Duck seasons open Sept. 29

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South Dakota hunters have been able to hunt Canada geese since Sept. 1, but the traditional duck season opens Sept. 29 across most of the state. Here are the details:

• Low Plains North and Low Plains Middle Zones: Sept. 29-Dec. 11

• Low Plains South Zone: Oct. 27-Jan. 8

• High Plains Zone: Oct. 13-Jan. 17

A daily bag limit of six ducks may be comprised of no more than five mallards (which may include no more than two hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two redheads, two pintails and two canvasbacks. In addition, waterfowl hunters can add two bonus blue-winged teal during the first 16 days of the season.

The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for each species, and shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

Duck hunting seasons are set in early spring after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued each state federally mandated guidelines for the hunting seasons.

For more information, go to gfp.sd.gov/ducks.