Michael Pearce

Wildlife commission sets 2014 Kansas duck and goose seasons

For the third consecutive year the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission has rejected the request of staff biologists when setting the hunting season for the southeast Kansas duck zone.

Also for the third year, Commissioner Don Budd, of Kansas City, offered up the season dates that were passed by the commission.

Originally Wildlife and Parks wanted the late zone season to run Nov. 8-Jan 4, and Jan. 10-25, so hunters in the northern part of the zone could get in more hunts before ice formed on their marshes. Budd and several other commissioners, though, said they were following the wishes of the majority of surveyed hunters who said they wanted the southeast duck zone to run as late as possible.

There was little negative debate on other duck and goose season dates or limits.

These are the official season dates:

Southeast duck zone, Nov. 8-9, Nov. 15- Jan. 25.

Low plains late zone, Nov. 1-Jan. 4 and Jan. 17-25.

Low plains early zone, Oct. 11-Dec. 7 and Dec. 20-Jan. 4.

Canada and light goose, Nov. 1-9 and Nov. 12-Feb. 15.

White-fronted geese, Nov. 1-Dec. 14 and Jan. 17-Feb. 15.

These are the official daily bag limits:

Ducks — six, of which no more than five can be mallards, of which no more than two can be hens. Also the limit can not contain more than three scaup, three wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 pintails and 1 canvasback.

Canada geese — six per day.

Snow geese — 50 per day.

White-fronted geese — 2 per day.

The commission also passed a regulation that will allow hunters to use a leashed dog to aid in the tracking and recovery of big game.