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TPWD Sets Waterfowl Seasons for 2012-13
AUSTIN –The Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission finalized this year’s waterfowl seasons at its Aug. 30 public hearing as Texas hunters make ready to welcome record numbers of ducks.
According to this year’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife "Trends in Duck Breeding Populations," estimated waterfowl production in North America’s "duck factory" are at a record high, eclipsing a record set last year. The total duck population is estimated at 48.6 million birds. This represents a 7 percent increase over last year and is 43 percent higher than the long-term average since 1955.
Add water and hunt. Much needed rainfall this year has helped rejuvenate drought stricken wetland plant communities across much of the Texas coast, setting the stage for better than usual hunting this fall.
Following is a summary of the Texas late season migratory framework for 2012-13. An early season for teal statewide, and for Canada geese in the eastern goose zone, runs Sept. 15-30 with a daily bag limit of four teal and three geese.
High Plains Mallard Management Unit
All species other than “dusky ducks”: Oct. 27-28, 2012 and Nov.2, 2012 – Jan. 27, 2013; “Dusky ducks”: Nov. 5, 2012 – Jan. 27, 2013; Youth-only Season: Oct. 20 — 21, 2012
North and South Zones
All species other than “dusky ducks”: Nov. 3 – 25, 2012 and Dec. 8, 2012 — Jan. 27, 2013; “Dusky ducks”: Nov. 8 – 25, 2012 and Dec. 8, 2012 – Jan. 27, 2013; Youth-only Season: Oct. 27-28, 2012
The daily bag limit for ducks is six, to include no more than five mallards of which only 2 may be hens; three wood ducks; two redheads; two pintails; one canvasback; and one “dusky” duck. Dusky ducks include: mottled ducks, Mexican-like duck, black duck and their hybrids. For all other species not listed, the bag limit is six. The daily bag limit for coots is 15. The daily bag limit for mergansers is five, which may include no more than two hooded mergansers.
Shooting hours are one half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Light geese: Nov. 3, 2012 – Feb. 3, 2013, daily bag limit is 20 and no possession limit.
Dark geese: Nov. 3, 2012 – Feb. 3, 2013, daily bag limit is five in the aggregate to include no more than one white-fronted goose
Light geese: Nov. 3, 2012 – Jan. 27, 2013, the daily bag limit for light geese is 20 and no possession limit.
White-fronted geese: Nov. 3, 2012 – Jan. 13, 2013, daily bag limit is two;
Canada geese: Sept. 15-30, 2012 and Nov. 3, 2012 – Jan. 27, 2013, daily bag limit is three.
Light Goose Conservation Order
Jan. 28 — Mar. 24, 2013, no bag or possession limits.
Feb. 4 — Mar. 24, 2013, no bag or possession limits.
Nov. 3, 2012 — Feb. 3, 2013, daily bag limit is three and possession limit is six.
Nov. 23, 2012 — Feb. 3, 2013, daily bag limit is three and possession limit is six.
Dec. 22, 2012 — Jan. 27, 2013, daily bag limit is two and possession limit is four.
Extended Falconry Season
Nov. 15 — Dec. 21, 2012
Rail, gallinule, & woodcock:
Jan. 28 — Feb. 11, 2013
Ducks, coots, and mergansers:
High Plains Mallard Management Unit: no extended season.
North and South Duck Zones
Jan. 28 — Feb. 11, 2013
For all zones the daily bag limit is three and possession limit is six
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