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Michigan extends wild game advisories for Tittabawassee and Saginaw river floodplains

Written by Neutral Scent Marketing Author, on December 25th, 2014

Officials with the departments of Community Health, Environmental Quality and Natural Resources said samples of wild game taken from the floodplains in 2007 confirm high levels of dioxin and dioxin like compounds in muscle meats, skin and other consumable portions of animals.

The state is advising that hunters and their families follow several recommendations:

Limit consumption of muscle meat from deer harvested in or near the floodplain of the Tittabawassee River downstream of Midland and in or near the floodplain of the Saginaw River. Canada Goose uk http://www.cheapgoose.top Trimming any visible fat will lower the level of dioxins in the cooked meat;

Do not eat turkey harvested in or near the floodplain of the Tittabawassee River downstream of Midland;

Limit consumption of squirrel harvested in or near the floodplain of the Tittabawassee River downstream of Midland;

Do not eat the skin of Canada goose or wood duck harvested in or near the floodplain of the Tittabawassee River downstream of Midland and in or near the floodplain of the Saginaw River.
Minnesota duck hunting

60 day, 3 zone waterfowl season will open Sept. 22

Waterfowl hunters in southern Minnesota will have additional late season hunting opportunities under a new three zone, 60 day season announced today by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Last year, the DNR split the state into two hunting zones with different season dates as part of an effort to provide additional hunting opportunity as birds migrate from north to south. The addition of a third zone furthers that approach.

third zone was supported in data collected as part of a hunter survey and a first ever waterfowl hunter focus group, said Tom Landwehr, DNR commissioner. will extend the hunting season in southern Minnesota through the first weekend in December, which will appeal to hunters where waters have not yet frozen and migrating birds are still coming through. state waterfowl season will open one half hour before sunrise on Sept. 22 statewide. The daily bag limit of six ducks per day and a 60 day season are unchanged from last year. The mallard bag limit remains at four per day, including two hen mallards. The wood duck bag limit will remain at three per day. The daily limit for scaup is four, up from two last year. Possession limits remain at twice the daily bag limits. Youth Waterfowl Day will be Sept. 8, two weeks before the season opener.

Dennis Simon, DNR wildlife chief, said this year opener is the earliest in 45 years. The Sept. Fish and Wildlife Service direction that enables states in the Mississippi Flyway to open their season on the Saturday nearest Sept. 24.

season opened on Sept. 24 last year, said Simon, too was an earlier than normal opener. We saw hunter satisfaction levels rise last year due, in part, to good early season wood duck and blue winged teal hunting. season length is based on mallard counts from a continental survey, including Minnesota information. This year estimate was 11 million mallards, which was above the average of 8.1 million mallards and the second highest count since 1992. Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist, said breeding duck numbers for all species were very good this year. He noted wetland conditions in the major waterfowl breeding areas were drier than last year but still near long term averages.

population index of local breeding mallards in Minnesota was at their long term average of 225,000 breeding mallards this spring, Cordt said. conditions in Minnesota were drier this spring compared to last year, but improved in many areas in May and June. SEASON

In the North Duck Zone (north of Highway 210), duck season will run from Saturday, Sept. 22 Tuesday, Nov. 20.

In the Central Duck Zone, duck season will run from Saturday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 6 Sunday, Nov. 25.

In the South Duck Zone (south of Highway 212), duck season will run from Saturday, Sept. 22 to Sunday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 13 Sunday, Dec. 2. daily through Saturday, Oct. 6, and from one half hour before sunrise to sunset the remainder of the season.

Motorized decoys or other motorized devices designed to attract migratory waterfowl may not be used from the opening day of duck season through Saturday, Oct. 6. On water bodies and lands fully contained within state wildlife management area boundaries, a person may not use these devices at any time during the waterfowl season.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day will be Saturday, Sept. 8. Hunters age 15 and under may take regular season bag limits when accompanied by a non hunting adult (age 18 and older, no license required). Motorized decoy restrictions are in effect. Five geese may be taken statewide. A free small game license and HIP certification are required for youth age 15 and under.

The early Canada goose season will open statewide on Saturday, Sept. 1 and will run through Friday, Sept. 21. Bag limits for Canada geese will be five per day statewide.

A $4 permit is required to hunt Canada geese in the early season. Permits are available wherever hunting and angling licenses are sold. The restriction prohibiting hunting within 100 yards of surface water remains in effect in the Northwest goose zone, Carlos Avery WMA, Ocheda Lake Game refuge, and an area surrounding Swan Lake in Nicollet County. Early season goose hunters should consult the 2012 Waterfowl Supplement for zone maps and additional details.

Minnesota regular goose season will open in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Saturday, Sept. 22 with a bag limit of three Canada geese per day the entire season. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.

In the North Duck zone, goose season will run from Saturday, Sept. 22 Sunday, Dec.16. In the Central Duck zone, goose season will run from Saturday, Sept. 22 Sunday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 6 Friday, Dec. 21. In the South Duck zone, goose season will run from Saturday, Sept. 22 Sunday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 13 Friday, Dec. 28.

can expect to see excellent numbers of Canada geese again this fall, Cordts said. number of breeding geese in Minnesota is very high and local production was very good this spring. In addition, we should see good numbers of migrant geese in the state this fall, particularly in areas such as Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area. Goose Seasons

The season for light geese (snow, blue and Ross geese), white fronted geese, and brant will run concurrent with open Canada goose season in each zone. Bag limits are 20 light geese per day, one white fronted goose per day, and one brant per day.

The season for sandhill cranes will open two weeks later this year and run from Saturday, Sept. 15 Sunday, Oct. 21 in the Northwest Goose zone only. The daily bag limit will be two sandhill cranes per day. A Sandhill crane permit ($3) is required in addition to a small game hunting license.

Additional details on the duck, goose, sandhill crane, and other migratory bird hunting seasons will be available in the 2012 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations, available in mid August.

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