At its meeting on August 6, the Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission set tentative 1999 waterfowl hunting seasons and regulations. Waterfowl seasons will be finalized after season framework dates are received from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service later in August. Public comments on the following will be accepted through August 31 by FWP's Wildlife Division, PO Box 200701, Helena MT 59620-0701. The tentative season dates set for the Pacific Flyway:
Ducks: October 2 through January 15
Geese: October 2 through January 9
Bag Limit (ducks): The daily bag limit is 7 ducks and mergansers, except that the daily bag may contain no more than 2 female mallards, 1 pintail, 2 redheads, 1 canvasback and 4 scaup.
Possession Limit (ducks): The possession limit may not exceed twice the daily bag limit of any species and sex.
Bag Limit (geese): 4 dark geese and 3 light geese
Possession Limit (geese): Twice the daily bag.
The tentative season dates set for the Central Flyway:
Ducks: Zone 1 & 2: October 2 through January 6
Geese: October 2 through January 15
Bag Limit (ducks): The daily bag limit is 6 ducks containing no more than 5 mallards, of which no more than 2 may be females, 2 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 1 canvasback and 3 scaup. The daily merganser bag limit is 5 mergansers, containing no more than 1 hooded merganser.
Possession Limit (ducks): May not exceed twice the daily bag limit of any species and sex.
Bag Limit (geese): 5 dark geese and 5 light geese
Possession Limit (geese): 10 light geese and 10 dark geese
Another proposed change included expanding the definition of nontoxic shot to include: Federally approved legal shot includes steel, bismuth, tin-bismuth, tungsten and tungsten-polymer. Temporary approval of tungsten-matrix and tin shot has also been granted for the 1999-2000 season.
A Youth Waterfowl Day again has been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The proposed date is September 25.