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Reminder for waterfowl hunters in the Panhandle: season end dates differ from last year

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2023-24 waterfowl seasons in the Panhandle differ from those in previous years

Hunters are reminded that 2023–24 waterfowl season dates differ from those of the 2022-23 season.

2023-24 duck season dates in Area 3:

  • Oct. 7, 2023–Jan. 19, 2024
  • Scaup Season: Oct. 26, 2023–Jan. 19, 2024

2023-24 Canada goose season dates in Area 3:

  • Oct. 7– Oct. 22, 2023
  • Nov. 4, 2023–Jan. 31, 2024

Duck and scaup season in Area 3 closes on Jan. 19 while Canada goose season in Area 3 closes on Jan. 31, 2024. For more information, see page 9 in the 2023-24 Idaho Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Rules.

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The changes were adopted by the Idaho Fish and Game Commission at their April 2023 meeting based on public input received during the 2023-24 waterfowl season setting process.

Some hunters in north Idaho expressed dissatisfaction with the season structure during the 2022-23 season and a desire to hunt Canada geese through Jan. 31. Results from previous surveys suggested duck hunters preferred seasons that started and ended early. Furthermore, Canada goose hunters preferred seasons that started and ended as late as possible but occurred at the same time as duck seasons. It has been difficult to satisfy these desires with the season structure proposed in recent years.

To better meet hunter preferences for late-season Canada goose hunting opportunity, Fish and Game proposed two Canada goose season options in the Panhandle for public consideration. One option was for a continuous Canada goose season (no split) at the same time as the duck season; the second option was a split-season, with opening day starting at the same time as the duck season (Oct. 7), a 12-day closure of the season from Oct. 23Nov. 3 and the remainder of the season from Nov. 4–Jan. 31.

Feedback received from waterfowl hunters during the March 2023 season setting public comment period indicated approximately 75% of respondents supported the split-season option for Canada geese in the Panhandle.

Fish and Game relies on public input, especially when making recommendations to the Commission about proposed changes to any hunting seasons and rules. Members of the public are always encouraged to participate in surveys and public comment periods to help shape the nature and outcome of proposals, management plans and more.

To view opportunities to participate in the public involvement process, check out our Surveys and Comment Opportunities webpage where all open surveys and comment periods are listed.

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Make sure to check out our Idaho Hunt Planner to help you scout and plan your next hunting outing.

Have questions? Don’t hesitate to contact the Panhandle Regional office at (208) 769-1414.

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