2018 Waterfowl Season Set

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  1. Mack Molloy

    Mack Molloy Elite Refuge Member

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    MDC sets migratory game bird and waterfowl hunting seasons
    Get more details from MDC’s related hunting booklet on migratory game birds, available beginning in July where hunting permits are sold.


    CLARIFICATION: Youth Hunting Days for North Zone: Oct. 20 and 21


    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At its April 5 meeting, the Missouri Conservation Commission approved recommendations from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) for the upcoming 2018 migratory-game-bird-hunting seasons and 2018-2019 waterfowl-hunting seasons.

    2018 MIGRATORY GAME BIRD HUNTING
    Mourning Doves, Eurasian Collared Doves, and White-Winged Doves
    Season: Sept. 1 through Nov. 29
    Limits: 15 daily and 45 in possession combined total for all three species
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    Sora and Virginia Rails
    Season: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9
    Limits: 25 daily and 75 in possession combined for both species
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    Wilson's (Common) Snipe
    Season: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16
    Limits: 8 daily and 24 in possession
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    American Woodcock
    Season: Oct. 15 through Nov. 28
    Limits: 3 daily and 9 in possession
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    2018-2019 WATERFOWL HUNTING
    Teal
    Season: Sept. 8-23
    Limits: 6 daily and 18 in possession
    Hours: Sunrise to sunset

    Ducks
    Season:

    • North Zone: Nov. 3 through Jan. 1, 2019
    • Middle Zone: Nov. 3 through 9 and Nov. 15 through Jan. 6, 2019
    • South Zone: Nov. 22 through 25 and Dec. 3 through Jan. 27, 2019
    Bag Limit: 6 ducks daily with species restrictions of:

    • 4 mallards (no more than 2 females)
    • 3 scaup
    • 3 wood ducks
    • 2 redheads
    • 2 hooded mergansers
    • 2 pintails (new limit)
    • 2 canvasbacks
    • 2 black ducks
    • 1 mottled duck
    Possession Limit: Three times the daily bag or 18 total, varies by species
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    Coots
    Season: Same as duck season dates in the respective zones
    Limits: 15 daily and 45 in possession
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    Snow Geese (White and Blue Phases) and Ross's Geese
    Season: Nov. 11 through Feb. 6, 2019
    Limits: 20 blue, snow, or Ross's geese daily with no possession limit
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    White-Fronted Geese
    Season: Nov. 11 through Feb. 6, 2019
    Limits: 2 daily and 6 in possession
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    Canada Geese and Brant
    Season: Oct. 6-14 and Nov. 11 – Feb. 6, 2019
    Limits: 3 Canada geese and brant in aggregate daily, 9 in possession
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    Light Goose Conservation Order
    Season: Feb. 7 through April 30, 2019
    Limits: No daily or possession limits
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset

    Requirements: Persons must possess a Conservation Order permit to participate in the Conservation Order. An exception to the above permit requirement includes any person 15 years of age or younger provided either she or he is in the immediate presence of a properly permitted adult hunter 18 years of age or older with hunter-education certification or who is exempt.

    Methods: For the taking of blue, snow and Ross's geese, hunters may use shotguns capable of holding more than three shells and recorded or electronically amplified bird calls or sounds or imitations of bird calls or sounds.

    YOUTH HUNTING DAYS
    North Zone: Oct. 20 and 21
    Middle Zone: Oct. 20 and 21
    South Zone: Nov. 17 and 18
    Limits: Same as during regular waterfowl season
    Hours: Same as during regular waterfowl season

    Requirements: Any person 15 years of age or younger may participate in youth waterfowl hunting days without permit provided they are in the immediate presence of an adult 18 years of age or older. If the youth hunter is not certified in hunter education, the adult must have the required permits and have in his or her possession proof of hunter-education unless exempt. The adult may not hunt ducks but may participate in other seasons that are open on youth hunting days.

