The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission set the start of the 2013-14 hunting season for migratory waterfowl on Oct. 12.
The general duck season will be open for 107 days, according to the decision the commission made on Friday in Olympia.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wildlife Program staff members said surveys in the Pacific Flyway show duck populations are near long-term averages, while goose populations are generally at or above management goals.
Duck hunting will be open from Oct. 12 to Oct. 16 and from Oct. 19 to Jan. 26, according to a news release.
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A special youth hunting weekend will occur Sept. 21 and 22.
The commission, a nine-member citizen panel that sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, also approved five land purchases and two conservation easements as part of an effort to conserve habitat.
The parcels ranged in size from 1.3 to 191.4 acres in Pacific and Okanogan counties. Each parcel is adjacent to state wildlife lands or surrounded by publicly owned land, said Phil Anderson, director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, in a statement.
The Pacific County parcels will help preserve and restore salmon habitat, according to a news release. The Okanogan parcels will protect shrub-steppe habitat, mule deer winter range and migration corridors used by wildlife.
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