In the Central Flyway, the duck hunting season in both Zone 1 and Zone 2 will close December 31. The duck hunting season in the Pacific Flyway will close December 29. The goose hunting season in the Pacific Flyway will close on January 5, 1997, and in the Central Flyway the goose hunting season will remain open until January 12, 1997.
As has been the case for the last few years, closing dates for the hunting seasons of most upland game birds were standardized to close in 1996 on December 15. This year, however the sage grouse season ended on November 1. Sharp-tailed and mountain grouse hunting, as well as hunting of partridge, ring-necked pheasant and wild turkey, closed on December 15.