Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2021-22 Frameworks, and Special Procedures for Issuance of Annual Hunting Regulations, 10622-10656 [2021-02964]

Download as PDF 10622 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Flyway Council Recommendations, below, for more information). DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerome Ford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, (202) 208–1050. 50 CFR Part 20 [Docket No. FWS–HQ–MB–2020–0032; FF09M21200–212–FXMB1231099BPP0] RIN 1018–BE34 Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2021–22 Frameworks, and Special Procedures for Issuance of Annual Hunting Regulations Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; supplemental. AGENCY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) is proposing to establish the 2021–22 hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds, and make a minor change to the special procedures for issuance of annual hunting regulations. We annually prescribe outside limits, frameworks, within which States may select hunting seasons. Frameworks specify the outside dates, season lengths, shooting hours, bag and possession limits, and areas where migratory game bird hunting may occur. These frameworks are necessary to allow State selections of seasons and limits and to allow harvest at levels compatible with migratory game bird population status and habitat conditions. Migratory game bird hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and sustenance, and aid Federal, State, and Tribal governments in the management of migratory game birds. SUMMARY: You must submit comments on the proposed migratory bird hunting frameworks and special procedures for issuance of annual hunting regulations by March 24, 2021. ADDRESSES: Comments: You may submit comments on the proposals by one of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS–HQ–MB–2020– 0032. • U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–HQ–MB–2020– 0032; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: JAO/3W, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. We will not accept emailed or faxed comments. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see Review of Public Comments and tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 The process for promulgating annual regulations for the hunting of migratory game birds involves the publication of a series of proposed and final rulemaking documents. In this proposed rule, in addition to our normal procedure of setting forth proposed frameworks for the annual hunting regulations (described below), we are also proposing minor changes to the permanent regulations that govern the migratory bird hunting program. The annual regulations are set forth in subpart K of part 20 of the regulations in title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In this document, we also propose minor changes to subpart N of 50 CFR part 20, as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed Changes to Regulations at 50 CFR Part 20 (Subpart N) The regulations governing special procedures for issuance of annual hunting regulations are at 50 CFR part 20, subpart N. The rules of subpart N apply only to subpart K regarding the issuance of the annual regulations establishing seasons, bag limits, and other requirements for the seasonal hunting of migratory birds. In subpart N, the current regulations require that the Service publish a notice of meetings of the Service’s Regulations Committee and the Flyway Councils in the process of developing frameworks for migratory bird hunting seasons. Specifically, notice of each meeting of the Regulations Committee and Flyway Council to be attended by any official of the Department of the Interior will be published in the Federal Register at least 2 weeks before the meeting or as soon as practicable after the Service learns of the Flyway Council meeting. In addition to or in place of publishing a meeting notice in the Federal Register, we propose to add that we post on the Service’s Migratory Bird Program website as a method to notify the public of these meetings. We are proposing this change because it will increase our ability to provide more timely information as meeting information becomes available, and more flexibility to inform the public of changes in meeting dates and locations should such changes be necessary. Greater flexibility has become critical when unforeseen exigencies require venue changes for these meetings. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Process for Establishing Annual Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations (Subpart K) As part of the Department of the Interior’s retrospective regulatory review, in 2015 we developed a schedule for migratory game bird hunting regulations that is more efficient and establishes hunting season dates earlier than was possible under the previous process. Under the current process, we develop proposed hunting season frameworks for a given year in the fall of the prior year. We then finalize those frameworks a few months later, thereby enabling the State agencies to select and publish their season dates in early summer. We provided a detailed overview of the current process in the August 3, 2017, Federal Register (82 FR 36308). This proposed rule is the second in a series of proposed and final rules that establish regulations for the 2021–22 migratory bird-hunting season. Regulations Schedule for 2021 On October 9, 2020, we published in the Federal Register (85 FR 64097) a proposal to amend 50 CFR part 20. The proposal provided a background and overview of the migratory bird hunting regulations process, and addressed the establishment of seasons, limits, and other regulations for hunting migratory game birds under §§ 20.101 through 20.107, 20.109, and 20.110 of subpart K. This document is the second in a series of proposed and final rules for migratory game bird hunting regulations. Major steps in the 2021–22 regulatory cycle relating to open public meetings and Federal Register notifications were illustrated in the diagram at the end of the October 9, 2020, proposed rule. For this regulatory cycle, we have combined elements of the document that is described in the diagram as Supplemental Proposals with the document that is described as Proposed Season Frameworks. Further, in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule we explained that all sections of subsequent documents outlining hunting frameworks and guidelines would be organized under numbered headings, which were set forth at 85 FR 64097. This and subsequent documents will refer only to numbered items requiring attention. We will omit those items not requiring attention, and remaining numbered items may be discontinuous and appear incomplete. We provided the meeting dates and locations for the Service Regulations Committee (SRC) and Flyway Council meetings on Flyway calendars posted on E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule our website at https://www.fws.gov/ birds/management/flyways.php. We announced the April SRC meeting in the April 9, 2020, Federal Register (84 FR 14130). The October 9, 2020, proposed rule provided detailed information on the proposed 2021–22 regulatory schedule and announced the October SRC meeting. The SRC conducted an open meeting with the Flyway Council Consultants on April 28, 2020, to discuss preliminary issues for the 2021– 22 regulations, and on October 20–21, 2020, to review information on the current status of migratory game birds and develop recommendations for the 2021–22 regulations for these species. This supplemental proposed rule provides the regulatory alternatives for the 2021–22 duck hunting season, and provides proposed frameworks for the 2021–22 migratory bird hunting season. It will lead to final frameworks from which States may select season dates, shooting hours, areas, and limits. We have considered all pertinent comments received through October 2020, which includes comments submitted in response to our October 9 proposed rulemaking document and comments from the October SRC meeting. In addition, new proposals for certain regulations are provided for public comment. The comment period is specified above under DATES. We anticipate publishing final regulatory frameworks for migratory game bird hunting in the Federal Register around February 2021. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Population Status and Harvest Each year we publish reports that provide detailed information on the status and harvest of certain migratory game bird species. These reports are available at the address indicated under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT or from our website at https:// www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/ reports-and-publications/populationstatus.php. We used the following annual reports published in August 2020 in the development of proposed frameworks for the migratory bird hunting regulations: Adaptive Harvest Management, 2021 Hunting Season; American Woodcock Population Status, 2020; Band-tailed Pigeon Population Status, 2020; Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest During the 2018– 19 and 2019–20 Hunting Seasons; Mourning Dove Population Status, 2020; Status and Harvests of Sandhill Cranes, Mid-continent, Rocky Mountain, Lower Colorado River Valley and Eastern Populations, 2020; and Waterfowl Population Status, 2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Our long-term objectives continue to include providing opportunities to harvest portions of certain migratory game bird populations and to limit harvests to levels compatible with each population’s ability to maintain healthy, viable numbers. Migratory game bird hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and sustenance, and aid Federal, State, and Tribal governments in the management of migratory game birds. Having taken into account the zones of temperature and the distribution, abundance, economic value, breeding habits, and times and lines of flight of migratory birds, we conclude that the proposed hunting seasons provided for herein are compatible with the current status of migratory bird populations and longterm population goals. Additionally, we are obligated to, and do, give serious consideration to all information received during the public comment period. Review of Public Comments and Flyway Council Recommendations The preliminary proposed rulemaking, which appeared in the October 9, 2020, Federal Register, opened the public comment period for migratory game bird hunting regulations and described the proposed regulatory alternatives for the 2021–22 duck hunting season. Comments and recommendations are summarized below and numbered in the order used in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule (see 85 FR 64097). We received recommendations from all four Flyway Councils at the April and October SRC meetings; all recommendations are from the October meeting unless otherwise noted. Some recommendations supported continuation of last year’s frameworks. Due to the comprehensive nature of the annual review of the frameworks performed by the Councils, support for continuation of last year’s frameworks is assumed for items for which no recommendations were received. Council recommendations for changes in the frameworks are summarized below. As explained earlier in this document, we have included only the numbered items pertaining to issues for which we received recommendations. Consequently, the issues do not follow in successive numerical order. We seek additional information and comments on the recommendations in this supplemental proposed rule. New proposals and modifications to previously described proposals are discussed below. Wherever possible, they are discussed under headings PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10623 corresponding to the numbered items in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule. General Written Comments: Several commenters protested the entire migratory bird hunting regulations process, the killing of all migratory birds, and questioned the status and habitat data on which the migratory bird hunting regulations are based. Service Response: As we indicated above under Population Status and Harvest, our long-term objectives continue to include providing opportunities to harvest portions of certain migratory game bird populations and to limit harvests to levels compatible with each population’s ability to maintain healthy, viable numbers. Sustaining migratory bird populations and ensuring a variety of sustainable uses, including harvest, is consistent with the guiding principles by which migratory birds are to be managed under the conventions between the United States and several foreign nations for the protection and management of these birds. We have taken into account available information and considered public comments and continue to conclude that the hunting seasons provided for herein are compatible with the current status of migratory bird populations and longterm population goals. In regard to the regulations process, the Flyway Council system of migratory bird management has been a longstanding example of State-Federal cooperative management since its establishment in 1952 in regulation development process and bird population and habitat monitoring. However, as always, we continue to seek new ways to streamline and improve the process and ensure adequate conservation of the resource. 1. Ducks A. General Harvest Strategy Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the liberal regulatory alternative for their respective flyways. Service Response: As we stated in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule, we intend to continue use of Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) to help determine appropriate duck-hunting regulations for the 2021–22 season. AHM is a tool that permits sound resource decisions in the face of uncertain regulatory impacts and provides a mechanism for reducing that uncertainty over time. We use an AHM protocol (decision framework) to evaluate four regulatory alternatives, E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 10624 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule each with a different expected harvest level, and choose the optimal regulation for duck hunting based on the status and demographics of mallards for the Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyways, and based on the status and demographics of a suite of four species (eastern waterfowl) in the Atlantic Flyway (see below, and the earlier referenced report ‘‘Adaptive Harvest Management, 2021 Hunting Season’’ for more details). We have specific AHM protocols that guide appropriate bag limits and season lengths for species of special concern, including black ducks, scaup, and pintails, within the general duck season. These protocols use the same outside season dates and lengths as those regulatory alternatives for the 2021–22 general duck season. For the 2021–22 hunting season, we will continue to use independent optimizations to determine the appropriate regulatory alternative for mallard stocks in the Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyways and for eastern waterfowl in the Atlantic Flyway. This means that we will develop regulations for mid-continent mallards, western mallards, and eastern waterfowl independently based on the breeding stock(s) that contributes primarily to each Flyway. We detailed implementation of AHM protocols for mid-continent and western mallards in the July 24, 2008, Federal Register (73 FR 43290), and for eastern waterfowl in the September 21, 2018, Federal Register (83 FR 47868). We also stated in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule, that the coronavirus prevented the Service and their partners from performing the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey (WBPHS) and estimating waterfowl breeding abundances and habitat conditions in the spring of 2020. As a result, AHM protocols have been adjusted to inform decisions on duck hunting regulations based on model predictions of breeding abundances and habitat conditions. In most cases, system models specific to each AHM decision framework have been used to predict breeding abundances from the available information (e.g., 2019 observations). However, for some system state variables (i.e., pond numbers and mean latitude) we have used updated time series models to forecast 2020 values based on the most recent information. These technical adjustments are described in detail in the report entitled ‘‘Adaptive Harvest Management, 2021 Hunting Season’’ referenced above under Population Status and Harvest. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Atlantic Flyway Mississippi and Central Flyways For the Atlantic Flyway, we set duckhunting regulations based on the status and demographics of a suite of four duck species (eastern waterfowl) in eastern Canada and the Atlantic Flyway States: Green-winged teal, common goldeneye, ring-necked duck, and wood duck. For purposes of the assessment, eastern waterfowl stocks are those breeding in eastern Canada and Maine (Federal WBPHS fixed-wing surveys in strata 51–53, 56, and 62–70, and helicopter plot surveys in strata 51–52, 63–64, 66–68, and 70–72) and in Atlantic Flyway States from New Hampshire south to Virginia (Atlantic Flyway Breeding Waterfowl Survey, AFBWS). Abundance estimates for green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, and goldeneyes are derived annually by integrating fixed-wing and helicopter survey data from eastern Canada and Maine (WBPHS strata 51–53, 56, and 62–72). Counts of green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, and goldeneyes in the AFBWS are negligible and therefore excluded from population estimates for those species. Abundance estimates for wood ducks in the Atlantic Flyway (Maine south to Florida) are estimated by integrating data from the AFBWS and the North American Breeding Bird Survey. Counts of wood ducks from the WBPHS are negligible and therefore excluded from population estimates. For the 2021–22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest regulations for eastern waterfowl using: (1) A management objective of 98 percent of maximum long-term sustainable harvest for eastern waterfowl; (2) the 2021–22 regulatory alternatives; and (3) current stock-specific population models and associated weights. Based on the liberal regulatory alternative selected for the 2020–21 duck hunting season, the 2020 model predictions of 0.35 million greenwinged teal, 0.94 million wood ducks, 0.70 million ring-necked ducks, and 0.58 million goldeneyes, the optimal regulation for the Atlantic Flyway is the liberal alternative. Therefore, we concur with the recommendation of the Atlantic Flyway Council regarding selection of the liberal regulatory alternative as described in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule for the 2021–22 season. The mallard bag limit in the Atlantic Flyway is based on a separate assessment of the harvest potential of eastern mallards (see xi. Other, below, for further discussion on the mallard bag limit in the Atlantic Flyway). For the Mississippi and Central Flyways, we set duck-hunting regulations based on the status and demographics of mid-continent mallards and habitat conditions (pond numbers in Prairie Canada). For purposes of the assessment, midcontinent mallards are those breeding in central North America (Federal WBPHS strata 13–18, 20–50, and 75–77), and in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (State surveys). For the 2021–22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest regulations for mid-continent mallards using: (1) A management objective of maximum long-term sustainable harvest; (2) the 2021–22 regulatory alternatives; and (3) current population models and associated weights. Based on a liberal regulatory alternative selected for the 2020–21 hunting season, the 2020 model predictions of 9.07 million midcontinent mallards and 3.40 million ponds in Prairie Canada, the optimal regulation for the Mississippi and Central Flyways is the liberal alternative. Therefore, we concur with the recommendations of the Mississippi and Central Flyway Councils regarding selection of the liberal regulatory alternative as described in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule for the 2021–22 season. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Pacific Flyway For the Pacific Flyway, we set duckhunting regulations based on the status and demographics of western mallards. For purposes of the assessment, western mallards consist of two substocks and are those breeding in Alaska and Yukon Territory (Federal WBPHS strata 1–12) and those breeding in the southern Pacific Flyway including California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia (State and Provincial surveys) combined. For the 2021–22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest regulations for western mallards using: (1) A management objective of maximum long-term sustainable harvest; (2) the 2021–22 regulatory alternatives; and (3) the current population model. Based on a liberal regulatory alternative selected for the 2020–21 hunting season, the 2020 model predictions of 0.94 million western mallards in Alaska and the Yukon Territory (0.41 million) and the southern Pacific Flyway (0.53 million), the optimal regulation for the Pacific Flyway is the liberal alternative. Therefore, we concur with the recommendation of the Pacific Flyway Council regarding selection of the liberal regulatory alternative as E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 described in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule for the 2021–22 season. B. Regulatory Alternatives Council Recommendations: At the April SRC meeting, the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyway Councils recommended that AHM regulatory alternatives for duck hunting seasons in 2021–22 remain the same as those used in the previous year with one exception that we agreed to in 2020: Moving the opening framework date to 1 week earlier in the restrictive regulatory alternative for the Mississippi and Central Flyways beginning with the 2021–22 season based on their recommendations (85 FR 15870; March 19, 2020). The Central Flyway Council further recommended at the April SRC meeting that the bag limit for male mallards in the moderate and liberal regulatory alternatives for the Central Flyway be increased by one bird, so that the male mallard bag limit would be the same as the overall duck bag limit of six ducks. This recommendation is in opposition to Mississippi Flyway Council’s recommendation that AHM regulatory alternatives for duck hunting seasons in 2021–22 remain the same as those used in the previous year with the exception noted above. Service Response: Consistent with Flyway Council recommendations in April and the Flyway Council recommendations we earlier adopted in the August 21, 2020, final rule (85 FR 51854) for the 2021–22 duck season, the AHM regulatory alternatives proposed for the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyways in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule (85 FR 64097) will be used for the 2021–22 hunting season (see accompanying table at the end of that document for specific information). The AHM regulatory alternatives consist only of the maximum season lengths, framework dates, and bag limits for total ducks and mallards. Restrictions for certain species within these frameworks that are not covered by existing harvest strategies will be addressed elsewhere in these proposed frameworks. For those species with specific harvest strategies (pintails, black ducks, and scaup), those strategies will again be used for the 2021–22 hunting season. Last year, we considered proposals for mid-continent mallard duck regulations from the Central and Mississippi Flyways, which differed in the number of drake mallards in the daily bag limit. The recommendations from the two Councils in April are the same with regard to the bag limit for drake mallards as those we addressed in 2020 (85 FR 51854; August 21, 2020). Since the recommendations have not changed, VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 our decision also has not changed. Because mid-continent mallards are shared between the two Flyways, the two Flyways need to work together to create a suite of regulatory alternatives to which both can agree. Since such an agreement between the flyways has not yet been reached, the Service supports mallard bag limits for the 2021–22 season that are the same as those from the 2020–21 season where the two Councils were last in agreement (i.e., no change). C. Zones and Split Seasons Zones and split seasons are ‘‘special regulations’’ designed to distribute hunting opportunities and harvests according to temporal, geographic, and demographic variability in waterfowl and other migratory game bird populations. For ducks, States have been allowed the option of dividing their allotted hunting days into two (or in some cases three) segments (splits) to take advantage of species-specific peaks of abundance or to satisfy hunters in different areas who want to hunt during the peak of waterfowl abundance in their area. We discussed and presented guidelines for duck zones and split seasons during 2021–25 seasons in the August 21, 2020, final rule (85 FR 51857). Also at that time, based on a Flyway Council recommendation, we extended the deadline for States to select their zone and split-season configurations and to define potential new zone boundaries for the 2021–25 seasons from May 1, 2020, to August 15, 2020. Council Recommendations: The Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway Councils recommended that States be allowed an additional year to select their zone and split-season configurations and to define potential new zone boundaries for the 2021–25 seasons, and that those selections would remain in effect for 4 years (2022–25). At the April SRC meeting, the Pacific Flyway Council recommended that Alaska be allowed to move their twosegment season option from the Kodiak zone to the Southeast Zone and retain grandfathered status (5 zones and 1 zone with a split season). Service Response: We agree with the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway Councils’ recommendation to allow States an additional opportunity to select their duck zone and split-season configurations and to define potential new zone boundaries for the 5-year period originally planned for the 2021– 25 seasons. This opportunity will apply only to States that have not yet made a change in their zone and split-season configurations for the 2021–25 seasons, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10625 and these selections would remain in effect for the 2022–25 seasons. The deadline for States to select their zone and split-season configuration and to define potential new zone boundaries for the 2022–25 seasons is May 1, 2021, but we encourage States to submit their selections and zone boundaries as soon as possible. The guidelines for duck zones and split seasons during 2022–25 seasons will remain the same as those established in the August 21, 2020, final rule (85 FR 51857). Any State that selects the new configuration allowed by the Service beginning with the 2021– 22 season (i.e., two zones with three segments in each zone) must conduct an evaluation of the impacts of zones and splits on hunter dynamics (e.g., hunter numbers, satisfaction) and harvest. We are agreeable to allow States an additional opportunity to select their zone and split-season configurations because some States were planning public input meetings during early spring 2020 to gather additional input prior to making their selection for the 2021–25 seasons. However, due to the coronavirus, those public meetings were cancelled, so States were unable to gather that input. However, in the future, we expect to adhere to our established guidelines that restrict the frequency of changes in State selection among these configurations to open seasons at the beginning of five-year intervals. This is necessary to increase our ability to detect the impacts of zones and splits on waterfowl demographics and harvest. Substantial concern remains about the unknown consequences of zones and split seasons on duck populations and harvest redistribution among States and flyways, potential reduced effectiveness of regulations (season length and bag limit) to reduce duck harvest if needed, and the administrative burden associated with changing regulations annually. After this open period, the next regularly scheduled open season for changes to zone and split-season configurations will be in 2026, for use during the 2026–30 seasons. In order to allow sufficient time for States to solicit public input regarding their selections of zone and split season configurations in 2026, we will reaffirm the criteria during the 2025 season regulations process. At that time, we will notify States that changes to zone and splitseason configurations should be provided to the Service by May 1, 2026. We also agree with the Pacific Flyway Council’s recommendation that Alaska be allowed to move their two-segment season option from the Kodiak zone to the Southeast Zone and retain E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10626 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule grandfathered status. The current guidelines indicate that only minor (less than a county in size) boundary changes will be allowed for any grandfathered arrangement. Although this is not a boundary change, the transfer of the split to a different, existing zone is simply a reconfiguration of the grandfathered zone and split structure, and the change is expected to have negligible impacts to duck population status and harvest. However, because the intent of zone and split regulations is not to affect harvest distribution, the State of Alaska will be required to provide the Service with an evaluation of impacts to duck harvest and hunter dynamics (e.g., hunter numbers, hunter success, hunter satisfaction, etc.) during the fixed five-year period it is implemented (e.g., 2021–25 period), and are encouraged to involve a human dimensions specialist in the assessment. This review should assist the Service in ascertaining whether major undesirable changes in harvest occurred or hunter participation improved as a result of the regulation change. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 D. Special Seasons/Species Management i. September Teal Seasons Because a spring 2020 abundance estimate from the WBPHS for bluewinged teal was not available, we used time series models to predict their abundance. The predicted estimate was 5.83 million birds. Because this estimate is greater than 4.7 million birds, the teal season guidelines indicate that a 16-day special September teal season with a 6teal daily bag limit is appropriate for States in the Atlantic, Mississippi and Central flyways. Further, the guidelines indicate that in Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee, in lieu of a 16-day special September teal season, a 5-day special September teal–wood duck season with a daily bag limit of 6 birds in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be wood ducks, is appropriate. In addition, a 4-day special September teal season with a 6-teal daily bag limit, either immediately before or immediately after the 5-day teal–wood duck season, is appropriate. Council Recommendations: The Mississippi Flyway Council recommended that Minnesota be allowed to conduct an experimental special September teal season for a 3year period beginning in 2021 or 2022 following the framework for all other States in the Mississippi Flyway. Service Response: As we described in the August 28, 2014, Federal Register (79 FR 51402), the Flyway Councils and Service completed a thorough VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 assessment of the harvest potential for teal (blue-winged, green-winged, and cinnamon), as well as an assessment of the impacts of current special September seasons on these three species. The assessment indicated that additional hunting opportunity could be provided for teal. Therefore, we supported recommendations from the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyway Councils to establish new hunting seasons (e.g., September teal seasons in northern States) and expanded hunting opportunities (e.g., season lengths, bag limits) in States with existing teal seasons. Further, we confirmed that we were willing to consider proposals to conduct experimental September teal seasons in northern (production) States if fully evaluated for impacts to teal and nontarget species. We also provided criteria for evaluation of these experimental seasons. Thus, we agree with the Mississippi Flyway Council’s recommendation to allow an experimental special September teal season in Minnesota beginning in 2020 or 2021. We earlier approved a 3-year experimental season in Minnesota beginning in 2014. However, Minnesota opted out of the experiment at that time. The criteria established in 2014 regarding the experimental season and transition to operational status will again apply (see 79 FR 51403, August 28, 2014). In addition, we clarify that criteria for operational status must be met by Minnesota’s experimental season results alone, and not in combination with data from other States. We will work with Minnesota to develop an evaluation plan and associated memorandum of agreement (MOA) for this experiment detailing the required sample sizes, decision criteria for the experimental season to become operational, and roles and responsibilities. The plan will consist of a 3-year evaluation of hunter performance (via spy blind studies) with regard to attempt and kill rates on nontarget species during the experimental September teal season. ii. September Teal–Wood Duck Seasons Using band-recovery data for birds banded in summer and fall 2019 and harvested during the 2019–20 hunting season, we estimated kill rates for adult male wood ducks in the eastern United States to be 0.112 (range-wide) and 0.119 (northern birds only). These values are below those in which analyses suggest bag limit restrictions may be needed (range-wide = 0.166; northern birds = 0.143). These results, combined with the predicted blue- PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 winged teal estimate reported above indicate a 5-day September teal–wood duck season with a daily bag limit of 6 birds in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be wood ducks, is appropriate in Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee for the 2021–22 season. iii. Black Ducks Council Recommendations: The Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway Councils recommended continued use of the AHM protocol for black ducks, and adoption of the moderate regulatory alternative for their respective flyways. The Flyway-specific regulations consist of a daily bag limit of two black ducks and a season length of 60 days. Service Response: The Service, Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway Councils, and Canada adopted an international AHM protocol for black ducks in 2012 (77 FR 49868; August 17, 2012) whereby we set black duck hunting regulations for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways (and Canada) based on the status and demographics of these birds. The AHM protocol clarifies country-specific target harvest levels, and reduces conflicts over regulatory policies. For the 2021–22 hunting season, we evaluated country-specific alternative harvest regulations using: (1) A management objective of 98 percent of maximum long-term sustainable harvest; (2) country-specific regulatory alternatives; and (3) current population models and associated weights. Based on the moderate regulatory alternative selected for the 2020–21 hunting season and the 2020 model predictions of 0.50 million breeding black ducks and 0.39 million breeding mallards (Federal WBPHS strata 51, 52, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, and 72; core survey area), the optimal regulation for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways is the moderate alternative (and the liberal alternative in Canada). Therefore, we concur with the recommendations of the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway Councils. iv. Canvasbacks Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the liberal regulatory alternative for their respective flyways. The Flyway-specific regulations consist of a daily bag limit of two canvasbacks and a season length of 60 days in the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 days in the Central Flyway, and 107 days in the Pacific Flyway. Service Response: As we discussed in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302), the canvasback harvest strategy that we had relied on until 2015 E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 was not viable under our new regulatory process because it required biological information that was not yet available at the time a decision on season structure needed to be made. We do not yet have a new harvest strategy to propose for use in guiding canvasback harvest management in the future. However, we have worked with technical staff of the four Flyway Councils to develop a decision framework (hereafter, decision support tool) that relies on the best biological information available to develop recommendations for annual canvasback harvest regulations. The decision support tool uses available information (1994–2014) on canvasback breeding population size in Alaska and north-central North America (Federal WBPHS traditional survey area, strata 1–18, 20–50, and 75–77), growth rate, survival, and harvest, and a population model to evaluate alternative harvest regulations based on a management objective of maximum long-term sustainable harvest. The decision support tool calls for a closed season when the population is below 460,000, a 1-bird daily bag limit when the population is between 460,000 and 480,000, and a 2-bird daily bag limit when the population is greater than 480,000. Because abundance estimates were not available from the WBPHS, we used two different methods to predict canvasback abundance during spring 2020. One used a population model initially developed in the 1990s, and the other used the time series of recent abundances from the WBPHS. Based on the resulting predictions of 550,799 and 671,280 canvasbacks, respectively, for the two approaches, we concur with the recommendations of the four Flyway Councils regarding selection of the liberal regulatory alternative for the 2021–22 season. v. Pintails Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the liberal regulatory alternative with a 1-pintail daily bag limit for their respective flyways. The Flyway-specific regulations consist of a season length of 60 days in the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 days in the Central Flyway, and 107 days in the Pacific Flyway. Service Response: The Service and four Flyway Councils adopted an AHM protocol for pintail in 2010 (75 FR 44856; July 29, 2010) whereby we set pintail hunting regulations in all four Flyways based on the status and demographics of these birds. For the 2021–22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest regulations VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 for pintails using: (1) A management objective of maximum long-term sustainable harvest, including a closedseason constraint of 1.75 million birds; (2) the