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Southeast duck season to open...on a Thursday?

From now on the popular saying should be “Politics, sausage and duck seasons…you don’t want to know what goes into them.”

After more arguments Thursday night, and more confusion around firsts (motions) and seconds than an Abbott and Costello skit, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission voted to run the southeast zone duck season Nov. 15 (a Thursday) through Jan. 27.

Wildlife and Parks had recommended the season open Nov. 3, based on the desires of their biologists and hunter surveys that showed 77-percent of southeast Kansas duck hunters wanted the season to open Nov. 10 or earlier. All other duck seasons were set with  virtually no discussion amid commissioners.

The rest of the state’s waterfowl season’s are below.

The vote was 4-3 at the Kansas Wetlands Education Center near Great Bend.

DUCKS

High Plains  - Oct. 6-Dec. 30, and Jan. 19-27

Low Plains Early  - Oct. 6-Dec. 2, Dec. 15-Dec. 30

Low Plains Late – Oct. 27-Dec. 30, and Jan. 19-27

Low Plains Southeast – Nov. 15-Jan. 27

GEESE

White-fronted – Oct. 27-Dec. 30, Feb. 2-10

Canadas – Oct. 27-Nov. 4 and Nov. 7-Feb. 10

White – Oct. 27-Nov. 4 and Nov. 7-Feb. 10

More details will follow on Sunday’s Outdoors page and at www.kansas.com/outdoors.

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