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December 19, 2013

Waterfowl seasons continue through the holidays

   Idaho waterfowl seasons are open through the Christmas and New Year holidays and into January.

   Waterfowl hunters must have a valid Idaho hunting license - a 2013 license through the end of December and a 2014 license on January 1 and thereafter.

   But the federal duck stamps are good through the end of June.

   Duck and Canada goose seasons in the area around the American Falls Reservoir run through Jan. 17. In the rest of the state the seasons run through Jan. 24.

   The daily bag limit is seven ducks - but they may include no more than two female mallards, two redheads, three scaup, two pintails and two canvasbacks - and four Canada geese.

   In Area 3, in the southwest part of the state, seasons for white-fronted geese and light geese - snow and Ross's geese - will be open at different times for part of the season, with the white-fronted goose season open through Feb. 23, and the light goose season open through March 10.

   Elsewhere, the white-fronted goose season will run concurrent with the duck and Canada goose seasons.

   The daily bag limits are six white fronted geese and 20 light geese, increased from 10 last year.

   Hunters are reminded that electronic calls and unplugged shotguns are allowed only for hunting light geese when no other seasons are open.

   For details, see the 2013 waterfowl rules brochure available at license vendors, Fish and Game offices and online at http://fishandgame.idaho.gov.