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Upcoming season dates

Postby Indiancreekducks87 » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:44 am

Has anyone heard anything about the season dates for this year? On fb a guy posted up that the dates are nov 2- dec 8, dec 21- jan 26..... That would mean a change in the split that has traditionally been the 2 weeks after thanksgiving (as long as I can remember anyways)... What have y'all heard? I can't find anywhere on the web that he may have got the info from.
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby daddyhuck » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:36 am

Very strange. The parks and wildlife site had the North zone dates for early teal and regular duck posted a few days ago, but today it only shows the early teal dates as Sep. 14 - 29, 2013, but regular duck says the dates are not yet determined. :no:
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby LTMFH » Wed Aug 21, 2013 7:41 am

You are correct. North Zone Nov 2- Dec 8 Dec 21- Jan 26
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby mbole » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:19 am

From THF:

News Release

August 23, 2013

Texas Sets Waterfowl Seasons for 2013-14

Canvasback bag raised for first time since 1964; possession limits increased
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AUSTIN – For the first time in a half century, Texas waterfowlers can take two canvasbacks daily under migratory game bird seasons approved for the 2013-14 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

The increase comes with news of healthy waterfowl populations, with all species except pintail and scaup numbering above the long term goals identified in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.

“Overall, waterfowl are doing quite well,” Kevin Kraai, Waterfowl Program Leader for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department told commissioners. “We’re near record levels and in some instances in the glory days for ducks.”

The commission also adopted a staggered split between the North and South Zones to allow for the opportunity of an additional week for those waterfowlers who travel between zones.

In another change to the season framework that should be welcomed by hunters, the possession limits for all migratory game birds is now three times the daily limit. For ducks, including teal during the early Sept. 14-29 season, the possession limit is 18.

The only decrease in bag limit configuration involves scaup, with a reduction to three daily. Following are the adopted season dates and limits:

High Plains Mallard Management Unit:

Youth: Oct. 19 - Oct. 20
Regular: Oct. 26 - Oct. 27 and Nov. 1 - Jan. 26
“Dusky” Duck: Nov. 4 - Jan. 26

South Zone:

Youth: Oct. 26 - Oct. 27
Regular: Nov. 2 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 14 - Jan. 26
“Dusky” Duck: Nov. 7 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 14 - Jan. 26

North Zone:

Youth: Oct. 26 - Oct. 27
Regular: Nov. 2 - Dec. 8 and Dec. 21 - Jan. 26
“Dusky” Duck: Nov. 7 - Dec. 8 and Dec. 21 - Jan. 26

Bag Limits

Ducks: 6/day
3 wood ducks
3 scaup
2 hen mallards
2 redheads
2 pintail
2 canvasback
1 “dusky duck” (mottled, black or Mexican-like) after the first 5 days
All others - 6
Mergansers: 5/day
2 hooded merganser
Coots: 15/day

East Zone Goose

Light Geese:
Nov. 2 - Jan. 26
Jan. 27 - Mar. 23 (Conservation Order)

Canada Geese:
Nov. 2 - Jan. 26

White-fronted Geese:
Nov. 2 - Jan. 12

Bag Limit:

3 Canada geese
2 White-fronted geese
20 light geese (no possession limit)

West Zone Goose

Light Geese:

Nov. 2 - Feb. 2
Feb. 3 - Mar. 23 (Conservation Order)

Dark Geese:
Nov. 2 - Feb. 2

Bag Limit:

5 dark geese with no more than one white-fronted goose
20 light geese (no possession limit)

Sandhill Crane

Zone A

Nov. 2– Feb. 2

Bag Limit: 3

Zone B

Nov. 22-Feb. 2

Bag Limit: 3

Zone C

Dec. 21 -Jan. 26

Bag Limit: 2

Falconry

North and South Duck Zones

Jan. 27 - Feb. 10





Not sure how I feel about that staggered split. Looks like it's good for folks in Houston though, they can just hunt above I-10 to get to the North Zone.
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby Indiancreekducks87 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:56 am

The split doesn't really bother me since I'm hoping to make some trips out west to the high plains during that time! Lol. The two cans works for me since we see quite a few on our sc lakes
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby mbole » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:16 am

Yeah, the two Canvasbacks has me excited. We shot a surprisingly high amount of them last year.

Biggest deal for me is the increase in teal from 4 to 6. That teal hunting so much more worth it now.
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby Barney#1 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:32 am

6 green heads, 6 teal, and two cans :thumbsup: I'm liking the three day posession limit too.
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby LTMFH » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:36 am

5 mallards only two can be hens. TPW got it wrong.
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby Indiancreekducks87 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:39 am

LTMFH wrote:5 mallards only two can be hens. TPW got it wrong.


I was about to ask about drakes but thanks for the answer!
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Re: Upcoming season dates

Postby Barney#1 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:57 am

Damn TPWD. Thought that sounded funny. Still pumped about everything else though.
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