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August 25, 2015

MADISON -- Migratory game bird hunters are reminded that Sept. 1 marks the opener for mourning dove, early teal and early goose hunting seasons.

An updated 2015 early teal, early Canada goose and mourning dove regulations pamphlet [PDF] will give hunters:

In 2015, the mourning dove hunting season will run from Sept. 1 to Nov. 29, and as in 2014, 20 days have been added to the end of the traditional 70-day dove hunting season.

Dove hunters are encouraged to check out the Fields & Forest Lands Interactive Gamebird Hunting Tool. FFLIGHT helps hunters of all types locate young aspen and alder habitat, pheasant-stocked public hunting grounds, and managed dove fields.

FFLIGHT also allows users to print maps and find GPS coordinates to assist in navigation and provides measuring tools to help estimate acreage and walking distance. Mobile users can use FFLIGHT on-the-go to find habitat suitable for the species they wish to pursue.

Canada goose hunting in Wisconsin will begin with an Early September season Sept. 1-15, with a daily bag limit of five geese. Goose hunters will be required to slit or punch their goose permit and report their harvest using 1-800-99-GOOSE (46673) within 48 hours of harvest. During the early goose season, regulations apply statewide with no zone specific regulations.

The department will also offer the second year of the three-year experimental early teal-only duck hunting season from Sept. 1-7, with a daily bag limit of six teal. Opening day shooting hours for the teal season will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and sunrise to 7 p.m. for the remainder of the season. Hunters will not be required to purchase any additional licenses or permits, other than those required for hunting ducks in the regular waterfowl season.

While the early teal season is offered statewide, there are some state owned properties with special waterfowl hunting limitations. For example, Mead Wildlife Area does not allow waterfowl hunting prior to the regular duck season, and Lake Mills Wildlife Area (Zeloski Marsh) has unique shooting hour restrictions. Please check to see if the areas you hunt have any additional requirements or limitations.

In addition, check out the updated teal duck identification slideshow and quiz, available by searching the DNR website, for keyword "waterfowl."

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Van Horn, DNR migratory game bird ecologist, 608-266-8841

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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