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Bird hunting regulations get update

The season is still months away, but the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has already made some changes to the migratory bird hunting regulations.


From the Wisconsin DNR website, the new changes include:

  • North duck zone will open one week earlier than last season, resulting in two statewide openers, one for the North on Sept. 26 and one for the South and Mississippi zones on Oct. 3. The regular duck season will run for 60 days;
  • A 92-day regular goose season with a second split in the South Canada goose zone resulting in a goose season that is open during the Christmas and New Year's holidays;
  • An increase in the hen mallard daily bag limit (from one to two) based on US Fish and Wildlife Service season framework; and
  • A decrease in the scaup bag limit to one scaup for 15 days and two scaup for 45 days based on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service season framework.
  • Shooting hours for all migratory bird seasons are open from one half hour before sunrise to sunset with the exception of the early teal season. Shooting hours for early teal open at sunrise and close at sunset.

The DNR also changed the boundaries of the state's hunting zones, but those will not go into effect in 2021.

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