Doves….Teal…Goose OPEN SOON!!!

by Free Speech on August 19, 2015

Lodi, WI~

Lodi Valley News serving Lodi, WI & the Lake Wisconsin area with local information since Earth Day 2008.

 

It sure seems that the summer has gone by quickly this year. Soon, the children will be back in school and fall will be upon us. The hot and muggy weather that we’ve been experienced in August so far makes it difficult to think that there will soon be hunting seasons open in Wisconsin. On September 1st, the goose, dove, and teal seasons will all open for Wisconsin hunters and allow them to hunt these migratory game birds before they end south for the winter.

The Wisconsin DNR has continued to expand migratory bird hunting seasons earlier in the fall by adding the early Canadian goose season. The goose season was made longer and is now statewide with some exceptions. The goose season allows hunters to harvest 5 birds per day with a possession limit of 15 birds. The season is open from September 1st to September 15th. To hunt geese in the early season a hunter needs; a valid 2015 small game license, an early 2015 Canada geese hunting permit (printed on your license), 2015 state waterfowl stamp (printed on license), 2015 Federal migratory bird stamp, Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration, and a valid hunters safety permit if born on or after January 1, 1973.

The mourning dove season was added next for fall hunters and has worked out well with around 25,000 to 30,000 Wisconsin residents taking part in the hunt. The mourning dove has the largest population of all game birds with a population between 400,000 and 500,000 nationwide and 4 to 5 million doves passing through Wisconsin on their way south. There also are some doves that stay in Wisconsin for the winter and don’t migrate.

Dove hunter need to have; a valid 2015 small game hunting license, a Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration, and a valid hunter’s education

Certificate. The average hunter harvests only about 5 dove a season and hunters kill only 10-12% of the total number of dove population each fall. You can hunt doves now in 40 states now and many of you remember the first season where there were many protests and bad words.

A hunter may legally shoot 15 doves per day and 45 birds in possession. The dove season lasts from September 1st to November 29th. If you are hunting doves on state land, you must use non-toxic shoot. Your gun must also be plugged with no more than a 3 shells capacity.

This is the second year of the three year experimental early teal season and by most accounts the teal hunting has gone well. You may only shoot blue wing and green wing teal in this early season. A hunter must have a 2015 small game license, a 2015 Wisconsin waterfowl stamp, a 2015 Federal migratory bird stamp, Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration, and a valid hunter’s education certificate if born on or after January 1, 1973.

Teal and early goose season shooting begins opening day and the rest of the season a half an hour before sunrise. Early teal shooting hours begin at 9:00 am on opening day and at sunrise the rest of the season. All teal hunting closes at 7:00 pm the rest of the seasons. Non toxic shell must be used on all state and Federal land when hunting doves, teal, and Canadian geese.

I’ve given you the open seasons date and info for the Big Three; geese, teal, and dove. It’s up to you to get your guns and equipment in order. Fire and clean your guns after doing some range and clay pigeon shooting, get in shape and condition, do some walking and climbing to get into shape. Check everything that you’re bringing and make sure that you’re gear is packed well.

Doves, geese, and teal should be scouted now so that you’re ready for the opener and early season. Good locations to look for doves are areas that have food, water, and roosting trees. Most of their food is waste grain, seeds, and weed seeds like pigweed and foxtail. Try to find the locations where the doves go from roosting trees to their water and food areas.

Geese and teal will be close to water and leave the water locations to find harvested corn, soybean fields, and open areas of wild plants and seeds. I see a lot of geese in harvested grain fields and close to water.

Teal can be about anywhere. Look to marshes, lakes, and open areas for them. But, ducks and geese like water so I get up early and drive around water locations for the ducks and geese. The best thing is to find smaller potholes and ponds for the teal and more open water locations for the big Canadian geese.

This is wonderful time coming soon so try to get ready for doves, geese, and teal. Driving country roads with good set of binoculars is a great way to find good hunting locations for ducks and geese. Present yourself in a good manner and be friendly and talk. Wouldn’t it be great to hunt private land in a good spot and get the kind of goose or teal shooting you dream about?

Check out the DNR website and pick up one of the new pamphlets that have just the rules and regulations for geese, teal, and doves.

 

www.garyengbergoutdoors.com

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