SEASONS FOR HUNTING EARLY MIGRATORY BIRDS ANNOUNCED
The DNR has announced the early migratory bird hunting seasons for this year, including their bag limits and possession limits.
Sora rail Blue and green-winged teal
Sept. 1 – Nov. 9 Sept. 1 – Sept. 16
Daily Bag Limit: 25 Daily Bag Limit: 4
Possession Limit: 25 Possession Limit: 8
Mourning dove Canada goose
Sept. 1 – Oct. 15 Sept. 1 – Sept. 15
Nov. 10 – Nov. 24 Daily Bag Limit: 5
Daily Bag Limit: 15 Possession Limit: 10
Possession Limit: 30
Woodcock Common snipe
Oct. 14 – Nov. 27 Sept. 1 – Dec. 16
Daily Bag Limit: 3 Daily Bag Limit: 8
Possession Limit: 6 Possession Limit: 16
Common moorhen Closed
King, Clapper, Virginia Rail Closed
•Teal and early season goose hunting is not allowed at Kankakee FWA.
•Hovey Lake FWA does not offer early season goose hunting.
•Several state properties require non-toxic shot while hunting dove fields.
•Check at property headquarters for special regulations before hunting
Regular Waterfowl Season dates have not yet been set
Note New HIP Registration Information: Licensed hunters in Indiana must register each year with the National Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) before they hunt coots, doves, ducks, geese, snipe, sora rails or woodcock.
In order to register, hunters must visit the DNR Web site, www.wildlife.IN.gov (click on “HIP registration”) or call (866) 671-4499 (on or after Aug. 15) and provide the information requested. The average time it takes to register is less than five minutes. At the end of the registration, hunters are given a validation number to record on their license. This number is valid from the date of registration through the close of the last 2006-07 migratory bird hunting season. Lifetime license-holders and persons on military leave must also register with HIP. Resident landowners and tenants who hunt on their own land must also now register with HIP.
Hunters need register only once each season, not each time they hunt. In addition to providing name and address during the call, hunters are asked questions designed to identify which species they hunted last year and, in some cases, the number of birds they harvested.
HIP is a joint effort between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and state wildlife agencies. The program improves harvest estimates for migratory game birds nationwide. Once the harvest information is gathered, the information is used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the states to ensure that decisions regarding hunting seasons are based on sound scientific evidence.
For further information, please refer to the following Web sites.,Migratory bird hunting regulations: www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/huntguide1/earlybird.htm
Order a Federal Duck Stamp:Call (800) 782-6724 or go to: www.fws.gov/
Fish and Wildlife Area info: www.IN.gov/dnr/fishwild/about/18areas.htm
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