Future of the 107 Special Sea Duck Season?

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  1. Pitboss

    Pitboss Elite Refuge Member Sponsor Flyway Manager

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    Special seasons for sea ducks began in the Atlantic Flyway in 1938 when 5 northeastern states were allowed 16-30 day extensions to their regular duck seasons. Initially, only scoters were legal game during the extensions. Over time, the season became more liberal and by 1972, 13 of the 17 states in the Flyway had special seasons that lasted 107 days and had bag limits of 7 Eider, Old Squaw, and Scoter in the aggregate. The Special Sea Duck Season in the Atlantic Flyway remained essentially unchanged until 1993, when a review of the status of sea ducks led to a reduction in the scoter bag limit to 4....


    That said, it appears that starting in the 2016-2017 Migratory Waterfowl Season the Atlantic Flyway will no longer have a 107 day "Special Sea Duck Season".
    Sea Ducks will only be hunted during the Regular Duck Season.
    Likely also there will be a more restrictive bag limit for Scoter, Old Squaw/Long Tailed Duck & Eider.


    interesting...

    jeff
     
  2. tgs

    tgs Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks Jeff, any way to follow the process/proceedings?
     
  3. labout

    labout Moderator Moderator

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    Jeff,

    Do you know if they will have a break in the season like puddle ducks? One of the reason we seaduck hunt is the long seasons to hunt them when the puddle duck season is over

    Thanks for the update

    labout
     
  4. dragon1681

    dragon1681 Elite Refuge Member

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    That stinks, not only loosing a lot of the extra days of hunting but the slashed limits.
     
  5. TonyH

    TonyH Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Its about time. Poor sea ducks are taking a beating now days.
     
  6. straitmeat72

    straitmeat72 Elite Refuge Member

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    says a guy in ohio :scratch

    Jeff, where can we follow this to keep up on things?????
     
  7. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    Our sea duck limits in washington have been very reduced in recent years, 2 scoter, 2 goldeneyes, 2 old squaw daily and 1 harli per season, 10 years ago we had 7 bird limits on all of them. The reason they gave us for the reduction is increasing numbers of sea duck hunters increasing the harvest. I would imagine things are similar on the east coast.
     
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  8. TonyH

    TonyH Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    Exactly a guy from Ohio who is well aware how easy it is to target sea ducks and how many people now days are doing it. As previously stated the west coast has already suffered these major changes in limits for sea ducks.

    I have shot a few myself in the past. Took 6 of us a whopping hr to shoot limits of sea ducks from a floating ponton boat in open water. And only took that long as we were targeting drakes only and had 3 youths with us.:tu

    A great time indeed. And I would do it again even if the bag limit was cut in half. But would rather shoot bluebills and redheads anyday.
     
  9. icebreaker12

    icebreaker12 Elite Refuge Member

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    Straight from the ICUN Redlist

    Black scoter
    Near Threatened
    Trend: Population Decreasing

    White-wing scoter
    Least concern
    Trend: Population Decreasing (But, they really have no estimates of overall size)

    Surf Scoter
    Least Concern
    Trend: Population Decreasing

    Common Eider
    Least Concern
    Trend: Unknown (But likely stable in North America)

    Oldsquaw
    Vulnerable
    Trend: Population Decreasing
     
  10. Waterfowl fool

    Waterfowl fool Elite Refuge Member

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    Well crap.... that aint good for business or the populations. I, like many of you, have seent the trend of sea-duckin. Seems before is was a specialty sport. now it seems everyone is doing it.

    Sorry to see the blacks in such down slides.
     

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