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Migratory Bird Hunting; Early Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds in the Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule prescribes the hunting seasons, hours, areas, and daily bag and possession limits of mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves; band-tailed pigeons; rails; moorhens and gallinules; woodcock; common snipe; sandhill cranes; sea ducks; early (September) waterfowl seasons; migratory game birds in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; youth waterfowl day; and some extended falconry seasons. Taking of migratory birds is prohibited unless specifically provided for by annual regulations. This rule permits taking of designated species during the 2014-15 season.

DATES:

This rule is effective on August 29, 2014.

ADDRESSES:

You may inspect comments received on the migratory bird hunting regulations during normal business hours at the Service's office at 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. You may obtain copies of referenced reports from the street address above, or from the Division of Migratory Bird Management's Web site at http://www.fws.gov/​migratorybirds/​, or at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2014-0017.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ron W. Kokel, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (703) 358-1714.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulations Schedule for 2014

On April 30, 2014, we published in the Federal Register (79 FR 24512) a proposal to amend 50 CFR part 20. The proposal provided a background and overview of the migratory bird hunting regulations process, and addressed the establishment of seasons, limits, and other regulations for hunting migratory game birds under §§ 20.101 through 20.107, 20.109, and 20.110 of subpart K. Major steps in the 2014-15 regulatory cycle relating to open public meetings and Federal Register notifications were also identified in the April 30 proposed rule. Further, we explained that all sections of subsequent documents outlining hunting frameworks and guidelines were organized under numbered headings. Subsequent documents will refer only to numbered items requiring attention. Therefore, it is important to note that we omit those items requiring no attention, and remaining numbered items might be discontinuous or appear incomplete.

On June 4, 2014, we published in the Federal Register (79 FR 32418) a second document providing supplemental proposals for early- and late-season migratory bird hunting regulations. The June 4 supplement also provided detailed information on the 2014-15 regulatory schedule and announced the Service Regulations Committee (SRC) and Flyway Council meetings. On July 31, 2014, we published in the Federal Register (79 FR 44580) a third document specifically dealing with the proposed frameworks for early-season regulations.

On July 30-31, 2014, we held open meetings with the Flyway Council Consultants at which the participants reviewed the status of waterfowl and developed recommendations for the 2014-15 regulations for these species. Proposed hunting regulations were discussed for late seasons. We published the proposed frameworks for late-season regulations (primarily hunting seasons that start after October 1 and most waterfowl seasons) in an August 22, 2014, Federal Register.

The final rule described here is the sixth in the series of proposed, supplemental, and final rulemaking documents for migratory game bird hunting regulations and deals specifically with amending subpart K of 50 CFR part 20. It sets hunting seasons, hours, areas, and limits for mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves; band-tailed pigeons; rails; moorhens and gallinules; woodcock; common snipe; sandhill cranes; sea ducks; early (September) waterfowl seasons; migratory game birds in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; youth waterfowl hunting day; and some extended falconry seasons. This final rule is the culmination of the rulemaking process for the migratory game bird early hunting seasons, which started with the April 30 proposed rule. As discussed elsewhere in this document, we supplemented that proposal on June 4 and July 31, and published final early season frameworks in a late August Federal Register that provided the season selection criteria from which the States selected these seasons. This final rule sets the migratory game bird early hunting seasons based on that input from the States. We previously addressed all comments pertaining to early season issues in that late August Federal Register.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The programmatic document, “Second Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: Issuance of Annual Regulations Permitting the Sport Hunting of Migratory Birds (EIS 20130139),” filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 24, 2013, addresses NEPA compliance by the Service for issuance of the annual framework regulations for hunting of migratory game bird species. We published a notice of availability in the Federal Register on May 31, 2013 (78 FR 32686), and our Record of Decision on July 26, 2013 (78 FR 45376). We also address NEPA compliance for waterfowl hunting frameworks through the annual preparation of separate environmental assessments, the most recent being “Duck Hunting Regulations for 2014-15,” with its corresponding August 2014 finding of no significant impact. In addition, an August 1985 environmental assessment entitled “Guidelines for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands” is available from the person indicated under the caption FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Endangered Species Act Consideration

Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), provides that, “The Secretary shall review other programs administered by him and utilize such programs in furtherance of the purposes of this Act” (and) shall “insure that any action authorized, funded, or carried out * * * is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of [critical] habitat. * * *.” Consequently, we conducted formal consultations to ensure that actions resulting from these regulations would not likely jeopardize the continued existence of endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of their critical habitat. Findings from these consultations are included in a biological opinion, which concluded that the regulations are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of Start Printed Page 51713any endangered or threatened species. Additionally, these findings may have caused modification of some regulatory measures previously proposed, and the final frameworks reflect any such modifications. Our biological opinions resulting from this section 7 consultation are public documents available at the address indicated under ADDRESSES.

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866 and 13563)

Executive Order 12866 provides that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will review all significant rules. OIRA has reviewed this rule and has determined that this rule is significant because it would have an annual effect of $100 million or more on the economy. Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866 while calling for improvements in the nation's regulatory system to promote predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. The executive order directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes further that regulations must be based on the best available science and that the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent with these requirements.

An updated economic analysis was prepared for the 2013-14 season. This analysis was based on data from the newly released 2011 National Hunting and Fishing Survey, the most recent year for which data are available (see discussion in Regulatory Flexibility Act section below). This analysis estimated consumer surplus for three alternatives for duck hunting (estimates for other species are not quantified due to lack of data). The alternatives were: (1) Issue restrictive regulations allowing fewer days than those issued during the 2012-13 season, (2) issue moderate regulations allowing more days than those in alternative 1, and (3) issue liberal regulations identical to the regulations in the 2012-13 season. For the 2013-14 season, we chose Alternative 3, with an estimated consumer surplus across all flyways of $317.8-$416.8 million. For the 2014-15 season, we have also chosen alternative 3. We also chose alternative 3 for the 2009-10, the 2010-11, the 2011-12, and the 2012-13 seasons. The 2013-14 analysis is part of the record for this rule and is available at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2014-0017.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The annual migratory bird hunting regulations have a significant economic impact on substantial numbers of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). We analyzed the economic impacts of the annual hunting regulations on small business entities in detail as part of the 1981 cost-benefit analysis. This analysis was revised annually from 1990-95. In 1995, the Service issued a Small Entity Flexibility Analysis (Analysis), which was subsequently updated in 1996, 1998, 2004, 2008, and 2013. The primary source of information about hunter expenditures for migratory game bird hunting is the National Hunting and Fishing Survey, which is conducted at 5-year intervals. The 2013 Analysis was based on the 2011 National Hunting and Fishing Survey and the U.S. Department of Commerce's County Business Patterns, from which it was estimated that migratory bird hunters would spend approximately $1.5 billion at small businesses in 2013. Copies of the Analysis are available at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2014-0017.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

This rule is a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. For the reasons outlined above, this rule will have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more. However, because this rule establishes hunting seasons, we are not deferring the effective date under the exemption contained in 5 U.S.C. 808(1).

Paperwork Reduction Act

This final rule does not contain any new information collection that requires approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). We may not conduct or sponsor and you are not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. OMB has reviewed and approved the information collection requirements associated with migratory bird surveys and assigned the following OMB control numbers:

  • 1018-0010—Mourning Dove Call Count Survey (discontinued 7/29/2014).
  • 1018-0019—North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey (expires 4/30/2015).
  • 1018-0023—Migratory Bird Surveys (expires 6/30/2017). Includes Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program, Migratory Bird Hunter Surveys, Sandhill Crane Survey, and Parts Collection Survey.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

We have determined and certify, in compliance with the requirements of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, 2 U.S.C. 1502 et seq., that this rulemaking will not impose a cost of $100 million or more in any given year on local or State government or private entities. Therefore, this rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Civil Justice Reform—Executive Order 12988

The Department, in promulgating this rule, has determined that this rule will not unduly burden the judicial system and that it meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988.

