The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks considered dates for the 2014 – 2015 waterfowl hunting seasons at its July 14 meeting. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released late-season frameworks in early August providing a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. “Breeding duck populations were at record levels in 2014, so we were once again offered liberal season frameworks, which include a 60-day duck season with a six bird daily bag limit,” said James Callicutt, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Waterfowl Program Biologist.
This year the youth waterfowl hunting days will be November 22, 2014 and January 31, 2015. Duck, merganser, and coot seasons will be November 27, 2014 – January 25, 2015. The duck daily bag limit will be a total of six ducks, including no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), three wood ducks, two redheads, three scaup, two pintail, one canvasback, one mottled duck, and one black duck. The merganser daily bag limit will be a total of five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. Coots will have a 15-bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers, and coots.
Late-season Canada, snow, blue, Ross’s, white-fronted goose, and brant seasons will occur from November 13, 2014 – January 25, 2015. Canada geese will have a 3-bird daily bag limit, and brant will have a daily bag limit of one bird. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for Canada geese and brant. Snow, blue, and Ross’s geese will have a daily bag limit of 20 birds in aggregate. White-fronted geese will have a daily bag limit of two birds. The possession limit for white-fronted geese is six, and there is no possession limit for snow, blue, and Ross’s geese. In addition to the regular hunting season, there will again be a conservation order for snow, blue, and Ross’s geese during the following dates: October 1 – November 12, 2014; January 26 – 30, 2015; and February 1 – March 31, 2015.