Outdoors Briefs July 27, 2012

By NEMS Daily Journal

Early migratory game bird seasons set to open Sept. 1
Mississippi hunters will enjoy a 70-day, 15-bird daily bag limit for mourning and white-winged doves and, in our part of the state, the season will open Sept. 1. The possession limit is 30 birds.
Mississippi is divided into two zones to maximize hunting opportunities throughout the state.
The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of State Hwy. 35. Season dates for the North Zone are: Sept. 1 through Sept. 23, Oct. 13 through Nov. 11, and Dec. 15 through Dec. 31.
The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of State Hwy. 35. Season dates for the South Zones are: Sept. 1 through Sept. 9, Oct. 6 through Nov. 11, and Dec. 21 through Jan. 13.
The early teal season is Sept. 15 through 30. The bag limit for September teal is four per day, eight in possession. The season for Canada geese is Sept. 1 through 15.
The daily bag limit is five Canada geese with a possession limit of 10.

Waterfowl numbers rise, according to U.S. survey
North American breeding waterfowl populations increased 7 percent from 2011 to just over 48 million birds, according to a study by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Population estimates for eight of the ten surveyed duck species increased this year. Mallard numbers increased 15 percent from last year to 10.6 million birds.
Scaup and green-winged teal populations showed the greatest increases, 21 percent and 20 percent, respectively. The Gadwall, American widgeon and canvasback populations increased only slightly.

Source: www.mdwfp.com, staff reports