2013 / 2014 Waterfowl Season Dates / Limits Set

The California Fish and Game Commission, during their August 7th meeting in San Luis Obispo, California, adopted waterfowl season dates and regulations for the 2013/14 waterfowl season.

Regulations adopted for the Southern California Zone (which will cover San Jacinto Wildlife Area):

Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 19, 2013 through January 26, 2014.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 1 and February 2, 2014. (San Jacinto’s Annual Youth Hunt will be February 1st, 2014).

Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.

Geese: Daily bag limit: 10. Of which 10 may be white geese and only 3 may be dark geese.

Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

“Electronic” Spinning wing decoys (AKA – mojo’s) will be allowed from December 1 until the season ends (statewide) – non-motorized / wind powered mojo’s are allowed all season.

The changes that might potentially affect San Jacinto hunters are the fact that scaup can not be taken the first two weeks of the season.  Last season scaup were legal throughout the entire regular duck season and, in addition last year you were allowed 7 scaup but this year that is down to 3.  Also, last season the canvasback limit was 1, this year its up to 2 cans a day. Although geese aren’t a big concern, as far as going over limit at San Jacinto, but this year’s regulations up the limit on geese to 10 of which all 10 may be white geese but only 3 can be dark geese.

So, regulations are set, bird numbers, in general, are good, well over the long term averages, and San Jacinto is looking good for the upcoming season.  Again things seem to be shaping up for a great season.  Hope to see you all out at good old SJ!

This above information is provided as a general guide only. Please check the California Department of Fish and Game website at:

http://www.dfg.ca.gov/regulations/waterfowl-summary-13-14.html

…or printed regulation book (available soon at most license agent locations) for official information and/or for regulations in other waterfowl zones in the state.


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