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Plenty of hunting in the area

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

SIKESTON -- Sitting on two waterfowl zones, local hunters can start early in one and hunt late in the other.

"They have more days to hunt and more places than ever," said Leother Branch, Scott County conservation agent.

"We have three different zones," Branch said: north, middle and south. "Most of this region is in the middle and south zone."

The middle zone is west of Interstate 55 in Scott County and includes some of New Madrid and Stoddard counties. Duck season in this zone opened Nov. 3 and continues to Jan. 1.

"The south zone covers the western part of Scott County into Mississippi County," Branch said. Duck hunting season in this zone started Nov. 23 and ends Jan. 21.

"There is a six duck daily limit -- no more than four mallards, and only two can be females," Branch said.

Hunters are also also limited to two each of the following: wood ducks, red heads, scaup and canvas back ducks.

There is also a limit to one each on pintails and black ducks.

"There's a possession limit as well," Branch noted, which is double the daily limit.

The season for Canadian and white fronted geese began Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 30, according to Branch.

Snow and blue geese began Oct. 27 and also continues through Jan. 30.

Daily limits for geese are two canadian geese; one brant; two white fronted geese; and 20 "light" geese.

"The light geese are the snows and the blues," Branch said.

Branch said there has also been a conservation order for light geese: due to overpopulation, hunters can hunt these birds from Jan. 31 through April 30 with no bag limit.

"We get a big concentration of these and it causes farmers a lot of damage to their fields," he said. "They can use electronic calls and unplugged shotguns. A Missouri migratory bird hunting permit is the only permit required."