Takings Implication Assessment

In accordance with Executive Order 12630, this rule, authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-711), does not have significant takings implications and does not affect any constitutionally protected property rights. This rule will not result in the physical occupancy of property, the physical invasion of property, or the regulatory taking of any property. In fact, this rule allows hunters to exercise otherwise unavailable privileges and, therefore, reduce restrictions on the use of private and public property.

Energy Effects—Executive Order 13211

Executive Order 13211 requires agencies to prepare Statements of Energy Effects when undertaking certain actions. While this rule is a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866, it is not expected to adversely affect energy supplies, distribution, or use. Thus, this action is not a significant energy action and no Statement of Energy Effects is required.

Government-to-Government Relationship with Tribes

In accordance with the President's memorandum of April 29, 1994, “Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments” (59 FR 22951), Executive Order 13175, and 512 DM 2, we have evaluated possible effects on Federally-recognized Indian tribes and have determined that there are no effects on Indian trust resources. However, in the April 30 Federal Register, we solicited Start Printed Page 51714proposals for special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands for the 2014-15 migratory bird hunting season. The resulting proposals were contained in a separate August 11, 2014, proposed rule (79 FR 46490). By virtue of these actions, we have consulted with Tribes.

Federalism Effects

Due to the migratory nature of certain species of birds, the Federal Government has been given responsibility over these species by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We annually prescribe frameworks from which the States make selections regarding the hunting of migratory birds, and we employ guidelines to establish special regulations on Federal Indian reservations and ceded lands. This process preserves the ability of the States and tribes to determine which seasons meet their individual needs. Any State or Indian tribe may be more restrictive than the Federal frameworks at any time. The frameworks are developed in a cooperative process with the States and the Flyway Councils. This process allows States to participate in the development of frameworks from which they will make selections, thereby having an influence on their own regulations. These rules do not have a substantial direct effect on fiscal capacity, change the roles or responsibilities of Federal or State governments, or intrude on State policy or administration. Therefore, in accordance with Executive Order 13132, these regulations do not have significant federalism effects and do not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement.

Review of Public Comments

The preliminary proposed rulemaking (April 30 Federal Register) opened the public comment period for 2014-15 migratory game bird hunting regulations. We previously addressed all comments pertaining to early season issues in a late August Federal Register.

Regulations Promulgation

The rulemaking process for migratory game bird hunting must, by its nature, operate under severe time constraints. However, we intend that the public be given the greatest possible opportunity to comment. Thus, when the preliminary proposed rulemaking was published, we established what we believed were the longest periods possible for public comment. In doing this, we recognized that, when the comment period closed, time would be of the essence. That is, if there were a delay in the effective date of these regulations after this final rulemaking, States would have insufficient time to select season dates and limits; to communicate those selections to us; and to establish and publicize the necessary regulations and procedures to implement their decisions. We find that “good cause” exists, within the terms of 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) of the Administrative Procedure Act, and therefore, under authority of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (July 3, 1918), as amended (16 U.S.C. 703-711), these regulations will take effect less than 30 days after publication. Accordingly, with each conservation agency having had an opportunity to participate in selecting the hunting seasons desired for its State or Territory on those species of migratory birds for which open seasons are now prescribed, and consideration having been given to all other relevant matters presented, certain sections of title 50, chapter I, subchapter B, part 20, subpart K, are hereby amended as set forth below.

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List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 20

  • Exports
  • Hunting
  • Imports
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Transportation
  • Wildlife
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Dated: August 18, 2014.

Michael J. Bean,

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, title 50, chapter I, subchapter B, part 20, subpart K of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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PART 20—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for part 20 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 40 Stat. 755, 16 U.S.C. 703-712; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 742 a-j, Pub. L. 106-108, 113 Stat. 1491, Note Following 16 U.S.C. 703.

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Note

The following annual hunting regulations provided for by §§ 20.101 through 20.106 and 20.109 of 50 CFR part 20 will not appear in the Code of Federal Regulations because of their seasonal nature.

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2. Section 20.101 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

CHECK COMMONWEALTH REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS

(a) Puerto Rico.

Season DatesLimits
BagPossession
Doves and Pigeons:
Zenaida, white-winged, and mourning doves (1)Sept. 6-Nov. 32020
Scaly-naped pigeonsSept. 6-Nov. 355
DucksNov. 15-Dec. 15 & Jan. 10-Jan. 266 612 12
Common MoorhensNov. 15-Dec. 15 & Jan. 10-Jan. 266 612 12
Common SnipeNov. 15-Dec. 15 & Jan. 10-Jan. 268 816 16

(1) Not more than 10 Zenaida and 3 mourning doves in the aggregate.

Restrictions: In Puerto Rico, the season is closed on the ruddy duck, white-cheeked pintail, West Indian whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, Start Printed Page 51715masked duck, purple gallinule, American coot, Caribbean coot, white-crowned pigeon, and plain pigeon.

Closed Areas: Closed areas are described in the July 31, 2014, Federal Register (79 FR 44580).

(b) Virgin Islands.

Season DatesLimits
BagPossession
Zenaida dovesSept. 1-Sept. 301010
DucksCLOSED

Restrictions: In the Virgin Islands, the seasons are closed for ground or quail doves, pigeons, ruddy duck, white-cheeked pintail, West Indian whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, masked duck, and purple gallinule.

Closed Areas: Ruth Cay, just south of St. Croix, is closed to the hunting of migratory game birds. All Offshore Cays under jurisdiction of the Virgin Islands Government are closed to the hunting of migratory game birds.

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3. Section 20.102 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for Alaska.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. Area descriptions were published in the July 31, 2014, Federal Register (79 FR 44580).

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS

Area seasonsDates
North ZoneSept. 1-Dec. 16
Gulf Coast ZoneSept. 1-Dec. 16
Southeast ZoneSept. 16-Dec. 31
Pribilof & Aleutian Islands ZoneOct. 8-Jan. 22
Kodiak ZoneOct. 8-Jan. 22

Daily Bag and Possession Limits

AreaDucks (1)Canada Geese (2)(3)White Fronted Geese (4)(5)Light Geese (6)BrantEmperor GeeseSnipeSandhill Cranes (7)
North Zone10-304-124-124-122-6Closed8-243-9
Gulf Coast Zone8-244-124-124-122-6Closed8-242-6
Southeast Zone7-214-124-124-122-6Closed8-242-6
Pribilof and Aleutian Islands Zone7-214-124-124-122-6Closed8-242-6
Kodiak Zone7-214-124-124-122-6Closed8-242-6

(1) The basic duck bag limits may include no more than 1 canvasback daily, and may not include sea ducks. In addition to the basic duck limits, sea duck limits of 10 daily, singly or in the aggregate, including no more than 6 each of either harlequin or long-tailed ducks, are allowed. Sea ducks include scoters, common and king eiders, harlequin ducks, long-tailed ducks, and common and red-breasted mergansers. The season for Steller's and spectacled eiders is closed.

