The Board of Natural Resources recently approved the 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting regulations.
“There are no changes to the 2011-2012 migratory bird and waterfowl regulations this year,” says State Waterfowl Biologist Greg Balkcom. “We have another 60-day season for ducks with the same bag limits as last year. Breeding ground conditions were generally good to excellent across the eastern U. S. and Canada, so I expect the ducks had a good nesting season this year.”
The September Canada goose season runs from Sept. 3-25 and the September teal season runs from Sept. 10-25. Hunting season for ducks is Nov. 19 - Nov. 27, 2011 and Dec. 10 - Jan. 29, 2012. A summary of migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits can be found online at www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations .
Youth Waterfowl Days are Nov. 12-13, 2011. On these two days, youth age 15 or younger, may hunt specific migratory birds, such as ducks, Canada geese and mergansers, as long as they are accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age (only the youth may hunt).
In order to hunt waterfowl, hunters must have a hunting license, federal duck stamp, Georgia waterfowl conservation license and a HIP permit. If hunting on a wildlife management area, a WMA license is required.
For more information on hunting regulations, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com and click on the “Hunting Regulations” icon on the home page.