    FALCONRY SEASONS
    Falconry Season for Doves
    Season: Sept. 1 through Dec. 16
    Limits: 3 daily and 9 in possession, singly, or in the aggregate (any ducks, coots, or mergansers taken by falconers must be included in these limits)
    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    Falconry Season for Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers
    Season: Open during duck seasons (September teal season, youth hunting days, and duck seasons) and Feb. 10 through March 10, 2019

    Limits: 3 daily and 9 in possession, singly, or in the aggregate during the regular duck-hunting seasons (including teal and youth seasons) and extended falconry seasons (any doves taken by falconers must be included in these limits)

    Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

    HUNTING ZONES
    Waterfowl hunting zones in Missouri are divided into North, Middle, and South zones. For a map and more information, visit short.mdc.mo.gov/Zq8. A map of hunting zones will also be included in MDC’s related hunting booklet on migratory game birds, available beginning in July where hunting permits are sold.

    NONTOXIC SHOT REQUIREMENTS
    Shells possessed or used while hunting waterfowl and coots statewide, and for other species as designated by posting on public areas, must be loaded with material approved as nontoxic by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    MORE INFORMATION
    For more information on migratory-bird hunting and waterfowl hunting, visit MDC online at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/species and select the specific species, or get copies of MDC’s related hunting booklet on migratory game birds, available beginning in July where hunting permits are sold.

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    MDC recently set upcoming 2018 migratory-game-bird-hunting seasons and 2018-2019 waterfowl-hunting seasons. MDC offers numerous places to hunt waterfowl, such as Nodaway Valley Conservation Area north of St. Joseph (image), and many areas to hunt other migratory game birds. Get more information at huntfish.mdc.mo.gov/hunting-trapping/where-hunt-shoot.
     
  2. cam

    cam Elite Refuge Member

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    dirty rotten split again
     
  3. 10GAGENUT

    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Sponsor Flyway Manager

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    That's because MDC doesn't have a clue how to make split seasons work correctly, they need to drop the zones and open the whole state up with split seasons. This is North Carolinas split, I didn't like it at first when I hunted it but it works and you get quite a few opportunities with migrators, it's statewide and would probably work here to.

    Oct. 4 – 7, Nov. 11 – Dec. 2 & Dec. 16 – Jan. 27


    Daily limit 6 with the following restrictions: no more than
    4 mallards (2 hen mallards), 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed
    ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 black ducks, 2 scaup, 2 redheads,
    2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, and 1 fulvous
    whistling duck. The season on harlequin ducks is closed.
    The season on black and mottled ducks is closed until Nov. 18.
     
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  4. hannibal

    hannibal Senior Refuge Member

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    Only 5 months until teal season in North Zone. Can't wait!!!!

    Looking forward to another great year in the blind. I just appreciate every day I'm able to get out regardless of what day it is!

    Until then Turkeys, Mushrooms and pan fried Walleye in Canada :)
     
  5. Sunklands

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    I've had fried walleye several times and still, imo it still falls short of flathead. The yellow belly meat and the meat up on the top the head are best. Don't get me wrong it was still pretty good but, not as good as 10-12" bass, crappie or bluegill.
     
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  6. 10GAGENUT

    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Sponsor Flyway Manager

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    Soak the Walleye fillets in milk for 30 -60 minutes then bread and fry them, friend of mine in Minnesota who eats Walleye all the time taught me that. They come out real tasty that way.
     
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    Coat them boogers in bisquik and then bake em
     
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    Gooseaddict Senior Refuge Member

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    Has anyone seen or heard anything about the waterfolw survey's MDC sent out last year? Just curious if they were going to hold any follow up meetings regarding potential changes or if they just canned the responses and keep moving forward with the same old process.
     
  10. hannibal

    hannibal Senior Refuge Member

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    The season framework was set last year and will be in place for 4 years as I recall. 2017-2020. They will then review the frameworks/dates etc. at the conclusion of this 4 year period.

    Not sure what else they would hold meetings for.
     

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