Sunday, August 9, 2015

Oklahoma Waterfowl Seasons Set; Youth Hunters Get Extra Days

Dates for Oklahoma's 2015-16 waterfowl seasons have been set.

The 2015-16 duck, merganser and coot season will kick off in the Panhandle counties Oct. 17 and run through Jan. 13, 2016. Season dates in Zone 1 (northwestern Oklahoma) will be Oct. 31-Nov. 29, and Dec. 12-Jan. 24, 2016. Duck hunting season in Zone 2 will run from Nov. 7-29, and Dec. 12-Jan. 31, 2016.

Duck daily bag limits and possession limits will remain as they were in 2014-15, with one exception. This year, the daily bag limit for canvasback ducks will increase from one to two birds.

Goose hunters will be allowed to take two white-fronted geese per day this year, an increase from one bird last year. Season dates statewide for Canada and light geese will be Oct. 31-Nov. 29 and Dec. 12-Feb. 14, 2016. Season dates for white-fronted geese are Oct. 31-Nov. 29 and Dec. 12-Feb. 7,

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes frameworks that states use to structure their waterfowl seasons. The states select specific dates (and if desired, more restrictive bag limits) within those frameworks for hunters to enjoy.

Youth waterfowl hunting days will be offered Oct. 10-11 in the Panhandle Zone, Oct. 24-25 in Zone 1, and Oct. 31-Nov. 1 in Zone 2. These special days provide two extra hunting days outside of the regular waterfowl seasons in each zone only for hunters 15 and younger.