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THE BATTLE OF THE BAG LIMITS
Richard Alden Knight
October 12, 1959
A fierce storm of protest has been raised by gunners on all flyways against the 1959 waterfowl regulations—the most sweeping changes in the past decade, mostly the result of the Canadian drought. Season-length cutbacks of 20 days on the Atlantic and Central flyways and 30 days on the Mississippi flyway have disgruntled waterfowlers; and Pacific Coast flyway gunners, although they lose but one shooting day, are outraged by any restrictions. The severity of this national discord was expressed last week by Parker Smith, U.S. Fish and Wildlife official in Atlanta. "I guess we are the nerve center of the biggest outdoor bellyache in the history of the Atlantic seaboard," Smith said. "From the tremendous and continuous clamor of complaints that have poured in from hunters, I believe we would have been far better off to discontinue the 1959 season altogether, rather than to reduce the bag limits and shooting days so drastically."
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October 12, 1959

The Battle Of The Bag Limits

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While complaints may be out of order in other areas, they have a better-than-reasonable basis in the East. Canvasback, thanks to the Maritimes and Ontario, are up, but gunners are limited to one daily. Scaup, regular Atlantic transients, are up. Black ducks, normally fair in some years, are good. Mallard are up over past seasons.

OVER-ALL OUTLOOK: UP 5%

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