IDFG seeking comment on proposed waterfowl changes!

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  1. HaydenHunter

    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    IDFG is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the upcoming migratory game bird seasons, including waterfowl, mourning dove, American crow and sandhill crane. Comments will be accepted through April 3. Review the full proposals and comment online at: idfg.idaho.gov/form/public-comment-migratory-game-bird-proposed-2020-2021-seasons

    Some of the items IDFG is looking for input on:
    • A first ever North Idaho swan hunt, with a total of 50 tags offered on a first come, first served basis.
    • Reducing scaup limit from three to two
    • A later Canada Goose and duck season
    • The number of sandhill crane tags possibly reduced
    I hope you guys will visit the site and give IDFG your feedback!
     
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  2. Gander-Commander

    Gander-Commander Senior Refuge Member

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    I like the later season dates and the fact that it ends on a Sunday. The proposed swan season didn't list any details at all- I asked why such a small number of tags were being offered, is the season for tundra swans, tags available to just Idaho residents, is a tag valid in all 4 counties, etc. Wonder what the tag fee would be and how many swans would actually be harvested? I would think that a swan hunt would be pass shooting unless maybe you invested your stimulus check on some swan decoys!
     
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    Aaron mouth called some swans right into our duck and goose decoys on McArthur one time a few years ago.
     
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  5. salthunter

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    Swans are a great family hunt And no goose alive makes the thump on the ground or what on the water like a swan

    Some guys paint their goose decoys to use
    Some use White kitchen trash bags

    I’ve owned swan decoys for years

    We have mostly trumpeters down here and will never be able to hunt A9335653-7E0B-469C-9D2A-4C02016C529F.jpeg A48A7346-074F-4FC7-B885-01D17980A249.jpeg
     
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    There is no waterfowl like them
    With a little tuning a simple short reed goose call can be hooted into and work fine
     
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    They come into Pintail decoys pretty easy of course that's in a county where they dont get hunted.
     
  9. Gander-Commander

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    F&G commission sets migratory game bird seasons for 2020-21
    By Brian Pearson, Conservation Public Information Specialist
    Thursday, April 16, 2020 - 2:51 PM MDT
    During a conference call on April 16, the Idaho Fish and Game Commission set the 2020-21 Migratory Game Bird seasons, including waterfowl, mourning dove, American crow and sandhill crane.

    Hunters will be able to find exact season dates, zone maps, and shooting hours in Idaho Migratory Game Bird 2020-2021 Seasons & Rules brochure by the summer and well in advance of any of the upcoming seasons. The brochures will be available in print in mid-July and online by early July.

    Changes approved by the commission for the upcoming seasons include:

    Ducks
    • Reduced bag limit for scaup from three to two
    • Shifted duck season dates later in most of the state (excluding Valley County and eastern Idaho) so that they end as late as allowed within the federal framework — Jan. 31
    • Established a new, two-day Veteran/Military waterfowl season to run concurrent with the youth waterfowl season, Sept. 26-27 (This will require additional legislative rule making.)
    Canada Geese
    • Shifted Canada goose season dates later in most of the state, now ending on Jan. 31
    Sandhill Cranes
    • Reduced number of sandhill crane tags available, in response to reductions in the Rocky Mountain population numbers in recent years
    Swans
    • Established the first-ever swan hunt in northern Idaho (Benewah, Bonner, Boundary and Kootenai counties), with a total of 50 tags offered on a first-come, first served basis. The tags will go on sale at the same time as sandhill crane tags, Aug. 1 at 10 a.m. MDT
     
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    I think the swan tags must have sold out very fast. I logged on about 10:30 MDT and they were all gone and removed from the listing. Wonder how many were purchased by non-residents? I noticed that the swan tag was listed under non-resident tags for $67.50.
     

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