(2) In Units 5 and 6, the taking of Canada geese is only permitted from September 28 through December 16. In the Middleton Island portion of Unit 6, the taking of Canada geese is by special permit only. The maximum number of Canada goose permits is 10 for the season. A mandatory goose identification class is required. Hunters must check in and out. The daily bag and possession limit is 1. The season will close if incidental harvest includes 5 dusky Canada geese. A dusky Canada goose is any dark-breasted Canada goose (Munsell 10 YR color value five or less) with a bill length between 40 and 50 millimeters. In Unit 6-B, 6-C, and on Hinchinbrook and Hawkins Islands in Unit 6-D, the possession limit is 2 times the daily bag limit.

(3) In Units 9, 10, 17, and 18, the daily bag limit is 6 Canada geese.

(4) In Units 9, 10, and 17, the daily bag limit is 6 white-fronted geese.

(5) In Unit 18, the daily bag limit is 8 white-fronted geese.

(6) Light geese include snow geese and Ross' geese.

(7) In Unit 17 of the North Zone, the daily bag limit for sandhill cranes is 2 and the possession limit is 6.

Falconry: The total combined bag and possession limit for migratory game birds taken with the use of a falcon under a falconry permit is 3 per day, 9 in possession, and may not exceed a more restrictive limit for any species listed in this subsection.

Special Tundra Swan Season: In Units 17, 18, 22, and 23, there will be a tundra swan season from September 1 through October 31 with a season limit of 3 tundra swans per hunter. This season is by registration permit only; hunters will be issued 1 permit allowing the take of up to 3 tundra swans. Hunters will be required to file a harvest report after the season is completed. Up to 500 permits may be issued in Unit 18; 300 permits each in Units 22 and 23; and 200 permits in Unit 17.

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for doves and pigeons.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:Start Printed Page 51716

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the July 31, 2014, Federal Register (79 FR 44580).

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS

(a) Doves.

Note: Unless otherwise noted, the seasons listed below are for mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
EASTERN MANAGEMENT UNIT
Alabama:
North Zone12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 6 only Sept. 7-Nov. 9 & Dec. 7-Dec. 3115 15 1515 45 45
South Zone12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 20 only Sept. 21-Sept. 28 & Oct. 11-Oct. 26 & Nov. 12-Jan. 1515 15 15 1515 45 45 45
DelawareSept. 1-Sept. 27 & Oct. 20-Nov. 1 & Nov. 24-Jan. 1215 15 1545 45 45
Florida12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 27-Oct. 27 Nov. 8-Dec. 1 & Dec. 12-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
Georgia12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 6 only Sept. 7-Sept. 21 & Oct. 11-Nov. 3 & Nov. 27-Jan. 1515 15 15 1515 45 45 45
Illinois (1)Sept. 1-Nov. 14 & Dec. 26-Jan. 915 1545 45
IndianaSept. 1-Oct. 19 & Nov. 1-Nov. 9 & Dec. 13-Jan. 1115 15 1545 45 45
Kentucky11 a.m. to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 1 only Sept. 2-Oct. 26 & Nov. 27-Dec. 7 & Dec. 20-Jan. 1115 15 15 1515 45 45 45
Louisiana
North Zone1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 6-Sept. 28 & Oct. 11-Nov. 9 & Dec. 10-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
South Zone1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 6-Sept. 14 & Oct. 11-Dec. 3 & Dec. 20-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
Maryland12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 1-Oct. 11 Nov. 1-Nov. 28 & Dec. 26-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
Mississippi
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 21 & Oct. 4-Nov. 9 & Dec. 15-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
South ZoneSept. 13-Sept. 21 & Oct. 4-Nov. 9 & Dec. 3-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
North CarolinaSept. 1-Oct. 11 & Nov. 27-Nov. 29 & Dec. 1-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
OhioSept. 1-Nov. 9 & Dec. 13-Jan. 115 1545 45
Pennsylvania12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 1-Sept. 25 & Sept. 26-Nov. 15 & Nov. 22-Nov. 29 & Dec. 27-Jan. 115 15 15 1545 45 45 45
Rhode Island12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 13-Oct. 12 Oct. 18-Nov. 8 & Dec. 17-Jan. 312 12 1236 36 36
South Carolina12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 1-Sept. 6 Sept. 7-Oct. 11 & Nov. 15-Nov. 29 & Dec. 13-Jan. 1515 15 15 1545 45 45 45
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Tennessee12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 1 only Sept. 2-Sept. 28 & Oct. 11-Nov. 2 & Nov. 29-Jan. 615 15 15 1515 45 45 45
Virginia12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 1-Sept. 5 Sept. 6-Oct. 31 & Nov. 22-Nov. 30 & Dec. 27-Jan. 1515 15 15 1545 45 45 45
West Virginia12 noon to sunset 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 1 only Sept. 2-Oct. 18 & Nov. 3-Nov. 22 & Dec. 22-Jan. 1015 15 15 1515 45 45 45
WisconsinSept. 1-Nov. 291545
CENTRAL MANAGEMENT UNIT:
ArkansasSept. 6-Oct. 25 & Dec. 20-Jan. 815 1545 45
ColoradoSept. 1-Nov. 91545
IowaSept. 1-Nov. 91530
KansasSept. 1-Oct. 31 & Nov. 1-Nov. 915 1545 45
MinnesotaSept. 1-Nov. 91545
MissouriSept. 1-Nov 91545
MontanaSept. 1-Oct. 301545
NebraskaSept. 1-Oct. 301545
New Mexico:
North ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 91545
South ZoneSept. 1-Oct. 13 & Dec. 5-Dec. 3115 1545 45
North DakotaSept. 1-Nov. 91545
OklahomaSept. 1-Oct. 31 & Dec. 20-Dec. 2815 1545 45
South DakotaSept. 1-Nov. 91545
Texas (2):
North ZoneSept. 1-Oct. 20 & Dec. 19-Jan. 715 1545 45
Central ZoneSept. 1-Oct. 20 & Dec. 19-Jan. 715 1545 45
South ZoneSpecial AreaSept. 19-Oct. 20 & Dec. 19-Jan. 2115 1545 45
(Special Season) 12 noon to sunsetSept. 6-Sept. 7 & Sept. 13-Sept. 1415 1545 45
Remainder of the South ZoneSept. 19-Oct. 20 & Dec. 19-Jan. 2515 1545 45
WyomingSept. 1-Nov. 91545
WESTERN MANAGEMENT UNIT:
Arizona (3)Sept. 1-Sept. 15 & Nov. 21-Jan. 415 1545 45
California (4)Sept. 1-Sept. 15 & Nov. 8-Dec. 2215 1545 45
IdahoSept. 1-Oct. 301545
NevadaSept. 1-Oct. 301545
OregonSept. 1-Oct. 301545
UtahSept. 1-Oct. 301545
WashingtonSept. 1-Sept. 301030
OTHER POPULATIONS:
Hawaii (5)Nov. 1-Nov. 30 & Dec. 6-Dec. 28 & Jan. 1-Jan. 1910 10 1030 30 30

(1) In Illinois, shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.

(2) In Texas, the daily bag limit is either 15 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be white-tipped doves with a maximum 70-day season. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit. During the special season in the Special White-winged Dove Area of the South Zone, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be mourning doves and 2 may be white-tipped doves. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit.

(3) In Arizona, during September 1 through 15, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 10 may be white-wing doves. During November 21 through January 4, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning doves.

(4) In California, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 10 may be white-wing doves.

(5) In Hawaii, the season is only open on the island of Hawaii. The daily bag Start Printed Page 51718limits are 10 mourning doves, spotted doves and chestnut-bellied sandgrouse in the aggregate. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise through one-half hour after sunset. Hunting is permitted only on weekends and State holidays.

