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Migratory Bird Hunting; Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Final rule; correction.

SUMMARY:

We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published a final rule in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016, that prescribes the hunting seasons, hours, areas, and daily bag and possession limits for migratory game birds during the 2016-17 season. Taking of migratory birds is prohibited unless specifically provided for by annual regulations. In that final rule, we identified several errors concerning season dates, and bag and possession limits, for certain States, as well as a number of formatting and other errors in tables and table notes. With this document, we correct those errors.

DATES:

This correction is effective August 16, 2016.

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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:

In a final rule published in the Federal Register on July 25, 2016, at 81 FR 48648, the following corrections are made:

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1. On page 48652, § 20.103(a) is amended by revising the entry for Pennsylvania under the heading EASTERN MANAGEMENT UNIT in the table to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for doves and pigeons.
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(a) * * *

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
EASTERN MANAGEMENT UNIT
Pennsylvania
12 noon to sunsetSept. 1-Sept. 241545
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 26-Oct. 8 &1545
Oct. 15-Nov. 26 & Dec. 26-Jan. 315 1545 45
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2. On page 48656, § 20.104 is amended by revising table note (14) to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for rails, woodcock, and snipe.
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(14) In Iowa, the limits for sora and Virginia rails are 12 daily and 36 in possession.

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3. Section 20.105 is amended as follows:

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a. On page 48657, in paragraph (c), by revising the entry for Iowa under the heading MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY in the table;

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b. On page 48659, in paragraph (d), by revising table note (11);

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c. In paragraph (e):

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i. On pages 48660 through 48665, under the heading ATLANTIC FLYWAY, by revising the entries for Georgia, Maine, New Jersey, and Rhode Island in the table; by adding an entry for South Carolina in the table; and by revising table note (14);

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ii. On pages 48668 through 48670, under the heading MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY, by revising the entries for Minnesota and Tennessee in the table, and by removing and reserving table note (6); and

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iii. On page 48670, under the heading CENTRAL FLYWAY, in the introductory text under the heading “Duck Limits”, by removing the words “1 mottled duck,”; and

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d. In paragraph (f), in the table:

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i. On page 48678, under the heading MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY, by revising the entry for Iowa; and

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ii. On page 48679, under the heading CENTRAL FLYWAY, by revising the entry for Kansas.

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The revisions read as follows:

Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for waterfowl, coots, and gallinules.
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Season datesLimits
BagPossession
*         *         *         *         *         *         *
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
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Iowa (3):
North ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 11618
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South ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 11618
Missouri River ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 18618
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(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.

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ATLANTIC FLYWAY

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Season datesLimits
BagPossession
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Georgia
DucksNov. 19-Nov. 27 &618
Dec. 10-Jan. 29618
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseOct. 8-Oct. 23 &515
Nov. 19-Nov. 27 &515
Dec. 10-Jan. 29515
Light GeeseSame as for Canada Geese515
BrantClosed
Maine
Ducks (2):618
North ZoneSept. 26-Dec. 3
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 15 & Nov. 1-Dec. 24
Coastal ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 15 & Nov. 11-Jan. 4
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks515
Canada Geese:
North ZoneOct. 1-Dec. 2139
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 27 &39
Nov. 1-Dec. 2439
Coastal ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 27 &39
Nov. 11-Jan. 439
Light GeeseOct. 1-Jan. 3125
Brant:
North ZoneSept. 26-Dec. 326
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 15 &26
Nov. 1-Dec. 2426
Coastal ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 15 &26
Nov. 11-Jan. 426
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New Jersey
Ducks:618
North ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 15 & Nov. 5-Jan. 5
South ZoneOct. 22-Oct. 29 & Nov. 12-Jan. 12
Coastal ZoneNov. 10-Nov. 12 & Nov. 24-Jan. 28
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada and White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneNov. 12-Nov. 26 &39
Dec. 10-Jan. 2139
South ZoneNov. 12-Nov. 26 &39
Dec. 10-Jan. 2139
Coastal ZoneNov. 10-Nov. 12 &515
Nov. 24-Feb. 15515
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Special Season ZoneJan. 23-Feb. 15515
Light Geese:
North ZoneOct. 17-Feb. 1525
South ZoneOct. 17-Feb. 1525
Coastal ZoneOct. 17-Feb. 1525
Brant:
North ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 15 &13
Nov. 5-Jan. 513
South ZoneOct. 22-Oct. 29 &13
Nov. 12-Jan. 1213
Coastal ZoneNov. 10-Nov. 12 &13
Nov. 24-Jan. 2813
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Rhode Island
DucksOct. 7-Oct. 10 &618
Nov. 23-Nov. 27 &618
Dec. 3-Jan. 22618
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseNov. 19-Nov. 27 &39
Dec. 3-Jan. 3039
Special seasonFeb. 4-Feb. 10515
Light GeeseOct. 16-Jan. 3025
BrantDec. 4-Jan. 2226
South Carolina
Ducks (9)(10)Nov. 12 &618
Nov. 19-Nov. 26 &618
Dec. 10-Jan. 29618
Mergansers (11)Same as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada and White-fronted Geese (12)Nov. 19-Nov. 26 &515
Dec. 10-Jan. 29 &515
Feb. 12-Feb. 27515
Light GeeseNov. 19-Nov. 26 &25
Dec. 10-Jan. 29 &25
Feb. 12-Feb. 2725
BrantNov. 19-Nov. 26 &26
Dec. 10-Jan. 2926
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(14) In West Virginia, the season is closed for eiders, whistling ducks, and mottled ducks.

