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Season dates and bag limits for Tennessee duck hunters were finalized last Friday by The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its Nashville meeting.

The commission approved the late waterfowl season proposals made by the TWRA. One of the biggest changes waterfowl hunters will see this year is in regard to the youth waterfowl season.

The youth waterfowl season in the Statewide Zone and Reelfoot Zone will be split into two one-day hunts on consecutive Saturdays, rather than a Saturday-Sunday format. The dates in 2013 will be Feb. 2 and 9 for youth ages 6-15.

The other waterfowl seasons will reflect mostly calendar date changes from recent years. There will again be a 60-day season for 2012-13 duck hunting, with one split. The season will end Jan. 27, 2013 and a 6-duck bag limit.

The Statewide Zone duck hunting seasons to be held are Nov. 24-25 and Dec.1-Jan. 27 while the Reelfoot Zone dates are Nov. 10-11 and Dec. 1-Jan. 27. The seasons will maximize the number of weekends open to duck hunting and will end on the latest date allowed (the last Sunday in January).

The number of days allowed for Canada goose hunting seasons has been extended by six days in each of the zones. The daily bag limit for Canada goose has also increased to three from two in all zones.

TWRA waterfowl coordinator Tim White said officials report that habitat conditions in the Prairie Pothole region of the United States and Canada began with a dry spring, but increased rainfall in Canada this summer should be a big boost to the broods. He reported that waterfowl harvests in Tennessee were estimated at almost 198,000 last year.

The TWRA recommendations follow the maximum USFWS frameworks regarding duck bag limits. A daily bag limit of 6 ducks may include no more than: 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a hen), 3 wood ducks (during the late waterfowl season only), 4 scaup (an increase of 2 from last year), 2 pintails, 1 canvasback, and 1 black duck. The daily bag limit of merganser would be 5, only 2 which may be hooded mergansers.

The maximum number of days allowed within in the federal framework for goose hunting seasons will be in effect. Goose seasons are set as late as federal frameworks allow in order to take advantage of any migratory geese that may be available in late winter.

Season dates for Canada geese are Oct. 13-Oct. 30, Nov. 24-25, and Dec. 1-Jan. 27, 2013 in the Statewide Zone. In the Northwest Zone, the dates are Oct. 13-16, Nov. 10-11, and Dec. 1-Feb. 10. The daily bag limit is 3 per person.

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