ID Fish and Game Commission Sets Migratory Game Bird Seasons

The Idaho Fish and Game Commission on Thursday April 21, approved seasons and limits for all ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, doves, and crows for 2016.

A new process and schedule, established in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was used this year. It allows migratory game bird hunting seasons and rules to be set earlier than in the past. Furthermore, the Commission can now set all migratory game bird seasons at the same time. Hunters will now have more time to plan their hunts, and hunting seasons and rules for all ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, doves, and crows will be available in the same brochure.

Black lab in waterDucks and Geese
Waterfowl seasons will be similar to last year, except seasons in northern and eastern Idaho will begin two weeks earlier than last year to allow hunting opportunities prior to wetlands freezing. Overall, hunters will enjoy a 105 day season for ducks and Canada geese with a 2-day youth hunt scheduled statewide on September 24 and 25.

The daily bag limit will be seven ducks; but not more than two female mallards, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails, or two canvasback.

The daily bag limit will be four Canada geese, except in a portion of southeast Idaho where the daily limit will be five from September 1 – 15th; 10 white-fronted geese; and 20 for light geese (Snow and Ross’s geese). The possession limit will be three times the daily bag limit.

Waterfowl season opening and closing dates vary by different management zones of the state.

Sandhill Crane
Fish and Game increased tag numbers to a total of 465 tags, extended the season length in some hunt areas, and closed a small section of the Jefferson County Hunt Area. The daily limit is two birds for all hunts, and the season limit is two birds for each hunter. Sandhill crane tags will be made available on a first-come first-served basis beginning at 10 a.m. (MDT) August 1 at all license vendors.

Mourning-dove-040214The dove season will run September 1 to October 30 statewide, with a daily bag limit of 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate.

The season for American crows is October 1 to January 31 statewide, with no daily bag limit.

The 2016-2017 Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Rules brochure, which now includes waterfowl, sandhill crane, dove and crow season information, will be available online by early July and at all license vendors by late July.

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