Mergansers consume fish and other aquatic organisms that may cause a concentration of contaminants in body tissue. Health officials have issued similar consumption advisories for certain species of fish found in these same waters.

"Many hunters already have purchased their hunting licenses and federal waterfowl stamps in anticipation of the season," Roe said. their convenience, in addition to being able to pick up the waterfowl brochure and maps at post offices and license issuing agents, hunters can obtain this important information from the Game Commission's website."

Studies conducted over the past two decades on Pennsylvania and New York mergansers, especially common and red breasted mergansers in the Lake Erie region, have concluded they may have varying levels of contaminants, including PCBs.

Hunters must use non toxic shot while hunting ducks, geese or coots in Pennsylvania. The use of decoys powered or operated by batteries or any other source of electricity is unlawful in Pennsylvania. Also, the use of any sort of artificial substance or product as bait or an attractant is prohibited.

"By answering the questions on the survey card, hunters will improve survey efficiency and the quality of information used to track the harvest of migratory birds for management purposes," Jacobs said.

Kevin Jacobs, Game Commission waterfowl biologist, said the federal frameworks are again allowing for a 60 day duck season, with a six bird daily limit. same species restrictions and bag limits that were in place for the 2009 10 season will continue, with the exception of a two bird daily limit for pintail throughout the 60 day season.

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has posted a synopsis of federal regulations that govern migratory game bird and waterfowl seasons to assist hunters in finding answers to questions. When state law differs from the federal law, hunters must comply with the more restrictive law. Hunters will be requested to provide information on where, when and what species of migratory birds were taken, in addition to the band number. This information is crucial to the successful management of migratory birds. Fish and Wildlife Service learn more about waterfowl movements, and survival and harvest rates that are critical to population management and setting of hunting regulations. Each year, nearly 380,000 ducks and geese and 30,000 mourning doves are banded across the United States and Canada.

Jacobs also noted that hunters will be able to harvest 25 snow geese daily in both the regular snow goose season (Nov. 6 Feb. 19) and Snow Goose Conservation Hunts, which was extended by one additional week (Feb. 21 April 16). To participate, hunters will need to obtain a free conservation hunt permit and file a mandatory report of harvest/participation in addition to their other required licenses. on how to obtain a permit for the Snow Goose Conservation Hunt will be announced later this hunting season.

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11 Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Bag Limits Selected

Once again, young Pennsylvania hunters will be provided with a special day of waterfowl hunting on Saturday, Sept. 18. The Youth Waterfowl Day will be open to those 12 to 15 years old who hold a junior hunting license. To participate, a youngster must be accompanied by an adult, who may assist the youth in calling, duck identification and other aspects of the hunt. During this special day long hunt, youth can harvest Canada geese, ducks, mergansers, coots and moorhens. The daily bag limit for youth participating in the Youth Waterfowl Day for is the same as the regular season daily limit in the area being hunted. The only exception is that when September Canada goose daily bag limits exceed the regular season limit for the area being hunted, youth can take the September daily limit.

HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire USNewswire/ Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director Carl G. Roe today announced that the agency has made its selections for the 2010 11 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits. Fish and Wildlife Service. Commission selections were made after reviewing last year's season results, waterfowl survey data, and input gathered from waterfowl hunters and the public. approval from the USFWS is expected by late September. Post Offices within the next two weeks.

In addition to a regular Pennsylvania hunting license, persons 16 and older must have a Federal Migratory Bird and Conservation Stamp, commonly referred to as a "Duck Stamp," signed in ink across its face. All waterfowl hunters, regardless of age, must have a Pennsylvania Migratory Game Bird License to hunt waterfowl and other migratory birds, including doves, woodcock, coots, moorhens, rails and snipe. All migratory game bird hunters in the United States are required to complete a Harvest Information Program survey when they purchase a state migratory game bird license. The survey information is then forwarded to the USFWS.

Jacobs noted that, although hunting hours have been extended to one half hour after sunset for big game (except spring gobbler), as well as small game and furbearers, federal regulations prevail for waterfowl and migratory game birds, so shooting hours for these species will continue to close at sunset. only exceptions are during the early September Canada goose season (Sept. 1 25) and the Snow Goose Conservation Season (Feb. 21 April 16), in which the USFWS has permitted states to extend the hunting hours to one half hour after sunset. Also, during the first part of the dove season (Sept. 1 28), hunting hours are from noon through sunset.

For complete early Canada goose season information, as well as webless migratory game bird seasons, please see News Release 78 10, which the agency issued on July 29.

"In reviewing public input, we have heard that hunters would prefer that we not close the duck season in the Northwest Duck Zone during the two week firearms deer season (Nov. 29 Dec. 11)," Jacobs said. "We have incorporated this request into the season dates for the 2010 duck seasons, which will run from Oct. 9 23, and from Nov. 6 Dec. 30."

Jacobs noted that the online and toll free reporting systems have produced big Men Canada Goose Chateau Parka Brown Singapore Factory Outlet dividends. Under the old reporting system utilized until the late 1990s, about one third of recovered banded birds were reported by hunters. Now, with the option of using online or toll free methods, band reporting rates are estimated to have stabilized around 70 percent.

For this reason, hunters are cautioned to not consume any mergansers. Other waterfowl should be skinned and the fat removed before cooking. Stuffing should be discarded after cooking and should not be consumed.


Also, this agency again will hold a special youth only waterfowl hunting day at the controlled hunting blinds at both Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area. The youth day for Middle Creek is Nov. 20, for Pymatuning, Nov. 27. A special drawing of applications submitted by junior license holders will be held immediately before the regular drawing for goose blinds. youth should use the same application on page 28 of the 2010 11 Digest. one application will be accepted per junior hunter.

"Information provided by hunters is essential in our efforts to properly manage our migratory game bird populations and harvest opportunities," Jacobs said. "By reporting the recovery of a leg band, hunters not only assist in managing the resource, but also have an opportunity to learn interesting facts about the bird they harvested."