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The 2011-12 waterfowl hunting seasons were established by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission at its August meeting and reflect only calendar date changes from recent years.

The 60-day season will have one split, a 6-bird daily limit and will end Jan. 29.

The Statewide Zone duck hunting seasons are Nov. 26-27 and Dec.3-Jan. 29, while the Reelfoot Zone will be Nov. 12-13 and Dec. 3-Jan. 29.

TWRA waterfowl coordinator Tim White said officials report that habitat conditions in the Prairie Pothole region of the United States and Canada are the second wettest ever seen by officials. Based on these conditions, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered a full season with no closed or partial seasons on any species.

The TWRA recommendations follow the maximum USFWS frameworks regarding duck bag limits. A daily bag limit of 6 ducks may include no more than: 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a hen), 3 wood ducks (during the late waterfowl season only), 2 scaup, 2 pintails, 1 canvasback, and 1 black duck. The daily bag limit of merganser would be 5, only 2 which may be hooded mergansers.

Full goose seasons

Goose seasons are set as late as federal frameworks allow in order to take advantage of any migratory geese that may be available in late winter.

Season dates for Canada geese are Oct. 8-Oct. 19, Nov. 26-27, and Dec. 3-Jan. 29, 2012 in the Statewide Zone. In the Northwest Zone, the dates are Dec. 3-Feb. 12. The daily bag limit is 2 per person.

The white-fronted goose season runs statewide Dec. 3-Feb. 12. The daily bag limit is 2 per person.

Season dates and bag limits for light geese (snow, blue, Ross) are similar to last season with a shift for the calendar. The standard season will run from Nov. 25 through Feb. 12, 2012 (standard regulations apply). Federal Conservation Order provisions allow the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns for the Feb. 13 through March 10, 2012 portion of the season. The daily bag limit of light geese is 20 per person, per day during the conservation season.

The youth waterfowl season for youth ages 6-15 is Feb. 4-5 in the Statewide Zone  and Feb. 11-12 in the Reelfoot Zone.

TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2012-13 reflects virtually zero growth from the previous year and is within the agency’s projected revenue. The commission approved the proposal following the presentation.

The TWRC will next meet Sept. 15-16 in Jackson. The location of the meeting will be announced at a later date.

— TWRA

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