Migratory Bird Program
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Hunting Regulations

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New Process for the 2016–17 Hunting Regulations Cycle

Beginning with the 2016 – 17 hunting seasons, a new schedule will be used for setting annual migratory bird hunting regulations. The current early and late season regulatory actions will be combined into a single process that will establish migratory bird hunting seasons much earlier than the current system does.

Under the new process, proposed hunting season frameworks for a given year will be developed in the fall of the prior year.  Those frameworks will be finalized a few months later, thereby enabling the state agencies to select and publish their season dates in early summer.

This new process will be implemented for the 2016-17 regulatory cycle. There will be a one-time overlap in the regulatory processes for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons.  The 2016–17 regulatory schedule will begin in mid-June 2015 with the first SRC meeting of the 2015. 

Proposed season frameworks, a 30-day public comment period, and final season frameworks will then follow with ultimate publication of all 2016-17 migratory game bird hunting seasons in late May to mid-June of 2016.

2016-17 Schedule Of Biological Information Availability, Regulations Meetings And Federal Register Publications

FSEIS Issuance of Annual Regulations Permitting the Hunting of Migratory Birds

09/21/12: Late Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds; Final Rule

09/21/12: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2013 Season; Proposed Rule

09/21/12: Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2012–13 Late
Season; Final Rule

09/20/12: Final Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Final Rule

09/05/12: Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2012–13 Early Season; Final rule.

08/31/12: Early Season and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds in the Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; Final rule.

08/17/12: Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Proposed rule; supplemental.

08/16/12: Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2012–13 Season; Proposed rule

07/20/12: Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Notice of Meetings

04/17/12: Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2012–13 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Preliminary) With
Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals and Requests for 2014 Spring and Summer Migratory Bird Subsistence
Harvest Proposals in Alaska, Proposed Rule

09/26/11: Migratory Bird Hunting; Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and
Ceded Lands for the 2011–12 Late Season, Final Rule

09/26/11: Migratory Bird Hunting; Late Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds, Final Rule

09/21/11: Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

08/30/11: Migratory Bird Hunting; Final Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

08/26/11: Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

07/26/11: Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Notice of Meetings

06/22/11: Migratory Bird Hunting; Supplemental Proposals for Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations for the 2011–12 Hunting Season; Notice of Meetings

04/08/11: Proposed 2011–12 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Preliminary) With Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals and Requests for 2013 Spring and Summer Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest Proposals in Alaska; Proposed rule; availability of supplemental information.

03/29/11: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2011 Season, Final Rule

10/20/10: Service Regulations Committee Meeting, Notice of Meeting

10/26/10: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the
2011 Season; Proposed Rule

09/24/10: Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2010–11 Late
Season; Final Rule

09/24/10: Late Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds; Final Rule

09/23/10: Final Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Final Rule

09/01/10: Final Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Final Rule

08/31/10: Early Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds in the Contiguous United States, Alaska,
Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; Final Rule

08/30/10: Final Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Final Rule

08/25/10: Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Proposed Rule

08/06/10: Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2010–11
Season; Proposed Rule

12/24/09: Late Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds, Correction

11/20/09: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the
2010 Season

10/28/09: Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2009–10 Late
Season; Final Rule

09/25/09: Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and
Ceded Lands for the 2009-10 Late Season; Final Rule

09/25/09: Late Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds; Final Rule

09/24/09: Final Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

08/31/09: Early Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds in the
Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; Final Rule

08/13/09: Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

08/11/09: Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2009–10 Season

08/07/09: Approval of Tungsten-Iron-Fluoropolymer Shot Alloys as Nontoxic for Hunting Waterfowl and Coots; Availability of Draft Environmental Assessment

07/24/09: Proposed Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Notice of Meetings; Proposed Rule

05/19/09: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the
2009 Season; Final Rule

04/10/09: Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2009–10 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Preliminary) With
Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals and Requests for 2010 Spring and Summer Migratory Bird Subsistence
Harvest Proposals in Alaska

02/10/09: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2009 Season

12/18/08: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2009 Season; Proposed Rule

12/17/08: Service Regulations Committee Meeting; Notice of Meeting

11/05/08: Migratory Bird Hunting and Permits; Regulations for Managing Harvest of  Light Goose Populations

11/05/08: Migratory Bird Hunting and Permits; Harvest of Light Goose Populations

11/03/08: Hunting Methods for Resident Canada Geese

09/04/08: Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2008–09 Early Season; Final Rule

08/29/08: Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

08/29/08: Early Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds in the Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands; Final Rule; Proposed Frameworks for Late–Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Proposed Rule

08/27/08: Final Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

08/15/08: Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2008–09 Season

07/24/08: Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Notice of Meetings; Proposed Rule

03/17/08: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2008 Season

10/15/07: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2008 Season

10/15/07: Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2007–08 Early and Late Seasons; Final Rule

09/21/07: Late Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds

09/20/07: Final Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

08/31/07: Proposed Frameworks for Late-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations

08/31/07: Proposed Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Certain Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands for the 2007–08 Season

08/30/07: Early Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds in the Contiguous United States, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands

08/28/07: Final Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Final Rule

08/20/07: Migratory Bird Permits; Regulations for Managing Resident Canada Goose Populations

07/23/07: Proposed Frameworks for Early-Season Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations; Notice of Meetings; Proposed Rule

06/08/07: Supplemental Proposals for Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations for the 2007–08
Hunting Season; Notice of Meetings

04/11/07: Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2007 Season; Final Rule

04/11/07: Proposed 2007–08 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Preliminary) With Requests for Indian Tribal Proposals and Requests for 2008 Spring/Summer Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest Proposals in Alaska

 

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Last updated: March 20, 2015