Migratory Waterfowl Authorization

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Migratory Waterfowl Authorization

Postby ohtajj » Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:22 pm

So, my plans for the opener changed and I am going to be on the west side for family stuff. My brother in-law lives over there and is going to take me out to Skagit. Not sure where, but he says he's got a spot in mind.

My question is this- does anyone know if it takes a full 10 business days to be able to pick up a migratory waterfowl auth for snows? That would put me at Monday I think. If so Ill just stick with ducks and canadas but I'd love to be able to shoot a couple of snows if we get the chance.
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Re: Migratory Waterfowl Authorization

Postby aaronoto » Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:12 pm

Mine came pretty quick, not sure exactly how long, but it seemed like only a few days. I've always been surprised at how quickly WDFW sends out licenses when you purchase online.
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Re: Migratory Waterfowl Authorization

Postby kcidkcus » Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:39 pm

Is the authorization just a west side thing? Ik you need it for sea ducks but do you need it for snows on the east side? It's rare to see one in my area so I haven't shot any. Just wondering?
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Re: Migratory Waterfowl Authorization

Postby steelheadslayer » Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:07 pm

You only need the snow authorization in the Skagit area.
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Re: Migratory Waterfowl Authorization

Postby Shade » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:56 am

For the first time application, Yes, it takes a full 10 days. The application is only needed the first time, or if you skip a year purchasing the Migratory Authorization. If you had one last year it is a simple "buy" online and they give you a printable temporary license for immediate use. They send the real one in the mail and it usually only takes a couple days.
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Re: Migratory Waterfowl Authorization

Postby ohtajj » Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:41 am

Well, I got an email from WDFW saying I can pick up my authorization at any dealer so looks like I'm good to go. I thought I was gonna be out of luck, but I'm pretty excited!

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Re: Migratory Waterfowl Authorization

Postby ohtajj » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:24 am

kcidkcus wrote:Is the authorization just a west side thing? Ik you need it for sea ducks but do you need it for snows on the east side? It's rare to see one in my area so I haven't shot any. Just wondering?


Just to be clear... Yes, you can shoot snows in management area 4 if you see them and you don't need any special auth. I have only ever seen one group of 5 of them over here. Flew over our blind at about 30 yards but I didn't know the law so I let them fly and then called wdfw. Haven't seen any since

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