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October 2, 2012

Season will close for five days in the South and 12 days in the Mississippi zone

MADISON - Hunters in Wisconsin's south and Mississippi river waterfowl zones are reminded of season splits that will occur this month. A split is a short closure that helps to balance the desires of hunters who wish to hunt earlier with those who prefer later season dates.

The Mississippi river zone closed Oct. 1 and the South zone will close Oct. 8. Both will reopen on Oct. 13. As a reminder, goose hunting in these areas will also be closed at this time, except within the Horicon zone.

The north and Mississippi river duck zones both opened in Wisconsin on Sept. 22. The south zone opened Sept. 29.

"Overall, field reports indicated that despite low water levels, hunter participation was relatively high and people were seeing and bagging good numbers of ducks," says Kent Van Horn, waterfowl ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources. "In particular, numerous teal and wood ducks were reported along the Mississippi river."

Preliminary estimates indicate around 21,000 Canada geese were harvested during the early season which ran from Sept 1-15. Overall it was a very successful hunt, with the 2012 early season harvest ranking as the 3rd highest since the season began.

For more information on waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin search for "waterfowl" on the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Van Horn - (608) 266-8841

Last Revised: Tuesday, October 02, 2012

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