At its meeting on September 4, the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission adopted final season dates and regulations for this fall's waterfowl hunting seasons.
As adopted, this fall's waterfowl seasons and bag limits will be as follows:
Ducks: The season in the Pacific Flyway would be from October 4-January 17, 1998. The daily bag limit for ducks in the Pacific Flyway would be a total of seven (7) ducks and mergansers, the same as in 1996, but would be changed to allow up to two (2) female mallards and three (3) pintails, as well as two (2) redheads and one (1) canvasback, in that limit.
In the western (Zone 1) and eastern (Zone 2) portions of the Central Flyway, the season would run from October 4-January 8, 1998. The daily bag limit in both zones would increase to six (6) ducks total from five (5) in 1996, with no more than five (5) being mallards--only two (2) of which may be female mallards, three (3) pintails, two (2) wood ducks, two (2) redheads, one (1) canvasback and one (1) hooded merganser.
Geese: The season in the Pacific Flyway would be October 4-January 11, 1998, and the daily bag limit for dark geese, including Canada geese, would be four (4) and, for light geese, three (3).
In the Central Flyway, the season would be October 4-January 18, 1998, and the daily bag limit would remain the same as in 1996--four (4) dark geese and five (5) light geese.
New this year will be a youth duck hunting day on Saturday, September 27. On this day, which coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, legally licensed hunters aged 12 through 15 may hunt ducks, but must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age, who cannot hunt ducks on that day. All bag limits and other regulations set for the 1997 duck season in the area hunted will apply.
Regulations governing the 1997 waterfowl hunting seasons in Montana will be available soon at all FWP offices and license agents statewide.