regulatory alternatives; and (3) current population models and associated weights. Based on a liberal regulatory alternative with a 1-bird daily bag limit for the 2020–21 season, and the 2020 model predictions of 2.45 million pintails with the center of the population predicted to occur at a mean latitude of 55.2 degrees (Federal WBPHS traditional survey area, strata 1–18, 20– 50, and 75–77), the optimal regulation for all four Flyways is the liberal alternative with a 1-pintail daily bag limit. Therefore, we concur with the recommendations of the four Flyway Councils. vi. Scaup Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the restrictive regulatory alternative for the 2021–22 season. The Flyway-specific regulations consist of a 60-day season with a 1-bird daily bag limit during 40 consecutive days and a 2-bird daily bag limit during 20 consecutive days in the Atlantic Flyway, a 60-day season with a 2-bird daily bag limit during 45 consecutive days and a 1-bird daily bag limit during 15 consecutive days in the Mississippi Flyway, a 1-bird daily bag limit for 74 days in the Central Flyway (which may have separate segments of 39 days and 35 days), and an 86-day season with a 2-bird daily bag limit in the Pacific Flyway. Also, at the April SRC meeting, the Mississippi Flyway Council recommended that the restrictive regulatory alternative for scaup in the Mississippi Flyway be a season of 60 days with a daily bag limit of 2 scaup. Service Response: The Service and four Flyway Councils adopted an AHM protocol for scaup in 2008 (73 FR 43290, July 24, 2008; and 73 FR 51124, August 29, 2008) whereby we set scaup hunting regulations in all four Flyways based on the status and demographics of these birds. For the 2021–22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest regulations for scaup using: (1) A management objective of 95 percent of maximum sustainable harvest; (2) the regulatory alternatives; and (3) the current population model. Based on a moderate regulatory alternative for the 2020–21 season, and the 2020 model prediction of 3.53 million scaup (Federal WBPHS traditional survey area, strata 1–18, 20– 50, and 75–77), the optimal regulation for all four Flyways is the restrictive alternative. Therefore, we concur with PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10627 the recommendations of the four Flyway Councils regarding selection of the restrictive alternative for the 2021–22 season. We do not support the Mississippi Flyway Council’s recommendation to revise the restrictive scaup regulatory alternative for the Mississippi Flyway to include a 60-day season with a 2-bird daily bag limit. The scaup harvest strategy prescribes allowable harvest limits for each flyway. In 2009, we accepted the Mississippi Flyway Council’s recommendation for a hybrid season with 45 days at a 2-bird daily bag limit and 15 days at a 1-bird daily bag under the restrictive alternative to stay within allowable harvest limits. We do not support the current recommendation because it is outside the normal process for revising national harvest strategies, which involves working with the Service and Flyway Councils through the Harvest Management Working Group. Further, predicted harvest under this recommendation would exceed the harvest threshold established for the Mississippi Flyway restrictive alternative, as we previously indicated in 2008 when we received a similar recommendation. We note the Mississippi Flyway Council observation that realized harvests in the Mississippi Flyway have exceeded thresholds in other years, but do not agree that because that has occurred the alternative should be replaced with one that explicitly exceeds the threshold. We encourage the Mississippi Flyway Council to work with the other Flyway Councils through the Harvest Management Working Group to review and possibly revise the current scaup harvest strategy as appropriate, similar to the process that is underway for the pintail harvest strategy. xi. Other Council Recommendations: The Atlantic Flyway Council recommended a mallard daily bag limit of two birds, only one of which could be female, for the Atlantic Flyway. At the April SRC meeting, the Central Flyway Council presented an evaluation plan in support of their earlier recommendation that the Service allow South Dakota and Nebraska to evaluate a two-tier regulations system, wherein two different types of regulations would be available to hunters to harvest ducks (85 FR 51857, August 21, 2020). Service Response: We agree with the Atlantic Flyway Council’s recommendation for a mallard daily bag limit of two birds, of which only one may be female, for the Atlantic Flyway. The Atlantic Flyway Council’s eastern E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 10628 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule waterfowl AHM protocol (see above) did not specifically address bag limits for mallards. The number of breeding mallards in the northeastern United States (about two-thirds of the eastern mallard population in 1998) has decreased by about 38 percent since 1998, and the overall population has declined by about 1 percent per year during that time period. This situation has resulted in reduced harvest potential for that population. The Service conducted a Prescribed Take Level (PTL) analysis to estimate the allowable take (kill rate) for eastern mallards, and compared that with the expected kill rate under the most liberal season length (60 days) considered as part of the eastern waterfowl AHM regulatory alternatives. Using contemporary data and assuming a management objective of maximum long-term sustainable harvest, the PTL analysis estimated an allowable kill rate of 0.194–0.198. The expected kill rate for eastern mallards under a 60-day season and a 2-mallard daily bag limit in the U.S. portion of the Atlantic Flyway was 0.193 (SE = 0.016), which is slightly below (but not significantly different from) the point estimate of allowable kill at maximum long-term sustainable harvest. This indicates that a 2-bird daily bag limit is sustainable at this time. Regarding the Central Flyway Council’s evaluation plan for a two-tier regulations system, we earlier noted our intent to approve the Central Flyway Council’s recommendation for a limited two-tier regulations system in selected States to assess impacts to hunters and duck harvests during the 2021–22 season as published in the Federal Register (85 FR 51857, August 21, 2020). In October 2019, the Service tasked Division of Migratory Bird Management staff to work with the Flyway Councils to develop a team to address the components needed in an evaluation, and to have a draft evaluation plan that is supported by both the Division of Migratory Bird Management and the Flyway Councils ready for review prior to the spring 2020 SRC meeting. The Service concludes that completing National Environmental Policy Act compliance, developing shared objectives, identifying appropriate metrics for evaluation, potentially modifying monitoring efforts, and addressing law enforcement concerns are important elements to consider before implementing a limited two-tier regulations system for evaluation. The elements of the evaluation plan will be addressed in an MOA between the Service and the two States, which will outline the roles and VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 responsibilities of each partner in the agreement. We appreciate the work that the Flyway Councils and the Division have completed to finalize an evaluation plan for the first year of a two-tier regulation study for duck harvests. The group has completed the work we requested last October, and therefore we support moving forward with the study beginning with the 2021–22 season. The study will allow different speciesspecific and overall bag limits for each of the two license types. We encourage the Central Flyway and the Division to review information collected during the first season and as the study progresses. The goal of the data collection is to determine whether improvement of collection methods is necessary or appropriate, and to assess possible enforcement issues faced by conservation officers from two-tier regulations. 4. Canada and Cackling Geese B. Regular Seasons Council Recommendations: The Mississippi Flyway Council recommended increasing the daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese from 3 to 5 geese in the aggregate in the Mississippi Flyway. The Pacific Flyway Council recommended decreasing the daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese from 6 to 4 geese in the aggregate in Oregon’s Northwest Permit Zone. Service Response: We agree with the Mississippi Flyway Council’s recommendation to increase the daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese from 3 to 5 geese in the aggregate for the entire 107-day season. The Council’s technical assessment suggests that this change will maintain the harvest rate for subarctic Canada and cackling goose breeding populations at or below 11 percent, which serves as a decision threshold between liberal and standard frameworks in the Mississippi Flyway Council’s management plan. If operational monitoring for subarctic Canada and cackling goose populations is not conducted during spring and summer 2021 due to the ongoing COVID–19 pandemic, we will discuss with the Mississippi Flyway Council the appropriate daily bag limit for the subsequent season due to the lack of monitoring information. We also agree with the Pacific Flyway Council’s recommendation to decrease the daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese from 6 to 4 geese in the aggregate in Oregon’s Northwest Permit Zone. The most recently available 3-year average predicted fall population estimate (2017–19) for minima cackling PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 geese is 235,137, which is near the lower end of the Council’s population objective of 250,000 ± 10 percent (225,000–275,000). The decrease in bag limit is specifically intended to maintain objective abundance of minima cackling geese, and is consistent with the Council’s harvest strategy for these birds. Also, the bag limit for Canada and cackling geese of 4 per day in the aggregate in Oregon’s Northwest Permit Zone will simplify regulations by matching the 4-bird bag limit currently allowed for Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate in the basic season framework for Oregon and the Pacific Flyway. 6. Brant Council Recommendations: The Atlantic Flyway Council recommended that the Service discontinue use of the harvest strategy for Atlantic brant adopted by the Service in 2015 for setting annual Atlantic brant hunting regulations. The Atlantic Flyway Council also recommended frameworks with a 50-day season and a 2-bird daily bag limit for Atlantic brant in the Atlantic Flyway for the 2021–22 season. The Pacific Flyway Council recommended that the 2020–21 brant season frameworks be determined based on the harvest strategy in the Council’s management plan for the Pacific population of brant pending results of the 2021 Winter Brant Survey (WBS). If results of the 2021 WBS are not available, results of the most recent WBS should be used. Service Response: We agree with the Atlantic Flyway Council’s recommendation to discontinue use of the harvest strategy for Atlantic brant adopted by the Service in 2015 for establishing Atlantic brant season frameworks. As we discussed in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302), we adopted in 2015 the Atlantic Flyway Council’s harvest strategy to determine the Atlantic brant season frameworks. In developing the annual proposed frameworks for Atlantic brant, the Atlantic Flyway Council and the Service used the number of brant counted during the Midwinter Waterfowl Survey (MWS) in the Atlantic Flyway to determine annual allowable season length and daily bag limits. The MWS is conducted each January, which is after the date that proposed frameworks are formulated in the regulatory process. However, the data were typically available by the expected publication of final frameworks. When we acquired the survey data, we determined the appropriate allowable harvest for the Atlantic brant season according to the E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule harvest strategy, and published the results in the final frameworks rule. However, in 2020, the Atlantic Flyway Council developed and adopted a new harvest strategy for Atlantic brant that uses available data and a demographic model to predict population abundance for the subsequent year and determine the appropriate regulatory alternative. The Atlantic Flyway Council’s newly adopted harvest strategy now fits within the regulatory schedule, and makes the Service’s 2015 adopted harvest strategy obsolete and unnecessary. Based on the Atlantic Flyway Council’s new harvest strategy, the 2021 predicted Atlantic brant population index is 126,000 birds and results in a prescribed season framework with a 50-day season and a 2-bird daily bag limit for Atlantic brant in the Atlantic Flyway for the 2021–22 season. Therefore, we also agree with the Atlantic Flyway Council’s recommendation for a framework for Atlantic brant with a 50-day season and 2-bird daily bag limit for the 2021–22 season. We also agree with the Pacific Flyway Council’s recommendation that the 2021–22 Pacific brant season framework be determined by the harvest strategy in the Council’s management plan for the Pacific population of brant pending results of the 2021 WBS. As we discussed in the August 21, 2020, Federal Register (85 FR 51854), the harvest strategy used to determine the Pacific brant season frameworks does not fit well within the current regulatory process. In developing the annual proposed frameworks for Pacific brant, the Pacific Flyway Council and the Service use the 3-year average number of brant counted during the WBS in the Pacific Flyway to determine annual allowable season length and daily bag limits. The WBS is conducted each January, which is after the date that proposed frameworks are formulated in the regulatory process. However, the data are typically available by the expected publication of final frameworks. When we acquire the survey data, we will determine the appropriate allowable harvest for the Pacific brant season according to the harvest strategy in the Pacific Flyway Council’s management plan for the Pacific population of brant published in the August 21, 2020, Federal Register (85 FR 51854) and publish the results in the final frameworks rule. 7. Snow and Ross’s (Light) Geese Council Recommendations: The Pacific Flyway Council recommended two changes to the light goose season frameworks in the Pacific Flyway. Specifically, the Council recommended: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 1. In Oregon, increasing the daily bag limit for light geese to 20 per day, statewide and during the entire season framework, and 2. In Washington, increasing the daily bag limit for light geese on or before the last Sunday in January to 10 per day and 20 per day thereafter. Service Response: We agree with the Pacific Flyway Council’s recommendations for increasing the daily bag limit for light geese in Oregon and Washington. Three populations of light geese occur in the Pacific Flyway and are above the Council’s management plan population objectives based on the most recently available breeding population indices. The population estimate for the Western Arctic Population (WAP) of lesser snow geese was 419,800 in 2013, which is above the objective of 200,000 geese. Ross’s geese were estimated at 233,300 in 2019, and are above the objective of 100,000 geese. The Wrangel Island Population (WIP) of lesser snow geese was 685,120 in 2020 and the recent 3year (2018–2020) average was 477,640, which is above the objective of 120,000 geese based on the 3-year average. Also, light geese in the Pacific Flyway are indexed by fall and winter surveys in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The most recent winter index was 1,599,641 light geese in 2019. The annual index has increased 6.04 percent annually since 2000 when the index averaged about 550,000, and indicates continued growth of light goose populations in the Pacific Flyway. Current evidence suggests most light geese in Oregon and Washington during fall and early winter are primarily WIP snow geese, but an influx of WAP snow and Ross’s geese occurs during late winter as birds begin to move north toward breeding areas. The current 6bird daily bag limit for light geese in Oregon (on or before the last Sunday in January, and in the Northwest Permit Zone season long) and Washington were intended to minimize harvest of WIP snow geese when they were below the population objective. The bag limit increase to 20 light geese per day in Oregon and Washington will simplify regulations by matching the 20-bird daily bag limit currently allowed for light geese in the basic season framework for the Pacific Flyway. 9. Sandhill Cranes Council Recommendations: The Central and Pacific Flyway Councils recommended establishment of two new hunting areas for the Rocky Mountain Population (RMP) of sandhill cranes including Duchesne County in northeast Utah and Cascade and Teton Counties PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10629 in northcentral Montana, and that allowable harvest of RMP cranes be determined based on the formula described in the Pacific and Central Flyway Councils’ Management Plan for RMP cranes. Service Response: We agree with the Central and Pacific Flyway Councils’ recommendations to establish the two new hunting areas for RMP cranes. The new hunting areas are consistent with the hunting area requirements in the Pacific and Central Flyway Councils’ RMP crane management plan. We also agree with the Central and Pacific Flyway Councils’ recommendations to determine allowable harvest of RMP cranes using the formula in the Pacific and Central Flyway Councils’ management plan for RMP cranes pending results of the fall 2020 abundance and recruitment surveys. As we discussed in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302), the harvest strategy used to calculate the allowable harvest of RMP cranes does not fit well within the current regulatory process. In developing the annual proposed frameworks for RMP cranes, the Flyway Councils and the Service use the fall abundance and recruitment surveys of RMP cranes to determine annual allowable harvest. Results of the fall abundance and recruitment surveys of RMP cranes are released between December 1 and January 31 each year, which is after the date proposed frameworks are developed. However, the data are typically available by the expected publication of final frameworks. When we acquire the survey data, we will determine the appropriate allowable harvest for the RMP crane season according to the harvest strategy in the Central and Pacific Flyway Councils’ management plan for RMP cranes published in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302) and publish the results in the final frameworks rule. 14. American Woodcock Council Recommendations: At the April SRC meeting, the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyway Councils recommended season framework dates for American woodcock in the Eastern Management Region and Central Management Region be changed to September 13–January 31 and use of the ‘‘moderate’’ season framework for the 2020–21 season. Service Response: In 2011, we implemented a harvest strategy for American woodcock (76 FR 19876, April 8, 2011). The harvest strategy provides a transparent framework for making regulatory decisions for E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10630 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 American woodcock season length and bag limits while we work to improve monitoring and assessment protocols for this species. The American Woodcock Harvest Strategy is available on our website at https://www.fws.gov/birds/ surveys-and-data/webless-migratorygame-birds/american-woodcock.php. In the October 9, 2020, proposed rule (85 FR 64097), we proposed to change the opening framework date for American woodcock in the Eastern and Central Management Regions to a fixed date of September 13. Framework dates currently are October 1–January 31 and the Saturday nearest September 22– January 31 for the Eastern and Central Management Regions, respectively. Results from an assessment conducted by Service staff suggest that total season harvest would not increase in either management region as a result of these changes. Consistent with our earlier proposal, we agree with the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyway Councils’ recommendations that the framework dates for the Eastern Management Region and Central Management Region be changed to September 13–January 31. Utilizing the criteria developed for the strategy, the 3-year average for the Singing Ground Survey indices and associated confidence intervals fall within the ‘‘moderate package’’ for both the Eastern and Central Management Regions. As such, a ‘‘moderate season’’ for both management regions for the 2020–21 season is appropriate. 16. Doves Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the standard regulatory alternative as prescribed in the national mourning dove harvest strategy for their respective Mourning Dove Management Units. The standard regulatory alternative consists of a 90-day season and 15-bird daily bag limit for States within the Eastern and Central Management Units, and a 60-day season and 15-bird daily bag limit for States in the Western Management Unit. The Central Flyway Council also recommended changes to the Special White-winged Dove Area in Texas. They proposed to add 2 days to the existing 4 days allowed in that area, and to codify in Federal regulations that hunting may occur only from noon to sunset during those days. This latter restriction has been in Texas’ State regulations, so making this provision would involve only codifying the shooting hours in Federal regulations. Service Response: Based on the harvest strategies and current VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 population status, we agree with the recommended selection of the standard season frameworks for doves in the Eastern, Central, and Western Management Units for the 2021–22 season. We also agree with the Central Flyway Council’s recommendation to add 2 days to the existing 4 hunting days permitted in the Special Whitewinged Dove Area in Texas, and to codify in Federal regulations that shooting hours for those 6 days will be from noon to sunset. The additional days will allow more opportunity and flexibility to hunters by providing 3 consecutive days of dove hunting each of the first two weekends in September. As we have stated in the past (76 FR 54056, August 30, 2011), the Service remains concerned about the effect of early September hunting on late-nesting mourning doves. We note that abundances of mourning doves in the Central Management Unit have declined since 2008, and additional harvest associated with this change could exacerbate that trend. We encourage Texas and the Central Flyway Council to conduct appropriate monitoring of both mourning and white-winged doves that will inform adjustments to the dove harvest management strategy, if necessary, to maintain desired abundances of doves. Such efforts should include contemporary nesting ecology studies to determine the extent of nesting activity in September, various aspects of nesting ecology (e.g., nesting rate, clutch size, nest success), and exposure of nesting adults to harvest. Public Comments The Department of the Interior’s policy is, whenever possible, to afford the public an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking process. Accordingly, we invite interested persons to submit written comments, suggestions, or recommendations regarding the proposed regulations. Before promulgating final migratory game bird hunting regulations, we will consider all comments we receive. These comments, and any additional information we receive, may lead to final regulations that differ from these proposals. You may submit your comments and materials concerning this proposed rule by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. We will not accept comments sent by email or fax. We will not consider hand-delivered comments that we do not receive, or mailed comments that are not postmarked, by the date specified in DATES. We may post all comments in their entirety—including your personal identifying information—on http:// www.regulations.gov. Before including PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing this proposed rule, will be available for public inspection on http:// www.regulations.gov, or by appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Migratory Bird Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. We will consider, but possibly may not respond in detail to, each comment. As in the past, we will summarize all comments we receive during the comment period and respond to them after the closing date in the preambles of any final rules. Required Determinations Based on our most current data, we are affirming our required determinations made in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule; for descriptions of our actions to ensure compliance with the following statutes and Executive Orders, see our October 9, 2020, proposed rule (85 FR 64097): • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Consideration; • Endangered Species Act Consideration; • Regulatory Flexibility Act; • Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act; • Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995; • Unfunded Mandates Reform Act; • Executive Orders 12630, 12866, 12988, 13132, 13175, 13211, and 13563. Authority The rules that eventually will be promulgated for the 2021–22 hunting season are authorized under 16 U.S.C. 703–712 and 16 U.S.C. 742 a–j. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 20 Exports, Hunting, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation, Wildlife. Proposed Regulations Frameworks for 2021–22 Hunting Seasons on Certain Migratory Game Birds Pursuant to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and delegated authorities, the Department of the Interior is proposing the following frameworks for outside dates, season lengths, shooting hours, E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule bag and possession limits, and areas within which States may select seasons for hunting migratory game birds between the dates of September 1, 2021, and March 10, 2022. These frameworks are summarized below. transferrable or assignable to another individual, and may not be sold, bartered, traded, or otherwise provided to another person. If the permit is altered or defaced in any way, the permit becomes invalid. General Dates: All outside dates specified below are inclusive. Season Lengths: All season lengths specified below are the maximum number of days allowed. Season Segments: All season segments specified below are the maximum number of segments allowed. Zones: Unless otherwise specified, States may select hunting seasons by zone. Zones for duck seasons (and associated youth and veterans-active military waterfowl hunting days, gallinule seasons, and snipe seasons) and dove seasons may be selected only in years we declare such changes can be made (i.e., open seasons for zones and splits) and according to federally established guidelines for duck and dove zones and split seasons. Areas open to hunting must be described, delineated, and designated as such in each State’s hunting regulations and published in the Federal Register as a Federal migratory bird hunting frameworks final rule. Shooting and Hawking (taking by falconry) Hours: Unless otherwise specified, from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily. Possession Limits: Unless otherwise specified, possession limits are three times the daily bag limit. Permits: For some species of migratory birds, the Service authorizes the use of permits to regulate harvest or monitor their take by hunters, or both. In such cases, the Service determines the amount of harvest that may be taken during hunting seasons during its formal regulations-setting process, and the States then issue permits to hunters at levels predicted to result in the amount of take authorized by the Service. Thus, although issued by States, the permits would not be valid unless the Service approved such take in its regulations. These federally authorized, Stateissued permits are issued to individuals, and only the individual whose name and address appears on the permit at the time of issuance is authorized to take migratory birds at levels specified in the permit, in accordance with provisions of both Federal and State regulations governing the hunting season. The permit must be carried by the permittee when exercising its provisions and must be presented to any law enforcement officer upon request. The permit is not Flyways and Management Units We set migratory bird hunting frameworks for the conterminous U.S. States by Flyway or Management Unit/ Region. Frameworks for Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are contained in separate sections near the end of the frameworks portion of this document. The States included in the Flyways and Management Units/ Regions are described below. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Waterfowl Flyways Atlantic Flyway: Includes Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Mississippi Flyway: Includes Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Central Flyway: Includes Colorado (east of the Continental Divide), Kansas, Montana (Counties of Blaine, Carbon, Fergus, Judith Basin, Stillwater, Sweetgrass, Wheatland, and all counties east thereof), Nebraska, New Mexico (east of the Continental Divide except the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming (east of the Continental Divide). Pacific Flyway: Includes Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and those portions of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming not included in the Central Flyway. Mallard Management Units High Plains Management Unit: Roughly defined as that portion of the Central Flyway that lies west of the 100th meridian. See Area, Unit, and Zone Descriptions, Ducks (Including Mergansers) and Coots, below, for specific boundaries in each State. Columbia Basin Management Unit: In Washington, all areas east of the Pacific Crest Trail and east of the Big White Salmon River in Klickitat County; and in Oregon, the counties of Gilliam, Morrow, and Umatilla. Mourning Dove Management Units Eastern Management Unit: All States east of the Mississippi River, and Louisiana. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10631 Central Management Unit: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming. Western Management Unit: Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. Woodcock Management Regions Eastern Management Region: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. Central Management Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. Definitions For the purpose of the hunting regulations listed below, the collective terms ‘‘dark’’ and ‘‘light’’ geese include the following species: Dark geese: Canada geese, cackling geese, white-fronted geese, brant (except in Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, and the Atlantic Flyway), and all other goose species except light geese. Light geese: Snow (including blue) geese and Ross’s geese. Area, Zone, and Unit Descriptions: Geographic descriptions related to regulations are contained in a later portion of this document. Migratory Game Bird Seasons in the Atlantic Flyway In the Atlantic Flyway States of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, where Sunday hunting of migratory birds is prohibited statewide by State law or regulation, all Sundays are closed to the take of all migratory game birds. Season Frameworks Special Youth and Veterans-Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunting Days Outside Dates: States may select 2 days per duck-hunting zone, designated as ‘‘Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days,’’ and 2 days per duck-hunting zone, designated as ‘‘Veterans and Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunting Days,’’ in addition to their regular duck seasons. The days may be held concurrently. The Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days must be held outside any regular duck season on weekends, E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10632 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule holidays, or other non-school days when youth hunters would have the maximum opportunity to participate. Both sets of days may be held up to 14 days before or after any regular duckseason frameworks or within any split of a regular duck season, or within any other open season on migratory birds. Daily Bag Limits: The daily bag limits may include ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, and gallinules. Bag limits would be the same as those allowed in the regular season except in States that implement a hybrid season for scaup (i.e., different bag limits during different portions of the season), in which case the bag limit will be 2 scaup per day. Flyway species and area restrictions would remain in effect. Participation Restrictions for Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days: States may use their established definition of age for youth hunters. However, youth hunters must be under the age of 18. In addition, an adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field. This adult may not duck hunt but may participate in other seasons that are open on the special youth day. Youth hunters 16 years of age and older must possess a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (also known as Federal Duck Stamp). Swans may only be taken by participants possessing applicable swan permits. Participation Restrictions for Veterans and Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunting Days: Veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training), may participate. All hunters must possess a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (also known as Federal Duck Stamp). Swans may only be taken by participants possessing applicable swan permits. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Special September Teal Seasons Outside Dates: Between September 1 and September 30, an open season on all species of teal may be selected by the following States in areas delineated by State regulations: Atlantic Flyway: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia. Mississippi Flyway: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The season in Minnesota is experimental. Central Flyway: Colorado (part), Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico (part), Oklahoma, and Texas. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not to exceed 16 consecutive days in the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyways. The daily bag limit is 6 teal. Shooting Hours One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except in the States of Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin, where the hours are from sunrise to sunset. Special September Duck Seasons Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee: In lieu of a special September teal season, a 5-consecutive-day teal/wood duck season may be selected in September. The daily bag limit may not exceed 6 teal and wood ducks in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be wood ducks. In addition, a 4-consecutive-day teal-only season may be selected in September either immediately before or immediately after the 5-consecutive-day teal/wood duck season. The daily bag limit is 6 teal. Waterfowl Atlantic Flyway Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and January 31. Hunting Seasons and Duck Limits: 60 days. The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, including no more than 2 mallards (no more than 1 of which can be female), 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous whistling duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 4 scoters, 4 eiders, and 4 long-tailed ducks. The season for scaup may be split into 2 segments, with one segment consisting of 40 consecutive days with a 1-scaup daily bag limit, and the second segment consisting of 20 consecutive days with a 2-scaup daily bag limit. Closures: The season on harlequin ducks is closed. Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit of mergansers is 5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in the duck bag limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. Coot Limits: The daily bag limit is 15 coots. Lake Champlain Zone, New York: The waterfowl seasons, limits, and shooting hours should be the same as those selected for the Lake Champlain Zone of Vermont. Connecticut River Zone, Vermont: The waterfowl seasons, limits, and shooting hours should be the same as PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 those selected for the Inland Zone of New Hampshire. Zoning and Split Seasons: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and West Virginia may split their seasons into 3 segments. Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont may select seasons in each of 3 zones; Pennsylvania may select seasons in each of 4 zones; and New York may select seasons in each of 5 zones; and all these States may split their season in each zone into 2 segments. Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia may select seasons in each of 2 zones; and all these States may split their season in each zone into 3 segments. Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia must conduct an evaluation of the impacts of zones and splits on hunter dynamics (e.g., hunter numbers, satisfaction) and harvest during the 2021–25 seasons. Scoters, Eiders, and Long-Tailed Ducks Special Sea Duck Seasons Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia may select a Special Sea Duck Season in designated Special Sea Duck Areas. If a Special Sea Duck Season is selected, scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks may be taken in the designated Special Sea Duck Area(s) only during the Special Sea Duck Season dates; scoters, eiders, and longtailed ducks may be taken outside of Special Sea Duck Area(s) during the regular duck season, in accordance with the frameworks for ducks, mergansers, and coots specified above. Outside Dates: Between September 15 and January 31. Special Sea Duck Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: 60 consecutive days, or 60 days that are concurrent with the regular duck season, with a daily bag limit of 5, of the listed sea duck species, including no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, and 4 long-tailed ducks. Within the special sea duck areas, during the regular duck season in the Atlantic Flyway, States may choose to allow the above sea duck limits in addition to the limits applying to other ducks during the regular season. In all other areas, sea ducks may be taken only during the regular open season for ducks and are part of the regular duck season daily bag (not to exceed 4 scoters, 4 eiders, and 4 long-tailed ducks) and possession limits. Special Sea Duck Areas: In all coastal waters and all waters of rivers and streams seaward from the first upstream E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule bridge in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York; in New Jersey, all coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80.165, 80.501, 80.502, and 80.503; in any waters of the Atlantic Ocean and in any tidal waters of any bay that are separated by at least 1 mile of open water from any shore, island, and emergent vegetation in South Carolina and Georgia; and in any waters of the Atlantic Ocean and in any tidal waters of any bay that are separated by at least 800 yards of open water from any shore, island, and emergent vegetation in Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia; and provided that any such areas have been described, delineated, and designated as special sea duck hunting areas under the hunting regulations adopted by the respective States. Connecticut New Jersey North Atlantic Population (NAP) Zone: Between October 1 and January 31, a 60-day season may be held with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Atlantic Population (AP) Zone: A 30day season may be held between October 10 and February 5, with a 2bird daily bag limit. South Zone: A special season may be held between January 15 and February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. Resident Population (RP) Zone: An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and February 15, with a 5bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday in October (October 24) and February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. NAP Zone: A 60-day season may be held between October 1 and January 31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Special Late Goose Season Area: A special season may be held in designated areas of north and south New Jersey from January 15 to February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. Canada and Cackling Geese Georgia Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. Season lengths and Outside Dates: A Canada and cackling goose season of not more than 15 days during September 1– 15 may be selected for the Eastern Unit of Maryland. Seasons not to exceed 30 days during September 1–30 may be selected for Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey, New York (Long Island Zone only), North Carolina, Rhode Island, and South Carolina. Seasons may not exceed 25 days during September 1–25 in the remainder of the Flyway. Areas open to the hunting of Canada and cackling geese must be described, delineated, and designated as such in each State’s hunting regulations. Daily Bag Limits: Not to exceed 15 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate. Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except that during any special early Canada and cackling goose season, shooting hours may extend to one-half hour after sunset if all other waterfowl seasons are closed in the specific applicable area. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 10633 Regular Dark Goose Seasons Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits: Specific regulations are provided below by State. The daily bag limit for Canada, cackling, and white-fronted geese is in the aggregate. Unless subsequently provided, seasons may be split into 2 segments. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Delaware A 30-day season may be held between November 15 and February 5, with a 1bird daily bag limit. Florida An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. Maine North and South NAP–H Zones: A 60day season may be held between October 1 and January 31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Coastal NAP–L Zone: A 70-day season may be held between October 1 and February 15, with a 3-bird daily bag limit. Maryland RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between November 15 and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between November 15 and February 5, with a 1-bird daily bag limit. NAP Zone: A 60-day season may be held between October 1 and January 31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Additionally, a special season may be held from January 15 to February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between October 10 and February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. New Hampshire A 60-day season may be held statewide between October 1 and January 31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Frm 00013 Fmt 4701 NAP Zone: Between October 1 and January 31, a 60-day season may be held, with a 2-bird daily bag limit in the High Harvest areas; and between October 1 and February 15, a 70-day season may be held, with a 3-bird daily bag limit in the Low Harvest areas. AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday in October (October 23), except in the Lake Champlain Area where the opening date is October 10, through February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Western Long Island RP Zone: A 107day season may be held between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and the last day of February, with an 8-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. Rest of State RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday in October (October 23) and the last day of February, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. North Carolina RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. Northeast Zone: A 14-day season may be held between the Saturday prior to December 25 (December 18) and January 31, with a 1-bird daily bag limit. Pennsylvania Massachusetts PO 00000 New York Sfmt 4702 Southern James Bay Population (SJBP) Zone: A 78-day season may be held between the first Saturday in October (October 2) and February 15, with a 3-bird daily bag limit. RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday in October (October 23) and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday in October (October 23) and February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10634 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule SJBP Zone: A 40-day season may be held between November 15 and January 14, with a 3-bird daily bag limit. Additionally, a special late season may be held between January 15 and February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between November 15 and February 5, with a 1-bird daily bag limit. RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between November 15 and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. Hunting Seasons and Duck Limits: 60 days. The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled duck, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 redheads. The season for scaup may be split into 2 segments, with one segment consisting of 45 consecutive days with a 2-scaup daily bag limit, and the second segment consisting of 15 consecutive days with a 1-scaup daily bag limit. Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit is 5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in the duck bag limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. Coot Limits: The daily bag limit is 15 coots. Zoning and Split Seasons: Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi may split their seasons into 3 segments. Kentucky and Tennessee may select seasons in each of 2 zones; and Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin may select seasons in each of 3 zones; and all these States may split their season in each zone into 2 segments. Illinois may select seasons in each of 4 zones. Louisiana may select seasons in each of 2 zones and may split their season in each zone into 3 segments. Louisiana must conduct an evaluation of the impacts of zones and splits on hunter dynamics (e.g., hunter numbers, satisfaction) and harvest during the 2021–25 seasons. West Virginia Geese An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits Rhode Island A 60-day season may be held between October 1 and January 31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. A special late season may be held in designated areas from January 15 to February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. South Carolina In designated areas, an 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments. Vermont Lake Champlain Zone and Interior Zone: A 30-day season may be held between October 10 and February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Connecticut River Zone: A 60-day season may be held between October 1 and January 31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Virginia Light Geese Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits: States may select a 107-day season between October 1 and March 10, with a 25-bird daily bag limit and no possession limit. Seasons may be split into 3 segments. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Brant Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits: States may select a 50-day season between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and January 31. Seasons may be split into 2 segments. Mississippi Flyway Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and January 31. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Canada and Cackling Geese: States may select a 107-day season between September 1 and February 15 with a daily bag limit of 5 geese in the aggregate. White-fronted Geese: States may select either a 74-day season with a daily bag limit of 3 geese, an 88-day season with a daily bag limit of 2 geese, or a 107-day season with a daily bag limit of 1 goose. Seasons must be between September 1 and February 15. Brant: States may select either a 70day season with a daily bag limit of 2 brant or a 107-day season with a daily bag limit of 1 brant. Seasons must be between September 1 and February 15. In lieu of a separate brant season, brant may be included in the season for Canada and cackling geese with a daily bag limit of 5 geese in the aggregate. Dark Geese: In lieu of separate seasons for Canada and cackling geese, white-fronted geese, and brant, PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Alabama, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin may select a 107-day dark goose season between September 1 and February 15 with a daily bag limit of 5 geese in the aggregate. Light Geese: States may select a 107day season between September 1 and February 15 with a daily bag limit of 20 geese. There is no possession limit for light geese. Split Seasons: Seasons for geese may be split into 4 segments. Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except that during September 1–15 shooting hours may extend to one-half hour after sunset for Canada and cackling geese if all other waterfowl and crane seasons are closed in the specific applicable area. Central Flyway Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and January 31. Hunting Seasons High Plains Mallard Management Unit (roughly defined as that portion of the Central Flyway that lies west of the 100th meridian): 97 days. The last 23 days must run consecutively and may start no earlier than the Saturday nearest December 10 (December 11). Remainder of the Central Flyway: 74 days. Duck Limits: The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, including no more than 5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 redheads, 3 wood ducks, 1 pintail, and 2 canvasbacks. The daily bag limit for scaup is 1, and the season for scaup may be split into 2 segments, with one segment consisting of 39 consecutive days and another segment consisting of 35 consecutive days. In Texas, the daily bag limit on mottled ducks is 1, except that no mottled ducks may be taken during the first 5 days of the season. In addition to the daily limits listed above, the States of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, in lieu of selecting an experimental September teal season, may include an additional daily bag and possession limit of 2 and 6 blue-winged teal, respectively, during the first 16 days of the regular duck season in each respective duck hunting zone. These extra limits are in addition to the regular duck bag and possession limits. Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit is 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in the duck daily bag limit, the daily limit may be the same as the duck bag limit, only two of which may be hooded mergansers. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Coot Limits: The daily bag limit is 15 coots. Zoning and Split Seasons: Colorado, Kansas (Low Plains portion), Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma (Low Plains portion), South Dakota (Low Plains portion), Texas (Low Plains portion), and Wyoming may select hunting seasons by zones. North Dakota may split their season into 3 segments. Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas may select seasons in each of 2 zones; and Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming may select seasons in each of 3 zones; and all these States may split their season in each zone into 2 segments. Nebraska may select seasons in each of 4 zones. Geese Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits: In Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas, Canada and cackling goose seasons of not more than 30 days during September 1–30 may be selected. In Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming, Canada and cackling goose seasons of not more than 15 days during September 1–15 may be selected. In North Dakota, Canada and cackling goose seasons of not more than 22 days during September 1–22 may be selected. The daily bag limit may not exceed 5 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate, except in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, where the daily bag limit may not exceed 8 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate, and in North Dakota and South Dakota, where the daily bag limit may not exceed 15 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate. Areas open to the hunting of Canada and cackling geese must be described, delineated, and designated as such in each State’s hunting regulations. Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except that during September 1–15 shooting hours may extend to one-half hour after sunset if all other waterfowl and crane seasons are closed in the specific applicable area. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Regular Goose Seasons Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits Outside Dates: For dark geese, seasons may be selected between the outside dates of the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and the Sunday nearest February 15 (February 13). For light geese, outside dates for seasons may be selected between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and March 10. In the Rainwater Basin VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Light Goose Area (East and West) of Nebraska, temporal and spatial restrictions that are consistent with the late-winter snow goose hunting strategy cooperatively developed by the Central Flyway Council and the Service are required. Dark Geese: In Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and the Eastern Goose Zone of Texas, States may select a season for Canada and cackling geese (or any other dark goose species except white-fronted geese) not to exceed 107 days with a daily bag limit of 8 in the aggregate. For white-fronted geese, these States may select either a season of 74 days with a bag limit of 3, or an 88-day season with a bag limit of 2, or a season of 107 days with a bag limit of 1. In Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming, States may select seasons not to exceed 107 days. The daily bag limit for dark geese is 5 in the aggregate. In the Western Goose Zone of Texas, the season may not exceed 95 days. The daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese (or any other dark goose species except white-fronted geese) is 5 in the aggregate. The daily bag limit for whitefronted geese is 2. Light Geese: States may select a light goose season not to exceed 107 days. The daily bag limit for light geese is 50 with no possession limit. Split Seasons: Seasons for geese may be split into 3 segments. Three-segment seasons for Canada geese require Central Flyway Council and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval, and a 3-year evaluation by each participating State. Pacific Flyway Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and January 31. Hunting Seasons and Duck and Merganser Limits: 107 days. The daily bag limit is 7 ducks and mergansers, including no more than 2 female mallards, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, 2 scaup, and 2 redheads. For scaup, the season length is 86 days, which may be split according to applicable zones and split duck hunting configurations approved for each State. Coot and Gallinule Limits: The daily bag limit of coots and gallinules is 25 in the aggregate. Zoning and Split Seasons: Montana and New Mexico may split their seasons into 3 segments. Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming may select seasons in each of 2 zones; Nevada may select seasons in each of 3 zones; and California may select seasons in each of 5 zones; and all PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10635 these States may split their season in each zone into 2 segments. Idaho may select seasons in each of 4 zones. Colorado River Zone, California: Seasons and limits should be the same as seasons and limits selected in the adjacent portion of Arizona (South Zone). Geese Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons A Canada and cackling goose season of not more than 15 days during September 1–20 may be selected. The daily bag limit may not exceed 5 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate, except in Pacific County, Washington, where the daily bag limit may not exceed 15 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate. Areas open to hunting of Canada and cackling geese in each State must be described, delineated, and designated as such in each State’s hunting regulations. Regular Goose Seasons Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, and Brant: Except as subsequently provided, 107-day seasons may be selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and January 31. In Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, the daily bag limit is 4 Canada and cackling geese and brant in the aggregate. In California, Oregon, and Washington, the daily bag limit is 4 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate. For brant, in California, Oregon and Washington, the season lengths and daily bag limits will be based on the upcoming Winter Brant Survey results and the Pacific brant harvest strategy. Days must be consecutive. Washington and California may select hunting seasons for up to 2 zones. The daily bag limit is 2 brant and is in addition to other goose limits. In Oregon and California, the brant season must end no later than December 15. White-fronted Geese: Except as subsequently provided, 107-day seasons may be selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and March 10. The daily bag limit is 10. Light Geese: Except as subsequently provided, 107-day seasons may be selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and March 10. The daily bag limit is 20. Split Seasons: Seasons may be split into 3 segments. Three-segment seasons for Canada geese and white-fronted E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10636 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule geese require Pacific Flyway Council and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval and a 3-year evaluation by each participating State. California The daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese is 10 in the aggregate. Balance of State Zone: A Canada and cackling goose season may be selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and March 10. In the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area, the season on white-fronted geese must end on or before December 28, and the daily bag limit is 3 white-fronted geese. In the North Coast Special Management Area, hunting days that occur after January 31 should be concurrent with Oregon’s South Coast Zone. Northeastern Zone: The white-fronted goose season may be split into 3 segments. Oregon Eastern Zone: For Lake County only, the daily white-fronted goose bag limit is 1. Northwest Permit Zone: A Canada and cackling goose season may be selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and March 10. Canada and cackling goose and white-fronted goose seasons may be split into 3 segments. In the Tillamook County Management Area, the hunting season is closed on geese. South Coast Zone: A Canada and cackling goose season may be selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and March 10. Canada and cackling goose and white-fronted goose seasons may be split into 3 segments. The daily bag limit of Canada and cackling geese is 6 in the aggregate. Hunting days that occur after January 31 should be concurrent with California’s North Coast Special Management Area. Utah A Canada and cackling goose and brant season may be selected in the Wasatch Front Zone with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and the first Sunday in February (February 6). tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Washington The daily bag limit for light geese is 10 on or before the last Sunday in January (January 30). Areas 2 Inland and 2 Coastal (Southwest Permit Zone): A Canada and cackling goose season may be selected in each zone with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and March 10. Canada VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 and cackling goose and white-fronted goose seasons may be split into 3 segments. Area 4: Canada and cackling goose and white-fronted goose seasons may be split into 3 segments. Permit Zones In Oregon and Washington permit zones, the hunting season is closed on dusky Canada geese. A dusky Canada goose is any dark-breasted Canada goose (Munsell 10 YR color value 5 or less) with a bill length between 40 and 50 millimeters. Hunting of geese will only be by hunters possessing a State-issued permit authorizing them to do so. Shooting hours for geese may begin no earlier than sunrise. Regular Canada and cackling goose seasons in the permit zones of Oregon and Washington remain subject to the Memorandum of Understanding entered into with the Service regarding monitoring the impacts of take during the regular Canada and cackling goose season on the dusky Canada goose population. Swans Pacific Flyway In portions of the Pacific Flyway (Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and Utah), an open season for taking a limited number of swans may be selected. These seasons are also subject to the following conditions: Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and January 31. Hunting Seasons: Seasons may not exceed 107 days, and may be split into 2 segments. Permits: Swan hunting is by permit only. Permits will be issued by the State and will authorize each permittee to take no more than 1 swan per season with each permit. Only 1 permit may be issued per hunter in Montana and Utah, 2 permits may be issued per hunter in Nevada. The total number of permits issued may not exceed 50 in Idaho, 500 in Montana, 650 in Nevada, and 2,750 in Utah. Quotas: The swan season in the respective State must end upon attainment of the following reported harvest of trumpeter swans: 20 in Utah and 10 in Nevada. There is no quota in Montana. Monitoring: Each State must evaluate hunter participation, species-specific swan harvest, and hunter compliance in providing either species-determinant parts (at least the intact head) or bill measurements (bill length from tip to posterior edge of the nares opening, and presence or absence of yellow lore spots on the bill in front of the eyes) of PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 harvested swans for species identification. Each State should use appropriate measures to maximize hunter compliance with the State’s program for swan harvest reporting. Each State must achieve a hunter compliance of at least 80 percent in providing species-determinant parts or bill measurements of harvested swans for species identification or subsequent permits will be reduced by 10 percent in the respective State. Each State must provide to the Service by June 30 following the swan season a report detailing hunter participation, speciesspecific swan harvest, and hunter compliance in reporting harvest. In Idaho and Montana, all hunters that harvest a swan must complete and submit a reporting card (bill card) with the bill measurement and color information from the harvested swan within 72 hours of harvest for species determination. In Utah and Nevada, all hunters that harvest a swan must have the swan or species-determinant parts examined by a State or Federal biologist within 72 hours of harvest for species determination. Other Provisions: In Utah, the season is subject to the terms of the Memorandum of Agreement entered into with the Service in January 2019 regarding harvest monitoring, season closure procedures, and education requirements to minimize take of trumpeter swans during the swan season. Atlantic and Central Flyways In portions of the Atlantic Flyway (Delaware, North Carolina, and Virginia) and the Central Flyway (North Dakota, South Dakota [east of the Missouri River], and that portion of Montana in the Central Flyway), an open season for taking a limited number of swans may be selected. Permits will be issued by the States that authorize the take of no more than 1 swan per permit. A second permit may be issued to hunters from unused permits remaining after the first drawing. Monitoring: Each State must evaluate hunter participation, species-specific swan harvest, and hunter compliance in providing measurements of harvested swans for species identification. Each State should use appropriate measures to maximize hunter compliance with the State’s program for swan harvest reporting. Each State must achieve a hunter compliance of at least 80 percent in providing species-determinant measurements of harvested swans for species identification. Each State must provide to the Service by June 30 following the swan season a report detailing hunter participation, species- E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule specific swan harvest, and hunter compliance in reporting harvest. In lieu of a general swan hunting season, States may select a season only for tundra swans. States selecting a season only for tundra swans must obtain harvest and hunter participation data. These general swan seasons and tundra swan seasons are also subject to the following conditions: In the Atlantic Flyway —The season may be 90 days, between October 1 and January 31. —In Delaware, no more than 67 permits may be issued. The season is experimental. —In North Carolina, no more than 4,895 permits may be issued. —In Virginia, no more than 638 permits may be issued. In the Central Flyway —The season may be 107 days, between the Saturday nearest October 1 (October 2) and January 31. —In the Central Flyway portion of Montana, no more than 500 permits may be issued. —In North Dakota, no more than 2,200 permits may be issued. —In South Dakota, no more than 1,300 permits may be issued. Sandhill Cranes tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Regular Seasons in the Mississippi Flyway Outside Dates: Between September 1 and February 28 in Minnesota, and between September 1 and January 31 in Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee. Hunting Seasons: A season not to exceed 37 consecutive days may be selected in the designated portion of northwestern Minnesota (Northwest Goose Zone), and a season not to exceed 60 consecutive days in Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The season in Alabama is experimental. Daily Bag Limit: 1 sandhill crane in Minnesota, 2 sandhill cranes in Kentucky, and 3 sandhill cranes in Alabama and Tennessee. In Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the seasonal bag limit is 3 sandhill cranes. Permits: Each person participating in the regular sandhill crane seasons must have a valid State sandhill crane hunting permit. Other Provisions: The number of permits (where applicable), open areas, season dates, protection plans for other species, and other provisions of seasons must be consistent with the management plans and approved by the Mississippi Flyway Council. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Regular Seasons in the Central Flyway Outside Dates: Between September 1 and February 28. Hunting Seasons: Seasons not to exceed 37 consecutive days may be selected in a designated portion of Texas (Zone C). Seasons not to exceed 58 consecutive days may be selected in designated portions of the following States: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Seasons not to exceed 93 consecutive days may be selected in designated portions of the following States: New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Daily Bag Limits: 3 sandhill cranes, except 2 sandhill cranes in designated portions of North Dakota (Area 2) and Texas (Zone C). Permits: Each person participating in the regular sandhill crane season must have a valid Federal or State sandhill crane hunting permit. Special Seasons in the Central and Pacific Flyways Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming may select seasons for hunting sandhill cranes within the range of the Rocky Mountain Population (RMP) of sandhill cranes subject to the following conditions: Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 31. Hunting Seasons: The season in any State or zone may not exceed 60 days, and may be split into 3 segments. Bag limits: Not to exceed 3 daily and 9 per season. Permits: Participants must have a valid permit, issued by the appropriate State, in their possession while hunting. Other Provisions: Numbers of permits, open areas, season dates, protection plans for other species, and other provisions of seasons must be consistent with the management plan and approved by the Central and Pacific Flyway Councils, with the following exceptions: A. In Utah, 100 percent of the harvest will be assigned to the RMP crane quota; B. In Arizona, monitoring the racial composition of the harvest must be conducted at 3-year intervals unless 100 percent of the harvest will be assigned to the RMP crane quota; C. In Idaho, 100 percent of the harvest will be assigned to the RMP crane quota; and D. In the Estancia Valley hunt area of New Mexico, the level and racial composition of the harvest must be monitored; greater sandhill cranes in the harvest will be assigned to the RMP crane quota. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10637 Gallinules Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 31 in the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyways. States in the Pacific Flyway may select their hunting seasons between the outside dates for the season on ducks, mergansers, and coots; therefore, Pacific Flyway frameworks for gallinules are included with the duck, merganser, and coot frameworks. Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Seasons may not exceed 70 days in the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyways. Seasons may be split into 2 segments. The daily bag limit is 15 gallinules in the aggregate. Zoning: Seasons may be selected by zones established for duck hunting. Rails Outside Dates: States included herein may select seasons between September 1 and January 31 on clapper, king, sora, and Virginia rails. Hunting Seasons: Seasons may not exceed 70 days, and may be split into 2 segments. Daily Bag Limits Clapper and King Rails: In Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Rhode Island, 10 rails in the aggregate. In Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, 15 rails in the aggregate. Sora and Virginia Rails: In the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyways and the Pacific Flyway portions of Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming, 25 rails in the aggregate. The season is closed in the remainder of the Pacific Flyway. Snipe Outside Dates: Between September 1 and February 28, except in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia, where the season must end no later than January 31. Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Seasons may not exceed 107 days and may be split into 2 segments. The daily bag limit is 8 snipe. Zoning: Seasons may be selected by zones established for duck hunting. American Woodcock Outside Dates: States in the Eastern and Central Management Regions may select hunting seasons between September 13 and January 31. Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Seasons may not exceed 45 days in the Eastern and Central Regions. The E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10638 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule daily bag limit is 3. Seasons may be split into 2 segments. Zoning: New Jersey may select seasons in each of two zones. The season in each zone may not exceed 36 days. Band-Tailed Pigeons Pacific Coast States (California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada) Outside Dates: Between September 15 and January 1. Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 9 consecutive days, with a daily bag limit of 2. Zoning: California may select hunting seasons not to exceed 9 consecutive days in each of 2 zones. The season in the North Zone must close by October 3. Four-Corners States (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) Outside Dates: Between September 1 and November 30. Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 14 consecutive days, with a daily bag limit of 2. Zoning: New Mexico may select hunting seasons not to exceed 14 consecutive days in each of 2 zones. The season in the South Zone may not open until October 1. Doves Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 31 in the Eastern Management Unit, and between September 1 and January 15 in the Central and Western Management Units, except as subsequently provided, States may select hunting seasons and daily bag limits as follows: Eastern Management Unit Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 90 days, with a daily bag limit of 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate. Zoning and Split Seasons: Seasons may be split into 3 segments; Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi may select seasons in each of 2 zones, and may split their season in each zone into 3 segments. Central Management Unit tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 For All States Except Texas Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 90 days, with a daily bag limit of 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate. Zoning and Split Seasons: Seasons may be split into 3 segments; New Mexico may select seasons in each of 2 zones and may split their season in each zone into 3 segments. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Texas Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 90 days, with a daily bag limit of 15 mourning, whitewinged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be white-tipped doves. Zoning and Split Seasons: Texas may select hunting seasons for each of 3 zones subject to the following conditions: A. The season may be split into 2 segments, except in that portion of Texas in which the special whitewinged dove season is allowed, where a limited take of mourning and whitetipped doves may also occur during that special season (see Special Whitewinged Dove Area in Texas, below). B. A season may be selected for the North and Central Zones between September 1 and January 25; and for the South Zone between September 14 and January 25. Special White-Winged Dove Area in Texas In addition, Texas may select a hunting season of not more than 6 days, consisting of two 3-consecutive-day periods, for the Special White-winged Dove Area between September 1 and September 19. The daily bag limit may not exceed 15 white-winged, mourning, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be mourning doves and no more than 2 may be white-tipped doves. Shooting hours are from noon to sunset. Western Management Unit Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington: Not more than 60 days. The daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate. Arizona and California: Not more than 60 days, which may be split between 2 segments, September 1–15 and November 1–January 15. In Arizona, during the first segment of the season, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 10 could be white-winged doves. During the remainder of the season, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning doves. In California, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 10 could be white-winged doves. Zoning and Split Seasons: Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, and Washington may split their seasons into 2 segments. Oregon may select hunting seasons in each of 2 zones and may split their season in each zone into 2 segments. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Alaska Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 26. Hunting Seasons: Except as subsequently provided, not more than 107 consecutive days for waterfowl (except brant), sandhill cranes, and snipe concurrent in each of 5 zones. The season length for brant will be determined based on the upcoming brant winter survey results and the Pacific brant harvest strategy. The season may be split into 2 segments in the Southeast Zone. Closures: The hunting season is closed on spectacled eiders and Steller’s eiders. Daily Bag and Possession Limits Ducks: Except as subsequently provided, the basic daily bag limit is 7 ducks. Basic daily bag limit in the North Zone is 10, and in the Gulf Coast Zone is 8. The basic daily bag limits may include no more than 2 canvasbacks daily and may not include sea ducks. In addition to the basic daily bag limits, Alaska may select sea duck limits of 10 daily in the aggregate, including no more than 6 each of either harlequin or long-tailed ducks. Sea ducks include scoters, common and king eiders, harlequin ducks, long-tailed ducks, and common, hooded, and red-breasted mergansers. Light Geese: The daily bag limit is 6. Canada and Cackling Geese: The daily bag limit is 4 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate with the following exceptions: A. In Units 5 and 6, the taking of Canada and cackling geese is permitted from September 28 through December 16. B. On Middleton Island in Unit 6, a special, permit-only Canada and cackling goose season may be offered. A mandatory goose identification class is required. Hunters must check in and check out. The daily bag and possession limits are 1 Canada or cackling goose. The season will close if incidental harvest includes 5 dusky Canada geese. A dusky Canada goose is any darkbreasted Canada goose (Munsell 10 YR color value 5 or less) with a bill length between 40 and 50 millimeters. C. In Units 9, 10, 17, and 18, the daily bag limit is 6 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate. White-fronted Geese: The daily bag limit is 4 with the following exceptions: A. In Units 9, 10, and 17, the daily bag limit is 6 white-fronted geese. B. In Unit 18, the daily bag limit is 10 white-fronted geese. Emperor Geese: Open seasons for emperor geese may be selected subject to the following conditions: E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule A. All seasons are by permit only. B. No more than 1 emperor goose may be harvested per hunter per season. C. Total harvest may not exceed 500 emperor geese. D. In State Game Management Unit 8, the Kodiak Island Road Area is closed to hunting. The Kodiak Island Road Area consists of all lands and water (including exposed tidelands) east of a line extending from Crag Point in the north to the west end of Saltery Cove in the south and all lands and water south of a line extending from Termination Point along the north side of Cascade Lake extending to Anton Larsen Bay. Marine waters adjacent to the closed area are closed to harvest within 500 feet from the water’s edge. The offshore islands are open to harvest, for example: Woody, Long, Gull, and Puffin islands. Brant: The daily bag limit will be determined based on the upcoming brant winter survey results and the Pacific brant harvest strategy. Snipe: The daily bag limit is 8. Sandhill Cranes: The daily bag limit is 2 in the Southeast, Gulf Coast, Kodiak, and Aleutian Zones, and Unit 17 in the North Zone. In the remainder of the North Zone (outside Unit 17), the daily bag limit is 3. Tundra Swans: Open seasons for tundra swans may be selected subject to the following conditions: A. All seasons are by permit only. B. All season framework dates are September 1–October 31. C. In Unit 17, no more than 200 permits may be issued during this operational season. No more than 3 tundra swans may be authorized per permit, with no more than 1 permit issued per hunter per season. D. In Unit 18, no more than 500 permits may be issued during the operational season. No more than 3 tundra swans may be authorized per permit. No more than 1 permit may be issued per hunter per season. E. In Unit 22, no more than 300 permits may be issued during the operational season. No more than 3 tundra swans may be authorized per permit. No more than 1 permit may be issued per hunter per season. F. In Unit 23, no more than 300 permits may be issued during the operational season. No more than 3 tundra swans may be authorized per permit. No more than 1 permit may be issued per hunter per season. Hawaii Outside Dates: Between October 1 and January 31. Hunting Seasons: Not more than 65 days (75 under the alternative) for mourning doves. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Bag Limits: Not to exceed 15 (12 under the alternative) mourning doves. Note: Mourning doves may be taken in Hawaii in accordance with shooting hours and other regulations set by the State of Hawaii, and subject to the applicable provisions of 50 CFR part 20. Puerto Rico Doves and Pigeons Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 15. Hunting Seasons: Not more than 60 days. Daily Bag and Possession Limits: Not to exceed 30 Zenaida, mourning, and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which not more than 10 may be Zenaida doves and 3 may be mourning doves. Not to exceed 5 scaly-naped pigeons. Closed Seasons: The season is closed on the white-crowned pigeon and the plain pigeon, which are protected by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Closed Areas: There is no open season on doves or pigeons in the following areas: Municipality of Culebra, Desecheo Island, Mona Island, El Verde Closure Area, and Cidra Municipality and adjacent areas. Ducks, Coots, Gallinules, and Snipe Outside Dates: Between October 1 and January 31. Hunting Seasons: Not more than 55 days may be selected for hunting ducks, common gallinules, and snipe. The season may be split into 2 segments. Daily Bag Limits Ducks: Not to exceed 6 ducks. Common Gallinules: Not to exceed 6 common gallinules. Snipe: Not to exceed 8 snipe. Closed Seasons: The season is closed on ruddy duck, white-cheeked pintail, West Indian whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, and masked duck, which are protected by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The season is closed for purple gallinule, American coot, and Caribbean coot. Closed Areas: There is no open season on ducks, common gallinules, and snipe in the Municipality of Culebra and on Desecheo Island. Virgin Islands Doves and Pigeons Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 15. Hunting Seasons: Not more than 60 consecutive days. Daily Bag and Possession Limits: Not to exceed 10 Zenaida doves. Closed Seasons: No open season is prescribed for ground or quail doves or pigeons. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10639 Closed Areas: There is no open season for migratory game birds on Ruth Cay (just south of St. Croix). Local Names for Certain Birds: Zenaida dove, also known as mountain dove; bridled quail-dove, also known as Barbary dove or partridge; common ground-dove, also known as stone dove, tobacco dove, rola, or tortolita; scalynaped pigeon, also known as red-necked or scaled pigeon. Ducks Outside Dates: Between December 1 and January 31. Hunting Seasons: Not more than 55 consecutive days. Daily Bag Limits: Not to exceed 6 ducks. Closed Seasons: The season is closed on the ruddy duck, white-cheeked pintail, West Indian whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, and masked duck. Special Falconry Regulations In accordance with 50 CFR 21.29, falconry is a permitted means of taking migratory game birds in any State except for Hawaii. States may select an extended season for taking migratory game birds in accordance with the following: Extended Seasons: For all hunting methods combined, the combined length of the extended season, regular season, and any special or experimental seasons must not exceed 107 days for any species or group of species in a geographical area. Each extended season may be split into 3 segments. Outside Dates: Seasons must fall between September 1 and March 10. Daily Bag Limits: Falconry daily bag limits for all permitted migratory game birds must not exceed 3 birds in the aggregate, during extended falconry seasons, any special or experimental seasons, and regular hunting seasons in all States, including those that do not select an extended falconry season. Regular Seasons: General hunting regulations, including seasons and hunting hours, apply to falconry. Regular season bag limits do not apply to falconry. The falconry bag limit is not in addition to shooting limits. Area, Unit, and Zone Descriptions Ducks (Including Mergansers) and Coots Atlantic Flyway Connecticut North Zone: That portion of the State north of I-95. South Zone: Remainder of the State. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10640 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Maine North Zone: That portion north of the line extending east along Maine State Highway 110 from the New HampshireMaine State line to the intersection of Maine State Highway 11 in Newfield; then north and east along Route 11 to the intersection of U.S. Route 202 in Auburn; then north and east on Route 202 to the intersection of I-95 in Augusta; then north and east along I-95 to Route 15 in Bangor; then east along Route 15 to Route 9; then east along Route 9 to Stony Brook in Baileyville; then east along Stony Brook to the U.S. border. Coastal Zone: That portion south of a line extending east from the Maine-New Brunswick border in Calais at the Route 1 Bridge; then south along Route 1 to the Maine-New Hampshire border in Kittery. South Zone: Remainder of the State. Maryland Western Zone: Allegany, Carroll, Garrett, Frederick and Washington Counties; and those portions of Baltimore, Howard, Prince George’s, and Montgomery Counties west of a line beginning at I-83 at the Pennsylvania state line, following I-83 south to the intersection of I-83 and I-695 (Outer Loop), south following I-695 (Outer Loop) to its intersection with I-95, south following I-95 to its intersection with I495 (Outer Loop), and following I-495 (Outer Loop) to the Virginia shore of the Potomac River. Eastern Zone: That portion of the State not included in the Western Zone. Special Teal Season Area: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; that part of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and Route 3; that part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia State Line. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Massachusetts Western Zone: That portion of the State west of a line extending south from the Vermont State line on I-91 to MA 9, west on MA 9 to MA 10, south on MA 10 to U.S. 202, south on U.S. 202 to the Connecticut State line. Central Zone: That portion of the State east of the Berkshire Zone and west of a line extending south from the New Hampshire State line on I-95 to U.S. 1, south on U.S. 1 to I-93, south on I-93 to MA 3, south on MA 3 to U.S. 6, west on U.S. 6 to MA 28, west on MA 28 to I-195, west to the Rhode Island VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 State line; except the waters, and the lands 150 yards inland from the highwater mark, of the Assonet River upstream to the MA 24 bridge, and the Taunton River upstream to the Center Street-Elm Street bridge shall be in the Coastal Zone. Coastal Zone: That portion of Massachusetts east and south of the Central Zone. New Hampshire Northern Zone: That portion of the State east and north of the Inland Zone beginning at the Jct. of Route 10 and Route 25-A in Orford, east on Route 25-A to Route 25 in Wentworth, southeast on Route 25 to Exit 26 of Route I-93 in Plymouth, south on Route I-93 to Route 3 at Exit 24 of Route I-93 in Ashland, northeast on Route 3 to Route 113 in Holderness, north on Route 113 to Route 113-A in Sandwich, north on Route 113-A to Route 113 in Tamworth, east on Route 113 to Route 16 in Chocorua, north on Route 16 to Route 302 in Conway, east on Route 302 to the Maine-New Hampshire border. Inland Zone: That portion of the State south and west of the Northern Zone, west of the Coastal Zone, and includes the area of Vermont and New Hampshire as described for hunting reciprocity. A person holding a New Hampshire hunting license that allows the taking of migratory waterfowl or a person holding a Vermont resident hunting license that allows the taking of migratory waterfowl may take migratory waterfowl and coots from the following designated area of the Inland Zone: The State of Vermont east of Route I-91 at the Massachusetts border, north on Route I-91 to Route 2, north on Route 2 to Route 102, north on Route 102 to Route 253, and north on Route 253 to the border with Canada and the area of New Hampshire west of Route 63 at the Massachusetts border, north on Route 63 to Route 12, north on Route 12 to Route 12-A, north on Route 12-A to Route 10, north on Route 10 to Route 135, north on Route 135 to Route 3, north on Route 3 to the intersection with the Connecticut River. Coastal Zone: That portion of the State east of a line beginning at the Maine-New Hampshire border in Rollinsford, then extending to Route 4 west to the city of Dover, south to the intersection of Route 108, south along Route 108 through Madbury, Durham, and Newmarket to the junction of Route 85 in Newfields, south to Route 101 in Exeter, east to Interstate 95 (New Hampshire Turnpike) in Hampton, and south to the Massachusetts border. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 New Jersey Coastal Zone: That portion of the State seaward of a line beginning at the New York State line in Raritan Bay and extending west along the New York State line to NJ 440 at Perth Amboy; west on NJ 440 to the Garden State Parkway; south on the Garden State Parkway to NJ 109; south on NJ 109 to Cape May County Route 633 (Lafayette Street); south on Lafayette Street to Jackson Street; south on Jackson Street to the shoreline at Cape May; west along the shoreline of Cape May beach to COLREGS Demarcation Line 80.503 at Cape May Point; south along COLREGS Demarcation Line 80.503 to the Delaware State line in Delaware Bay. North Zone: That portion of the State west of the Coastal Zone and north of a line extending west from the Garden State Parkway on NJ 70 to the New Jersey Turnpike, north on the turnpike to U.S. 206, north on U.S. 206 to U.S. 1 at Trenton, west on U.S. 1 to the Pennsylvania State line in the Delaware River. South Zone: That portion of the State not within the North Zone or the Coastal Zone. New York Lake Champlain Zone: That area east and north of a continuous line extending along U.S. 11 from the New York-Canada International boundary south to NY 9B, south along NY 9B to U.S. 9, south along U.S. 9 to NY 22 south of Keesville; south along NY 22 to the west shore of South Bay, along and around the shoreline of South Bay to NY 22 on the east shore of South Bay; southeast along NY 22 to U.S. 4, northeast along U.S. 4 to the Vermont State line. Long Island Zone: That area consisting of Nassau County, Suffolk County, that area of Westchester County southeast of I-95, and their tidal waters. Western Zone: That area west of a line extending from Lake Ontario east along the north shore of the Salmon River to I-81, and south along I-81 to the Pennsylvania State line. Northeastern Zone: That area north of a continuous line extending from Lake Ontario east along the north shore of the Salmon River to I-81, south along I-81 to NY 31, east along NY 31 to NY 13, north along NY 13 to NY 49, east along NY 49 to NY 365, east along NY 365 to NY 28, east along NY 28 to NY 29, east along NY 29 to NY 22, north along NY 22 to Washington County Route 153, east along CR 153 to the New YorkVermont boundary, exclusive of the Lake Champlain Zone. Southeastern Zone: The remaining portion of New York. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule North Carolina Coastal Zone: All counties and portions of counties east of I-95. Inland Zone: All counties and portions of counties west of I-95. Pennsylvania Lake Erie Zone: The Lake Erie waters of Pennsylvania and a shoreline margin along Lake Erie from New York on the east to Ohio on the west extending 150 yards inland, but including all of Presque Isle Peninsula. Northwest Zone: The area bounded on the north by the Lake Erie Zone and including all of Erie and Crawford Counties and those portions of Mercer and Venango Counties north of I-80. North Zone: That portion of the State east of the Northwest Zone and north of a line extending east on I-80 to U.S. 220, Route 220 to I-180, I-180 to I-80, and I80 to the Delaware River. South Zone: The remaining portion of Pennsylvania. Vermont Lake Champlain Zone: The U.S. portion of Lake Champlain and that area north and west of the line extending from the New York border along U.S. 4 to VT 22A at Fair Haven; VT 22A to U.S. 7 at Vergennes; U.S. 7 to VT 78 at Swanton; VT 78 to VT 36; VT 36 to Maquam Bay on Lake Champlain; along and around the shoreline of Maquam Bay and Hog Island to VT 78 at the West Swanton Bridge; VT 78 to VT 2 in Alburg; VT 2 to the Richelieu River in Alburg; along the east shore of the Richelieu River to the Canadian border. Interior Zone: That portion of Vermont east of the Lake Champlain Zone and west of a line extending from the Massachusetts border at Interstate 91; north along Interstate 91 to U.S. 2; east along U.S. 2 to VT 102; north along VT 102 to VT 253; north along VT 253 to the Canadian border. Connecticut River Zone: The remaining portion of Vermont east of the Interior Zone. Virginia Western Zone: All counties and portions of counties west of I-95. Eastern Zone: All counties and portions of counties east of I-95. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Mississippi Flyway Illinois North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending west from the Indiana border along Peotone-Beecher Road to Illinois Route 50, south along Illinois Route 50 to Wilmington-Peotone Road, west along Wilmington-Peotone Road to Illinois Route 53, north along VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Illinois Route 53 to New River Road, northwest along New River Road to Interstate Highway 55, south along I-55 to Pine Bluff-Lorenzo Road, west along Pine Bluff-Lorenzo Road to Illinois Route 47, north along Illinois Route 47 to I-80, west along I-80 to I-39, south along I-39 to Illinois Route 18, west along Illinois Route 18 to Illinois Route 29, south along Illinois Route 29 to Illinois Route 17, west along Illinois Route 17 to the Mississippi River, and due south across the Mississippi River to the Iowa border. Central Zone: That portion of the State south of the North Duck Zone line to a line extending west from the Indiana border along I-70 to Illinois Route 4, south along Illinois Route 4 to Illinois Route 161, west along Illinois Route 161 to Illinois Route 158, south and west along Illinois Route 158 to Illinois Route 159, south along Illinois Route 159 to Illinois Route 3, south along Illinois Route 3 to St. Leo’s Road, south along St. Leo’s Road to Modoc Road, west along Modoc Road to Modoc Ferry Road, southwest along Modoc Ferry Road to Levee Road, southeast along Levee Road to County Route 12 (Modoc Ferry entrance Road), south along County Route 12 to the Modoc Ferry route and southwest on the Modoc Ferry route across the Mississippi River to the Missouri border. South Zone: That portion of the State south and east of a line extending west from the Indiana border along Interstate 70, south along U.S. Highway 45, to Illinois Route 13, west along Illinois Route 13 to Greenbriar Road, north on Greenbriar Road to Sycamore Road, west on Sycamore Road to N Reed Station Road, south on N Reed Station Road to Illinois Route 13, west along Illinois Route 13 to Illinois Route 127, south along Illinois Route 127 to State Forest Road (1025 N), west along State Forest Road to Illinois Route 3, north along Illinois Route 3 to the south bank of the Big Muddy River, west along the south bank of the Big Muddy River to the Mississippi River, west across the Mississippi River to the Missouri border. South Central Zone: The remainder of the State between the south border of the Central Zone and the North border of the South Zone. Indiana North Zone: That part of Indiana north of a line extending east from the Illinois border along State Road 18 to U.S. 31; north along U.S. 31 to U.S. 24; east along U.S. 24 to Huntington; southeast along U.S. 224; south along State Road 5; and east along State Road 124 to the Ohio border. PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10641 Central Zone: That part of Indiana south of the North Zone boundary and north of the South Zone boundary. South Zone: That part of Indiana south of a line extending east from the Illinois border along I-70; east along National Ave.; east along U.S. 150; south along U.S. 41; east along State Road 58; south along State Road 37 to Bedford; and east along U.S. 50 to the Ohio border. Iowa North Zone: That portion of Iowa north of a line beginning on the South Dakota-Iowa border at Interstate 29, southeast along Interstate 29 to State Highway 20 to the Iowa-Illinois border. The south duck hunting zone is that part of Iowa west of Interstate 29 and south of State Highway 92 east to the Iowa-Illinois border. The central duck hunting zone is the remainder of the state. Central Zone: The remainder of Iowa not included in the North and South zones. South Zone: The south duck hunting zone is that part of Iowa west of Interstate 29 and south of State Highway 92 east to the Iowa-Illinois border. Kentucky West Zone: All counties west of and including Butler, Daviess, Ohio, Simpson, and Warren Counties. East Zone: The remainder of Kentucky. Louisiana East Zone: That area of the State beginning at the Arkansas border, then south on U.S. Hwy 79 to State Hwy 9, then south on State Hwy 9 to State Hwy 147, then south on State Hwy 147 to U.S. Hwy 167, then south and east on U.S. Hwy 167 to U.S. Hwy 90, then south on U.S. Hwy 90 to the Mississippi State line. West Zone: Remainder of the State. Michigan North Zone: The Upper Peninsula. Middle Zone: That portion of the Lower Peninsula north of a line beginning at the Michigan-Wisconsin boundary line in Lake Michigan, directly due west of the mouth of Stoney Creek in section 31, T14N R18W, Oceana County, then proceed easterly and southerly along the centerline of Stoney Creek to its intersection with Scenic Drive, southerly on Scenic Drive to Stoney Lake Road in section 5, T13N R18W, Oceana County, easterly on Stoney Lake Road then both west and east Garfield Roads (name change only; not an intersection) then crossing highway U.S.-31 to State Highway M-20 E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10642 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule (north of the town of New Era; also locally named Hayes Road) in section 33, T14N R17W, Oceana County, easterly on M-20 through Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, and Midland Counties to highway U.S.-10 business route in the city of Midland, easterly on U.S.-10 BR to highway U.S.10 at the Bay County line, easterly on U.S.-10 then crossing U.S.-75 to State Highway M-25 (west of the town of Bay City), easterly along M-25 into Tuscola County then northeasterly and easterly on M-25 through Tuscola County into Huron County, turning southeasterly on M-25 (near the town of Huron City; also locally named North Shore Road) to the centerline of Willow Creek in section 4, T18N R14E, Huron County, then northerly along the centerline of Willow Creek to the mouth of Willow Creek into Lake Huron, then directly due east along a line from the mouth of Willow Creek heading east into Lake Huron to a point due east and on the Michigan/U.S.Canadian border. South Zone: The remainder of Michigan. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Minnesota North Duck Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending east from the North Dakota State line along State Highway 210 to State Highway 23 and east to State Highway 39 and east to the Wisconsin State line at the Oliver Bridge. South Duck Zone: The portion of the State south of a line extending east from the South Dakota State line along U.S. Highway 212 to Interstate 494 and east to Interstate 94 and east to the Wisconsin State line. Central Duck Zone: The remainder of the State. Missouri North Zone: That portion of Missouri north of a line running west from the Illinois border at I-70; west on I-70 to Hwy 65; north on Hwy 65 to Hwy 41, north on Hwy 41 to Hwy 24; west on Hwy 24 to MO Hwy 10, west on Hwy 10 to Hwy 69, north on Hwy 69 to MO Hwy 116, west on MO Hwy 116 to Hwy 59, south on Hwy 59 to the Kansas border. Middle Zone: The remainder of Missouri not included in other zones. South Zone: That portion of Missouri south of a line running west from the Illinois border on MO Hwy 74 to MO Hwy 25; south on MO Hwy 25. to U.S. Hwy 62; west on U.S. Hwy 62 to MO Hwy 53; north on MO Hwy 53 to MO Hwy 51; north on MO Hwy 51 to U.S. Hwy 60; west on U.S. Hwy 60 to MO Hwy 21; north on MO Hwy 21 to MO Hwy 72; west on MO Hwy 72 to MO VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Hwy 32; west on MO Hwy 32 to U.S. Hwy 65; north on U.S. Hwy 65 to U.S. Hwy 54; west on U.S. Hwy 54 to the Kansas border. Ohio Lake Erie Marsh Zone: Includes all land and water within the boundaries of the area bordered by a line beginning at the intersection of Interstate 75 at the Ohio-Michigan State line and continuing south to Interstate 280, then south on I-280 to the Ohio Turnpike (I80/I-90), then east on the Ohio Turnpike to the Erie-Lorain County line, then north to Lake Erie, then following the Lake Erie shoreline at a distance of 200 yards offshore, then following the shoreline west toward and around the northern tip of Cedar Point Amusement Park, then continuing from the westernmost point of Cedar Point toward the southernmost tip of the sand bar at the mouth of Sandusky Bay and out into Lake Erie at a distance of 200 yards offshore continuing parallel to the Lake Erie shoreline north and west toward the northernmost tip of Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge, then following a direct line toward the southernmost tip of Wood Tick Peninsula in Michigan to a point that intersects the Ohio-Michigan State line, then following the State line back to the point of the beginning. North Zone: That portion of the State, excluding the Lake Erie Marsh Zone, north of a line extending east from the Indiana State line along U.S. Highway (U.S.) 33 to State Route (SR) 127, then south along SR 127 to SR 703, then south along SR 703 and including all lands within the Mercer Wildlife Area to SR 219, then east along SR 219 to SR 364, then north along SR 364 and including all lands within the St. Mary’s Fish Hatchery to SR 703, then east along SR 703 to SR 66, then north along SR 66 to U.S. 33, then east along U.S. 33 to SR 385, then east along SR 385 to SR 117, then south along SR 117 to SR 273, then east along SR 273 to SR 31, then south along SR 31 to SR 739, then east along SR 739 to SR 4, then north along SR 4 to SR 95, then east along SR 95 to SR 13, then southeast along SR 13 to SR 3, then northeast along SR 3 to SR 60, then north along SR 60 to U.S. 30, then east along U.S. 30 to SR 3, then south along SR 3 to SR 226, then south along SR 226 to SR 514, then southwest along SR 514 to SR 754, then south along SR 754 to SR 39/60, then east along SR 39/ 60 to SR 241, then north along SR 241 to U.S. 30, then east along U.S. 30 to SR 39, then east along SR 39 to the Pennsylvania State line. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 South Zone: The remainder of Ohio not included in the Lake Erie Marsh Zone or the North Zone. Tennessee Reelfoot Zone: All or portions of Lake and Obion Counties. Remainder of State: That portion of Tennessee outside of the Reelfoot Zone. Wisconsin North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending east from the Minnesota State line along U.S. Highway 10 to U.S. Highway 41, then north on U.S. Highway 41 to the Michigan State line. Open Water Zone: That portion of the State extending 500 feet or greater from the Lake Michigan shoreline bounded by the Michigan State line and the Illinois State line. South Zone: The remainder of the State. Central Flyway Colorado (Central Flyway Portion) Special Teal Season Area: Lake and Chaffee Counties and that portion of the State east of Interstate Highway 25. Northeast Zone: All areas east of Interstate 25 and north of Interstate 70. Southeast Zone: All areas east of Interstate 25 and south of Interstate 70, and all of El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, and Las Animas Counties. Mountain/Foothills Zone: All areas west of Interstate 25 and east of the Continental Divide, except El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, and Las Animas Counties. Kansas High Plains: That portion of the State west of U.S. 283. Low Plains Early Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the Federal Hwy U.S.-283 and State Hwy 96 junction, then east on State Hwy 96 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-183, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-183 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-24, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-24 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-36, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-36 to its junction with State Hwy K-199, then south on State Hwy K-199 to its junction with Republic County 30th Road, then south on Republic County 30th Road to its junction with State Hwy K-148, then east on State Hwy K-148 to its junction with Republic County 50th Road, then south on Republic County 50th Road to its junction with Cloud County 40th Road, then south on Cloud County 40th Road to its junction with State Hwy K9, then west on State Hwy K-9 to its E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-24, then west on Federal Hwy U.S.-24 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-181, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-181 to its junction with State Hwy K-18, then west on State Hwy K-18 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with State Hwy K-4, then east on State Hwy K-4 to its junction with interstate Hwy I-135, then south on interstate Hwy I-135 to its junction with State Hwy K61, then southwest on State Hwy K-61 to its junction with McPherson County 14th Avenue, then south on McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with McPherson County Arapaho Road, then west on McPherson County Arapaho Road to its junction with State Hwy K61, then southwest on State Hwy K-61 to its junction with State Hwy K-96, then northwest on State Hwy K-96 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-56, then southwest on Federal Hwy U.S.-56 to its junction with State Hwy K-19, then east on State Hwy K-19 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-54, then west on Federal Hwy U.S.-54 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-183, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-183 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-56, then southwest on Federal Hwy U.S.-56 to its junction with North Main Street in Spearville, then south on North Main Street to Davis Street, then east on Davis Street to Ford County Road 126 (South Stafford Street), then south on Ford County Road 126 to Garnett Road, then east on Garnett Road to Ford County Road 126, then south on Ford County Road 126 to Ford Spearville Road, then west on Ford Spearville Road to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-400, then northwest on Federal Hwy U.S.400 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-283, and then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-283 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-96. Low Plains Late Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the Federal Hwy U.S.-283 and State Hwy 96 junction, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-283 to the Kansas-Nebraska State line, then east along the KansasNebraska State line to its junction with the Kansas-Missouri State line, then southeast along the Kansas-Missouri State line to its junction with State Hwy K-68, then west on State Hwy K-68 to its junction with interstate Hwy I-35, then southwest on interstate Hwy I-35 to its junction with Butler County NE 150th Street, then west on Butler County NE 150th Street to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-77, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-77 to its junction VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 with the Kansas-Oklahoma State line, then west along the Kansas-Oklahoma State line to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-283, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-283 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-400, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-400 to its junction with Ford Spearville Road, then east on Ford Spearville Road to Ford County Road 126 (South Stafford Street), then north on Ford County Road 126 to Garnett Road, then west on Garnett Road to Ford County Road 126, then north on Ford County Road 126 to Davis Street, then west on Davis Street to North Main Street, then north on North Main Street to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-56, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-56 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-183, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-183 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-54, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-54 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with State Hwy K-19, then west on State Hwy K-19 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-56, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-56 to its junction with State Hwy K-96, then southeast on State Hwy K-96 to its junction with State Hwy K-61, then northeast on State Hwy K-61 to its junction with McPherson County Arapaho Road, then east on McPherson County Arapaho Road to its junction with McPherson County 14th Avenue, then north on McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with State Hwy K-61, then east on State Hwy K-61 to its junction with interstate Hwy I-135, then north on interstate Hwy I-135 to its junction with State Hwy K-4, then west on State Hwy K-4 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with State Hwy K-18, then east on State Hwy K-18 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-181, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-181 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-24, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-24 to its junction with State Hwy K-9, then east on State Hwy K-9 to its junction with Cloud County 40th Road, then north on Cloud County 40th Road to its junction with Republic County 50th Road, then north on Republic County 50th Road to its junction with State Hwy K-148, then west on State Hwy K-148 to its junction with Republic County 30th Road, then north on Republic County 30th Road to its junction with State Hwy K-199, then north on State Hwy K-199 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-36, then west on Federal Hwy U.S.-36 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-24, then west on PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10643 Federal Hwy U.S.-24 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-183, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-183 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-96, and then west on Federal Hwy U.S.-96 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-283. Low Plains Southeast Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from the Missouri-Kansas State line west on K-68 to its junction with I-35, then southwest on I-35 to its junction with Butler County, NE 150th Street, then west on NE 150th Street to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-77, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-77 to the OklahomaKansas State line, then east along the Kansas-Oklahoma State line to its junction with the Kansas-Missouri State line, then north along the KansasMissouri State line to its junction with State Hwy K-68. Montana (Central Flyway Portion) Zone 1: The Counties of Blaine, Carter, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, McCone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Valley, Wheatland, and Wibaux. Zone 2: The Counties of Big Horn, Carbon, Custer, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure, and Yellowstone. Nebraska High Plains: That portion of Nebraska lying west of a line beginning at the South Dakota-Nebraska border on U.S. Hwy 183; south on U.S. Hwy 183 to U.S. Hwy 20; west on U.S. Hwy 20 to NE Hwy 7; south on NE Hwy 7 to NE Hwy 91; southwest on NE Hwy 91 to NE Hwy 2; southeast on NE Hwy 2 to NE Hwy 92; west on NE Hwy 92 to NE Hwy 40; south on NE Hwy 40 to NE Hwy 47; south on NE Hwy 47 to NE Hwy 23; east on NE Hwy 23 to U.S. Hwy 283; and south on U.S. Hwy 283 to the KansasNebraska border. Zone 1: Area bounded by designated Federal and State highways and political boundaries beginning at the South Dakota-Nebraska border at U.S. Hwy 183; south along Hwy 183 to NE Hwy 12; east to NE Hwy 137; south to U.S. Hwy 20; east to U.S. Hwy 281; north to the Niobrara River; east along the Niobrara River to the Boyd County Line; north along the Boyd County line to NE Hwy 12; east to NE 26E Spur; north along the NE 26E Spur to the Ponca State Park boat ramp; north and west along the Missouri River to the Nebraska-South Dakota border; west along the Nebraska-South Dakota border to U.S. Hwy 183. Both banks of the Niobrara River in Keya Paha and Boyd counties east of U.S. Hwy 183 shall be included in Zone 1. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 10644 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Zone 2: Those areas of the state that are not contained in Zones 1, 3, or 4. Zone 3: Area bounded by designated Federal and State highways, County Roads, and political boundaries beginning at the Wyoming-Nebraska border at its northernmost intersection with the Interstate Canal; southeast along the Interstate Canal to the northern border of Scotts Bluff County; east along northern borders of Scotts Bluff and Morrill Counties to Morrill County Road 125; south to Morrill County Rd 94; east to County Rd 135; south to County Rd 88; east to County Rd 147; south to County Rd 88; southeast to County Rd 86; east to County Rd 151; south to County Rd 80; east to County Rd 161; south to County Rd 76; east to County Rd 165; south to County Rd 167; south to U.S. Hwy 26; east to County Rd 171; north to County Rd 68; east to County Rd 183; south to County Rd 64; east to County Rd 189; north to County Rd 70; east to County Rd 201; south to County Rd 60A; east to County Rd 203; south to County Rd 52; east to Keith County Line; north along the Keith County line to the northern border of Keith County; east along the northern boundaries of Keith and Lincoln Counties to NE Hwy 97; south to U.S. Hwy 83; south to E Hall School Rd; east to North Airport Road; south to U.S. Hwy 30; east to NE Hwy 47; south to NE Hwy 23; east on NE Hwy 23 to U.S. Hwy 283; south on U.S. Hwy 283 to the Kansas-Nebraska border; west along Kansas-Nebraska border to the Nebraska-Colorado border; north and west to the Wyoming-Nebraska border; north along the WyomingNebraska border to its northernmostintersection with the Interstate Canal. Zone 4: Area encompassed by designated Federal and State highways and County Roads beginning at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 283 at the Kansas-Nebraska border; north to NE Hwy 23; west to NE Hwy 47; north to Dawson County Rd 769; east to County Rd 423; south to County Rd 766; east to County Rd 428; south to County Rd 763; east to NE Hwy 21; south to County Rd 761; east on County Rd 761 to County Road 437; south to the Dawson County Canal; southeast along Dawson County Canal; east to County Rd 444; south to U.S. Hwy 30; east to U.S. Hwy 183; north to Buffalo County Rd 100; east to 46th Ave.; north to NE Hwy 40; east to NE Hwy 10; north to County Rd 220 and Hall County Husker Highway; east to Hall County S 70th Rd; north to NE Hwy 2; east to U.S. Hwy 281; north to Chapman Rd; east to 7th Rd; south to U.S. Hwy 30; north and east to NE Hwy 14; south to County Rd 22; west to County Rd M; south to County Rd 21; VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 west to County Rd K; south to U.S. Hwy 34; west to NE Hwy 2; south to U.S. Hwy I-80; west to Gunbarrel Rd (Hall/ Hamilton county line); south to Giltner Rd; west to U.S. Hwy 281; south to W 82nd St; west to Holstein Ave.; south to U.S. Hwy 34; west to NE Hwy 10; north to Kearney County Rd R and Phelps County Rd 742; west to Gosper County Rd 433; south to N Railway Street; west to Commercial Ave.; south to NE Hwy 23; west to Gosper County Rd 427; south to Gosper County Rd 737; west to Gosper County Rd 426; south to Gosper County Rd 735; east to Gosper County Rd 427; south to Furnas County Rd 276; west to Furnas County Rd 425.5/425; south to U.S. Hwy 34; east to NE Hwy 4; east to NE Hwy 10; south to U.S. Hwy 136; east to NE Hwy 14; south to NE Hwy 8; east to U.S. Hwy 81; north to NE Hwy 4; east to NE Hwy 15; north to U.S. Hwy 6; east to NE Hwy 33; east to SW 142 Street; south to W. Hallam Rd; east to SW 100 Rd; south to W. Chestnut Rd; west to NE Hwy 103; south to NE Hwy 4; west to NE Hwy 15; south to U.S. Hwy 136; east to Jefferson County Rd 578 Ave.; south to PWF Rd; east to NE Hwy 103; south to NE Hwy 8; east to U.S. Hwy 75; north to U.S. Hwy 136; east to the intersection of U.S. Hwy 136 and the Steamboat Trace (Trace); north along the Trace to the intersection with Federal Levee R-562; north along Federal Levee R-562 to the intersection with Nemaha County Rd 643A; south to the Trace; north along the Trace/ Burlington Northern Railroad right-ofway to NE Hwy 2; west to U.S. Hwy 75; north to NE Hwy 2; west to NE Hwy 50; north to Otoe County Rd D; east to N 32nd Rd; north to Otoe County Rd B; west to NE Hwy 50; north to U.S. Hwy 34; west to NE Hwy 63; north to NE Hwy 66; north and west to U.S. Hwy 77; north to NE Hwy 109; west along NE Hwy 109 and Saunders County Rd X to Saunders County 19; south to NE Hwy 92; west to NE Hwy Spur 12F; south to Butler County Rd 30; east to County Rd X; south to County Rd 27; west to County Rd W; south to County Rd 26; east to County Rd X; south to County Rd 21 (Seward County Line); west to NE Hwy 15; north to County Rd 34; west to County Rd H; south to NE Hwy 92; west to U.S. Hwy 81; south to NE Hwy 66; west to Dark Island Trail, north to Merrick County Rd M; east to Merrick County Rd 18; north to NE Hwy 92; west to NE Hwy 14; north to NE Hwy 52; west and north to NE Hwy 91; west to U.S. Hwy 281; south to NE Hwy 58; west to NE Hwy 11; west and south to NE Hwy 2; west to NE Hwy 68; north to NE Hwy L82A; west to NE Hwy 10; north to NE Hwy 92; west to U.S. Hwy PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 183; north to Round Valley Rd; west to Sargent River Rd; west to Sargent Rd; west to NE Hwy S21A; west to NE Hwy 2; north to NE Hwy 91 to North Loup Spur Rd; north to North Loup River Rd; north and east along to Pleasant Valley/ Worth Rd; east to Loup County Line; north along the Loup County Line to Loup-Brown County line; east along northern boundaries of Loup and Garfield Counties to NE Hwy 11; south to Cedar River Road; east and south to NE Hwy 70; east to U.S. Hwy 281; north to NE Hwy 70; east to NE Hwy 14; south to NE Hwy 39; southeast to NE Hwy 22; east to U.S. Hwy 81; southeast to U.S. Hwy 30; east to the Iowa-Nebraska border; south to the Missouri-Nebraska border; south to Kansas-Nebraska border; west along Kansas-Nebraska border to U.S. Hwy 283. New Mexico (Central Flyway Portion) North Zone: That portion of the State north of I-40 and U.S. 54. South Zone: The remainder of New Mexico. North Dakota High Plains: That portion of the State south and west of a line beginning at the junction of U.S. Hwy 83 and the South Dakota State line, then north along U.S. Hwy 83 and I-94 to ND Hwy 41, then north on ND Hwy 41 to ND Hwy 53, then west on ND Hwy 53 to U.S. Hwy 83, then north on U.S. Hwy 83 to U.S. Hwy 2, then west on U.S. Hwy 2 to the Williams County line, then north and west along the Williams and Divide County lines to the Canadian border. Low Plains: The remainder of North Dakota. Oklahoma High Plains: The Counties of Beaver, Cimarron, and Texas. Low Plains Zone 1: That portion of the State east of the High Plains Zone and north of a line extending east from the Texas State line along OK 33 to OK 47, east along OK 47 to U.S. 183, south along U.S. 183 to I-40, east along I-40 to U.S. 177, north along U.S. 177 to OK 33, east along OK 33 to OK 18, north along OK 18 to OK 51, west along OK 51 to I-35, north along I-35 to U.S. 412, west along U.S. 412 to OK 132, then north along OK 132 to the Kansas State line. Low Plains Zone 2: The remainder of Oklahoma. South Dakota High Plains: That portion of the State west of a line beginning at the North Dakota State line and extending south along U.S. 83 to U.S. 14, east on U.S. 14 to Blunt, south on the Blunt-Canning Road to SD 34, east and south on SD 34 E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule to SD 50 at Lee’s Corner, south on SD 50 to I-90, east on I-90 to SD 50, south on SD 50 to SD 44, west on SD 44 across the Platte-Winner bridge to SD 47, south on SD 47 to U.S. 18, east on U.S. 18 to SD 47, south on SD 47 to the Nebraska State line. Low Plains North Zone: That portion of northeastern South Dakota east of the High Plains Unit and north of a line extending east along U.S. 212 to the Minnesota State line. Low Plains South Zone: That portion of Gregory County east of SD 47 and south of SD 44; Charles Mix County south of SD 44 to the Douglas County line; south on SD 50 to Geddes; east on the Geddes Highway to U.S. 281; south on U.S. 281 and U.S. 18 to SD 50; south and east on SD 50 to the Bon Homme County line; the Counties of Bon Homme, Yankton, and Clay south of SD 50; and Union County south and west of SD 50 and I-29. Low Plains Middle Zone: The remainder of South Dakota. Texas High Plains: That portion of the State west of a line extending south from the Oklahoma State line along U.S. 183 to Vernon, south along U.S. 283 to Albany, south along TX 6 to TX 351 to Abilene, south along U.S. 277 to Del Rio, then south along the Del Rio International Toll Bridge access road to the Mexico border. Low Plains North Zone: That portion of northeastern Texas east of the High Plains Zone and north of a line beginning at the International Toll Bridge south of Del Rio, then extending east on U.S. 90 to San Antonio, then continuing east on I-10 to the Louisiana State line at Orange, Texas. Low Plains South Zone: The remainder of Texas. Wyoming (Central Flyway portion) tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Zone C1: Big Horn, Converse, Goshen, Hot Springs, Natrona, Park, Platte, and Washakie Counties; and Fremont County excluding the portions west or south of the Continental Divide. Zone C2: Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan, and Weston Counties. Zone C3: Albany and Laramie Counties; and that portion of Carbon County east of the Continental Divide. Pacific Flyway Arizona North Zone: Game Management Units 1-5, those portions of Game Management Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County, and Game Management Units 7, 9, and 12A. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 South Zone: Those portions of Game Management Units 6 and 8 in Yavapai County, and Game Management Units 10 and 12B-45. California Northeastern Zone: That portion of California lying east and north of a line beginning at the intersection of Interstate 5 with the California-Oregon line; south along Interstate 5 to its junction with Walters Lane south of the town of Yreka; west along Walters Lane to its junction with Easy Street; south along Easy Street to the junction with Old Highway 99; south along Old Highway 99 to the point of intersection with Interstate 5 north of the town of Weed; south along Interstate 5 to its junction with Highway 89; east and south along Highway 89 to Main Street Greenville; north and east to its junction with North Valley Road; south to its junction of Diamond Mountain Road; north and east to its junction with North Arm Road; south and west to the junction of North Valley Road; south to the junction with Arlington Road (A22); west to the junction of Highway 89; south and west to the junction of Highway 70; east on Highway 70 to Highway 395; south and east on Highway 395 to the point of intersection with the California-Nevada State line; north along the California-Nevada State line to the junction of the CaliforniaNevada Oregon State lines; west along the California-Oregon State line to the point of origin. Colorado River Zone: Those portions of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties east of a line from the intersection of Highway 95 with the California-Nevada State line; south on Highway 95 through the junction with Highway 40; south on Highway 95 to Vidal Junction; south through the town of Rice to the San Bernardino-Riverside County line on a road known as ‘‘Aqueduct Road’’ also known as Highway 62 in San Bernardino County; southwest on Highway 62 to Desert Center Rice Road; south on Desert Center Rice Road/Highway 177 to the town of Desert Center; east 31 miles on Interstate 10 to its intersection with Wiley Well Road; south on Wiley Well Road to Wiley Well; southeast on Milpitas Wash Road to the Blythe, Brawley, Davis Lake intersections; south on Blythe Ogilby Road also known as County Highway 34 to its intersection with Ogilby Road; south on Ogilby Road to its intersection with Interstate 8; east 7 miles on Interstate 8 to its intersection with the Andrade-Algodones Road/ Highway 186; south on Highway 186 to its intersection with the U.S.-Mexico border at Los Algodones, Mexico. PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10645 Southern Zone: That portion of southern California (but excluding the Colorado River zone) south and east of a line beginning at the mouth of the Santa Maria River at the Pacific Ocean; east along the Santa Maria River to where it crosses Highway 101-166 near the City of Santa Maria; north on Highway 101-166; east on Highway 166 to the junction with Highway 99; south on Highway 99 to the junction of Interstate 5; south on Interstate 5 to the crest of the Tehachapi Mountains at Tejon Pass; east and north along the crest of the Tehachapi Mountains to where it intersects Highway 178 at Walker Pass; east on Highway 178 to the junction of Highway 395 at the town of Inyokern; south on Highway 395 to the junction of Highway 58; east on Highway 58 to the junction of Interstate 15; east on Interstate 15 to the junction with Highway 127; north on Highway 127 to the point of intersection with the California-Nevada State line. Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone: All of Kings and Tulare Counties and that portion of Kern County north of the Southern Zone. Balance of State Zone: The remainder of California not included in the Northeastern, Colorado River, Southern, and the Southern San Joaquin Valley Zones. Colorado (Pacific Flyway Portion) Eastern Zone: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, those portions of Saguache, San Juan, Hinsdale, and Mineral Counties west of the Continental Divide, those portions of Gunnison County except the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley (Game Management Units 521, 53, and 63), and that portion of Moffat County east of the northern intersection of Moffat County Road 29 with the MoffatRoutt County line, south along Moffat County Road 29 to the intersection of Moffat County Road 29 with the MoffatRoutt County line (Elkhead Reservoir State Park). Western Zone: All areas west of the Continental Divide not included in the Eastern Zone. Idaho Zone 1: All lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, including private in-holdings; Bannock County; Bingham County except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; Caribou County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power County east of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39. Zone 2: Bear Lake, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, and Teton Counties; Bingham County within E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10646 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County except within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Zone 3: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Shoshone, Twin Falls, and Washington Counties; and Power County west of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39. Zone 4: Valley County. Nevada Northeast Zone: Elko, Eureka, Lander, and White Pine Counties. Northwest Zone: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Humboldt, Lyon, Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe Counties. South Zone: Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, and Nye Counties. Moapa Valley Special Management Area: That portion of Clark County including the Moapa Valley to the confluence of the Muddy and Virgin Rivers. Oregon Zone 1: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wasco, Washington, and Yamhill, Counties. Zone 2: The remainder of Oregon not included in Zone 1. Utah Zone 1: Box Elder, Cache, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Morgan, Rich, Salt Lake, Summit, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, and Weber Counties, and that part of Toole County north of I-80. Zone 2: The remainder of Utah not included in Zone 1. Washington East Zone: All areas east of the Pacific Crest Trail and east of the Big White Salmon River in Klickitat County. West Zone: The remainder of Washington not included in the East Zone. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Wyoming (Pacific Flyway Portion) Snake River Zone: Beginning at the south boundary of Yellowstone National Park and the Continental Divide; south along the Continental Divide to Union Pass and the Union Pass Road (U.S.F.S. Road 600); west and south along the Union Pass Road to U.S.F.S. Road 605; south along U.S.F.S. Road 605 to the Bridger-Teton National Forest boundary; along the national forest boundary to the VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Idaho State line; north along the Idaho State line to the south boundary of Yellowstone National Park; east along the Yellowstone National Park boundary to the Continental Divide. Balance of State Zone: The remainder of the Pacific Flyway portion of Wyoming not included in the Snake River Zone. Geese Atlantic Flyway Connecticut Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons South Zone: Same as for ducks. North Zone: Same as for ducks. Regular Seasons AP Unit: Litchfield County and the portion of Hartford County west of a line beginning at the Massachusetts border in Suffield and extending south along Route 159 to its intersection with I-91 in Hartford, and then extending south along I-91 to its intersection with the Hartford-Middlesex County line. NAP H-Unit: That part of the State east of a line beginning at the Massachusetts border in Suffield and extending south along Route 159 to its intersection with I-91 in Hartford and then extending south along I-91 to State Street in New Haven; then south on State Street to Route 34, west on Route 34 to Route 8, south along Route 8 to Route 110, south along Route 110 to Route 15, north along Route 15 to the Milford Parkway, south along the Milford Parkway to I-95, north along I95 to the intersection with the east shore of the Quinnipiac River, south to the mouth of the Quinnipiac River and then south along the eastern shore of New Haven Harbor to the Long Island Sound. Atlantic Flyway Resident Population (AFRP) Unit: Remainder of the State not included in AP and NAP Units. South Zone: Same as for ducks. Maine North NAP-H Zone: Same as North Zone for ducks. Coastal NAP-L Zone: Same as Coastal Zone for ducks. South NAP-H Zone: Same as South Zone for ducks. Maryland Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons Eastern Unit: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, Queen Anne’s, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; and that part of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Route 3; that part of Prince George’s County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia State line. Western Unit: Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, and Washington Counties and that part of Anne Arundel County west of Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and Route 3; that part of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County west of Route 301 to the Virginia State line. Regular Seasons Resident Population (RP) Zone: Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, Montgomery, and Washington Counties; that portion of Prince George’s County west of Route 3 and Route 301; that portion of Charles County west of Route 301 to the Virginia State line; and that portion of Carroll County west of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and west of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania State line. AP Zone: Remainder of the State. Massachusetts NAP Zone: Central and Coastal Zones (see duck zones). AP Zone: The Western Zone (see duck zones). Special Late Season Area: The Central Zone and that portion of the Coastal Zone (see duck zones) that lies north of the Cape Cod Canal, north to the New Hampshire State line. New Hampshire Same zones as for ducks. New Jersey AP Zone: North and South Zones (see duck zones). NAP Zone: The Coastal Zone (see duck zones). Special Late Season Area: In northern New Jersey, that portion of the State within a continuous line that runs east along the New York State boundary line to the Hudson River; then south along the New York State boundary to its intersection with Route 440 at Perth Amboy; then west on Route 440 to its intersection with Route 287; then west along Route 287 to its intersection with Route 206 in Bedminster (Exit 18); then north along Route 206 to its intersection with Route 94; then west along Route 94 to the toll bridge in Columbia; then north along the Pennsylvania State boundary in the Delaware River to the beginning point. In southern New Jersey, that portion of the State within a continuous line that runs west from the Atlantic Ocean at Ship Bottom along Route 72 to Route 70; then west along Route 70 to Route 206; then south along E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Route 206 to Route 536; then west along Route 536 to Route 322; then west along Route 322 to Route 55; then south along Route 55 to Route 553 (Buck Road); then south along Route 553 to Route 40; then east along Route 40 to route 55; then south along Route 55 to Route 552 (Sherman Avenue); then west along Route 552 to Carmel Road; then south along Carmel Road to Route 49; then east along Route 49 to Route 555; then south along Route 555 to Route 553; then east along Route 553 to Route 649; then north along Route 649 to Route 670; then east along Route 670 to Route 47; then north along Route 47 to Route 548; then east along Route 548 to Route 49; then east along Route 49 to Route 50; then south along Route 50 to Route 9; then south along Route 9 to Route 625 (Sea Isle City Boulevard); then east along Route 625 to the Atlantic Ocean; then north to the beginning point. New York Lake Champlain Goose Area: The same as the Lake Champlain Waterfowl Hunting Zone, which is that area of New York State lying east and north of a continuous line extending along Route 11 from the New York-Canada international boundary south to Route 9B, south along Route 9B to Route 9, south along Route 9 to Route 22 south of Keeseville, south along Route 22 to the west shore of South Bay along and around the shoreline of South Bay to Route 22 on the east shore of South Bay, southeast along Route 22 to Route 4, northeast along Route 4 to the New York-Vermont boundary. Northeast Goose Area: The same as the Northeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zone, which is that area of New York State lying north of a continuous line extending from Lake Ontario east along the north shore of the Salmon River to Interstate 81, south along Interstate 81 to Route 31, east along Route 31 to Route 13, north along Route 13 to Route 49, east along Route 49 to Route 365, east along Route 365 to Route 28, east along Route 28 to Route 29, east along Route 29 to Route 22 at Greenwich Junction, north along Route 22 to Washington County Route 153, east along CR 153 to the New York-Vermont boundary, exclusive of the Lake Champlain Zone. East Central Goose Area: That area of New York State lying inside of a continuous line extending from Interstate Route 81 in Cicero, east along Route 31 to Route 13, north along Route 13 to Route 49, east along Route 49 to Route 365, east along Route 365 to Route 28, east along Route 28 to Route 29, east along Route 29 to Route 147 at Kimball Corners, south along Route 147 to Schenectady County Route 40 (West VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Glenville Road), west along Route 40 to Touareuna Road, south along Touareuna Road to Schenectady County Route 59, south along Route 59 to State Route 5, east along Route 5 to the Lock 9 bridge, southwest along the Lock 9 bridge to Route 5S, southeast along Route 5S to Schenectady County Route 58, southwest along Route 58 to the NYS Thruway, south along the Thruway to Route 7, southwest along Route 7 to Schenectady County Route 103, south along Route 103 to Route 406, east along Route 406 to Schenectady County Route 99 (Windy Hill Road), south along Route 99 to Dunnsville Road, south along Dunnsville Road to Route 397, southwest along Route 397 to Route 146 at Altamont, west along Route 146 to Albany County Route 252, northwest along Route 252 to Schenectady County Route 131, north along Route 131 to Route 7, west along Route 7 to Route 10 at Richmondville, south on Route 10 to Route 23 at Stamford, west along Route 23 to Route 7 in Oneonta, southwest along Route 7 to Route 79 to Interstate Route 88 near Harpursville, west along Route 88 to Interstate Route 81, north along Route 81 to the point of beginning. West Central Goose Area: That area of New York State lying within a continuous line beginning at the point where the northerly extension of Route 269 (County Line Road on the NiagaraOrleans County boundary) meets the international boundary with Canada, south to the shore of Lake Ontario at the eastern boundary of Golden Hill State Park, south along the extension of Route 269 and Route 269 to Route 104 at Jeddo, west along Route 104 to Niagara County Route 271, south along Route 271 to Route 31E at Middleport, south along Route 31E to Route 31, west along Route 31 to Griswold Street, south along Griswold Street to Ditch Road, south along Ditch Road to Foot Road, south along Foot Road to the north bank of Tonawanda Creek, west along the north bank of Tonawanda Creek to Route 93, south along Route 93 to Route 5, east along Route 5 to Crittenden-Murrays Corners Road, south on CrittendenMurrays Corners Road to the NYS Thruway, east along the Thruway 90 to Route 98 (at Thruway Exit 48) in Batavia, south along Route 98 to Route 20, east along Route 20 to Route 19 in Pavilion Center, south along Route 19 to Route 63, southeast along Route 63 to Route 246, south along Route 246 to Route 39 in Perry, northeast along Route 39 to Route 20A, northeast along Route 20A to Route 20, east along Route 20 to Route 364 (near Canandaigua), south and east along Route 364 to Yates PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10647 County Route 18 (Italy Valley Road), southwest along Route 18 to Yates County Route 34, east along Route 34 to Yates County Route 32, south along Route 32 to Steuben County Route 122, south along Route 122 to Route 53, south along Route 53 to Steuben County Route 74, east along Route 74 to Route 54A (near Pulteney), south along Route 54A to Steuben County Route 87, east along Route 87 to Steuben County Route 96, east along Route 96 to Steuben County Route 114, east along Route 114 to Schuyler County Route 23, east and southeast along Route 23 to Schuyler County Route 28, southeast along Route 28 to Route 409 at Watkins Glen, south along Route 409 to Route 14, south along Route 14 to Route 224 at Montour Falls, east along Route 224 to Route 228 in Odessa, north along Route 228 to Route 79 in Mecklenburg, east along Route 79 to Route 366 in Ithaca, northeast along Route 366 to Route 13, northeast along Route 13 to Interstate Route 81 in Cortland, north along Route 81 to the north shore of the Salmon River to shore of Lake Ontario, extending generally northwest in a straight line to the nearest point of the international boundary with Canada, south and west along the international boundary to the point of beginning. Hudson Valley Goose Area: That area of New York State lying within a continuous line extending from Route 4 at the New York-Vermont boundary, west and south along Route 4 to Route 149 at Fort Ann, west on Route 149 to Route 9, south along Route 9 to Interstate Route 87 (at Exit 20 in Glens Falls), south along Route 87 to Route 29, west along Route 29 to Route 147 at Kimball Corners, south along Route 147 to Schenectady County Route 40 (West Glenville Road), west along Route 40 to Touareuna Road, south along Touareuna Road to Schenectady County Route 59, south along Route 59 to State Route 5, east along Route 5 to the Lock 9 bridge, southwest along the Lock 9 bridge to Route 5S, southeast along Route 5S to Schenectady County Route 58, southwest along Route 58 to the NYS Thruway, south along the Thruway to Route 7, southwest along Route 7 to Schenectady County Route 103, south along Route 103 to Route 406, east along Route 406 to Schenectady County Route 99 (Windy Hill Road), south along Route 99 to Dunnsville Road, south along Dunnsville Road to Route 397, southwest along Route 397 to Route 146 at Altamont, southeast along Route 146 to Main Street in Altamont, west along Main Street to Route 156, southeast along Route 156 to Albany County Route 307, southeast along Route 307 to E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 10648 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Route 85A, southwest along Route 85A to Route 85, south along Route 85 to Route 443, southeast along Route 443 to Albany County Route 301 at Clarksville, southeast along Route 301 to Route 32, south along Route 32 to Route 23 at Cairo, west along Route 23 to Joseph Chadderdon Road, southeast along Joseph Chadderdon Road to Hearts Content Road (Greene County Route 31), southeast along Route 31 to Route 32, south along Route 32 to Greene County Route 23A, east along Route 23A to Interstate Route 87 (the NYS Thruway), south along Route 87 to Route 28 (Exit 19) near Kingston, northwest on Route 28 to Route 209, southwest on Route 209 to the New York-Pennsylvania boundary, southeast along the New York-Pennsylvania boundary to the New York-New Jersey boundary, southeast along the New York-New Jersey boundary to Route 210 near Greenwood Lake, northeast along Route 210 to Orange County Route 5, northeast along Orange County Route 5 to Route 105 in the Village of Monroe, east and north along Route 105 to Route 32, northeast along Route 32 to Orange County Route 107 (Quaker Avenue), east along Route 107 to Route 9W, north along Route 9W to the south bank of Moodna Creek, southeast along the south bank of Moodna Creek to the New WindsorCornwall town boundary, northeast along the New Windsor-Cornwall town boundary to the Orange-Dutchess County boundary (middle of the Hudson River), north along the county boundary to Interstate Route 84, east along Route 84 to the Dutchess-Putnam County boundary, east along the county boundary to the New York-Connecticut boundary, north along the New YorkConnecticut boundary to the New YorkMassachusetts boundary, north along the New York-Massachusetts boundary to the New York-Vermont boundary, north to the point of beginning. Eastern Long Island Goose Area (NAP High Harvest Area): That area of Suffolk County lying east of a continuous line extending due south from the New York-Connecticut boundary to the northernmost end of Roanoke Avenue in the Town of Riverhead; then south on Roanoke Avenue (which becomes County Route 73) to State Route 25; then west on Route 25 to Peconic Avenue; then south on Peconic Avenue to County Route (CR) 104 (Riverleigh Avenue); then south on CR 104 to CR 31 (Old Riverhead Road); then south on CR 31 to Oak Street; then south on Oak Street to Potunk Lane; then west on Stevens Lane; then south on Jessup Avenue (in Westhampton Beach) to VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Dune Road (CR 89); then due south to international waters. Western Long Island Goose Area (RP Area): That area of Westchester County and its tidal waters southeast of Interstate Route 95 and that area of Nassau and Suffolk Counties lying west of a continuous line extending due south from the New York-Connecticut boundary to the northernmost end of Sound Road (just east of Wading River Marsh); then south on Sound Road to North Country Road; then west on North Country Road to Randall Road; then south on Randall Road to Route 25A, then west on Route 25A to the Sunken Meadow State Parkway; then south on the Sunken Meadow Parkway to the Sagtikos State Parkway; then south on the Sagtikos Parkway to the Robert Moses State Parkway; then south on the Robert Moses Parkway to its southernmost end; then due south to international waters. Central Long Island Goose Area (NAP Low Harvest Area): That area of Suffolk County lying between the Western and Eastern Long Island Goose Areas, as defined above. South Goose Area: The remainder of New York State, excluding New York City. U.S. Route 30 to SR 441, east of SR 441 to SR 743, east of SR 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-81 to intersection of I80, south of I-80 to the New Jersey State line. North Carolina Northeast Zone: Includes the following counties or portions of counties: Bertie (that portion north and east of a line formed by NC 45 at the Washington County line to U.S. 17 in Midway, U.S. 17 in Midway to U.S. 13 in Windsor, U.S. 13 in Windsor to the Hertford County line), Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington. RP Zone: Remainder of the State. AP Zone: The area east and south of the following line—the Stafford County line from the Potomac River west to Interstate 95 at Fredericksburg, then south along Interstate 95 to Petersburg, then Route 460 (SE) to City of Suffolk, then south along Route 32 to the North Carolina line. SJBP Zone: The area to the west of the AP Zone boundary and east of the following line: The ‘‘Blue Ridge’’ (mountain spine) at the West VirginiaVirginia Border (Loudoun CountyClarke County line) south to Interstate 64 (the Blue Ridge line follows county borders along the western edge of Loudoun-Fauquier-RappahannockMadison-Greene-Albemarle and into Nelson Counties), then east along Interstate Route 64 to Route 15, then south along Route 15 to the North Carolina line. RP Zone: The remainder of the State west of the SJBP Zone. Pennsylvania Resident Canada and Cackling Goose Zone: All of Pennsylvania except for the SJBP Zone and the area east of route SR 97 from the Maryland State Line to the intersection of SR 194, east of SR 194 to the intersection of U.S. Route 30, south of U.S. Route 30 to SR 441, east of SR 441 to SR 743, east of SR 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-81 to intersection of I-80, and south of I-80 to the New Jersey State line. SJBP Zone: The area north of I-80 and west of I-79 including in the city of Erie west of Bay Front Parkway to and including the Lake Erie Duck zone (Lake Erie, Presque Isle, and the area within 150 yards of the Lake Erie shoreline). AP Zone: The area east of route SR 97 from Maryland State Line to the intersection of SR 194, east of SR 194 to intersection of U.S. Route 30, south of PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Rhode Island Special Area for Canada and Cackling Geese: Kent and Providence Counties and portions of the towns of Exeter and North Kingston within Washington County (see State regulations for detailed descriptions). South Carolina Canada and Cackling Goose Area: Statewide except for the following area: East of U.S. 301: That portion of Clarendon County bounded to the North by S-14-25, to the East by Hwy 260, and to the South by the markers delineating the channel of the Santee River. West of U.S. 301: That portion of Clarendon County bounded on the North by S-14-26 extending southward to that portion of Orangeburg County bordered by Hwy 6. Vermont Same zones as for ducks. Virginia Mississippi Flyway Arkansas Northwest Zone: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Conway, Crawford, Faulkner, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Searcy, Sebastian, Scott, Van Buren, Washington, and Yell Counties. Remainder of State: That portion of the State outside of the Northwest Zone. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Illinois North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending west from the Indiana border along Interstate 80 to I39, south along I-39 to Illinois Route 18, west along Illinois Route 18 to Illinois Route 29, south along Illinois Route 29 to Illinois Route 17, west along Illinois Route 17 to the Mississippi River, and due south across the Mississippi River to the Iowa border. Central Zone: That portion of the State south of the North Goose Zone line to a line extending west from the Indiana border along I-70 to Illinois Route 4, south along Illinois Route 4 to Illinois Route 161, west along Illinois Route 161 to Illinois Route 158, south and west along Illinois Route 158 to Illinois Route 159, south along Illinois Route 159 to Illinois Route 3, south along Illinois Route 3 to St. Leo’s Road, south along St. Leo’s Road to Modoc Road, west along Modoc Road to Modoc Ferry Road, southwest along Modoc Ferry Road to Levee Road, southeast along Levee Road to County Route 12 (Modoc Ferry entrance Road), south along County Route 12 to the Modoc Ferry route and southwest on the Modoc Ferry route across the Mississippi River to the Missouri border. South Zone: Same zone as for ducks. South Central Zone: Same zone as for ducks. Indiana Same zones as for ducks. Iowa Same zones as for ducks. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Louisiana North Zone: That portion of the State north of the line from the Texas border at State Hwy 190/12 east to State Hwy 49, then south on State Hwy 49 to Interstate 10, then east on Interstate 10 to Interstate 12, then east on Interstate 12 to Interstate 10, then east on Interstate 10 to the Mississippi State line. South Zone: Remainder of the State. Michigan North Zone: Same as North duck zone. Middle Zone: Same as Middle duck zone. South Zone: Same as South duck zone. Allegan County Game Management Unit (GMU): That area encompassed by a line beginning at the junction of 136th Avenue and Interstate Highway 196 in Lake Town Township and extending easterly along 136th Avenue to Michigan Highway 40, southerly along Michigan 40 through the city of Allegan VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 to 108th Avenue in Trowbridge Township, westerly along 108th Avenue to 46th Street, northerly along 46th Street to 109th Avenue, westerly along 109th Avenue to I-196 in Casco Township, then northerly along I-196 to the point of beginning. Muskegon Wastewater GMU: That portion of Muskegon County within the boundaries of the Muskegon County wastewater system, east of the Muskegon State Game Area, in sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 30, and 32, T10N R14W, and sections 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 24, and 25, T10N R15W, as posted. Minnesota Same zones as for ducks. Missouri Same zones as for ducks. Ohio Same zones as for ducks. Tennessee Reelfoot Zone: The lands and waters within the boundaries of Reelfoot Lake WMA only. Remainder of State: The remainder of the State. Wisconsin North and South Zones: Same zones as for ducks. Mississippi River Zone: That area encompassed by a line beginning at the intersection of the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway and the Illinois State line in Grant County and extending northerly along the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway to the city limit of Prescott in Pierce County, then west along the Prescott city limit to the Minnesota State line. Central Flyway Colorado (Central Flyway Portion) Northern Front Range Area: All areas in Boulder, Larimer, and Weld Counties from the Continental Divide east along the Wyoming border to U.S. 85, south on U.S. 85 to the Adams County line, and all lands in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, and Jefferson Counties. North Park Area: Jackson County. South Park Area: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park, and Teller Counties. San Luis Valley Area: All of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, and Rio Grande Counties, and those portions of Saguache, Mineral, Hinsdale, Archuleta, and San Juan Counties east of the Continental Divide. Remainder: Remainder of the Central Flyway portion of Colorado. PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10649 Eastern Colorado Late Light Goose Area: That portion of the State east of Interstate Highway 25. Montana (Central Flyway Portion) Zone 1: Same as Zone 1 for ducks and coots. Zone 2: Same as Zone 2 for ducks and coots. Nebraska Dark Geese Niobrara Unit: That area contained within and bounded by the intersection of the Nebraska-South Dakota border and U.S Hwy 83, south to U.S. Hwy 20, east to NE Hwy 14, north along NE Hwy 14 to NE Hwy 59 and County Road 872, west along County Road 872 to the Knox County Line, north along the Knox County Line to the Nebraska-South Dakota border, west along the NebraskaSouth Dakota border to U.S. Hwy 83. Where the Niobrara River forms the boundary, both banks of the river are included in the Niobrara Unit. Platte River Unit: The area bounded starting at the northernmost intersection of the Interstate Canal at the NebraskaWyoming border, south along the Nebraska-Wyoming border to the Nebraska-Colorado border, east and south along the Nebraska-Colorado border to the Nebraska-Kansas border, east along the Nebraska-Kansas border to the Nebraska-Missouri border, north along the Nebraska-Missouri and Nebraska-Iowa borders to the BurtWashington County line, west along the Burt-Washington County line to U.S. Hwy 75, south to Dodge County Road 4/ Washington County Road 4, west to U.S. Hwy 77, south to U.S. Hwy 275, northwest to U.S. Hwy 91, west to NE Hwy 45, north to NE Hwy 32, west to NE Hwy 14, north to NE Hwy 70, west to U.S. Hwy 281, south to NE Hwy 70, west along NE Hwy 70/91 to NE Hwy 11, north to the Holt County Line, west along the northern border of Garfield, Loup, Blaine, and Thomas Counties to the Hooker County Line, south along the Thomas-Hooker County Lines to the McPherson County Line, east along the south border of Thomas County to the Custer County Line, south along the Custer-Logan County lines to NE Hwy 92, west to U.S. Hwy 83, north to NE Hwy 92, west to NE Hwy 61, north to NE Hwy 2, west along NE Hwy 2 to the corner formed by Garden, Grant and Sheridan Counties, west along the north borders of Garden, Morrill, and Scotts Bluff Counties to the intersection with the Interstate Canal, north and west along the Interstate Canal to the intersection with the NebraskaWyoming border. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10650 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule North-Central Unit: Those portions of the State not in the Niobrara and Platte River zones. Light Geese Rainwater Basin Light Goose Area: The area bounded by the junction of NE Hwy 92 and NE Hwy 15, south along NE Hwy 15 to NE Hwy 4, west along NE Hwy 4 to U.S. Hwy 34, west along U.S. Hwy 34 to U.S. Hwy 283, north along U.S. Hwy 283 to U.S. Hwy 30, east along U.S. Hwy 30 to NE Hwy 92, east along NE Hwy 92 to the beginning. Remainder of State: The remainder of Nebraska. New Mexico (Central Flyway Portion) Dark Geese Middle Rio Grande Valley Unit: Sierra, Socorro, and Valencia Counties. Remainder: The remainder of the Central Flyway portion of New Mexico. North Dakota Missouri River Canada and Cackling Goose Zone: The area within and bounded by a line starting where ND Hwy 6 crosses the South Dakota border; then north on ND Hwy 6 to I-94; then west on I-94 to ND Hwy 49; then north on ND Hwy 49 to ND Hwy 200; then west on ND Hwy 200; then north on ND Hwy 8 to the Mercer/McLean County line; then east following the county line until it turns south toward Garrison Dam; then east along a line (including Mallard Island) of Lake Sakakawea to U.S. Hwy 83; then south on U.S. Hwy 83 to ND Hwy 200; then east on ND Hwy 200 to ND Hwy 41; then south on ND Hwy 41 to U.S. Hwy 83; then south on U.S. Hwy 83 to I-94; then east on I-94 to U.S. Hwy 83; then south on U.S. Hwy 83 to the South Dakota border; then west along the South Dakota border to ND Hwy 6. Western North Dakota Canada and Cackling Goose Zone: Same as the High Plains Unit for ducks, mergansers and coots, excluding the Missouri River Canada Goose Zone. Rest of State: Remainder of North Dakota. South Dakota tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Unit: The Counties of Campbell, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Marshall, Roberts, Walworth; that portion of Perkins County west of State Highway 75 and south of State Highway 20; that portion of Dewey County north of Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 8, Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 9, and the section of U.S. Highway 212 VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 east of the Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 8 junction; that portion of Potter County east of U.S. Highway 83; that portion of Sully County east of U.S. Highway 83; portions of Hyde, Buffalo, Brule, and Charles Mix Counties north and east of a line beginning at the Hughes-Hyde County line on State Highway 34, east to Lees Boulevard, southeast to State Highway 34, east 7 miles to 350th Avenue, south to Interstate 90 on 350th Avenue, south and east on State Highway 50 to Geddes, east on 285th Street to U.S. Highway 281, and north on U.S. Highway 281 to the Charles Mix-Douglas County boundary; that portion of Bon Homme County north of State Highway 50; those portions of Yankton and Clay Counties north of a line beginning at the junction of State Highway 50 and 306th Street/County Highway 585 in Bon Homme County, east to U.S. Highway 81, then north on U.S. Highway 81 to 303rd Street, then east on 303rd Street to 444th Avenue, then south on 444th Avenue to 305th Street, then east on 305th Street/Bluff Road to State Highway 19, then south to State Highway 50 and east to the Clay/ Union County Line; Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Corson, Davison, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Haakon, Hand, Hanson, Harding, Hutchinson, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, McPherson, Meade, Mellette, Miner, Moody, Oglala Lakota (formerly Shannon), Sanborn, Spink, Todd, Turner, and Ziebach Counties; and those portions of Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties outside of an area bounded by a line beginning at the junction of the South Dakota-Minnesota State line and Minnehaha County Highway 122 (254th Street) west to its junction with Minnehaha County Highway 149 (464th Avenue), south on Minnehaha County Highway 149 (464th Avenue) to Hartford, then south on Minnehaha County Highway 151 (463rd Avenue) to State Highway 42, east on State Highway 42 to State Highway 17, south on State Highway 17 to its junction with Lincoln County Highway 116 (Klondike Road), and east on Lincoln County Highway 116 (Klondike Road) to the South Dakota-Iowa State line, then north along the South Dakota-Iowa and South Dakota-Minnesota border to the junction of the South Dakota-Minnesota State line and Minnehaha County Highway 122 (254th Street). Regular Seasons Unit 1: Same as that for the Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Unit. Unit 2: All of South Dakota not included in Unit 1 and Unit 3. Unit 3: Bennett County. PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Texas Northeast Goose Zone: That portion of Texas lying east and north of a line beginning at the Texas-Oklahoma border at U.S. 81, then continuing south to Bowie and then southeasterly along U.S. 81 and U.S. 287 to I-35W and I-35 to the juncture with I-10 in San Antonio, then east on I-10 to the Texas-Louisiana border. Southeast Goose Zone: That portion of Texas lying east and south of a line beginning at the International Toll Bridge at Laredo, then continuing north following I-35 to the juncture with I-10 in San Antonio, then easterly along I-10 to the Texas-Louisiana border. West Goose Zone: The remainder of the State. Wyoming (Central Flyway Portion) Dark Geese Zone G1: Big Horn, Converse, Hot Springs, Natrona, Park, and Washakie Counties. Zone G1A: Goshen and Platte Counties. Zone G2: Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan, and Weston Counties. Zone G3: Albany and Laramie Counties; and that portion of Carbon County east of the Continental Divide. Zone G4: Fremont County excluding those portions south or west of the Continental Divide. Pacific Flyway Arizona Same zones as for ducks. California Northeastern Zone: That portion of California lying east and north of a line beginning at the intersection of Interstate 5 with the California-Oregon line; south along Interstate 5 to its junction with Walters Lane south of the town of Yreka; west along Walters Lane to its junction with Easy Street; south along Easy Street to the junction with Old Highway 99; south along Old Highway 99 to the point of intersection with Interstate 5 north of the town of Weed; south along Interstate 5 to its junction with Highway 89; east and south along Highway 89 to main street Greenville; north and east to its junction with North Valley Road; south to its junction of Diamond Mountain Road; north and east to its junction with North Arm Road; south and west to the junction of North Valley Road; south to the junction with Arlington Road (A22); west to the junction of Highway 89; south and west to the junction of Highway 70; east on Highway 70 to Highway 395; south and east on E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Highway 395 to the point of intersection with the California-Nevada State line; north along the California-Nevada State line to the junction of the CaliforniaNevada-Oregon State lines west along the California-Oregon State line to the point of origin. Klamath Basin Special Management Area: Beginning at the intersection of Highway 161 and Highway 97; east on Highway 161 to Hill Road; south on Hill Road to N Dike Road West Side; east on N Dike Road West Side until the junction of the Lost River; north on N Dike Road West Side until the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway; east on Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway until N Dike Road East Side; south on the N Dike Road East Side; continue east on N Dike Road East Side to Highway 111; south on Highway 111/Great Northern Road to Highway 120/Highway 124; west on Highway 120/Highway 124 to Hill Road; south on Hill Road until Lairds Camp Road; west on Lairds Camp Road until Willow Creek; west and south on Willow Creek to Red Rock Road; west on Red Rock Road until Meiss Lake Road/Old State Highway; north on Meiss Lake Road/Old State Highway to Highway 97; north on Highway 97 to the point of origin. Colorado River Zone: Those portions of San Bernardino, Riverside, and Imperial Counties east of a line from the intersection of Highway 95 with the California-Nevada State line; south on Highway 95 through the junction with Highway 40; south on Highway 95 to Vidal Junction; south through the town of Rice to the San Bernardino-Riverside County line on a road known as ‘‘Aqueduct Road’’ also known as Highway 62 in San Bernardino County; southwest on Highway 62 to Desert Center Rice Road; south on Desert Center Rice Road/Highway 177 to the town of Desert Center; east 31 miles on Interstate 10 to its intersection with Wiley Well Road; south on Wiley Well Road to Wiley Well; southeast on Milpitas Wash Road to the Blythe, Brawley, Davis Lake intersections; south on Blythe Ogilby Road also known as County Highway 34 to its intersection with Ogilby Road; south on Ogilby Road to its intersection with Interstate 8; east 7 miles on Interstate 8 to its intersection with the Andrade-Algodones Road/ Highway 186; south on Highway 186 to its intersection with the U.S.-Mexico border at Los Algodones, Mexico. Southern Zone: That portion of southern California (but excluding the Colorado River zone) south and east of a line beginning at the mouth of the Santa Maria River at the Pacific Ocean; east along the Santa Maria River to where it crosses Highway 101-166 near VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 the City of Santa Maria; north on Highway 101-166; east on Highway 166 to the junction with Highway 99; south on Highway 99 to the junction of Interstate 5; south on Interstate 5 to the crest of the Tehachapi Mountains at Tejon Pass; east and north along the crest of the Tehachapi Mountains to where it intersects Highway 178 at Walker Pass; east on Highway 178 to the junction of Highway 395 at the town of Inyokern; south on Highway 395 to the junction of Highway 58; east on Highway 58 to the junction of Interstate 15; east on Interstate 15 to the junction with Highway 127; north on Highway 127 to the point of intersection with the California-Nevada State line. Imperial County Special Management Area: The area bounded by a line beginning at Highway 86 and the Navy Test Base Road; south on Highway 86 to the town of Westmoreland; continue through the town of Westmoreland to Route S26; east on Route S26 to Highway 115; north on Highway 115 to Weist Road; north on Weist Road to Flowing Wells Road; northeast on Flowing Wells Road to the Coachella Canal; northwest on the Coachella Canal to Drop 18; a straight line from Drop 18 to Frink Road; south on Frink Road to Highway 111; north on Highway 111 to Niland Marina Road; southwest on Niland Marina Road to the old Imperial County boat ramp and the water line of the Salton Sea; from the water line of the Salton Sea, a straight line across the Salton Sea to the Salinity Control Research Facility and the Navy Test Base Road; southwest on the Navy Test Base Road to the point of beginning. Balance of State Zone: The remainder of California not included in the Northeastern, Colorado River, and Southern Zones. North Coast Special Management Area: Del Norte and Humboldt Counties. Sacramento Valley Special Management Area: That area bounded by a line beginning at Willows south on I-5 to Hahn Road; easterly on Hahn Road and the Grimes-Arbuckle Road to Grimes; northerly on CA 45 to the junction with CA 162; northerly on CA 45/162 to Glenn; and westerly on CA 162 to the point of beginning in Willows. Colorado (Pacific Flyway Portion) Same zones as for ducks. Idaho Canada and Cackling Geese and Brant Zone 1: All lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, including private in-holdings; Bannock PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10651 County; Bingham County, except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; Caribou County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power County east of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39. Zone 2: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, and Teton Counties. Zone 3: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Shoshone, Twin Falls, and Washington Counties; and Power County west of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39. Zone 4: Bear Lake County; Bingham County within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County, except that portion within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Zone 5: Valley County. White-fronted Geese Zone 1: All lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, including private in-holdings; Bannock County; Bingham County except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; Caribou County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power County east of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39. Zone 2: Bear Lake, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, and Teton Counties; Bingham County within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County except within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Zone 3: Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, Clearwater, Custer, Franklin, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Nez Perce, Oneida, and Shoshone Counties; and Power County west of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39. Zone 4: Ada, Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, and Washington Counties. Zone 5: Valley County. Light Geese Zone 1: All lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, including private in-holdings; Bannock County; Bingham County east of the west bank of the Snake River, west of the McTucker boat ramp access road, and east of the American Falls Reservoir bluff, except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; Caribou County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power County below the American Falls Reservoir bluff, and within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10652 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Zone 2: Franklin and Oneida Counties; Bingham County west of the west bank of the Snake River, east of the McTucker boat ramp access road, and west of the American Falls Reservoir bluff; Power County, except below the American Falls Reservoir bluff and those lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Zone 3: Ada, Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, and Washington Counties. Zone 4: Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, Clearwater, Custer, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Nez Perce, and Shoshone Counties. Zone 5: Bear Lake, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, and Teton Counties; Bingham County within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County except within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Zone 6: Valley County. Nevada Same zones as for ducks. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 New Mexico (Pacific Flyway Portion) North Zone: The Pacific Flyway portion of New Mexico located north of I-40. South Zone: The Pacific Flyway portion of New Mexico located south of I-40. Oregon Northwest Permit Zone: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and Yamhill Counties. Tillamook County Management Area: That portion of Tillamook County beginning at the point where Old Woods Road crosses the south shores of Horn Creek, north on Old Woods Road to Sand Lake Road at Woods, north on Sand Lake Road to the intersection with McPhillips Drive, due west (∼200 yards) from the intersection to the Pacific coastline, south along the Pacific coastline to a point due west of the western end of Pacific Avenue in Pacific City, east from this point (∼250 yards) to Pacific Avenue, east on Pacific Avenue to Brooten Road, south and then east on Brooten Road to Highway 101, north on Highway 101 to Resort Drive, north on Resort Drive to a point due west of the south shores of Horn Creek at its confluence with the Nestucca River, due east (∼80 yards) across the Nestucca River to the south shores of Horn Creek, east along the south shores of Horn Creek to the point of beginning. Southwest Zone: Those portions of Douglas, Coos, and Curry Counties east VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 of Highway 101, and Josephine and Jackson Counties. South Coast Zone: Those portions of Douglas, Coos, and Curry Counties west of Highway 101. Eastern Zone: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties. Mid-Columbia Zone: Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, and Wasco Counties. Utah East Box Elder County Zone: Boundary begins at the intersection of the eastern boundary of Public Shooting Grounds Waterfowl Management Area and SR-83 (Promontory Road); east along SR-83 to I-15; south on I-15 to the Perry access road; southwest along this road to the Bear River Bird Refuge boundary; west, north, and then east along the refuge boundary until it intersects the Public Shooting Grounds Waterfowl Management Area boundary; east and north along the Public Shooting Grounds Waterfowl Management Area boundary to SR-83. Wasatch Front Zone: Boundary begins at the Weber-Box Elder County line at I-15; east along Weber County line to U.S.-89; south on U.S.-89 to I-84; east and south on I-84 to I-80; south on I-80 to U.S.-189; south and west on U.S.-189 to the Utah County line; southeast and then west along this line to the Tooele County line; north along the Tooele County line to I-80; east on I-80 to Exit 99; north from Exit 99 along a direct line to the southern tip of Promontory Point and Promontory Road; east and north along this road to the causeway separating Bear River Bay from Ogden Bay; east on this causeway to the southwest corner of Great Salt Lake Mineral Corporations (GSLMC) west impoundment; north and east along GSLMC’s west impoundment to the northwest corner of the impoundment; north from this point along a direct line to the southern boundary of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge; east along this southern boundary to the Perry access road; northeast along this road to I-15; south along I-15 to the Weber-Box Elder County line. Southern Zone: Boundary includes Beaver, Carbon, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Washington, and Wayne Counties, and that part of Tooele County south of I-80. Northern Zone: The remainder of Utah not included in the East Box Elder County, Wasatch Front, and Southern Zones. PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Washington Area 1: Skagit and Whatcom Counties, and that portion of Snohomish County west of Interstate 5. Area 2 Inland (Southwest Permit Zone): Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum Counties, and that portion of Grays Harbor County east of Highway 101. Area 2 Coastal (Southwest Permit Zone): Pacific County and that portion of Grays Harbor County west of Highway 101. Area 3: All areas west of the Pacific Crest Trail and west of the Big White Salmon River that are not included in Areas 1, 2 Coastal, and 2 Inland. Area 4: Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Spokane, and Walla Walla Counties. Area 5: All areas east of the Pacific Crest Trail and east of the Big White Salmon River that are not included in Area 4. Brant Pacific Flyway California Northern Zone: Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties. Balance of State Zone: The remainder of the State not included in the Northern Zone. Washington Puget Sound Zone: Clallam, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties. Coastal Zone: Pacific County. Swans Central Flyway South Dakota Open Area: Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, Campbell, Clark, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Marshall, McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, Spink, Sully, and Walworth Counties. Pacific Flyway Idaho Open Area: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, and Kootenai Counties. Montana (Pacific Flyway Portion) Open Area: Cascade, Chouteau, Hill, Liberty, and Toole Counties and those portions of Pondera and Teton Counties lying east of U.S. 287-89. Nevada Open Area: Churchill, Lyon, and Pershing Counties. E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Utah Open Area: Those portions of Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, and Toole Counties lying west of I-15, north of I-80, and south of a line beginning from the Forest Street exit to the Bear River National Wildlife Refuge boundary; then north and west along the Bear River National Wildlife Refuge boundary to the farthest west boundary of the Refuge; then west along a line to Promontory Road; then north on Promontory Road to the intersection of SR 83; then north on SR 83 to I-84; then north and west on I-84 to State Hwy 30; then west on State Hwy 30 to the Nevada-Utah State line; then south on the Nevada-Utah State line to I-80. Doves Alabama South Zone: Baldwin, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, Henry, Houston, and Mobile Counties. North Zone: Remainder of the State. Florida Northwest Zone: The Counties of Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, Washington, Leon (except that portion north of U.S. 27 and east of State Road 155), Jefferson (south of U.S. 27, west of State Road 59 and north of U.S. 98), and Wakulla (except that portion south of U.S. 98 and east of the St. Marks River). South Zone: The remainder of the State. Louisiana North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending east from the Texas border along State Highway 12 to U.S. Highway 190, east along U.S. Highway 190 to Interstate Highway 12, east along Interstate Highway 12 to Interstate Highway 10, then east along Interstate Highway 10 to the Mississippi border. South Zone: The remainder of the State. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Mississippi North Zone: That portion of the State north and west of a line extending west from the Alabama State line along U.S. Highway 84 to its junction with State Highway 35, then south along State Highway 35 to the Louisiana State line. South Zone: The remainder of Mississippi. Oregon Zone 1: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Morrow, VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 10653 Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wasco, Washington, and Yamhill, Counties. Zone 2: The remainder of Oregon not included in Zone 1. to the interchange with Interstate 65, then east of Interstate 65 to the interchange with Interstate 22, then north of Interstate 22 to the Mississippi State line. Texas Minnesota North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line beginning at the International Bridge south of Fort Hancock; north along FM 1088 to TX 20; west along TX 20 to TX 148; north along TX 148 to I-10 at Fort Hancock; east along I-10 to I-20; northeast along I-20 to I-30 at Fort Worth; northeast along I-30 to the Texas-Arkansas State line. Central Zone: That portion of the State lying between the North and South Zones. South Zone: That portion of the State south and west of a line beginning at the International Bridge south of Del Rio, proceeding east on U.S. 90 to State Loop 1604 west of San Antonio; then south, east, and north along Loop 1604 to I-10 east of San Antonio; then east on I-10 to Orange, Texas. Special White-winged Dove Area: Same as the South Zone. Northwest Zone: That portion of the State encompassed by a line extending east from the North Dakota border along U.S. Highway 2 to State Trunk Highway (STH) 32, north along STH 32 to STH 92, east along STH 92 to County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 2 in Polk County, north along CSAH 2 to CSAH 27 in Pennington County, north along CSAH 27 to STH 1, east along STH 1 to CSAH 28 in Pennington County, north along CSAH 28 to CSAH 54 in Marshall County, north along CSAH 54 to CSAH 9 in Roseau County, north along CSAH 9 to STH 11, west along STH 11 to STH 310, and north along STH 310 to the Manitoba border. Band-tailed Pigeons California North Zone: Alpine, Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties. South Zone: The remainder of the State not included in the North Zone. New Mexico North Zone: North of a line following U.S. 60 from the Arizona State line east to I-25 at Socorro and then south along I-25 from Socorro to the Texas State line. South Zone: The remainder of the State not included in the North Zone. Tennessee Southeast Crane Zone: That portion of the State south of Interstate 40 and east of State Highway 56. Remainder of State: That portion of Tennessee outside of the Southeast Crane Zone. Central Flyway Colorado Open Area: The Central Flyway portion of the State except the San Luis Valley (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache Counties east of the Continental Divide) and North Park (Jackson County). Kansas Sandhill Cranes Central Zone: That portion of the State within an area bounded by a line beginning where I-35 crosses the Kansas-Oklahoma border, then north on I-35 to Wichita, then north on I-135 to Salina, then north on U.S. 81 to the Nebraska border, then west along the Kansas/Nebraska border to its intersection with Hwy 283, then south on Hwy 283 to the intersection with Hwy 18/24, then east along Hwy 18 to Hwy 183, then south on Hwy 183 to Route 1, then south on Route 1 to the Oklahoma border, then east along the Kansas/Oklahoma border to where it crosses I-35. West Zone: That portion of the State west of the western boundary of the Central Zone. Mississippi Flyway Montana Alabama Regular Season Open Area: The Central Flyway portion of the State except for that area south and west of Washington Western Washington: The State of Washington excluding those portions lying east of the Pacific Crest Trail and east of the Big White Salmon River in Klickitat County. American Woodcock New Jersey North Zone: That portion of the State north of NJ 70. South Zone: The remainder of the State. Open Area: That area north of Interstate 20 from the Georgia State line PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10654 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule Interstate 90, which is closed to sandhill crane hunting. Special Season Open Area: Carbon County. New Mexico Regular-Season Open Area: Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Lea, Quay, and Roosevelt Counties. Special Season Open Areas Middle Rio Grande Valley Area: The Central Flyway portion of New Mexico in Socorro and Valencia Counties. Estancia Valley Area: Those portions of Santa Fe, Torrance, and Bernallilo Counties within an area bounded on the west by New Mexico Highway 55 beginning at Mountainair north to NM 337, north to NM 14, north to I-25; on the north by I-25 east to U.S. 285; on the east by U.S. 285 south to U.S. 60; and on the south by U.S. 60 from U.S. 285 west to NM 55 in Mountainair. Southwest Zone: Area bounded on the south by the New Mexico-Mexico border; on the west by the New MexicoArizona border north to Interstate 10; on the north by Interstate 10 east to U.S. 180, north to NM 26, east to NM 27, north to NM 152, and east to Interstate 25; on the east by Interstate 25 south to Interstate 10, west to the Luna County line, and south to the New MexicoMexico border. North Dakota Area 1: That portion of the State west of U.S. 281. Area 2: That portion of the State east of U.S. 281. Oklahoma Open Area: That portion of the State west of I-35. South Dakota Open Area: That portion of the State lying west of a line beginning at the South Dakota-North Dakota border and State Highway 25, south on State Highway 25 to its junction with State Highway 34, east on State Highway 34 to its junction with U.S. Highway 81, then south on U.S. Highway 81 to the South Dakota-Nebraska border. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Texas Zone A: That portion of Texas lying west of a line beginning at the international toll bridge at Laredo, then northeast along U.S. Highway 81 to its junction with Interstate Highway 35 in Laredo, then north along Interstate Highway 35 to its junction with Interstate Highway 10 in San Antonio, then northwest along Interstate Highway 10 to its junction with U.S. Highway 83 at Junction, then north along U.S. Highway 83 to its junction with U.S. VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 Highway 62, 16 miles north of Childress, then east along U.S. Highway 62 to the Texas-Oklahoma State line. Zone B: That portion of Texas lying within boundaries beginning at the junction of U.S. Highway 81 and the Texas-Oklahoma State line, then southeast along U.S. Highway 81 to its junction with U.S. Highway 287 in Montague County, then southeast along U.S. Highway 287 to its junction with Interstate Highway 35W in Fort Worth, then southwest along Interstate Highway 35 to its junction with Interstate Highway 10 in San Antonio, then northwest along Interstate Highway 10 to its junction with U.S. Highway 83 in the town of Junction, then north along U.S. Highway 83 to its junction with U.S. Highway 62, 16 miles north of Childress, then east along U.S. Highway 62 to the Texas-Oklahoma State line, then south along the Texas-Oklahoma State line to the south bank of the Red River, then eastward along the vegetation line on the south bank of the Red River to U.S. Highway 81. Zone C: The remainder of the State, except for the closed areas. Closed areas: A. That portion of the State lying east and north of a line beginning at the junction of U.S. Highway 81 and the Texas-Oklahoma State line, then southeast along U.S. Highway 81 to its junction with U.S. Highway 287 in Montague County, then southeast along U.S. Highway 287 to its junction with I-35W in Fort Worth, then southwest along I-35 to its junction with U.S. Highway 290 East in Austin, then east along U.S. Highway 290 to its junction with Interstate Loop 610 in Harris County, then south and east along Interstate Loop 610 to its junction with Interstate Highway 45 in Houston, then south on Interstate Highway 45 to State Highway 342, then to the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, and then north and east along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas-Louisiana State line. B. That portion of the State lying within the boundaries of a line beginning at the Kleberg-Nueces County line and the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, then west along the County line to Park Road 22 in Nueces County, then north and west along Park Road 22 to its junction with State Highway 358 in Corpus Christi, then west and north along State Highway 358 to its junction with State Highway 286, then north along State Highway 286 to its junction with Interstate Highway 37, then east along Interstate Highway 37 to its junction with U.S. Highway 181, then north and west along U.S. Highway 181 to its junction with U.S. Highway 77 in Sinton, then north and east along U.S. PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Highway 77 to its junction with U.S. Highway 87 in Victoria, then south and east along U.S. Highway 87 to its junction with State Highway 35 at Port Lavaca, then north and east along State Highway 35 to the south end of the Lavaca Bay Causeway, then south and east along the shore of Lavaca Bay to its junction with the Port Lavaca Ship Channel, then south and east along the Lavaca Bay Ship Channel to the Gulf of Mexico, and then south and west along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico to the Kleberg-Nueces County line. Wyoming Area 7: Campbell, Converse, Crook, Goshen, Laramie, Niobrara, Platte, and Weston Counties. Area 4: All lands within the Bureau of Reclamation’s Riverton and Boysen Unit boundaries; those lands within Boysen State Park south of Cottonwood Creek, west of Boysen Reservoir, and south of U.S. Highway 20-26; and all non-Indian owned fee title lands within the exterior boundaries of the Wind River Reservation, excluding those lands within Hot Springs County. Area 6: Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, and Washakie Counties. Area 8: Johnson, Natrona, and Sheridan Counties. Pacific Flyway Arizona Zone 1: Beginning at the junction of the New Mexico State line and U.S. Hwy 80; south along the State line to the U.S.-Mexico border; west along the border to the San Pedro River; north along the San Pedro River to the junction with Arizona Hwy 77; northerly along Arizona Hwy 77 to the Gila River; northeast along the Gila River to the San Carlos Indian Reservation boundary; south then east and north along the reservation boundary to U.S. Hwy 70; southeast on U.S. Hwy 70 to U.S. Hwy 191; south on U.S. Hwy 191 to the 352 exit on I-10; east on I-10 to Bowie-Apache Pass Road; southerly on the Bowie-Apache Pass Road to Arizona Hwy 186; southeasterly on Arizona Hwy 186 to Arizona Hwy 181; south on Arizona Hwy 181 to the West Turkey Creek-Kuykendall cutoff road; southerly on the Kuykendall cutoff road to Rucker Canyon Road; easterly on Rucker Canyon Road to the Tex Canyon Road; southerly on Tex Canyon Road to U.S. Hwy 80; northeast on U.S. Hwy 80 to the New Mexico State line. Zone 2: Beginning at I-10 and the New Mexico State line; north along the State line to Arizona Hwy 78; southwest on Arizona Hwy 78 to U.S. Hwy 191; northwest on U.S. Hwy 191 to Clifton; E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule westerly on the Lower Eagle Creek Road (Pump Station Road) to Eagle Creek; northerly along Eagle Creek to the San Carlos Indian Reservation boundary; southerly and west along the reservation boundary to U.S. Hwy 70; southeast on U.S. Hwy 70 to U.S. Hwy 191; south on U.S. Hwy 191 to I-10; easterly on I-10 to the New Mexico State line. Zone 3: Beginning on I-10 at the New Mexico State line; westerly on I-10 to the Bowie-Apache Pass Road; southerly on the Bowie-Apache Pass Road to AZ Hwy 186; southeast on AZ Hwy 186 to AZ Hwy 181; south on AZ Hwy 181 to the West Turkey Creek-Kuykendall cutoff road; southerly on the Kuykendall cutoff road to Rucker Canyon Road; easterly on the Rucker Canyon Road to Tex Canyon Road; southerly on Tex Canyon Road to U.S. Hwy 80; northeast on U.S. Hwy 80 to the New Mexico State line; north along the State line to I-10. tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Idaho Area 1: All of Bear Lake County and all of Caribou County except that portion lying within the Grays Lake Basin. Area 2: All of Teton County except that portion lying west of State Highway 33 and south of Packsaddle Road (West 400 North) and north of the North Cedron Road (West 600 South) and east of the west bank of the Teton River. Area 3: All of Fremont County except the Chester Wetlands Wildlife Management Area. Area 4: All of Jefferson County. Area 5: All of Bannock County east of Interstate 15 and south of U.S. Highway 30; and all of Franklin County. Area 6: That portion of Oneida County within the boundary beginning at the intersection of the Idaho-Utah border and Old Highway 191, then north on Old Highway 191 to 1500 S, then west on 1500 S to Highway 38, then west on Highway 38 to 5400 W, then south on 5400 W to Pocatello Valley Road, then west and south on Pocatello Valley Road to 10000 W, then south on 10000 W to the Idaho-Utah border, then east along the Idaho-Utah border to the beginning point. Montana Zone 1: Those portions of Deer Lodge County lying within the following described boundary: Beginning at the intersection of I-90 and Highway 273, then westerly along Highway 273 to the junction of Highway 1, then southeast along said highway to Highway 275 at Opportunity, then east along said highway to East Side County road, then north along said road to Perkins Lane, then west on said lane to I-90, then VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 north on said interstate to the junction of Highway 273, the point of beginning. Except for sections 13 and 24, T5N, R10W; and Warm Springs Pond number 3. Zone 2: That portion of the Pacific Flyway, located in Powell County lying within the following described boundary: beginning at the junction of State Routes 141 and 200, then west along Route 200 to its intersection with the Blackfoot River at Russell Gates Fishing Access Site (Powell-Missoula County line), then southeast along said river to its intersection with the Ovando-Helmville Road (County Road 104) at Cedar Meadows Fishing Access Site, then south and east along said road to its junction with State Route 141, then north along said route to its junction with State Route 200, the point of beginning. Zone 3: Beaverhead, Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison Counties. Zone 4: Broadwater County. Zone 5: Cascade and Teton Counties. Utah Cache County: Cache County. East Box Elder County: That portion of Box Elder County beginning on the Utah-Idaho State line at the Box ElderCache County line; west on the State line to the Pocatello Valley County Road; south on the Pocatello Valley County Road to I-15; southeast on I-15 to SR-83; south on SR-83 to Lamp Junction; west and south on the Promontory Point County Road to the tip of Promontory Point; south from Promontory Point to the Box ElderWeber County line; east on the Box Elder-Weber County line to the Box Elder-Cache County line; north on the Box Elder-Cache County line to the Utah-Idaho State line. Rich County: Rich County. Uintah County: Uintah and Duchesne Counties. Wyoming Area 1: All of the Bear River and Ham’s Fork River drainages in Lincoln County. Area 2: All of the Salt River drainage in Lincoln County south of the McCoy Creek Road. Area 3: All lands within the Bureau of Reclamation’s Eden Project in Sweetwater County. Area 5: Uinta County. Pribilof and Aleutian Islands Zone: State Game Management Unit 10 (except Unimak Island). Kodiak Zone: State Game Management Unit 8. All Migratory Game Birds in the Virgin Islands Ruth Cay Closure Area: The island of Ruth Cay, just south of St. Croix. All Migratory Game Birds in Puerto Rico Municipality of Culebra Closure Area: All of the municipality of Culebra. Desecheo Island Closure Area: All of Desecheo Island. Mona Island Closure Area: All of Mona Island. El Verde Closure Area: Those areas of the municipalities of Rio Grande and Loiza delineated as follows: (1) All lands between Routes 956 on the west and 186 on the east, from Route 3 on the north to the juncture of Routes 956 and 186 (Km 13.2) in the south; (2) all lands between Routes 186 and 966 from the juncture of 186 and 966 on the north, to the Caribbean National Forest Boundary on the south; (3) all lands lying west of Route 186 for 1 kilometer from the juncture of Routes 186 and 956 south to Km 6 on Route 186; (4) all lands within Km 14 and Km 6 on the west and the Caribbean National Forest Boundary on the east; and (5) all lands within the Caribbean National Forest Boundary whether private or public. Cidra Municipality and adjacent areas: All of Cidra Municipality and portions of Aguas Buenas, Caguas, Cayey, and Comerio Municipalities as encompassed within the following boundary: Beginning on Highway 172 as it leaves the municipality of Cidra on the west edge, north to Highway 156, east on Highway 156 to Highway 1, south on Highway 1 to Highway 765, south on Highway 765 to Highway 763, south on Highway 763 to the Rio Guavate, west along Rio Guavate to Highway 1, southwest on Highway 1 to Highway 14, west on Highway 14 to Highway 729, north on Highway 729 to Cidra Municipality boundary to the point of the beginning. All Migratory Game Birds in Alaska North Zone: State Game Management Units 11–13 and 17–26. Gulf Coast Zone: State Game Management Units 5–7, 9, 14–16, and 10 (Unimak Island only). Southeast Zone: State Game Management Units 1–4. PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 10655 E:\FR\FM\22FEP2.SGM 22FEP2 10656 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 33 / Monday, February 22, 2021 / Proposed Rule List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 20 Exports, Hunting, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Transportation, Wildlife. Proposed Regulation Promulgation Accordingly, we propose to amend part 20, subpart N of title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: 1. The authority citation for part 20 continues to read as follows: tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with PROPOSALS2 ■ VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:28 Feb 19, 2021 Jkt 253001 2. In § 20.153, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ § 20.153 Shannon A. Estenoz, Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. PART 20—MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703–712 and 16 U.S.C. 742a–j. Regulations committee. (a) Notice of meetings. Notice of each meeting of the Regulations Committee to be attended by any person outside the Department of the Interior will be published in the Federal Register or online on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program website at least 2 weeks before the meeting. The notice will state the time, place, and general subject(s) of the meeting, as well as the extent of public involvement. * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00036 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 3. In § 20.154, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows: ■ § 20.154 Flyway Councils. (a) Notice of meetings. Notice of each meeting of a Flyway Council to be attended by any official of the Department will be published in the Federal Register or online on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory Bird Program website at least 2 weeks before the meeting or as soon as practicable after the Department of the Interior learns of the meeting. 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Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 20

[Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2020-0032; FF09M21200-212-FXMB1231099BPP0]
RIN 1018-BE34


Migratory Bird Hunting; Proposed 2021-22 Frameworks, and Special 
Procedures for Issuance of Annual Hunting Regulations

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; supplemental.

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SUMMARY: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service or we) is 
proposing to establish the 2021-22 hunting regulations for certain 
migratory game birds, and make a minor change to the special procedures 
for issuance of annual hunting regulations. We annually prescribe 
outside limits, frameworks, within which States may select hunting 
seasons. Frameworks specify the outside dates, season lengths, shooting 
hours, bag and possession limits, and areas where migratory game bird 
hunting may occur. These frameworks are necessary to allow State 
selections of seasons and limits and to allow harvest at levels 
compatible with migratory game bird population status and habitat 
conditions. Migratory game bird hunting seasons provide opportunities 
for recreation and sustenance, and aid Federal, State, and Tribal 
governments in the management of migratory game birds.

DATES: You must submit comments on the proposed migratory bird hunting 
frameworks and special procedures for issuance of annual hunting 
regulations by March 24, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Comments: You may submit comments on the proposals by one of 
the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the instructions for submitting comments on Docket No. FWS-HQ-
MB-2020-0032.
     U.S. Mail: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-MB-
2020-0032; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: JAO/3W, 5275 Leesburg 
Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.
    We will not accept emailed or faxed comments. We will post all 
comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we 
will post any personal information you provide us (see Review of Public 
Comments and Flyway Council Recommendations, below, for more 
information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jerome Ford, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Department of the Interior, (202) 208-1050.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The process for promulgating annual 
regulations for the hunting of migratory game birds involves the 
publication of a series of proposed and final rulemaking documents. In 
this proposed rule, in addition to our normal procedure of setting 
forth proposed frameworks for the annual hunting regulations (described 
below), we are also proposing minor changes to the permanent 
regulations that govern the migratory bird hunting program. The annual 
regulations are set forth in subpart K of part 20 of the regulations in 
title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). In this document, we 
also propose minor changes to subpart N of 50 CFR part 20, as follows:

Proposed Changes to Regulations at 50 CFR Part 20 (Subpart N)

    The regulations governing special procedures for issuance of annual 
hunting regulations are at 50 CFR part 20, subpart N. The rules of 
subpart N apply only to subpart K regarding the issuance of the annual 
regulations establishing seasons, bag limits, and other requirements 
for the seasonal hunting of migratory birds.
    In subpart N, the current regulations require that the Service 
publish a notice of meetings of the Service's Regulations Committee and 
the Flyway Councils in the process of developing frameworks for 
migratory bird hunting seasons. Specifically, notice of each meeting of 
the Regulations Committee and Flyway Council to be attended by any 
official of the Department of the Interior will be published in the 
Federal Register at least 2 weeks before the meeting or as soon as 
practicable after the Service learns of the Flyway Council meeting.
    In addition to or in place of publishing a meeting notice in the 
Federal Register, we propose to add that we post on the Service's 
Migratory Bird Program website as a method to notify the public of 
these meetings. We are proposing this change because it will increase 
our ability to provide more timely information as meeting information 
becomes available, and more flexibility to inform the public of changes 
in meeting dates and locations should such changes be necessary. 
Greater flexibility has become critical when unforeseen exigencies 
require venue changes for these meetings.

Process for Establishing Annual Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations 
(Subpart K)

    As part of the Department of the Interior's retrospective 
regulatory review, in 2015 we developed a schedule for migratory game 
bird hunting regulations that is more efficient and establishes hunting 
season dates earlier than was possible under the previous process. 
Under the current process, we develop proposed hunting season 
frameworks for a given year in the fall of the prior year. We then 
finalize those frameworks a few months later, thereby enabling the 
State agencies to select and publish their season dates in early 
summer. We provided a detailed overview of the current process in the 
August 3, 2017, Federal Register (82 FR 36308). This proposed rule is 
the second in a series of proposed and final rules that establish 
regulations for the 2021-22 migratory bird-hunting season.

Regulations Schedule for 2021

    On October 9, 2020, we published in the Federal Register (85 FR 
64097) a proposal to amend 50 CFR part 20. The proposal provided a 
background and overview of the migratory bird hunting regulations 
process, and addressed the establishment of seasons, limits, and other 
regulations for hunting migratory game birds under Sec. Sec.  20.101 
through 20.107, 20.109, and 20.110 of subpart K. This document is the 
second in a series of proposed and final rules for migratory game bird 
hunting regulations. Major steps in the 2021-22 regulatory cycle 
relating to open public meetings and Federal Register notifications 
were illustrated in the diagram at the end of the October 9, 2020, 
proposed rule. For this regulatory cycle, we have combined elements of 
the document that is described in the diagram as Supplemental Proposals 
with the document that is described as Proposed Season Frameworks.
    Further, in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule we explained that 
all sections of subsequent documents outlining hunting frameworks and 
guidelines would be organized under numbered headings, which were set 
forth at 85 FR 64097. This and subsequent documents will refer only to 
numbered items requiring attention. We will omit those items not 
requiring attention, and remaining numbered items may be discontinuous 
and appear incomplete.
    We provided the meeting dates and locations for the Service 
Regulations Committee (SRC) and Flyway Council meetings on Flyway 
calendars posted on

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our website at https://www.fws.gov/birds/management/flyways.php. We 
announced the April SRC meeting in the April 9, 2020, Federal Register 
(84 FR 14130). The October 9, 2020, proposed rule provided detailed 
information on the proposed 2021-22 regulatory schedule and announced 
the October SRC meeting. The SRC conducted an open meeting with the 
Flyway Council Consultants on April 28, 2020, to discuss preliminary 
issues for the 2021-22 regulations, and on October 20-21, 2020, to 
review information on the current status of migratory game birds and 
develop recommendations for the 2021-22 regulations for these species.
    This supplemental proposed rule provides the regulatory 
alternatives for the 2021-22 duck hunting season, and provides proposed 
frameworks for the 2021-22 migratory bird hunting season. It will lead 
to final frameworks from which States may select season dates, shooting 
hours, areas, and limits. We have considered all pertinent comments 
received through October 2020, which includes comments submitted in 
response to our October 9 proposed rulemaking document and comments 
from the October SRC meeting. In addition, new proposals for certain 
regulations are provided for public comment. The comment period is 
specified above under DATES. We anticipate publishing final regulatory 
frameworks for migratory game bird hunting in the Federal Register 
around February 2021.

Population Status and Harvest

    Each year we publish reports that provide detailed information on 
the status and harvest of certain migratory game bird species. These 
reports are available at the address indicated under FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT or from our website at https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/reports-and-publications/population-status.php.
    We used the following annual reports published in August 2020 in 
the development of proposed frameworks for the migratory bird hunting 
regulations: Adaptive Harvest Management, 2021 Hunting Season; American 
Woodcock Population Status, 2020; Band-tailed Pigeon Population Status, 
2020; Migratory Bird Hunting Activity and Harvest During the 2018-19 
and 2019-20 Hunting Seasons; Mourning Dove Population Status, 2020; 
Status and Harvests of Sandhill Cranes, Mid-continent, Rocky Mountain, 
Lower Colorado River Valley and Eastern Populations, 2020; and 
Waterfowl Population Status, 2020.
    Our long-term objectives continue to include providing 
opportunities to harvest portions of certain migratory game bird 
populations and to limit harvests to levels compatible with each 
population's ability to maintain healthy, viable numbers. Migratory 
game bird hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and 
sustenance, and aid Federal, State, and Tribal governments in the 
management of migratory game birds. Having taken into account the zones 
of temperature and the distribution, abundance, economic value, 
breeding habits, and times and lines of flight of migratory birds, we 
conclude that the proposed hunting seasons provided for herein are 
compatible with the current status of migratory bird populations and 
long-term population goals. Additionally, we are obligated to, and do, 
give serious consideration to all information received during the 
public comment period.

Review of Public Comments and Flyway Council Recommendations

    The preliminary proposed rulemaking, which appeared in the October 
9, 2020, Federal Register, opened the public comment period for 
migratory game bird hunting regulations and described the proposed 
regulatory alternatives for the 2021-22 duck hunting season. Comments 
and recommendations are summarized below and numbered in the order used 
in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule (see 85 FR 64097).
    We received recommendations from all four Flyway Councils at the 
April and October SRC meetings; all recommendations are from the 
October meeting unless otherwise noted. Some recommendations supported 
continuation of last year's frameworks. Due to the comprehensive nature 
of the annual review of the frameworks performed by the Councils, 
support for continuation of last year's frameworks is assumed for items 
for which no recommendations were received. Council recommendations for 
changes in the frameworks are summarized below. As explained earlier in 
this document, we have included only the numbered items pertaining to 
issues for which we received recommendations. Consequently, the issues 
do not follow in successive numerical order.
    We seek additional information and comments on the recommendations 
in this supplemental proposed rule. New proposals and modifications to 
previously described proposals are discussed below. Wherever possible, 
they are discussed under headings corresponding to the numbered items 
in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule.