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MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY

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Season datesLimits
BagPossession
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Minnesota
Ducks:618
North ZoneSept. 24-Nov. 22
Central ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 2 &
Oct. 8-Nov. 27
South ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 2 & Oct. 15-Dec. 4
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
Coots (5)Same as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (1):
North ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 18 &515
Sept. 24-Dec. 2339
Central ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 18 &515
Sept. 24-Oct. 2 &39
Oct. 8-Dec. 2839
South ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 18 &515
Sept. 24-Oct. 2 &39
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Oct. 15-Jan. 439
Light Geese:
North ZoneSame as for Dark Geese2060
Central ZoneSame as for Dark Geese2060
South ZoneSame as for Dark Geese2060
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Tennessee
Ducks:618
Reelfoot ZoneNov. 12-Nov. 13 &
Dec. 3-Jan. 29
Rest of StateNov. 26-Nov. 27 &
Dec. 3-Jan. 29
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Northwest ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15 &515
Oct. 8-Oct. 12 &515
Nov. 12-Nov. 13 &515
Dec. 3-Feb. 11515
Rest of StateSept. 1-Sept. 15 &515
Oct. 8-Oct. 25 &515
Nov. 26-Nov. 27 &515
Dec. 3-Jan. 29515
White-fronted Geese:
Northwest ZoneNov. 26-Nov. 27 &26
Dec. 3-Feb. 1126
Rest of StateSame as Northwest Zone26
Brant:
Northwest ZoneNov. 26-Nov. 27 &26
Dec. 3-Jan. 2926
Rest of StateSame as Northwest Zone26
Light GeeseSame as White-fronted Geese20
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Season dates
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MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
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Iowa
Ducks, mergansers, coots
North ZoneSept. 17 & 18.
Missouri River ZoneOct. 1 & 2.
South ZoneSept. 24 & 25.
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CENTRAL FLYWAY
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Kansas (7)
Ducks, geese, mergansers, and coots:
High PlainsOct. 1 & 2.
Low Plains:
Early ZoneOct. 1 & 2.
Late ZoneOct. 22 & 23.
Southeast ZoneNov. 5 & 6.
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4. Amend § 20.109 by:

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a. On page 48682, revising the entry for New York under the heading ATLANTIC FLYWAY in the table; and

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b. On page 48683, revising the entry for Montana under the heading CENTRAL FLYWAY in the table.Start Printed Page 54518

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The revisions read as follows:

Extended seasons, limits, and hours for taking migratory game birds by falconry.
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Extended falconry dates
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
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New York
Ducks, mergansers and coots:
Long Island ZoneNov. 1-Nov. 23 & Nov. 28-Dec. 4 & Jan. 30-Feb. 13.
Northeastern ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 7 & Oct. 31-Nov. 4 & Dec. 12-Jan. 13.
Southeastern ZoneOct. 11-Nov. 11 & Jan. 1-Jan. 13.
Western ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 21 & Dec. 5-Dec. 30.
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CENTRAL FLYWAY
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Montana (2)
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsSept. 21-Sept. 30.
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Dated: August 10, 2016.

Tina A. Campbell,

Chief, Division of Policy, Performance, and Management Programs.

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[FR Doc. 2016-19447 Filed 8-15-16; 8:45 am]

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