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Waterfowl plan public comments due Aug. 8

LEWISTON — Waterfowl hunters in Idaho have a chance to comment on proposed 2014-2015 duck and goose seasons during an upcoming open house scheduled Friday, Aug. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Clearwater Regional office, 3316 16th Street in Lewiston. The open house format allows visitors to attend anytime during the session and visit with Fish and Game personnel about the proposals. Those unable to attend the open house can comment online at: https://fishandgame.idaho.gov/content/webform/2014-2015-waterfowl-season-proposals; or by mail to: 2014-15 Waterfowl Seasons, P.O. Box 25, Boise, Idaho 83707. The deadline for public comment is Aug. 8.

The Department has received the tentative waterfowl season framework from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees waterfowl management at the national level. Proposed season dates for hunting waterfowl in the Clearwater Region are as follows:

Youth waterfowl: Sept. 27-28.

Ducks: Area 2: Oct. 11-Jan. 23, 2015; Scaup: Nov. 1-Jan. 23, 2015. Proposed daily bag limit would be seven ducks, but not more than two female mallards, two redheads, three scaup, two pintails or one canvasback.

Canada and white-fronted geese: Area 2: Oct. 11-Jan. 23, 2015. Proposed daily bag limit would be four Canada geese. Proposed daily bag limit would be 10 white-fronted geese. This has been increased from a bag limit of six last season.

Blue, Ross’s & snow geese: Area 4: Oct. 11-Jan. 23. Proposed daily bag limit would be 20 white geese.

For the duck and Canada goose zones, see the 2013-2014 regulations booklet.

Information collected from across the state will be summarized and presented to the Idaho Fish and Game Commission, which will set the final waterfowl seasons on Aug. 11.

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