(b) Band-tailed Pigeons.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ArizonaSept. 5-Sept. 2826
California:
North ZoneSept. 13-Sept. 2126
South ZoneDec. 13-Dec. 2126
ColoradoSept. 1-Sept. 30515
New Mexico:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 20515
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 20515
OregonSept. 15-Sept. 2326
Utah (1)Sept. 1-Sept. 3026
WashingtonSept. 15-Sept. 2326
(1) In Utah, each band-tailed pigeon hunter must have a band-tailed pigeon hunting permit issued by the State.
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5. Section 20.104 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for rails, woodcock, and snipe.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the July 31, 2014, Federal Register (79 FR 44580).

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS.

Note:

States with deferred seasons will select those seasons at the same time they select waterfowl seasons in August. Consult late-season regulations for further information.

Sora and Virginia RailsClapper and King RailsWoodcockSnipe
Daily bag limit25 (1)15 (2)38
Possession limit75 (1)45 (2)924
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
Connecticut (3)Sept. 2-Nov. 10Sept. 2-Nov. 10Oct. 22-Nov. 22 & Nov. 24-Dec. 6Oct. 22-Nov. 22 & Nov. 24-Dec. 6.
DelawareSept. 1-Nov. 8Sept. 1-Nov. 8Nov. 24-Dec. 6 & Dec. 13-Jan. 13Sept. 23-Dec. 6 & Dec. 13-Jan. 13.
FloridaSept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 1-Feb. 15.
GeorgiaSept. 19-Oct. 31 & Nov. 7-Dec. 3Sept. 19-Oct. 31 & Nov. 7-Dec. 3Dec. 6-Jan. 19Nov. 15-Feb. 28.
Maine (4)Sept. 1-Nov. 8ClosedOct. 1-Nov. 14Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
Maryland (5)Sept. 1-Nov. 8Sept. 1-Nov. 8Oct. 31-Nov. 28 & Jan. 16-Jan. 31Sept. 24-Nov. 28 & Dec. 15-Jan. 24.
Massachusetts (6)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedDeferredSept. 1-Dec. 16.
New HampshireClosedClosedOct. 1-Nov. 14Sept. 15-Nov. 14.
New Jersey (7):
North ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 8Sept. 1-Nov. 8Oct. 18-Nov. 22Sept. 17-Jan. 1.
South ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 8Sept. 1-Nov. 8Nov. 8-Nov. 29 & Dec. 19-Jan. 1Sept. 17-Jan. 1.
New York (8)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 1-Nov. 14Sept. 1-Nov. 9.
North CarolinaSept. 8-Oct. 11 & Oct. 27-Dec 1Sept. 8-Oct. 11 & Oct. 27-Dec. 1Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
Pennsylvania (9)Sept. 1-Nov. 8ClosedOct. 18-Nov. 29Oct. 18-Nov. 29.
Rhode Island (10)Sept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Oct. 18-Dec. 1Sept. 1-Nov. 9.
South CarolinaSept. 8-Sept. 12 & Oct. 6-Dec. 9Sept. 8-Sept. 12 & Oct. 6-Dec. 9Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
VermontClosedClosedOct. 1-Nov. 14Oct. 1-Nov. 14.
VirginiaSept. 8-Nov. 16Sept. 8-Nov. 16Nov. 24-Dec. 6 & Dec. 15-Jan. 15Oct. 10-Oct. 13 & Oct. 21-Jan. 31.
West Virginia (11)Sept. 1-Nov. 8ClosedOct. 18-Dec. 1Sept. 1-Dec. 13.
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
Alabama (12)Sept. 6-Sept. 21 & Nov. 28-Jan. 20Sept. 6-Sept. 21 & Nov. 28-Jan. 20Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
ArkansasSept. 6-Nov. 14ClosedNov. 8-Dec. 22Nov. 1-Feb. 15.
Illinois (13)Sept. 6-Nov. 14ClosedOct. 18-Dec. 1Sept. 6-Dec. 21.
Indiana (14)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 15-Nov. 28Sept. 1-Dec. 6.
Iowa (15)Sept. 6-Nov. 14ClosedOct. 4-Nov. 17Sept. 6-Nov. 29.
KentuckySept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedNov. 1-Dec. 15Sept. 17-Oct. 26 & Nov. 27-Feb. 1.
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Louisiana (16)Sept. 13-Sept. 28Sept. 13-Sept. 28Dec. 18-Jan. 31Deferred.
MichiganSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedSept. 20-Nov. 3Sept. 1-Nov. 9.
MinnesotaSept. 1-Nov. 3ClosedSept. 20-Nov. 3Sept. 1-Nov. 3.
MississippiSept. 13-Nov. 21Sept. 13-Nov. 21Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
MissouriSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 15-Nov. 28Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
OhioSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 11-Nov. 24Sept. 1-Nov. 30 & Dec. 20-Jan. 4.
TennesseeDeferredClosedOct. 25-Dec. 8Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
WisconsinDeferredClosedSept. 20-Nov. 3Deferred.
CENTRAL FLYWAY
ColoradoSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
KansasSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 11-Nov. 24Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
MontanaClosedClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
Nebraska (17)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedSept. 20-Nov. 3Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
New Mexico (18)Sept. 13-Nov. 21ClosedClosedOct. 25-Feb. 8.
North DakotaClosedClosedSept. 27-Nov. 10Sept. 20-Dec. 7.
OklahomaSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedNov. 1-Dec. 15Oct. 1-Jan. 15.
South Dakota (19)ClosedClosedClosedSept. 1-Oct. 31.
TexasSept. 13-Sept. 28 & Nov. 1-Dec. 24Sept. 13-Sept. 28 & Nov. 1-Dec. 24Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 1-Feb. 15.
WyomingSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
PACIFIC FLYWAY
ArizonaClosedClosedClosedDeferred.
CaliforniaClosedClosedClosedOct. 18-Feb. 1.
ColoradoSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
Idaho:
Area 1ClosedClosedClosedDeferred.
Area 2ClosedClosedClosedDeferred.
MontanaClosedClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
NevadaClosedClosedClosedDeferred.
New Mexico (18)Sept. 13-Nov. 21ClosedClosedOct. 25-Feb. 8.
OregonClosedClosedClosedDeferred.
UtahClosedClosedClosedDeferred.
WashingtonClosedClosedClosedDeferred.
WyomingSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
(1) The bag and possession limits for sora and Virginia rails apply singly or in the aggregate of these species.
(2) All bag and possession limits for clapper and king rails apply singly or in the aggregate of the two species and, unless otherwise specified, the limits are in addition to the limits on sora and Virginia rails in all States. In Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, the limits for clapper and king rails are 10 daily and 30 in possession.
(3) In Connecticut, the daily bag and possession limits may not contain more than 1 king rail.
(4) In Maine, the daily bag and possession limit for sora and Virginia rails is 25.
(5) In Maryland, no more than 1 king rail may be taken per day.
(6) In Massachusetts, the sora rail limits are 5 daily and 15 in possession; the Virginia rail limits are 10 daily and 30 in possession.
(7) In New Jersey, the season for king rail is closed by State regulation.
(8) In New York, the rail daily bag and possession limits are 8 and 24, respectively. Seasons for sora and Virginia rails and snipe are closed on Long Island.
(9) In Pennsylvania, the daily bag and possession limits for sora and Virginia rails, singly or in the aggregate, are 3 and 9, respectively.
(10) In Rhode Island, the sora and Virginia rails limits are 3 daily and 9 in possession, singly or in the aggregate; the clapper and king rail limits are 1 daily and 3 in possession, singly or in the aggregate; the snipe limits are 5 daily and 15 in possession.
(11) In West Virginia, the daily bag and possession limit for sora and Virginia rails is 25; the possession limit for snipe is 16.
(12) In Alabama, the daily bag and possession limit for all rails, singly or in the aggregate, is 15.
(13) In Illinois, shooting hours are from sunrise to sunset.
(14) In Indiana, the sora rail limits are 12 daily and 36 in possession. The season on Virginia rails is closed.
(15) In Iowa, the limits for sora and Virginia rails are 12 daily and 24 in possession. The possession limit for woodcock is 6 and the possession limit for snipe is 16.
(16) Additional days occurring after September 30 will be published with the late season selections.
(17) In Nebraska, the rail limits are 10 daily and 30 in possession.
(18) In New Mexico, the rail limits are 10 daily and 20 in possession.
(19) In South Dakota, the snipe limits are 5 daily and 15 in possession.
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6. Section 20.105 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for waterfowl, coots, and gallinules.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset, except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the July 31, 2014, Federal Register (79 FR 44580).

