Minnesota duck hunters will likely be able to have 18 ducks in his or her possession this fall. Fish and Wildlife Service has approved and the the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is poised to adopt a new possession limit that is three times the daily bag limit. For years, the possession limit has been twice the daily bag.

The triple the daily limit would also apply to the regular Canada goose season, during which three birds can be shot daily.

Canvasback: The DNR could seek a two bird daily limit on cavasback ducks, an increase from one bird currently. The breeding population of cans is estimated to be at 787,000 throughout North America, an increase in 4 percent over last year. and 37 percent above the long term average

In the eastern survey area eastern Ontario, Quebec, the Maritime Provinces and Maine estimated mallard abundance is 500,000 birds. The black duck estimate is 622,000. Habitat conditions across most of the eastern survey area generally were good with the exception of Maine and the southern Maritimes, which were rated only as fair. The Service works in partnership with state biologists from the four flyways the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central and Pacific to establish regulatory frameworks for waterfowl hunting season lengths, dates and bag limits.

Details of the Minnesota season are expected to be finalized in the coming weeks. Tentatively, the agency has planned a Sept. 21 waterfowl opener with a six duck daily bag limit, four of which can be mallards. That the same as last year.

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Estimated abundance of American wigeon is 2.6 million and 23 percent above the 2012 estimate and similar to the long term average.

Other changes that are expected to be considered at an upcoming meeting of the Mississippi Flyway Council include the following:

Blue winged teal estimated abundance is 7.7 million. Although this is 16 percent below the 2012 estimate of 9.2 million, the blue wing population is 60 percent above the long term average. Similarly, the green winged teal estimate of 3.1 million is 12 percent below last year but still 51 percent above their long term average.

Despite a delayed spring throughout most of the traditional survey area, habitat conditions during the 2013 survey were generally improved or similar to last year due to above average precipitation. Most of the Canadian portions of the traditional survey area were rated as good to excellent, in contrast to 2012 where drier conditions existed across northern Alberta and Saskatchewan. prairies received record snowfall in April, habitat conditions were still rated only fair to poor, similar to last year. The total pond estimate (prairie Canada and the north central United States combined) is 6.9 million, 24 percent higher than the 2012 Baby Canada Goose Snow Bunting Blue Topaz Ireland Online estimate of 5.5 million ponds and 35 percent above the long term average.

The combined lesser and greater scaup estimate of 4.2 million decreased 20 percent from last year and is 17 percent below the long term average of 5 million. The canvasback estimate of 787,000 is similar to the 2012 estimate and 37 percent above the long term average.

Possession limits date back more than a century and were instituted to end market hunting, the practice of killing scores of ducks to sell to restaurants half a continent away. Many in the wildlife management community believe there little risk of that today. Selling and buying wild game is still illegal, and farm raised animals have filled the demand for bullet free duck meat. That the theory anyway.

Estimated mallard abundance is 10.4 million birds, similar to the 2012 estimate of 10.6 million birds and 36 percent above the long term average.

The northern pintail estimate of 3.3 million is similar to the 2012 estimate of 3.5 million and 17 percent below the long term average.

Scaup (bluebills): The DNR might seek to lower the daily bag on lesser and greater scaup from four to three or possibly two, said Steve Cordt, DNR waterfowl specialist. The continental scaup population fell roughly 20 percent, to about 4.2 million from about 5.2 million, in the past year, according to the federal report. That 17 percent below the birds long term average. Cordts says no one sure why bluebill populations have varied as they have, generally showing a steady decline over several decades. Fish and Wildlife Service 2013 Report on Trends in Duck Breeding Populations. The preliminary estimate of total duck populations from the traditional survey area (north central United States, south central and northern Canada, and Alaska) is 45.6 million birds. This estimate represents a 6 percent decrease from last year's estimate of 48.6 million birds but is still 33 percent above the long term average. The total duck estimate excludes scoters, eiders, long tailed ducks, mergansers and wood ducks.

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