Tuesday, September 4, 2012
September Geese and Teal Offer Early Waterfowling in Oklahoma
September is a big month for Oklahoma bird hunters, and not just for those pursuing doves. The resident Canada goose and September teal seasons both open September 8.
Resident Canada goose season will run through Sept. 17, and September teal season will run through Sept. 23. Shooting hours for both seasons is one half hour before official sunrise to official sunset. Hunters can harvest eight geese daily and four teal daily.
Bluewing and greenwing teal are the first ducks to travel through Oklahoma as they migrate southward on their traditional journey to wintering grounds in Mexico and Central and South America.
To participate in the September teal season or resident Canada goose season, hunters must possess a resident or nonresident Oklahoma hunting license and a Harvest Information Permit (HIP). Additionally, hunters 16 years old and older must carry on his person a valid federal duck stamp and Oklahoma waterfowl license, unless otherwise exempt.
Hunters age eight to 30 years of age who have not completed the Wildlife Department's hunter education course can still purchase a hunting license and go hunting, but the license will have an apprentice designation and the hunter must be accompanied by an individual 18 years of age or older who is licensed and hunter education certified or exempt from license or hunter education requirements. The accompanying hunter must remain in sight of and be able to communicate with the apprentice hunter in a normal voice without the aid of any communication device.
A hunting license is not required for resident youth under the age of 16 (under 14 for non-residents) to hunt small game, but they still must be accompanied.
All waterfowl hunting is restricted to federally-approved nontoxic shot in all areas of the state. Possession of lead shot while hunting waterfowl is prohibited.
For complete regulations, consult the "2012-13 Oklahoma Hunting Guide" online at wildlifedepartment.com or in hardcopy anywhere hunting licenses are sold.
Michael Bergin or Micah Holmes (405) 521-3856