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Indiana DNR sets waterfowl hunting seasons/ News release (fwd)



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Date: Thu, 04 Sep 1997 09:22:25 -0600
From: Steve Polston <steve_polston_at_dnrlan@ima.isd.state.in.us>
Subject: Indiana DNR sets waterfowl hunting seasons/ News release

DNR NEWS	
													
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St. W255 B
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748

For Immediate Release
For More Information: Mark Cottingham, Division of Fish and Wildlife,
317/232-4080

Waterfowl hunting seasons set
Duck migration should hit record numbers

	The Indiana Department of Natural Resources has set 1997 Indiana
waterfowl seasons as wild duck population levels grow. U.S. Fish and
Wildlife waterfowl surveys indicate continued increases in waterfowl
populations across northern United States and much of Canada.
	“Record high populations of ducks have been counted this year topping
all previous levels since waterfowl surveys began in 1955,” said Melody
Hartman, waterfowl biologist for the DNR’s Division of Fish and
Wildlife.
	This year’s fall migration is predicted to be about 92 million birds,
approximately 2 million more than last year. The increase in the
migration numbers is the result of improved habitat and conservation
efforts funded by sportsmen and sportswomen.
	With the migration levels at record highs, the dates for the 1997-98
Indiana waterfowl seasons were developed with input from more than 200
Hoosier sportsmen and women. The waterfowl hunting dates are as follows:

Ducks, Coots and Mergansers
North Zone	Oct. 18 - Dec. 7	Dec. 20 - Dec. 28

South Zone	Oct. 25 - Oct. 27	Nov. 8 - Jan. 3

Ohio River Zone	Nov. 20 - Jan. 18

Geese
North Zone	Oct. 18 - Oct. 26	Nov. 8 - Jan. 2

Southern James Bay Population (SJBP)
	Oct. 18 - Oct. 20	Nov. 27 - Dec. 28

South Zone	Oct. 25 - Oct. 27	Nov. 22 - Jan. 22

Ohio River Zone	Nov. 28 - Jan. 31
(excluding Posey County)

Posey County	Nov. 28 - Jan. 31*
	*In Posey County, the Canada goose season ends on Jan. 31 or when a
quota of 3,450 geese is reached, whichever comes first.

Snow Geese
Statewide	Nov. 15 - March 1

	In addition, the Southern James Bay Population zone for geese has been
altered. Four counties have been removed from the SJBP zone, and one
county has been added. The following are description of the current
zones for the 1997-98 seasons:

Zone Descriptions
North Zone
	That part of Indiana north of a line extending east from the Illinois
border along Indiana Road 18 to U.S. 31; north along U.S. 31 to U.S. 24;
east on U.S. 24 to Huntington; and southeast on U.S. 224 to the Ohio
border (excluding Elkhart, Lagrange, Steuben, Starke, Jasper, LaPorte
counties and the Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area for goose hunting
– see SJBP Zone).
Southern James Bay Population Zone (for geese)
	Elkhart, Lagrange, Steuben, Starke, Jasper, LaPorte counties and the
Jasper-Pulaski Fish and Wildlife Area.
South Zone
	South of the North Zone boundary and north of the Ohio River Zone.
Ohio River Zone
	South of a line extending east from the Illinois border along
Interstate 64 to New Albany; east on Indiana Road 62 to Indiana Road 56;
east on Indiana Road 56 to Vevay; along Indiana Road 156 along the Ohio
River to North Landing; north on Indiana Road 56 to U.S. 50; and
northeast on U.S. 50 to the Ohio border.
	Information on daily bag limits and possession limits can be found in
the “1997 Migratory Waterfowl Regulation” brochure available from
license vendors and DNR properties.


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