USFWS Framework: Two Canvasback Limit Nationwide

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has once again proposed liberal waterfowl hunting seasons for 2013-2014.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has once again proposed liberal waterfowl hunting seasons for 2013-2014, but most notably the framework includes—for the first time in many years—a nationwide limit of two canvasbacks per day. Just a few years ago, seasons on King Can were closed, which speaks to its level of recovery. Latest estimates put breeding pairs around 760,000 breeding pairs. For those who love the conservation and hunting of North American waterfowl, this is cause for celebration.

The bad news? The scaup limit, as feared based on the latest survey data, has taken a slight hit. In the Atlantic Flyway, the bag limit returns to two ducks daily (as it was two seasons ago), while the rest of the country sees a reduction to three bluebills daily.

Pintails maintain a two-bird nationwide limit.

Another notable change is a proposal to move the possession limit from two times the daily bag limit up to three. This makes sense to me, as I’m generally willing to give hunters the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their intent to eat possessed game.

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