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Mississippi selects waterfowl seasons for next year

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 A duck wades in shallow water at Hiller Park in BIloxi. The Statewide Duck season is Nov. 25-Nov. 27, Dec. 2- Dec. 4, and Dec. 7-Jan. 29.
TIM ISBELL/SUN HERALD A duck wades in shallow water at Hiller Park in BIloxi. The Statewide Duck season is Nov. 25-Nov. 27, Dec. 2- Dec. 4, and Dec. 7-Jan. 29.

The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has chosen its waterfowl hunting seasons for the 2016-2017 year.

The commission considered dates for the 2014-2015 waterfowl hunting seasons at its meeting last month. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released late-season frameworks in early August providing a "window" of dates from which states could select specific season dates. "This new selection process uses the previous year's breeding population and breeding habitat data to provide frameworks for hunting seasons. This allows states to select migratory bird seasons when other hunting seasons are set, and to publish those seasons earlier in the year. Waterfowl breeding populations in 2015 were high, which will again result in a liberal season framework of 60 days with a six-duck daily bag limit," Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Waterfowl Program Coordinator Houston Havens said.

Here are the dates:

Duck, merganser, and coot seasons will be Nov. 25-Nov. 27, Dec. 2- Dec. 4, and Dec. 7-Jan. 29.

The duck daily bag limit will be a total of six ducks, including no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), three wood ducks, two redheads, three scaup, two pintail, one canvasback, one mottled duck, and one black duck. The merganser daily bag limit will be a total of five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. Coots will have a 15-bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and coots.

Late-season Canada, snow, blue, Ross's, white-fronted goose, and brant seasons will occur from Nov. 12-Nov. 27, Dec. 15-Jan. 29 and Feb. 4- Feb. 15.

Canada geese will have a 3-bird daily bag limit, and brant will have a daily bag limit of one bird. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for Canada geese and brant. Snow, blue, and Ross's geese will have a daily bag limit of 20 birds in aggregate. White-fronted geese will have a daily bag limit of two birds. The possession limit for white-fronted geese is six, and there is no possession limit for snow, blue, and Ross's geese. In addition to the regular hunting season, there will again be a conservation order for snow, blue, and Ross's geese on Oct. 1- Nov. 11; and Feb. 16-March 31, 2015.

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