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Got out one last time on Saturday in the nice weather... not as much activity as I expected, but took a midmorning single to bookend the season. Had a few other nice groups think about it, but the golf course on the other side of the marsh was too enticing it seemed. Till next year
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February 2nd the proposed rules were posted in the Federal Register
Migratory Bird Hunting; 2022-23 Frameworks for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
A. DUCK, MERGANSER, AND COOT SEASONS

Outside Dates: Saturday nearest September 24 (September 24)-January 31.
Season Lengths and Daily Bag Limits: 60 days. The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, including no more than 2 mallards (no more than 1 of which can be female), 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous whistling duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 4 sea ducks (including no more than 3 scoters, 3 long-tailed ducks, or 3 eiders and no more than 1 female eider). The season for scaup may be split into 2 segments, with one segment consisting of 40 consecutive days with a 1-scaup daily bag limit, and the second segment consisting of 20 consecutive days with a 2-scaup daily bag limit. The daily bag limit of mergansers is 5. In States that include mergansers in the duck bag limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit. The daily bag limit of coots is 15.
 

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Wish they would increase the mallard limit. I watched an interesting video from Delta Waterfowl arguing that Mallards are not in trouble, like previously thought.


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Agreed, atleast a 3/1 limit would be nice or even a 4/1 since it's not a drake problem. It would lessen the hybridization down
I talked to a biologist back in the fall about black duck hybrids, he said it's rare to get a 100% black duck these days, almost every black duck has atleast some mallard DNA in them
 

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Vic from Joppa Flats does it again. Recently got my black duck back for bird #3 of what I am now calling the Atlantic Flyway Collection. Vic said this bird was pretty battered up, but I told him this was what I felt was my first true pure black duck, zero white in the speculum, no green tint anywhere in the feathers. He agreed, and came through big time. Couldn't be happier with how it turned out. Not sure how much longer Vic is going to do it, but as long as he is, cannot recommend him enough.

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