Migratory bird hunting seasons get public review

Idaho Department of Fish and Game is seeking public comment on proposed changes to the upcoming migratory game bird seasons.

To view and comment on the season proposals, see https://idfg.idaho.gov/

comment.

Like last year, a process and schedule established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with states, will be used for setting annual migratory game bird hunting regulations.

This process and schedule will allow Fish and Game to set migratory game bird hunting seasons earlier, which will also allow the Commission to set seasons for all migratory game birds at the same time.

This means hunters will have more time to plan their hunts and hunting seasons for all ducks, geese, sandhill cranes, doves, and crows will be available in the same brochure.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which oversees waterfowl management at the national level, authorized Fish and Game to hold a waterfowl season similar to the 2016-2017 season.

IDFG conducted a hunter opinion survey in 2016 to assess hunter preferences on how to structure waterfowl seasons for the next five years. As a result of this survey, Fish and Game has proposed a 105-day season and a two-day youth hunt, identical in length to last year's season. The proposed youth waterfowl season is Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

No changes are proposed for the dove or crow seasons.

Hunters can visit their nearest Fish and Game office for copies of the proposals and comment forms. Written comments may be mailed to: 2017-18 Waterfowl Seasons, P.O. Box 25, Boise, ID 83707.

Comments will be collected through March 24.

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