Waterfowl and coot season dates set
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has officially set dates for the 2007-08 waterfowl and coot season, Canada goose season and youth waterfowl hunting days.
The first phase of waterfowl season is Nov. 17-25, with the second phase Dec. 8 - Jan. 27. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
The daily bag limit for waterfowl is six. The six-duck limit may consist of no more than one black duck, one mottled duck (Florida duck), one fulvous whistling-duck, one pintail, two canvasbacks, two redheads, two wood ducks, two scaup, four scoters and four mallards (no more than two may be females).
The daily bag limit for coots is 15. For mergansers, the daily bag limit is five (only two of which may be hooded mergansers).
The daily bag limit for light geese (i.e., snow [including blue] geese and Ross geese) is 15.
In Leon County and Lake Miccosukee in Leon and Jefferson counties, waterfowl hunting is allowed only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the open season and on Nov. 22-23, Dec. 24, 25 and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 and Jan. 21. Lake Talquin in Gadsden and Leon counties and the Ochlockonee River may be hunted every day during the open season.
On Lake Iamonia and Carr Lake in Leon County, the use of internal combustion engines is prohibited during the waterfowl and coot season. Additionally, on Lake Miccosukee in Leon and Jefferson counties, the use of internal combustion engines of more than five horsepower is prohibited.
The Canada goose season is Nov. 17-25, with the second phase Dec. 1 - Jan. 30. Canada geese may be taken only in Florida waters of Lake Seminole in Jackson County that are south of SR 2, north of the Jim Woodruff Dam and east of CR 271. The daily bag limit is five, and shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
The FWC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have designated Feb. 2-3 as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days. During this period, only children under 16 years old, supervised by an adult (18 years old or older) may hunt waterfowl, coots and common moorhens. Shooting hours, daily bag limits and species restrictions are the same as for the regular waterfowl seasons.
Hunters taking migratory game birds in Florida are required to have a Migratory Game Bird Permit either checked or attached to their hunting license.
The FWC recommends hunters peruse the 2007-08 Florida Hunting Regulations Handbook and the Migratory Game Bird Regulations for Waterfowl and Coot Seasons brochure at MyFWC.com/hunting. These publications are available from county tax collectors' offices and licensed vendors.
Mark A. Trainor (850) 488-8842
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