Waterfowl Seasons Set; Populations Remain at Historically High Levels

By The Chronicle
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved the 2011-12 waterfowl hunting season during a meeting last week.
The hunt will be similar to last year. The statewide duck hunting season will be from Oct. 15-19 and again Oct. 22-Jan. 29. A youth hunting weekend is scheduled for Sept. 24-25.
The limits for hen mallard, pintail, redhead, scaup, canvasback, goldeneye, harlequin, scoter and long-tailed duck will remain the same.
Goose hunting seasons will vary across the state, but most will run from Oct. 15 through January 2012.
The goose and duck hunting seasons are based on state and federal estimates of waterfowl populations. According to those estimates, most waterfowl populations throughout North America are at or above historically high levels.
For more information go to wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/regulations/.