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  • Duck, goose enthusiasts get maximum seasons

  • Oregon waterfowl hunters will continue their record run of 17 straight maximum-length duck- and goose-hunting seasons, although some bag limits have changed.
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  • Oregon waterfowl hunters will continue their record run of 17 straight maximum-length duck- and goose-hunting seasons, although some bag limits have changed.
    Solid but not spectacular duck and goose counts along the Pacific Flyway, as well as decent local duck production, means Oregon duck and goose hunters again will have 107 days of hunting this fall and winter.
    Those frameworks were created by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and used by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission to set this year's waterfowl seasons.
    Duck and goose hunters in the Southwest Zone, which includes Jackson and Josephine counties, can hit the waters and marshes Oct. 12, with goose hunters staying afield through Dec. 1. They will then take their customary hiatus before returning Dec. 9 and hunting through Jan. 26, the latest possible date for waterfowl hunting under this season's frameworks. The goose daily limit is 10.
    Duck hunters can stay on the water only through Oct. 20 before taking a break to allow for the two-day youth waterfowl weekend. They can return to hunting Oct. 23 through Jan. 26. The season is framed around a seven-duck daily limit.
    The youth waterfowl hunt in Western Oregon, including White City's Denman Wildlife Area, runs Oct. 21-22.
    Along with Oregon, other states along the Pacific Flyway are California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Washington and portions of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico and Wyoming.
    Surveys conducted by the USFWS in parts of the United States and Canada show an estimated duck population of 45.6 million birds, down 6 percent from last year but still 33 percent above the long-term average, according to the service.
    Oregon's breeding population was estimated at 267,000 ducks, down 3 percent from last year.
    Reach reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@mailtribune.com.
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