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  • Solid duck, goose counts bode well for '11 season

  • Oregon waterfowl hunters will see their record run of long duck seasons reach 15 this fall as yet another maximum-length hunting season awaits.
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  • Oregon waterfowl hunters will see their record run of long duck seasons reach 15 this fall as yet another maximum-length hunting season awaits.
    Solid duck counts along the Pacific Flyway, as well as decent local duck production, means Oregon hunters again will have 107 days of duck hunting this fall and winter.
    Similarly good goose counts mean Oregon will continue its full goose season, with hunting dates staggered around the state.
    The seasons, based on frameworks crafted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, were adopted last month in Salem by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
    The duck and merganser season opens Oct. 8 and runs through Nov. 27 in Zone 2, which includes Klamath and Lake counties, as well as most of Eastern Oregon. After a short break, hunting resumes Nov. 30 and runs through Jan. 2.
    Duck hunting in Jackson County and the rest of Western Oregon opens Oct. 15 and runs until Oct. 23. Hunting then reopens Oct. 26 and runs through Jan. 29. The daily limit remains seven ducks.
    As in past years, the season sports 105 shooting days for adult waterfowl hunters, with two days set aside for the annual federal waterfowl youth hunt set for Sept. 24-25.
    Southwest Oregon's goose-hunting season opens on the same day as duck season, but it halts Dec. 2 and resumes Dec. 10. Goose hunting locally will end on the same day as duck season.
    Klamath County's goose season opens Oct. 8 and runs through Nov. 27 then takes a brief hiatus and reopens Dec. 17 through Jan. 17. The late season will open Feb. 18 and run through March 10.
    The limits remains four dark and six white geese a day. However, the restrictions banning hunters from killing cacklers and Aleutians is lifted this year in Klamath, Lake and Malheur counties.
    The commission set the seasons based on a traditional framework that backloads hunting dates to focus more effort in January and less in October.
    The staggered seasons are designed to make better use of weather conditions for hunting in the different zones.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470, or email at mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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