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS

Note:

States with deferred seasons may select those seasons at the same time they select waterfowl seasons in August. Consult late-seasons regulations for further information.

(a) Common Moorhens and Purple Gallinules. Start Printed Page 51720

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
DelawareSept. 1-Nov. 81545
Florida (1)Sept. 1-Nov.91545
GeorgiaDeferred
New JerseySept. 1-Nov. 81030
New York:
Long IslandClosed
Remainder of StateSept. 1-Nov. 9824
North CarolinaSept. 8-Oct. 11 & Oct. 27-Dec. 115 1545 45
PennsylvaniaSept. 1-Nov. 839
South CarolinaSept. 8-Sept. 12 & Oct. 6-Dec. 915 1545 45
VirginiaSept. 8-Nov. 161545
West VirginiaDeferred
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
AlabamaSept. 6-Sept. 21 & Nov. 28-Jan. 2015 1545 45
ArkansasSept. 1-Nov. 91545
KentuckySept. 1-Nov. 91545
Louisiana (2)Sept. 13-Sept. 281545
MichiganSept. 1-Nov. 913
MinnesotaDeferred
MississippiSept. 13-Nov. 211545
OhioSept. 1-Nov. 91545
TennesseeDeferred
WisconsinDeferred
CENTRAL FLYWAY
New Mexico:
Zone 1Sept. 27-Dec. 513
Zone 2Sept. 27-Dec. 513
OklahomaSept. 1-Nov. 91545
TexasSept. 13-Sept. 28 & Nov. 1-Dec. 2415 1545 45
PACIFIC FLYWAY
All StatesDeferred
(1) The season applies to common moorhens only.
(2) Additional days occurring after September 30 will be published with the late season selections.

(b) Sea Ducks (scoter, eider, and long-tailed ducks in Atlantic Flyway).

Within the special sea duck areas, the daily bag limit is 7 scoter, eider, and long-tailed ducks, singly or in the aggregate, of which no more than 4 may be scoters. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit. These limits may be in addition to regular duck bag limits only during the regular duck season in the special sea duck hunting areas.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
Connecticut (1)Sept. 22-Jan. 20515
DelawareSept. 23-Jan. 24721
GeorgiaDeferred
Maine (2)Oct. 1-Jan. 31721
MarylandDeferred
MassachusettsDeferred
New Hampshire (3)Oct. 1-Jan. 15721
New JerseySept. 23-Jan. 24721
New YorkOct. 17-Jan. 31721
North CarolinaDeferred
Rhode IslandOct. 11-Jan. 25515
South CarolinaDeferred
VirginiaDeferred
Note: Notwithstanding the provisions of this Part 20, the shooting of crippled waterfowl from a motorboat under power will be permitted in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia in those areas described, delineated, and designated in their respective hunting regulations as special sea duck hunting areas.
(1) In Connecticut, the daily bag limit may include no more than 4 long-tailed ducks.
(2) In Maine, the daily bag limit for eiders is 4, and the possession limit is 12.
(3) In New Hampshire, the daily bag limit may include no more than 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks.
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(c) Early (September) Duck Seasons.

Note:

Unless otherwise specified, the seasons listed below are for teal only.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
Delaware (1)Sept. 12-Sept. 30618
Florida (2)Sept. 20-Sept. 28618
GeorgiaSept. 13-Sept. 28618
Maryland (1)Sept. 16-Sept. 30618
North Carolina (1)Sept. 6-Sept. 24618
South Carolina (3)Sept. 12-Sept. 27618
Virginia (1)Sept. 17-Sept. 30618
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
AlabamaSept. 6-Sept. 21618
Arkansas (3)Sept. 13-Sept. 28618
Illinois (3)Sept. 6-Sept. 21618
Indiana (3)Sept. 6-Sept. 21618
Iowa (3)Sept. 6-Sept. 21618
Kentucky (2)Sept. 17-Sept. 25618
LouisianaSept. 13-Sept. 28618
MichiganSept. 1-Sept. 7618
MississippiSept. 13-Sept. 28618
Missouri (3)Sept. 6-Sept. 21618
Ohio (3)Sept. 6-Sept. 21618
Tennessee (2)Sept. 13-Sept. 21618
WisconsinSept. 1-Sept. 7618
CENTRAL FLYWAY
Colorado (1)Sept. 13-Sept. 21618
Kansas:
Low PlainsSept. 13-Sept. 28618
High PlainsSept. 20-Sept. 28618
Nebraska (1):
Low PlainsSept. 6-Sept. 21618
High PlainsSept. 6-Sept. 14618
New MexicoSept. 13-Sept. 28618
OklahomaSept. 13-Sept. 28618
Texas:
High PlainsSept. 13-Sept. 28618
Rest of StateSept. 13-Sept. 28618
(1) Area restrictions. See State regulations.
(2) In Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the daily bag limit for the first 5 days of the season is 6 wood ducks and teal in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be wood ducks. During the last 4 days of the season, the daily bag limit is 6 teal only. The possession limit is twice the daily bag limit.
(3) Shooting hours are from sunrise to sunset.

