The eagerly awaited regulations proposed by the United States Department of Agriculture, Bureau of Biological Survey, fixing the seasons in which the shooting of migratory birds is allowed, authorized under the recently enacted Weeks-McLean migratory bird law, have just been made public by the department.
They are effective as of Oct. 1, 1913, subject to any changes that may be determined between now and then.
In view of the widespread interest in this matter, not only on the part of sportsmen, but of lovers of wildlife generally, the American Game Protective and Propagation Association, which was active in the movement for the enactment of the Weeks-McLean law, has summarized the most important points involved.
Generally speaking, the country is divided into two zones, northern and southern, the dividing line running wholly or in part north of latitude 40 degrees and the Ohio River. Oregon is in the northern zone.
By way of summarization, the following statements may be made:
1. Exceptions have been made in both zones for numerous reasons, but in most cases the closed seasons take the average of the existing laws of the states in the particular zones in where they are located.
2. There has been more cutting on the closing than the opening dates of the shooting seasons as they now exist.
3. In most cases, three months of open shooting are allowed for water fowl and in some cases as much as three and one-half months.
4. Spring shooting is absolutely prohibited.
5. Shooting of migratory birds between sunset and sunrise is likewise prohibited.