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Duck! It's that time of the year again

Duck! It's that time of the year again

October 01, 2006|by BILL ANDERSON

October is a month with many opportunities for outdoor recreation, and early-season hunting for wood ducks is one of the more popular ones.

The dates for the Maryland duck season, as I mentioned last week, are: Oct. 14-21, Nov. 11-24 and Dec. 12-Jan. 27.

West Virginia's duck-hunting season is divided into two segments for two zones: Zone 1 - Oct. 1. 2-14 and Dec. 5-Jan. 20; Zone 2 - Oct. 2-14 and Nov. 21-Jan. 6.

Zone 2 is made up of some of the highest elevation areas of the state, and the season dates are adjusted to the generally colder weather those parts of the state experience. For full details on the zone boundaries, you should consult the migratory-bird regulations available at license agents or on the Internet at www.wvdnr.gov.

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The general duck bag limit this season will be six ducks per day which may include no more than: One canvasback, one pintail, four old squaw, one scaup, one black duck, two wood ducks, two redheads and four mallards (with a maximum of two mallard hens).

There also will be Canada goose hunting in the early segment of the West Virginia ducks season. The Canada goose season in our area (Zone 1) will be open Oct. 2-14 with a daily bag limit of three birds per day. The goose season in Zone 1 will re-open on Dec. 6 and remain open until Jan. 31. The bag limit also will be three birds per day for the late segment of the goose season.

The waterfowl regulations are fairly complex, so hunters are urged to obtain the regulations and season information that is available at license agents and carefully review them before heading out to the field. This information is also available at www.wvdnr.gov.

Bill Anderson writes a weekly outdoors column for The Herald-Mail.

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