Wisconsin NRB approves 2021 migratory bird hunting season framework, regulations

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

WISCONSIN – Thanks to input from hunters and new scientific research, changes are coming to the 2021 migratory bird hunting season.

Earlier this month, the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted unanimously for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to move forward with proposed rules for the 2021 migratory bird season framework and regulations.

Highlights from the approved season structure (www.bit.ly/3sJWxqJ) include:

  • A new duck zone structure for the 2021 season. A new Open Water Zone has been created in the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan, and the former Mississippi River Zone has been absorbed into the South Zone.
  • The South Canada Goose Zone has a daily bag limit of three Canada geese during the first portion of the season, and a daily bag limit of five Canada geese during the Holiday Hunt.
  • Based on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s season framework, there will be a scaup bag limit of one scaup for 15 days and two scaup for 45 days.

“The 2021 season frameworks are based on the most current scientific data, as well as on input from the public, conservation and hunting groups and results from a waterfowl hunter survey,” said Taylor Finger, DNR migratory bird ecologist. “We used all the tools in our toolbox to collect public input while adhering to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. Virtual meetings and expanded online outreach increased our engagement with our customers. In total, we received more than 1,500 comments regarding the 2021 waterfowl season proposals.”

“The public plays a crucial role in setting the waterfowl season structure,” DNR stated.

View the 2021 public input results and comments at www.bit.ly/3nbs57A.

Learn more about waterfowl hunting at www.dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/hunt/waterfowl.

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