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Advisory Council's Base Migratory Bird Seasons for DE 2005/2006

Greg Moore, Wildlife Administrator, gave a PowerPoint presentation regarding the 2005-2006 proposed base migratory bird seasons. Handouts were distributed regarding proposed season dates, how seasons are set and a 2005-2006 monthly calendar to help the audience follow the presentation. Based upon current information, Mr. Moore anticipates the 2005 - 2006 waterfowl season to be as follows:

Proposed Dove and Waterfowl Seasons for Delaware
Dove
Sept. 1 - Sept. 17 Noon to sunset
Oct. 17 - Oct. 29 ½ before sunrise to sunset
Dec. 5 - Jan. 14 ½ before sunrise to sunset

Resident Canada Geese
Sept. 1 - Sept. 15
8 bird daily limit

Early Teal Sept. 1 - Sept. 10
4 bird daily limit
Geographic limitations in coastal zone only,
½ hour before sunrise to 10:00 am.

Youth Hunt Oct. 22
Standard limits apply (1 black duck, 1 canvasback, 2 Canada goose, 1 pintail)

Ducks Liberal Option - 60 days
6 bird daily limit
Oct. 1 - Oct. 5
Oct. 28 - Nov. 5
Nov. 21 - Jan. 14

Pintail season Oct. 1-5,Oct. 28 - Nov.5, Nov. 21 - Dec. 10

Canvasback Dec. 12, 2005 - Jan. 14, 2006

Six duck basic bag including no more than: 4 mallards (2 hens), 3 scaup, 2 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 1 black duck, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous whistling duck, 4 scoters, and 1 canvasback. Harlequin closed.

Snow Goose 15 bird daily limit
Oct. 1 - Nov. 9, Nov. 21 - Jan. 14, Jan. 28 - Mar. 10 (Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. Only)

Brant 2 bird daily limit
Dec. 5 - Jan. 31

Migrant Canada Goose
Nov. 21 - Dec. 3 1 bird daily limit
Dec. 8 - Dec. 22 2 bird daily limit
Dec. 23 - Jan. 14

Coots & Mergansers
Same season dates as ducks
15 coots & 5 mergansers daily limit (1 hooded merganser)

Sea Ducks
Sept. 17 - Jan. 19, 2006
Daily limit 7

Woodcock
Nov. 21 - Dec. 10, Dec. 22 - Dec. 30
Daily limit 3

Rails and Gallinules
Sept. 1 - Nov. 9

Common Snipe
Nov. 21 - Jan. 31
Daily limit 8

Possession limit is twice the daily bag, except no possession limit for snow geese.

Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise to sunset, except for the teal season.

Several questions were raised from the Council and audience regarding season dates and splits. Discussions regarding the proposed seasons will continue at the February and March meetings. A draft base season proposal will be adopted in March based upon Council/public input and information provided by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
 

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HatterWayne said:
Early Teal Sept. 1 - Sept. 10
4 bird daily limit
Geographic limitations in coastal zone only,
½ hour before sunrise to 10:00 am.

Ducks Liberal Option - 60 days
6 bird daily limit
Oct. 1 - Oct. 5
Oct. 28 - Nov. 5
Nov. 21 - Jan. 14

Snow Goose 15 bird daily limit
Oct. 1 - Nov. 9, Nov. 21 - Jan. 14, Jan. 28 - Mar. 10 (Mon., Wed., Fri., Sat. Only)
How do you guys get a 4 way split for Ducks?

I and many others in PA Would love to see a 3 way split for Ducks!

AND,
What is with only being able to hunt Snows on Mon,Wed, Fri and Sat?
 

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Here are the duck and Canada goose seasons that the Delaware F&W Advisory Council will send to the Atlantic Flyway Council for approval.
September Teal

9/17 - 9/27 (notice the new late start - in prior years they tried to run it coinciding with the Resident Goose season, but this year, it's going strictly for the teal)

Ducks

10/24 - 11/5
11/21 - 12/3
12/12 - 1/21

Canada Goose - 1 Bird first 25 days, 2 Birds last 20

11/21 - 12/3
12/15 - 1/21
 
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