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More teal in early-season encourage hunters

More teal in early-season bag, higher possession limit encourage hunters
LITTLE ROCK (AGFC)  – This fall, early-teal-season hunters may have an opportunity to bag more teal. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a six-teal bag limit for early teal season and a possession limit for all seasons equivalent to three daily bag limits. Current limits are a four-teal daily bag during the special season and a possession limit of two daily bag limits.
 
Habitat conditions in the prairie pothole region have generally been wet and favorable for the last several years, laying the foundation for excellent nesting success for prairie nesters. Habitat conservation efforts by conservation partners continue to support waterfowl populations across North America.
 
The higher possession limit will be especially helpful for the thousands of waterfowl hunters who travel for hunting trips each year and want to take their harvest home with them. If approved, they will be able to possess up to three daily bag limits at a time, rather than two.
 
Early-season migratory game-bird season selections must be reported to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by Aug. 1. Approval for the early-season migratory game-bird seasons will take place during the Commission's July meeting.
 
Here are the proposed season dates:
 
Mourning Dove and Eurasian Collared Dove                    
Sept. 1-Oct. 20 and Dec. 21-Jan. 9 
 
Teal Season                  
Sept. 7-22 
 
Rail Season                  
Sept. 7-Nov. 15 
 
Woodcock Season                  
Nov. 2-Dec. 16 
 
Common Snipe Season                  
Nov. 1-Feb. 15 
 
Purple Gallinule and Common Moorhen Season                  
Sept. 1-Nov. 9 
 
Early Canada Goose Season                  
Sept. 1-15 
 
Northwest Canada Goose Zone Season                  
Sept. 21-30             
 
To comment on the proposed seasons, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/13-14EarlyBirdComments.
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