 16 to March 31.

The light goose conservation order has no bag or possession limit. A free permit is required. Details will be available later in the winter.

The DNR’s recommended dates for youth waterfowl season are:
• North Zone: Oct. 13–14
• Central Zone: Oct. 27–28
• South Zone: Oct. 27–28

Bag and possession limits are the same as the regular seasons. The youth waterfowl season is open to youths 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult.

DNR’s recommended dates for extended falconry season for ducks, coots and mergansers are:

• North Zone: Sept. 27–30 and Feb. 14 to March 10
• Central Zone: Oct. 27 to Nov. 2 and Feb. 17 to March 10
• South Zone: Oct. 27–Nov. 2, 2012 and Feb. 17–March 10, 2013

For more information: Adam Phelps, DNR Division of Fish & Wildlife, at (812) 334-1137, or aphelps@dnr.IN.gov.
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Re: New zones and dates

Postby badbowtie » Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:12 am

all this information is posted in the sticky at the top of indiana forum. ONce season dates have been approved will will sticky them too so they are easy to find on here.
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