JACKSON, MS (WLOX) - Dates for the 2014-2015 waterfowl hunting seasons have been released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and duck hunters should be happy, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks in Jackson.
Hunters from the Delta to South Mississippi will have a 60 day season starting in November.
"Breeding duck populations were at record levels in 2014, so we were once again offered liberal season frameworks, which include a 60 day duck season with a six bird daily bag limit," James Callicutt, with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.
The season starts with youth waterfowl hunting from Nov. 22, to Jan. 31, 2015. Duck, merganser and coot seasons will be open from Nov. 27 to Jan. 25, 2015.
Hunters will be allowed to harvest a total of six ducks per day. That number includes no more than four mallards, two of which may be females, three wood ducks, two redheads, three scaup, two pintail, one canvasback, one mottled duck and one black duck.
Of note, the merganser daily bag limit is a total of five mergansers, only two of which may be hooded mergansers.
In terms of Coots, hunters must follow by a 15 bird daily bag limit. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers and coots.
The late season Canada, snow, blue, Ross's, white-fronted goose and brant seasons will open on Nov. 13 and close Jan. 25, 2015. The bag limit for Canada geese is three per day.
For more information and limits, go to mdwfp.com.