State sets waterfowl hunting seasons

Waterfowl hunting opportunities will be similar to last year in Washington under seasons adopted recently by the state Fish and Wildlife Commission.

The commission closed the season for canvasback ducks and delayed the start of the scaup season until Nov. 1 because of population declines for those species, officials said.

Special limits for hen mallard, pintail, redhead, harlequin, scoter and long-tailed ducks will remain the same.

The statewide duck hunting season will be open from Oct. 11-15 and Oct. 18-Jan. 25. A special youth hunting weekend also is scheduled for Sept. 20-21.

Goose hunting seasons vary by management areas across the state, but most open Oct. 11 and run into January 2009.

The goose and duck hunting seasons approved by the commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, are based on state and federal waterfowl population estimates and guidelines.