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Discussion in 'Chesapeake Flyway Forum' started by duckbutler, Jan 20, 2017.
Or any getting checked stories?
Had a friend tell me he shot a nice drake Old squaw couple days ago, and couple other hunters at the ramp said they're out of season. They said Pitboss said so, I thought that was funny.
A buddy of mine told me he was thinking about going sea duck hunting this week until I told him to check the regs and advised him of the early closure.
Quite a few parties in St. Mary's are still killing them, they are going the 400 yards offshore to get in the waterfowl zone but just making sure not to go the 800 yards into the seaduck zone. Then just counting them towards the 6 bird daily limit instead of the seperate seaduck limit.
Is what i,m hearing is that if you stay out of seaduck zone but stay far enough away from licensed shoreline you can still shoot seaducks? Thought it was closed?
The regulations say that seaduck may not be harvested after January 13th in the "seaduck zone". From November 5th to January 13th, a limit of five seaducks may be killed 800 yards offshore in addition to your six bird daily bag limit. Now that the "800 yard offshore seaduck season" is closed, seaducks may still be harvested however they count toward the standard daily bag limit of 6 ducks. So that being said, in certain areas where the offshore waterfowl zone is only 400 yards offshore, you may still go kill seaducks "offshore" technically.
So if you hunt the seaduck zone and count any seaducks killed towards your regular bag limit are you legal? Example 2 bluebills & 4 scoter?
Do you have some one from the Michigan DNR making those confusing regulations? There are so many if, and, and buts in our regulations it is ridiculous.
No, the sea duck season is closed in the sea duck zone. It's that simple stop making it complicated.
If you hunt the offshore waterfowl zone where it overlaps the sea duck zone..you are still in the sea duck zone. The only place you can legally kill sea ducks now is outside of the 800 yard sea duck zone. This would include Charles and St Marys Counties from 400-799 yards offshore or from a licensed blind/blind site anywhere else.