(d) Special Early Canada Goose Seasons.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
Connecticut (1):
North ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 301545
South ZoneSept. 15-Sept. 301545
DelawareSept. 1-Sept. 251545
FloridaSept. 6-Sept. 28515
GeorgiaSept. 6-Sept. 28515
Maine:
Northern ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25618
Southern ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25824
Coastal ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25824
Maryland (1)(2):
Eastern UnitSept. 1-Sept. 15824
Western UnitSept. 1-Sept. 25824
Massachusetts:
Central ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 25721
Coastal ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 25721
Western ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 25721
New HampshireSept. 2-Sept. 25515
New Jersey (1)(2)(3)Sept. 1-Sept. 301545
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New York (4):
Lake Champlain ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 25515
Northeastern ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
East Central ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
Hudson Valley ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
West Central ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
Western Long Island ZoneClosed
Central Long Island ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 301545
Eastern Long Island ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 301545
North Carolina (5)(6)Sept. 1-Sept. 301545
Pennsylvania (7):
SJBP Zone (8)Sept. 1-Sept. 2539
Rest of State (9)Sept. 1-Sept. 25824
Rhode Island (1)Sept. 1-Sept. 301545
South Carolina:
Early-Season Hunt UnitSept. 1-Sept. 301545
Vermont:
Lake Champlain ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 25515
Interior Vermont ZoneSept. 2-Sept. 25515
Connecticut River Zone (10)Sept. 2-Sept. 25515
Virginia (11)Sept. 1-Sept. 251030
West VirginiaSept. 1-Sept. 13515
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
AlabamaSept. 1-Sept. 15515
Arkansas (12)Sept. 1-Sept. 15515
Illinois:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15515
Central ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15515
South Central ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 1526
South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 1526
IndianaSept. 1-Sept. 15515
Iowa:
South Goose Zone:
Des Moines Goose ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 14515
Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Goose ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 14515
Remainder of South ZoneClosed
North Goose Zone:
Cedar Falls/Waterloo ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 14515
Remainder of North ZoneClosed
Kentucky (12)Sept. 1-Sept. 15515
Michigan:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 10515
Middle ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15515
South Zone:
Huron, Saginaw, and Tuscola CountiesSept. 1-Sept. 10515
Rest of South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15515
Minnesota:
Northwest ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 22515
Intensive Harvest ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 221030
Remainder of StateSept. 6-Sept. 22515
MississippiSept. 1-Sept. 15515
OhioSept. 1-Sept. 15515
TennesseeSept. 1-Sept. 15515
WisconsinSept. 1-Sept. 15515
CENTRAL FLYWAY
North Dakota:
Missouri River ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 71545
Remainder of StateSept. 1-Sept. 151545
OklahomaSept. 13-Sept. 22824
South Dakota (12)Sept. 1-Sept. 301545
Texas:
East ZoneSept. 13-Sept. 2839
PACIFIC FLYWAY
ColoradoSept. 1-Sept. 9412
Oregon:
Northwest ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 14515
Southwest Zone (13)Sept. 6-Sept. 10515
East ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 10515
Washington:
Mgmt. Area 2BSept. 1-Sept. 151545
Mgmt. Areas 1 & 3Sept. 10-Sept. 15515
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Mgmt. Area 4 & 5Sept. 13-Sept. 1436
Mgmt. Area 2ASept. 10-Sept. 1536
Wyoming:
Teton CountySept. 1-Sept. 839
Rest of StateSept. 1-Sept. 826
(1) Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
(2) The use of shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shotshells is allowed.
(3) The use of electronic calls is allowed.
(4) In New York, in all areas except the Northeastern Goose Hunting Area, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, the use of shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shotshells is allowed, and the use of electronic calls is allowed. In the Northeastern Goose Hunting Area, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shotshells are allowed, and electronic calls are allowed only from September 1 to September 19 and September 22 to September 25. On September 20 and September 21, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, shotguns must be capable of holding no more than 3 shotshells, and electronic calls are not allowed.
(5) In North Carolina, the use of unplugged guns and electronic calls is allowed in that area west of U.S. Highway 17 only.
(6) In North Carolina, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset in that area west of U.S. Highway 17 only.
(7) In Pennsylvania, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset from September 1 to September 19, September 21 to September 25. On September 20, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
(8) In Pennsylvania, in the area south of SR 198 from the Ohio State line to intersection of SR 18, SR 18 south to SR 618, SR 618 south to US Route 6, US Route 6 east to US Route 322/SR 18, US Route 322/SR 18 west to intersection of SR 3013, SR 3013 south to the Crawford/Mercer County line, not including the Pymatuning State Park Reservoir and an area to extend 100 yards inland from the shoreline of the reservoir, excluding the area east of SR 3011 (Hartstown Road), the daily bag limit is one goose with a possession limit of 3 geese. The season is closed on State Game Lands 214. However, during the youth waterfowl hunting day on September 20, regular season regulations apply.
(9) In Pennsylvania, in the area of Lancaster and Lebanon Counties north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, east of SR 501 to SR 419, south of SR 419 to the Lebanon-Berks County line, west of the Lebanon-Berks County line and the Lancaster-Berks County line to SR 1053, west of SR 1053 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, the daily bag limit is 1 goose with a possession limit of 3 geese. On State Game Lands No. 46 (Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area), the season is closed. However, during the youth waterfowl hunting day on September 20, regular season regulations apply.
(10) In Vermont, the season in the Connecticut River Zone is the same as the New Hampshire Inland Zone season, set by New Hampshire.
(11) In Virginia, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset from September 1 to September 16, and one-half hour before sunrise to sunset from September 17 to September 25 in the area east of I-95 where the September teal season is open. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset from September 1 to September 21, and one-half hour before sunrise to sunset from September 22 to September 25 in the area west of I-95.
(12) See State regulations for additional information and restrictions.
(13) In Oregon, the season is closed in the Southcoast Zone.

(e) Regular Goose Seasons.

Note:

Bag and possession limits will conform to those set for the regular season. Additional season dates occurring after September 30 will be published with the late season selections.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
Michigan:
Canada Geese:
North ZoneSept. 11-Sept. 30.
Middle ZoneSept. 20-Sept. 28.
South Zone:
Muskegon GMUDeferred.
Allegan Co. GMUDeferred.
Saginaw Co. GMUSept. 20-Sept. 22.
Tuscola/Huron Co. GMUSept. 20-Sept. 28.
Remainder of ZoneSept. 20-Sept. 22.
White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneSept. 11-Sept. 30.
Middle ZoneDeferred.
South Zone:
Muskegon GMUDeferred.
Allegan Co. GMUDeferred.
Saginaw Co. GMUDeferred.
Tuscola/Huron Co. GMUDeferred.
Remainder of ZoneDeferred.
Light Geese:
North ZoneSept. 11-Sept. 30.
Middle ZoneSept. 20-Sept. 28.
South Zone:
Muskegon GMUDeferred.
Allegan Co. GMUDeferred.
Saginaw Co. GMUSept. 20-Sept. 22.
Tuscola/Huron Co. GMUSept. 20-Sept. 28.
Remainder of ZoneDeferred.
Brant:
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North ZoneSame as for Light Geese.
Middle ZoneSame as for Light Geese.
South ZoneSame as for Light Geese.
Wisconsin:
Canada Geese:
North ZoneSept. 16-Sept. 30.
South ZoneSept. 16-Sept. 30.
Mississippi River ZoneSept. 27-Sept. 30.
Horicon ZoneSept. 16-Sept. 30.
White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneSept. 16-Sept. 30.
South ZoneSept. 16-Sept. 30.
Mississippi River ZoneDeferred.
Horicon ZoneSept. 20-Sept. 30.
Light GeeseSame as for Canada Geese.
BrantSame as for Canada Geese

(f) Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days.

The following seasons are open only to youth hunters. Youth hunters must be accompanied into the field by an adult at least 18 years of age. This adult cannot duck hunt but may participate in other open seasons.

Definitions

Youth Hunters: Includes youths 15 years of age or younger.

The Atlantic Flyway: Includes Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Mississippi Flyway: Includes Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The Central Flyway: Includes Colorado (east of the Continental Divide), Kansas, Montana (Blaine, Carbon, Fergus, Judith Basin, Stillwater, Sweetgrass, Wheatland, and all Counties east thereof), Nebraska, New Mexico (east of the Continental Divide except that the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation is in the Pacific Flyway), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming (east of the Continental Divide).

The Pacific Flyway: Includes Arizona, California, Colorado (west of the Continental Divide), Idaho, Montana (including and to the west of Hill, Chouteau, Cascade, Meagher, and Park Counties), Nevada, New Mexico (the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation and west of the Continental Divide), Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming (west of the Continental Divide including the Great Divide Basin).

Note:

Bag and possession limits will conform to those set for the regular season unless there is a special season already open (e.g., September Canada goose season), in which case, that season's daily bag limit will prevail.

