The thumping sounds you’re hearing from across Kansas are the sounds of retriever tails banging kennel walls and carpets as they wag to the good news.
Kansas duck hunters will probably get to shoot an extra duck a day this fall and winter.
The past several seasons the daily limit has been five with only one pintail. Only a few years ago pintail season was only about half that of most species.
Faye McNew, Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks waterfowl biologist, said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has offered Central Flyway states the following daily bag limit guidelines.
6 ducks per day -
up to 5 mallards -
up to 1 hen mallard *-
up to 2 pintails
up to 3 wood ducks
up to 2 redheads
up to 2 scaup
(* the feds actually allow up to 2 hen mallards per day, though Kansas routinely limits the take to 1 per day at the request of sportsmen)
McNew expects the department to propose the above daily limits at the Aug. 12 Wildlife and Parks Commission meeting in Mankato. The feds have also OKed a 74-day duck season. McNew isn’t sure what those proposed dates will be.