Posted Friday, 23 August 2013 09:55
Wildlife Board approves changes for upcoming waterfowl hunt
Very few hunters know where wood ducks are in Utah. But enough wood ducks are being taken that some hunters are becoming concerned about the health of the population.
You may not have more than two wood ducks in your seven-duck bag limit this season.
Photo by Scott Root
To keep a healthy population of wood ducks in Utah, on Aug. 22, the Utah Wildlife Board approved a change to Utah's daily duck bag limit.
Starting this season, you may not take more than two wood ducks a day. And the scaup and canvasback limits have also changed. Your seven-duck bag limit may not include more than three scaup a day. The canvasback limit, on the other hand, has been increased to two canvasbacks a day.
Blair Stringham, migratory game bird coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the number of scaup in North America has been going up and down for years. This year, the population is down. The canvasback population, on the other hand, has been slowly increasing. "Canvasbacks are doing well enough that hunters can now take two canvasbacks a day," he says.
The limit changes are among several changes the board approved for Utah's upcoming waterfowl hunt. All of the changes will be available in the 2013–2014 Utah Waterfowl Guidebook.
Here's a summary of the major waterfowl hunting changes the board approved:
For more information, call the nearest Division of Wildlife Resources office or the DWR's Salt Lake City office at 801-538-4700.
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