NRC Approves Waterfowl Season Dates for 2012-2013

Michigan goose hunter will enjoy a longer season and duck hunters will be able to take up to four scaup daily this year, according to the regulations approved by the Natural Resources Commission in Lansing, yesterday.

The early Canada goose hunting season begins Saturday, September 1st and runs through Monday, September 10th in the North Zone and in Saginaw, Tuscola and Huron Counties.

For the rest of the state, it will run through Saturday, September 15th.

The daily bag limit is 5.

The length of the regular Canada goose season has increased to 92 days; the daily bag limit is two.

The regular goose season dates are:

     North Zone:  Sept. 22-Dec. 22

     Middle Zone: Sept. 29-Dec. 29

     South Zone (excluding goose management units below):  Sept. 22-23, Oct. 6-Nov. 30 and Dec. 29-Jan. 1

The goose season is designated goose management unites (GMU), where the daily bag limit is two, are:

     Tuscola/Huron and Saginaw County GMUs: Sept. 22-25 and Oct. 6 – Jan. 1

     Muskegon County Wastewater GMU: Oct. 9 – Nov. 13 and Dec. 1-23

     Allegan County GMU: Oct. 6 – Nov. 25, Dec. 8-23, and Dec. 29 – Jan. 22, 2013

The late goose season – in the South Zone only and excluding the GMUs listed above – is Jan. 12 – Feb. 10, 2013. The daily bag limit is five.


Hunters may take 20 snow, blue or Ross geese daily and one white-fronted goose and one Brant during the regular and late seasons in respective zones and GMUs.


Duck hunting seasons are set for:

North Zone (Upper Peninsula): Sept. 22 – Nov. 16 and Nov. 22-25  
Middle Zone: Sept. 29 – Nov. 25 and Dec. 15-16
South Zone: Oct. 6 – Nov. 30 and Dec. 29 – Jan. 1

Duck bag limits are the maximum allowed under federal frameworks with the exception that only one female mallard may be taken daily. The daily bag limit for scaup has increased from two to four. Hunters may take up to six ducks daily with no more than four mallards (no more than one of which may be a female), four scaup, three wood ducks, two redheads, two pintails, one canvasback and one black duck.

For more information on hunting and the new Wetland Wonders Challenge this fall, go to the links provided.




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