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Season dates
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
ConnecticutDeferred.
DelawareDucks, geese, brant, mergansers, and cootsOct. 4 & Feb. 7.
FloridaDeferred.
GeorgiaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesNov. 15 & 16.
MaineDucks, geese, mergansers, and coots
North ZoneSept. 20 & Dec. 13.
South ZoneSept. 20 & Oct. 25
Coastal ZoneSept. 20 & Nov. 8.
Maryland (1)Deferred.
MassachusettsDeferred.
New HampshireDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 27 & 28.
New JerseyDeferred.
New York (2)Ducks, mergansers, coots, brant, and Canada geese
Long Island ZoneNov. 22 & 23.
Lake Champlain ZoneSept. 27 & 28.
Northeastern ZoneSept. 20 & 21
Southeastern ZoneSept. 27 & 28.
Western ZoneOct. 4 & 5.
North CarolinaDeferred.
PennsylvaniaDucks, mergansers, Canada geese, coots, and moorhensSept. 20.
Rhode IslandDucks, mergansers and cootsOct. 25 & 26.
South CarolinaDeferred.
VermontDucks, geese, mergansers and cootsSept. 27 & 28.
VirginiaDeferred.
West Virginia (3)Ducks, geese, mergansers, coots, and gallinulesSept. 20 & Nov. 8.
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
AlabamaDucks, mergansers, coots, geese, moorhens, and gallinulesFeb. 7 & 8.
ArkansasDeferred.
IllinoisDeferred.
IndianaDeferred.
IowaDeferred.
KentuckyDeferred.
LouisianaDeferred.
MichiganDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesSept. 13 & 14.
MinnesotaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesSept. 13.
MississippiDeferred.
MissouriDeferred.
OhioDeferred.
TennesseeDeferred.
WisconsinDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesSept. 20 & 21.
CENTRAL FLYWAY
ColoradoDucks, dark geese, mergansers, and coots
Mountain/Foothills ZoneSept. 27 & 28.
Northeast ZoneOct. 4 & 5.
Southeast ZoneOct. 18 & 19.
Kansas (4)Deferred.
MontanaDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 27 & 28.
Nebraska (5)Ducks, geese, mergansers, and cootsDeferred.
New MexicoDucks, mergansers, coots, and moorhens
North ZoneSept. 27 & 28.
South ZoneOct. 11 & 12.
North DakotaDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 20 & 21.
OklahomaDeferred.
South Dakota (6)Ducks, Canada geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 20 & 21.
TexasDeferred.
WyomingDucks, geese, mergansers, and coots
Zone C1Sept. 27 & 28.
Zone C2Sept. 20 & 21.
Zone C3Sept. 20 & 21.
PACIFIC FLYWAY
ArizonaDeferred.
CaliforniaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, and moorhens
Northeastern ZoneSept. 20 & 21.
Rest of StateDeferred.
ColoradoDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsOct. 18 & 19.
IdahoDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 27 & 28.
MontanaDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 27 & 28.
NevadaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, and moorhens
Northeast ZoneSept. 13 & 14.
Rest of StateDeferred.
New MexicoDucks, mergansers, coots, and moorhensOct. 4 & 5.
Oregon (7)Ducks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 27 & 28.
UtahDucks, dark geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 20.
Washington (8)Ducks, Canada geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 20 & 21.
WyomingDucks, dark geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 20 & 21.
(1) In Maryland, the accompanying adult must be at least 21 years of age and possess a valid Maryland hunting license (or be exempt from the license requirement). This accompanying adult may not shoot or possess a firearm.
(2) In New York, the daily bag limit for Canada geese is 3.
(3) In West Virginia, the accompanying adult must be at least 21 years of age.
(4) In Kansas, the adult accompanying the youth must possess any licenses and/or stamps required by law for that individual to hunt waterfowl.
(5) In Nebraska, see State regulations for additional information on the daily bag limit.
(6) In South Dakota, the limit for Canada geese is 4, except in areas where the Special Early Canada goose season is open. In those areas, the limit is the same as for that special season.
(7) In Oregon, the goose season is closed for the youth hunt in the Northwest Special Permit Goose Zone and the Northwest General Zone.
(8) In Washington, the Canada goose season is closed in Goose Areas 2A and 2B.
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7. Section 20.106 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for sandhill cranes.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits on the species designated in this section are as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset, except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the July 31, 2014, Federal Register (79 FR 44580).

Federally authorized, State-issued permits are issued to individuals, and only the individual whose name and address appears on the permit at the time of issuance is authorized to take sandhill cranes at the level allowed by the permit, in accordance with provisions of both Federal and State regulations governing the hunting season. The permit must be carried by the permittee when exercising its provisions and must be presented to any law enforcement officer upon request. The permit is not transferable or assignable to another individual, and may not be sold, bartered, traded, or otherwise provided to another person. If the permit is altered or defaced in any way, the permit becomes invalid.

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS.

Note: States with deferred seasons may select those seasons at the same time they select waterfowl seasons in August. Consult late-season regulations for further information.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
Kentucky (1)Deferred
Minnesota (1):
NW Goose ZoneSept. 13-Oct. 1913
Tennessee (1)Deferred
CENTRAL FLYWAY
Colorado (1)Oct. 4-Nov. 3039
Kansas (1)(2)(3)Nov. 5-Jan. 139
Montana:
Regular Season Area (1)Oct. 4-Nov. 3039 per season
Special Season Area (4)Sept. 13-Oct. 52 per season
New Mexico:
Regular Season Area (1)Oct. 31-Jan. 3136
Middle Rio Grande Valley Area (4)(5)Oct. 25-Oct. 26 &2 per season
Nov. 15-Nov. 16 &2 per season
Nov. 8 &2 per season
Nov. 29-Nov. 30 &2 per season
Jan. 10-Jan. 112 per season
Southwest Area (4)Oct. 25-Nov. 2 &2 per season
Jan. 3-Jan. 42 per season
Estancia Valley (4)Oct. 25-Nov. 22 per season
North Dakota (1):
Area 1Sept. 20-Nov. 1639
Area 2Sept. 20-Nov. 1626
Oklahoma (1)Deferred
South Dakota (1)Sept. 27-Nov. 2339
Texas (1)Deferred
Wyoming:
Regular Season (Area 7) (1)Sept. 13-Nov. 939
Riverton-Boysen Unit (Area 4) (4)Sept. 13-Oct. 51 per season
Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, and Washakie Counties (Area 6) (4)Sept. 13-Oct. 51 per season
PACIFIC FLYWAY
Arizona (4):
Special Season AreaNov. 7-Nov. 9 &1 per season
Nov. 14-Nov. 16 &2 per season
Nov. 18-Nov. 20 &2 per season
Nov. 22-Nov. 24 &2 per season
Nov. 26-Nov. 28 &2 per season
Dec. 5-Dec. 72 per season
Lower CO River Hunt AreaClosed
Idaho (4):
Areas 1, 2, 3, 5, & 6Sept. 1-Sept. 1522 per season
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Area 4Closed
Montana (4):
Special Season Area (4)Sept. 13-Oct. 52 per season
Utah (4):
Rich CountySept. 6-Sept. 141 per season
Cache CountySept. 6-Sept. 141 per season
Eastern Box Elder CountySept. 6-Sept. 141 per season
Uintah CountySept. 20-Oct. 191 per season
Wyoming (4):
Bear River Area (Area 1)Sept. 1-Sept. 81 per season
Salt River Area (Area 2)Sept. 1-Sept. 81 per season
Eden-Farson Area (Area 3)Sept. 1-Sept. 81 per season
Uinta County (Area 5)Sept. 1-Sept. 81 per season
(1) Each person participating in the regular sandhill crane seasons must have a valid sandhill crane hunting permit and/or a State-issued Harvest Information Survey Program (HIP) certification for game bird hunting in their possession while hunting.
(2) In Kansas, shooting hours are from sunrise until sunset.
(3) In Kansas, each person desiring to hunt sandhill cranes is required to pass an annual, online sandhill crane identification examination.
(4) Hunting is by State permit only. See State regulations for further information.
(5) In New Mexico, in the Middle Rio Grande Valley Area (Bernardo WMA and Casa Colorado WMA), the season is only open for youth hunters on November 8. See State regulations for further details.
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8. Section 20.109 is revised to read as follows:

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Extended seasons, limits, and hours for taking migratory game birds by falconry.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the July 31, 2014, Federal Register (79 FR 44580). For those extended seasons for ducks, mergansers, and coots, area descriptions were published in an August 22, 2014 Federal Register and will be published again in a late-September 2014, Federal Register.

