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Worst ever for waterfowl
Virginia Kraft
September 11, 1961
After receiving the recommendations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the states last week announced the dates for 1961 waterfowl hunting. In all four flyways the year's poor breeding conditions were reflected in shorter seasons, reduced bags and a complete ban on both canvasbacks and redheads. Furthermore, in all but the Pacific Fly way and Alaska the customary half hour of shooting before sunrise was eliminated. In Hawaii there is no season. Alaska will be open Sept. 1 to Dec. 14 with bag and possession limits on ducks 5 and 10, geese 6 and 12, coots 15 and brant 3. Below is a guide to seasons in the other states—but before going hunting check state authorities for any local exceptions.
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September 11, 1961

Worst Ever For Waterfowl

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After receiving the recommendations of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the states last week announced the dates for 1961 waterfowl hunting. In all four flyways the year's poor breeding conditions were reflected in shorter seasons, reduced bags and a complete ban on both canvasbacks and redheads. Furthermore, in all but the Pacific Fly way and Alaska the customary half hour of shooting before sunrise was eliminated. In Hawaii there is no season. Alaska will be open Sept. 1 to Dec. 14 with bag and possession limits on ducks 5 and 10, geese 6 and 12, coots 15 and brant 3. Below is a guide to seasons in the other states—but before going hunting check state authorities for any local exceptions.

ATLANTIC FLYWAY
Daily bag and possession limits—Ducks: Conn., Ga., Me., Md., Mass., N.H., Pa., 2 and 4; elsewhere 3 and 6. American and red-breasted merganser: 5 and 10. Coots: 6. Geese: 2 and 4. Brant: 10. No season on snow geese. One hooded merganser, two black ducks, two wood ducks (one in Mass., Pa.). First dates below are duck, merganser and coot seasons; second dates, goose and brant. Second line indicates split season.

CONNECTICUT: Nov. 11-Dec. 30; Nov. 11-Jan. 8
DELAWARE: Nov. 6-Dec. 15; Nov. 6-Jan. 4
FLORIDA: Nov. 17-Dec. 26; Nov. 4-Dec. 26
GEORGIA: Nov. 11-Dec. 30; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
MAINE: Oct. 13-Oct. 21; Oct. 13-Dec. 11
Nov. 4-Dec. 9
MARYLAND: Nov. 11-Dec. 30; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
MASSACHUSETTS: Oct. 18-Nov. 11; Oct. 18-Nov. 11
Dec. 11-Dec. 30; Dec. 11-Jan. 8
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Oct. 13-Dec. 1; Oct. 13-Dec. 11
NEW JERSEY: NOV. 21-Dec. 30; Oct. 21-Dec. 19
NEW YORK: Oct. 13-Nov. 5; Oct. 13-Dec. 11
Dec. 19-Dec. 30
LONG ISLAND: NOV. 21-Dec. 30; Oct. 21-Dec. 30
NORTH CAROLINA: NOV. 21-Dec. 30; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
PENNSYLVANIA: Oct. 21-Dec. 9; Oct. 11-Dec. 9
RHODE ISLAND: Nov. 21-Dec. 30; Nov. 1-Dec. 30
SOUTH CAROLINA: Nov. 21-Dec. 30; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
VERMONT: Oct. 14-Nov. 22; Oct. 1-Nov. 29
VIRGINIA: NOV. 10-Dec. 19; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
WEST VIRGINIA: Oct. 21-Oct. 31; Oct. 14-Dec. 12
Dec. 6-Dec. 30

MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
Daily bag and possession limits—Ducks: Ala., La., 3 and 6; elsewhere, 2 and 4. American and red-breasted merganser: 5 and 10. Coots: 6. Geese: 5. Only one hooded merganser, one wood duck, two Canada, two white-fronted or one Canada and one white-fronted goose per bag.

ALAPAMA: Dec. 11-Dec. 30; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
ARKANSAS: Nov. 24-Dec. 23; Oct. 25-Dec. 23
ILLINOIS: Oct. 28-Nov. 26; Oct. 7-Oct. 16
Nov. 6-Dec. 19
INDIANA: NOV. 9-Nov. 25; Oct. 20-Dec. 2
Dec. 21-Dec. 30; Dec. 21-Dec. 30
IOWA: Oct. 21-Nov. 19; Oct. 7-Dec. 5
KENTUCKY: Dec. 1-Dec. 30; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
LOUISIANA: NOV. 10-NOV. 29; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
MICHIGAN: Oct. 13-Nov. 11; Oct. 13-Dec. 11
MINNESOTA: Oct.'14-Nov. 12; Oct. 1-Nov. 29
MISSISSIPPI: Dec. 1-Dec. 30; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
MISSOURI: NOV. 3-Dec. 2; Nov. 1-Dec. 30
OHIO: Oct. 20-Nov. 18; Oct. 20-Dec. 18
TENNESSEE: Dec. 1-Dec. 30; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
WISCONSIN: Oct. 14-Nov. 12; Oct. 7-Dec. 5

CENTRAL FLYWAY
Daily bag and possession limits—Ducks: Neb., S. Dk., Wyo., 2 and 4; elsewhere, 3 and 6. American and red-breasted merganser: 5 and 10. Coots: 6. Geese: 5. No season on blue and snow geese in Wyoming, and in certain counties in Montana. Only one hooded merganser, one wood duck permitted per bag. No black-bellied tree-duck season in Texas.

COLORADO: Nov. 22-Dec. 21; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
KANSAS: Oct. 28-Nov. 26; Oct. 7-Dec. 5
MONTANA (east): Oct. 13-Nov. 11; Oct. 1-Nov. 29
NEBRASKA: Oct. 28-Dec. 6; Oct. 1-Nov. 29
NEW MEXICO: Oct. 13-Oct. 25; Nov. 10-Jan. 8
Dec. 15-Dec. 28
NORTH DAKOTA: Oct. 14-Nov. 12; Oct. 7-Dec. 5
OKLAHOMA: NOV. 1-NOV. 30; Oct. 14-Dec. 12
SOUTH DAKOTA: Oct. 18-Nov. 26; Oct. 7-Dec. 5
TEXAS: Nov. 18-Dec. 17; Nov. 3-Jan. 1
WYOMING: Oct. 20-Nov. 28; Oct. 20-Dec. 18

PACIFIC FLYWAY
Daily bag and possession limits—Ducks: Ariz., Ore., Wash., 4 and 8; western Montana, 5 and 10; elsewhere, 5. American and red-breasted merganser: 5 and 10. Coots: 25. Geese: Washington, 3 and 6; elsewhere, bag and possession, 6. Brant: 3. Only one hooded merganser and one wood duck per bag. No more than one Canada goose in Utah, and certain counties in California, Arizona and Nevada. Brant seasons: Washington, Dec. 3-Jan. 31; California, Oregon, Dec. 2-Jan. 30.

ARIZONA: Oct. 7-Nov. 5; Oct. 25-Jan. 7
Dec. 1-Jan. 7
CALIFORNIA: Oct. 14-Nov. 20; Oct. 14-Nov. 20
Dec. 9-Jan. 7; Dec. 9-Jan. 7
IDAHO: Oct. 14-Dec. 27; Oct. 14-Dec. 27
MONTANA (west): Oct. 22-Dec. 20; Oct. 22-Dec. 20
NEVADA: Oct. 21-Dec. 24; Nov. 11-Jan. 7
OREGON: Oct. 21-Jan. 3; Oct. 21-Jan. 3
UTAH: Oct. 14-Dec. 27; Oct. 14-Dec. 27
WASHINGTON: Oct. 14-Dec. 27; Oct. 14-Dec. 27

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