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS

Daily bag limit—3 migratory birds, singly or in the aggregate.

Possession limit—9 migratory birds, singly or in the aggregate.

These limits apply to falconry during both regular hunting seasons and extended falconry seasons — unless further restricted by State regulations. The falconry bag and possession limits are not in addition to regular season limits. Unless otherwise specified, extended falconry for ducks does not include sea ducks within the special sea duck areas. Only extended falconry seasons are shown below. Many States permit falconry during the gun seasons. Please consult State regulations for details.

For ducks, mergansers, coots, geese, and some moorhen seasons; additional season days occurring after September 30 will be published with the late-season selections. Some States have deferred selections. Consult late-season regulations for further information.

Extended falconry dates
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
Delaware
DovesJan. 15-Jan. 31.
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 17.
WoodcockSept. 29-Oct. 4 & Jan. 14-Mar. 10.
Florida
DovesJan. 16-Feb. 1.
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 16.
WoodcockNov. 24-Dec. 17 & Feb. 1-Mar. 10.
Common moorhensNov. 10-Dec. 14.
Georgia
Moorhens, gallinules, and sea ducksDec. 1-Dec. 5 & Jan. 26-Jan. 28.
Maryland
DovesJan. 16-Feb. 1.
RailsNov. 9-Dec. 16.
WoodcockOct. 1-Oct. 29 & Feb. 6-Mar. 10.
North Carolina
DovesOct. 16-Nov. 1.
Rails, moorhens, and gallinulesDec. 6-Jan. 10.
WoodcockNov. 8-Dec. 6 & Feb. 2-Feb. 28.
Pennsylvania
DovesNov. 17-Nov. 21 & Dec. 1-Dec. 12.
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 17.
Woodcock and snipeSept. 1-Oct. 17 & Dec. 1-Dec. 17.
Moorhens and gallinulesNov. 10-Dec. 17.
Virginia
DovesNov. 1 & Jan. 16-Jan. 31.
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WoodcockOct. 17-Nov. 23 & Dec. 7-Dec. 14 & Jan. 16-Jan. 31.
Rails, moorhens, and gallinulesNov. 17-Dec. 23.
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
Illinois
DovesNov. 15-Dec. 1.
RailsSept. 1-Sept. 5 & Nov. 15-Dec. 16.
WoodcockSept. 1-Oct. 17 & Dec. 2-Dec. 16.
Indiana
DovesOct. 20-Oct. 31 & Jan. 12-Jan. 18.
WoodcockSept. 20-Oct. 14 & Nov. 29-Jan. 4.
Ducks, mergansers, and coots (1) North ZoneSept. 27-Sept. 30.
Louisiana
DovesSept. 15-Oct. 1.
WoodcockOct. 28-Dec. 17 & Feb. 1-Feb. 11.
Minnesota
WoodcockSept. 1-Sept. 19 & Nov. 4-Dec. 16.
Rails and snipeNov. 4-Dec. 16.
DovesNov. 10-Dec. 16.
Missouri
DovesNov. 10-Dec. 16.
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsSept. 6-Sept. 21.
Tennessee
DovesSept. 29-Oct. 10 & Nov. 3-Nov. 7.
Ducks (1)Sept. 15-Oct. 20.
Wisconsin
Rails, snipe, moorhens, and gallinules (1)Sept. 1-Sept. 26
WoodcockSept. 1-Sept. 20.
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsSept. 20-Sept. 21.
CENTRAL FLYWAY
Montana (2)
Ducks, mergansers, and coots (1)Sept. 24-Sept. 30.
Nebraska
Ducks, mergansers, and coots Zone 1Sept. 6-Sept. 21.
Zone 2:
Low PlainsSept. 6-Sept. 21.
High PlainsSept. 6-Sept. 14.
Zone 3:
Low PlainsSept. 6-Sept. 21.
High PlainsSept. 6-Sept. 14.
Zone 4Sept. 6-Sept. 21.
New Mexico
Doves
North ZoneNov. 10-Nov. 12 & Nov. 28-Dec. 31.
South ZoneOct. 14-Nov. 12 & Nov. 28-Dec. 4.
Band-tailed pigeons
North ZoneSept. 21-Dec. 16.
South ZoneOct. 21-Jan. 15.
Ducks and cootsSept. 13-Sept. 21.
Sandhill cranes
Regular Season AreaOct. 17-Oct. 30.
Estancia Valley Area (3)Nov. 3-Dec. 23.
Common moorhensDec. 6-Jan. 11.
Sora and Virginia railsNov. 22-Dec. 28.
North Dakota
Ducks, mergansers, coots, and snipeSept. 8-Sept. 12 & Sept. 15-Sept. 19.
South Dakota
Ducks, mergansers, and coots (1) High PlainsSept. 1-Sept. 8.
Low Plains:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 14 & Sept. 18-Sept. 22.
Middle ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 14 & Sept. 18-Sept. 22.
South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 14 & Sept. 18-Sept. 22.
Texas
DovesNov. 8-Dec. 14.
Rails, gallinules, and woodcockJan. 26-Feb. 9.
Wyoming
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 16.
Ducks, mergansers, and coots Zone C1Sept. 27-Sept. 28 & Oct. 23-Oct. 30.
Zone C2 & C3Sept. 20-Sept. 26 & Dec. 8-Dec. 10.
PACIFIC FLYWAY
Arizona
DovesSept. 16-Nov. 1.
New Mexico
Doves
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North ZoneNov. 10-Nov. 12 & Nov. 28-Dec. 31.
South ZoneOct. 14-Nov. 12 & Nov. 28-Dec. 4.
Band-tailed pigeons
North ZoneSept. 21-Dec. 16.
South ZoneOct. 21-Jan. 15.
Oregon
DovesOct. 31-Dec. 16.
Band-tailed pigeons (4)Sept. 1-Sept. 14 & Sept. 24-Dec. 16.
Utah
DovesNov. 1-Dec. 16.
Band-tailed pigeonsOct. 1-Dec. 16.
Washington
DovesOct. 1-Dec. 16.
Wyoming
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 16.
Ducks, mergansers, and coots (1)Sept. 20-Sept. 21.
(1) Additional days occurring after September 30 will be published with the late-season selections.
(2) In Montana, the bag limit is 2 and the possession limit is 6.
(3) In New Mexico, the bag limit for sandhill cranes in the Estancia Valley Area is 2 per day and the possession limit is 2 per season.
(4) In Oregon, no more than 1 pigeon daily in bag or possession.
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