General

    Written Comments: Several commenters protested the entire migratory 
bird hunting regulations process, the killing of all migratory birds, 
and questioned the status and habitat data on which the migratory bird 
hunting regulations are based.
    Service Response: As we indicated above under Population Status and 
Harvest, our long-term objectives continue to include providing 
opportunities to harvest portions of certain migratory game bird 
populations and to limit harvests to levels compatible with each 
population's ability to maintain healthy, viable numbers. Sustaining 
migratory bird populations and ensuring a variety of sustainable uses, 
including harvest, is consistent with the guiding principles by which 
migratory birds are to be managed under the conventions between the 
United States and several foreign nations for the protection and 
management of these birds. We have taken into account available 
information and considered public comments and continue to conclude 
that the hunting seasons provided for herein are compatible with the 
current status of migratory bird populations and long-term population 
goals. In regard to the regulations process, the Flyway Council system 
of migratory bird management has been a longstanding example of State-
Federal cooperative management since its establishment in 1952 in 
regulation development process and bird population and habitat 
monitoring. However, as always, we continue to seek new ways to 
streamline and improve the process and ensure adequate conservation of 
the resource.

1. Ducks

A. General Harvest Strategy

    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and 
Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the liberal regulatory 
alternative for their respective flyways.
    Service Response: As we stated in the October 9, 2020, proposed 
rule, we intend to continue use of Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) to 
help determine appropriate duck-hunting regulations for the 2021-22 
season. AHM is a tool that permits sound resource decisions in the face 
of uncertain regulatory impacts and provides a mechanism for reducing 
that uncertainty over time. We use an AHM protocol (decision framework) 
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each with a different expected harvest level, and choose the optimal 
regulation for duck hunting based on the status and demographics of 
mallards for the Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyways, and based 
on the status and demographics of a suite of four species (eastern 
waterfowl) in the Atlantic Flyway (see below, and the earlier 
referenced report ``Adaptive Harvest Management, 2021 Hunting Season'' 
for more details). We have specific AHM protocols that guide 
appropriate bag limits and season lengths for species of special 
concern, including black ducks, scaup, and pintails, within the general 
duck season. These protocols use the same outside season dates and 
lengths as those regulatory alternatives for the 2021-22 general duck 
season.
    For the 2021-22 hunting season, we will continue to use independent 
optimizations to determine the appropriate regulatory alternative for 
mallard stocks in the Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyways and for 
eastern waterfowl in the Atlantic Flyway. This means that we will 
develop regulations for mid-continent mallards, western mallards, and 
eastern waterfowl independently based on the breeding stock(s) that 
contributes primarily to each Flyway. We detailed implementation of AHM 
protocols for mid-continent and western mallards in the July 24, 2008, 
Federal Register (73 FR 43290), and for eastern waterfowl in the 
September 21, 2018, Federal Register (83 FR 47868).
    We also stated in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule, that the 
coronavirus prevented the Service and their partners from performing 
the Waterfowl Breeding Population and Habitat Survey (WBPHS) and 
estimating waterfowl breeding abundances and habitat conditions in the 
spring of 2020. As a result, AHM protocols have been adjusted to inform 
decisions on duck hunting regulations based on model predictions of 
breeding abundances and habitat conditions. In most cases, system 
models specific to each AHM decision framework have been used to 
predict breeding abundances from the available information (e.g., 2019 
observations). However, for some system state variables (i.e., pond 
numbers and mean latitude) we have used updated time series models to 
forecast 2020 values based on the most recent information. These 
technical adjustments are described in detail in the report entitled 
``Adaptive Harvest Management, 2021 Hunting Season'' referenced above 
under Population Status and Harvest.
Atlantic Flyway
    For the Atlantic Flyway, we set duck-hunting regulations based on 
the status and demographics of a suite of four duck species (eastern 
waterfowl) in eastern Canada and the Atlantic Flyway States: Green-
winged teal, common goldeneye, ring-necked duck, and wood duck. For 
purposes of the assessment, eastern waterfowl stocks are those breeding 
in eastern Canada and Maine (Federal WBPHS fixed-wing surveys in strata 
51-53, 56, and 62-70, and helicopter plot surveys in strata 51-52, 63-
64, 66-68, and 70-72) and in Atlantic Flyway States from New Hampshire 
south to Virginia (Atlantic Flyway Breeding Waterfowl Survey, AFBWS). 
Abundance estimates for green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, and 
goldeneyes are derived annually by integrating fixed-wing and 
helicopter survey data from eastern Canada and Maine (WBPHS strata 51-
53, 56, and 62-72). Counts of green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, and 
goldeneyes in the AFBWS are negligible and therefore excluded from 
population estimates for those species. Abundance estimates for wood 
ducks in the Atlantic Flyway (Maine south to Florida) are estimated by 
integrating data from the AFBWS and the North American Breeding Bird 
Survey. Counts of wood ducks from the WBPHS are negligible and 
therefore excluded from population estimates.
    For the 2021-22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest 
regulations for eastern waterfowl using: (1) A management objective of 
98 percent of maximum long-term sustainable harvest for eastern 
waterfowl; (2) the 2021-22 regulatory alternatives; and (3) current 
stock-specific population models and associated weights. Based on the 
liberal regulatory alternative selected for the 2020-21 duck hunting 
season, the 2020 model predictions of 0.35 million green-winged teal, 
0.94 million wood ducks, 0.70 million ring-necked ducks, and 0.58 
million goldeneyes, the optimal regulation for the Atlantic Flyway is 
the liberal alternative. Therefore, we concur with the recommendation 
of the Atlantic Flyway Council regarding selection of the liberal 
regulatory alternative as described in the October 9, 2020, proposed 
rule for the 2021-22 season.
    The mallard bag limit in the Atlantic Flyway is based on a separate 
assessment of the harvest potential of eastern mallards (see xi. Other, 
below, for further discussion on the mallard bag limit in the Atlantic 
Flyway).
Mississippi and Central Flyways
    For the Mississippi and Central Flyways, we set duck-hunting 
regulations based on the status and demographics of mid-continent 
mallards and habitat conditions (pond numbers in Prairie Canada). For 
purposes of the assessment, mid-continent mallards are those breeding 
in central North America (Federal WBPHS strata 13-18, 20-50, and 75-
77), and in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin (State surveys).
    For the 2021-22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest 
regulations for mid-continent mallards using: (1) A management 
objective of maximum long-term sustainable harvest; (2) the 2021-22 
regulatory alternatives; and (3) current population models and 
associated weights. Based on a liberal regulatory alternative selected 
for the 2020-21 hunting season, the 2020 model predictions of 9.07 
million mid-continent mallards and 3.40 million ponds in Prairie 
Canada, the optimal regulation for the Mississippi and Central Flyways 
is the liberal alternative. Therefore, we concur with the 
recommendations of the Mississippi and Central Flyway Councils 
regarding selection of the liberal regulatory alternative as described 
in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule for the 2021-22 season.
Pacific Flyway
    For the Pacific Flyway, we set duck-hunting regulations based on 
the status and demographics of western mallards. For purposes of the 
assessment, western mallards consist of two substocks and are those 
breeding in Alaska and Yukon Territory (Federal WBPHS strata 1-12) and 
those breeding in the southern Pacific Flyway including California, 
Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia (State and Provincial surveys) 
combined.
    For the 2021-22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest 
regulations for western mallards using: (1) A management objective of 
maximum long-term sustainable harvest; (2) the 2021-22 regulatory 
alternatives; and (3) the current population model. Based on a liberal 
regulatory alternative selected for the 2020-21 hunting season, the 
2020 model predictions of 0.94 million western mallards in Alaska and 
the Yukon Territory (0.41 million) and the southern Pacific Flyway 
(0.53 million), the optimal regulation for the Pacific Flyway is the 
liberal alternative. Therefore, we concur with the recommendation of 
the Pacific Flyway Council regarding selection of the liberal 
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described in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule for the 2021-22 season.

B. Regulatory Alternatives

    Council Recommendations: At the April SRC meeting, the Atlantic, 
Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyway Councils recommended that AHM 
regulatory alternatives for duck hunting seasons in 2021-22 remain the 
same as those used in the previous year with one exception that we 
agreed to in 2020: Moving the opening framework date to 1 week earlier 
in the restrictive regulatory alternative for the Mississippi and 
Central Flyways beginning with the 2021-22 season based on their 
recommendations (85 FR 15870; March 19, 2020). The Central Flyway 
Council further recommended at the April SRC meeting that the bag limit 
for male mallards in the moderate and liberal regulatory alternatives 
for the Central Flyway be increased by one bird, so that the male 
mallard bag limit would be the same as the overall duck bag limit of 
six ducks. This recommendation is in opposition to Mississippi Flyway 
Council's recommendation that AHM regulatory alternatives for duck 
hunting seasons in 2021-22 remain the same as those used in the 
previous year with the exception noted above.
    Service Response: Consistent with Flyway Council recommendations in 
April and the Flyway Council recommendations we earlier adopted in the 
August 21, 2020, final rule (85 FR 51854) for the 2021-22 duck season, 
the AHM regulatory alternatives proposed for the Atlantic, Mississippi, 
Central, and Pacific Flyways in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule (85 
FR 64097) will be used for the 2021-22 hunting season (see accompanying 
table at the end of that document for specific information). The AHM 
regulatory alternatives consist only of the maximum season lengths, 
framework dates, and bag limits for total ducks and mallards. 
Restrictions for certain species within these frameworks that are not 
covered by existing harvest strategies will be addressed elsewhere in 
these proposed frameworks. For those species with specific harvest 
strategies (pintails, black ducks, and scaup), those strategies will 
again be used for the 2021-22 hunting season.
    Last year, we considered proposals for mid-continent mallard duck 
regulations from the Central and Mississippi Flyways, which differed in 
the number of drake mallards in the daily bag limit. The 
recommendations from the two Councils in April are the same with regard 
to the bag limit for drake mallards as those we addressed in 2020 (85 
FR 51854; August 21, 2020). Since the recommendations have not changed, 
our decision also has not changed. Because mid-continent mallards are 
shared between the two Flyways, the two Flyways need to work together 
to create a suite of regulatory alternatives to which both can agree. 
Since such an agreement between the flyways has not yet been reached, 
the Service supports mallard bag limits for the 2021-22 season that are 
the same as those from the 2020-21 season where the two Councils were 
last in agreement (i.e., no change).

C. Zones and Split Seasons

    Zones and split seasons are ``special regulations'' designed to 
distribute hunting opportunities and harvests according to temporal, 
geographic, and demographic variability in waterfowl and other 
migratory game bird populations. For ducks, States have been allowed 
the option of dividing their allotted hunting days into two (or in some 
cases three) segments (splits) to take advantage of species-specific 
peaks of abundance or to satisfy hunters in different areas who want to 
hunt during the peak of waterfowl abundance in their area. We discussed 
and presented guidelines for duck zones and split seasons during 2021-
25 seasons in the August 21, 2020, final rule (85 FR 51857). Also at 
that time, based on a Flyway Council recommendation, we extended the 
deadline for States to select their zone and split-season 
configurations and to define potential new zone boundaries for the 
2021-25 seasons from May 1, 2020, to August 15, 2020.
    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway 
Councils recommended that States be allowed an additional year to 
select their zone and split-season configurations and to define 
potential new zone boundaries for the 2021-25 seasons, and that those 
selections would remain in effect for 4 years (2022-25). At the April 
SRC meeting, the Pacific Flyway Council recommended that Alaska be 
allowed to move their two-segment season option from the Kodiak zone to 
the Southeast Zone and retain grandfathered status (5 zones and 1 zone 
with a split season).
    Service Response: We agree with the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway 
Councils' recommendation to allow States an additional opportunity to 
select their duck zone and split-season configurations and to define 
potential new zone boundaries for the 5-year period originally planned 
for the 2021-25 seasons. This opportunity will apply only to States 
that have not yet made a change in their zone and split-season 
configurations for the 2021-25 seasons, and these selections would 
remain in effect for the 2022-25 seasons. The deadline for States to 
select their zone and split-season configuration and to define 
potential new zone boundaries for the 2022-25 seasons is May 1, 2021, 
but we encourage States to submit their selections and zone boundaries 
as soon as possible. The guidelines for duck zones and split seasons 
during 2022-25 seasons will remain the same as those established in the 
August 21, 2020, final rule (85 FR 51857). Any State that selects the 
new configuration allowed by the Service beginning with the 2021-22 
season (i.e., two zones with three segments in each zone) must conduct 
an evaluation of the impacts of zones and splits on hunter dynamics 
(e.g., hunter numbers, satisfaction) and harvest.
    We are agreeable to allow States an additional opportunity to 
select their zone and split-season configurations because some States 
were planning public input meetings during early spring 2020 to gather 
additional input prior to making their selection for the 2021-25 
seasons. However, due to the coronavirus, those public meetings were 
cancelled, so States were unable to gather that input. However, in the 
future, we expect to adhere to our established guidelines that restrict 
the frequency of changes in State selection among these configurations 
to open seasons at the beginning of five-year intervals. This is 
necessary to increase our ability to detect the impacts of zones and 
splits on waterfowl demographics and harvest. Substantial concern 
remains about the unknown consequences of zones and split seasons on 
duck populations and harvest redistribution among States and flyways, 
potential reduced effectiveness of regulations (season length and bag 
limit) to reduce duck harvest if needed, and the administrative burden 
associated with changing regulations annually.
    After this open period, the next regularly scheduled open season 
for changes to zone and split-season configurations will be in 2026, 
for use during the 2026-30 seasons. In order to allow sufficient time 
for States to solicit public input regarding their selections of zone 
and split season configurations in 2026, we will reaffirm the criteria 
during the 2025 season regulations process. At that time, we will 
notify States that changes to zone and split-season configurations 
should be provided to the Service by May 1, 2026.
    We also agree with the Pacific Flyway Council's recommendation that 
Alaska be allowed to move their two-segment season option from the 
Kodiak zone to the Southeast Zone and retain

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grandfathered status. The current guidelines indicate that only minor 
(less than a county in size) boundary changes will be allowed for any 
grandfathered arrangement. Although this is not a boundary change, the 
transfer of the split to a different, existing zone is simply a 
reconfiguration of the grandfathered zone and split structure, and the 
change is expected to have negligible impacts to duck population status 
and harvest. However, because the intent of zone and split regulations 
is not to affect harvest distribution, the State of Alaska will be 
required to provide the Service with an evaluation of impacts to duck 
harvest and hunter dynamics (e.g., hunter numbers, hunter success, 
hunter satisfaction, etc.) during the fixed five-year period it is 
implemented (e.g., 2021-25 period), and are encouraged to involve a 
human dimensions specialist in the assessment. This review should 
assist the Service in ascertaining whether major undesirable changes in 
harvest occurred or hunter participation improved as a result of the 
regulation change.

D. Special Seasons/Species Management

i. September Teal Seasons
    Because a spring 2020 abundance estimate from the WBPHS for blue-
winged teal was not available, we used time series models to predict 
their abundance. The predicted estimate was 5.83 million birds. Because 
this estimate is greater than 4.7 million birds, the teal season 
guidelines indicate that a 16-day special September teal season with a 
6-teal daily bag limit is appropriate for States in the Atlantic, 
Mississippi and Central flyways. Further, the guidelines indicate that 
in Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee, in lieu of a 16-day special 
September teal season, a 5-day special September teal-wood duck season 
with a daily bag limit of 6 birds in the aggregate, of which no more 
than 2 may be wood ducks, is appropriate. In addition, a 4-day special 
September teal season with a 6-teal daily bag limit, either immediately 
before or immediately after the 5-day teal-wood duck season, is 
appropriate.
    Council Recommendations: The Mississippi Flyway Council recommended 
that Minnesota be allowed to conduct an experimental special September 
teal season for a 3-year period beginning in 2021 or 2022 following the 
framework for all other States in the Mississippi Flyway.
    Service Response: As we described in the August 28, 2014, Federal 
Register (79 FR 51402), the Flyway Councils and Service completed a 
thorough assessment of the harvest potential for teal (blue-winged, 
green-winged, and cinnamon), as well as an assessment of the impacts of 
current special September seasons on these three species. The 
assessment indicated that additional hunting opportunity could be 
provided for teal. Therefore, we supported recommendations from the 
Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyway Councils to establish new 
hunting seasons (e.g., September teal seasons in northern States) and 
expanded hunting opportunities (e.g., season lengths, bag limits) in 
States with existing teal seasons. Further, we confirmed that we were 
willing to consider proposals to conduct experimental September teal 
seasons in northern (production) States if fully evaluated for impacts 
to teal and nontarget species. We also provided criteria for evaluation 
of these experimental seasons. Thus, we agree with the Mississippi 
Flyway Council's recommendation to allow an experimental special 
September teal season in Minnesota beginning in 2020 or 2021.
    We earlier approved a 3-year experimental season in Minnesota 
beginning in 2014. However, Minnesota opted out of the experiment at 
that time. The criteria established in 2014 regarding the experimental 
season and transition to operational status will again apply (see 79 FR 
51403, August 28, 2014). In addition, we clarify that criteria for 
operational status must be met by Minnesota's experimental season 
results alone, and not in combination with data from other States. We 
will work with Minnesota to develop an evaluation plan and associated 
memorandum of agreement (MOA) for this experiment detailing the 
required sample sizes, decision criteria for the experimental season to 
become operational, and roles and responsibilities. The plan will 
consist of a 3-year evaluation of hunter performance (via spy blind 
studies) with regard to attempt and kill rates on nontarget species 
during the experimental September teal season.
ii. September Teal-Wood Duck Seasons
    Using band-recovery data for birds banded in summer and fall 2019 
and harvested during the 2019-20 hunting season, we estimated kill 
rates for adult male wood ducks in the eastern United States to be 
0.112 (range-wide) and 0.119 (northern birds only). These values are 
below those in which analyses suggest bag limit restrictions may be 
needed (range-wide = 0.166; northern birds = 0.143). These results, 
combined with the predicted blue-winged teal estimate reported above 
indicate a 5-day September teal-wood duck season with a daily bag limit 
of 6 birds in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be wood ducks, 
is appropriate in Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee for the 2021-22 
season.
iii. Black Ducks
    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway 
Councils recommended continued use of the AHM protocol for black ducks, 
and adoption of the moderate regulatory alternative for their 
respective flyways. The Flyway-specific regulations consist of a daily 
bag limit of two black ducks and a season length of 60 days.
    Service Response: The Service, Atlantic and Mississippi Flyway 
Councils, and Canada adopted an international AHM protocol for black 
ducks in 2012 (77 FR 49868; August 17, 2012) whereby we set black duck 
hunting regulations for the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways (and 
Canada) based on the status and demographics of these birds. The AHM 
protocol clarifies country-specific target harvest levels, and reduces 
conflicts over regulatory policies.
    For the 2021-22 hunting season, we evaluated country-specific 
alternative harvest regulations using: (1) A management objective of 98 
percent of maximum long-term sustainable harvest; (2) country-specific 
regulatory alternatives; and (3) current population models and 
associated weights. Based on the moderate regulatory alternative 
selected for the 2020-21 hunting season and the 2020 model predictions 
of 0.50 million breeding black ducks and 0.39 million breeding mallards 
(Federal WBPHS strata 51, 52, 63, 64, 66, 67, 68, 70, 71, and 72; core 
survey area), the optimal regulation for the Atlantic and Mississippi 
Flyways is the moderate alternative (and the liberal alternative in 
Canada). Therefore, we concur with the recommendations of the Atlantic 
and Mississippi Flyway Councils.
iv. Canvasbacks
    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and 
Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the liberal regulatory 
alternative for their respective flyways. The Flyway-specific 
regulations consist of a daily bag limit of two canvasbacks and a 
season length of 60 days in the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 
days in the Central Flyway, and 107 days in the Pacific Flyway.
    Service Response: As we discussed in the March 28, 2016, Federal 
Register (81 FR 17302), the canvasback harvest strategy that we had 
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was not viable under our new regulatory process because it required 
biological information that was not yet available at the time a 
decision on season structure needed to be made. We do not yet have a 
new harvest strategy to propose for use in guiding canvasback harvest 
management in the future. However, we have worked with technical staff 
of the four Flyway Councils to develop a decision framework (hereafter, 
decision support tool) that relies on the best biological information 
available to develop recommendations for annual canvasback harvest 
regulations. The decision support tool uses available information 
(1994-2014) on canvasback breeding population size in Alaska and north-
central North America (Federal WBPHS traditional survey area, strata 1-
18, 20-50, and 75-77), growth rate, survival, and harvest, and a 
population model to evaluate alternative harvest regulations based on a 
management objective of maximum long-term sustainable harvest. The 
decision support tool calls for a closed season when the population is 
below 460,000, a 1-bird daily bag limit when the population is between 
460,000 and 480,000, and a 2-bird daily bag limit when the population 
is greater than 480,000. Because abundance estimates were not available 
from the WBPHS, we used two different methods to predict canvasback 
abundance during spring 2020. One used a population model initially 
developed in the 1990s, and the other used the time series of recent 
abundances from the WBPHS. Based on the resulting predictions of 
550,799 and 671,280 canvasbacks, respectively, for the two approaches, 
we concur with the recommendations of the four Flyway Councils 
regarding selection of the liberal regulatory alternative for the 2021-
22 season.
v. Pintails
    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and 
Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the liberal regulatory 
alternative with a 1-pintail daily bag limit for their respective 
flyways. The Flyway-specific regulations consist of a season length of 
60 days in the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways, 74 days in the Central 
Flyway, and 107 days in the Pacific Flyway.
    Service Response: The Service and four Flyway Councils adopted an 
AHM protocol for pintail in 2010 (75 FR 44856; July 29, 2010) whereby 
we set pintail hunting regulations in all four Flyways based on the 
status and demographics of these birds.
    For the 2021-22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest 
regulations for pintails using: (1) A management objective of maximum 
long-term sustainable harvest, including a closed-season constraint of 
1.75 million birds; (2) the regulatory alternatives; and (3) current 
population models and associated weights. Based on a liberal regulatory 
alternative with a 1-bird daily bag limit for the 2020-21 season, and 
the 2020 model predictions of 2.45 million pintails with the center of 
the population predicted to occur at a mean latitude of 55.2 degrees 
(Federal WBPHS traditional survey area, strata 1-18, 20-50, and 75-77), 
the optimal regulation for all four Flyways is the liberal alternative 
with a 1-pintail daily bag limit. Therefore, we concur with the 
recommendations of the four Flyway Councils.
vi. Scaup
    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and 
Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the restrictive 
regulatory alternative for the 2021-22 season. The Flyway-specific 
regulations consist of a 60-day season with a 1-bird daily bag limit 
during 40 consecutive days and a 2-bird daily bag limit during 20 
consecutive days in the Atlantic Flyway, a 60-day season with a 2-bird 
daily bag limit during 45 consecutive days and a 1-bird daily bag limit 
during 15 consecutive days in the Mississippi Flyway, a 1-bird daily 
bag limit for 74 days in the Central Flyway (which may have separate 
segments of 39 days and 35 days), and an 86-day season with a 2-bird 
daily bag limit in the Pacific Flyway. Also, at the April SRC meeting, 
the Mississippi Flyway Council recommended that the restrictive 
regulatory alternative for scaup in the Mississippi Flyway be a season 
of 60 days with a daily bag limit of 2 scaup.
    Service Response: The Service and four Flyway Councils adopted an 
AHM protocol for scaup in 2008 (73 FR 43290, July 24, 2008; and 73 FR 
51124, August 29, 2008) whereby we set scaup hunting regulations in all 
four Flyways based on the status and demographics of these birds.
    For the 2021-22 hunting season, we evaluated alternative harvest 
regulations for scaup using: (1) A management objective of 95 percent 
of maximum sustainable harvest; (2) the regulatory alternatives; and 
(3) the current population model. Based on a moderate regulatory 
alternative for the 2020-21 season, and the 2020 model prediction of 
3.53 million scaup (Federal WBPHS traditional survey area, strata 1-18, 
20-50, and 75-77), the optimal regulation for all four Flyways is the 
restrictive alternative. Therefore, we concur with the recommendations 
of the four Flyway Councils regarding selection of the restrictive 
alternative for the 2021-22 season.
    We do not support the Mississippi Flyway Council's recommendation 
to revise the restrictive scaup regulatory alternative for the 
Mississippi Flyway to include a 60-day season with a 2-bird daily bag 
limit. The scaup harvest strategy prescribes allowable harvest limits 
for each flyway. In 2009, we accepted the Mississippi Flyway Council's 
recommendation for a hybrid season with 45 days at a 2-bird daily bag 
limit and 15 days at a 1-bird daily bag under the restrictive 
alternative to stay within allowable harvest limits. We do not support 
the current recommendation because it is outside the normal process for 
revising national harvest strategies, which involves working with the 
Service and Flyway Councils through the Harvest Management Working 
Group. Further, predicted harvest under this recommendation would 
exceed the harvest threshold established for the Mississippi Flyway 
restrictive alternative, as we previously indicated in 2008 when we 
received a similar recommendation. We note the Mississippi Flyway 
Council observation that realized harvests in the Mississippi Flyway 
have exceeded thresholds in other years, but do not agree that because 
that has occurred the alternative should be replaced with one that 
explicitly exceeds the threshold. We encourage the Mississippi Flyway 
Council to work with the other Flyway Councils through the Harvest 
Management Working Group to review and possibly revise the current 
scaup harvest strategy as appropriate, similar to the process that is 
underway for the pintail harvest strategy.
xi. Other
    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic Flyway Council recommended a 
mallard daily bag limit of two birds, only one of which could be 
female, for the Atlantic Flyway. At the April SRC meeting, the Central 
Flyway Council presented an evaluation plan in support of their earlier 
recommendation that the Service allow South Dakota and Nebraska to 
evaluate a two-tier regulations system, wherein two different types of 
regulations would be available to hunters to harvest ducks (85 FR 
51857, August 21, 2020).
    Service Response: We agree with the Atlantic Flyway Council's 
recommendation for a mallard daily bag limit of two birds, of which 
only one may be female, for the Atlantic Flyway. The Atlantic Flyway 
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waterfowl AHM protocol (see above) did not specifically address bag 
limits for mallards. The number of breeding mallards in the 
northeastern United States (about two-thirds of the eastern mallard 
population in 1998) has decreased by about 38 percent since 1998, and 
the overall population has declined by about 1 percent per year during 
that time period. This situation has resulted in reduced harvest 
potential for that population. The Service conducted a Prescribed Take 
Level (PTL) analysis to estimate the allowable take (kill rate) for 
eastern mallards, and compared that with the expected kill rate under 
the most liberal season length (60 days) considered as part of the 
eastern waterfowl AHM regulatory alternatives.
    Using contemporary data and assuming a management objective of 
maximum long-term sustainable harvest, the PTL analysis estimated an 
allowable kill rate of 0.194-0.198. The expected kill rate for eastern 
mallards under a 60-day season and a 2-mallard daily bag limit in the 
U.S. portion of the Atlantic Flyway was 0.193 (SE = 0.016), which is 
slightly below (but not significantly different from) the point 
estimate of allowable kill at maximum long-term sustainable harvest. 
This indicates that a 2-bird daily bag limit is sustainable at this 
time.
    Regarding the Central Flyway Council's evaluation plan for a two-
tier regulations system, we earlier noted our intent to approve the 
Central Flyway Council's recommendation for a limited two-tier 
regulations system in selected States to assess impacts to hunters and 
duck harvests during the 2021-22 season as published in the Federal 
Register (85 FR 51857, August 21, 2020). In October 2019, the Service 
tasked Division of Migratory Bird Management staff to work with the 
Flyway Councils to develop a team to address the components needed in 
an evaluation, and to have a draft evaluation plan that is supported by 
both the Division of Migratory Bird Management and the Flyway Councils 
ready for review prior to the spring 2020 SRC meeting. The Service 
concludes that completing National Environmental Policy Act compliance, 
developing shared objectives, identifying appropriate metrics for 
evaluation, potentially modifying monitoring efforts, and addressing 
law enforcement concerns are important elements to consider before 
implementing a limited two-tier regulations system for evaluation. The 
elements of the evaluation plan will be addressed in an MOA between the 
Service and the two States, which will outline the roles and 
responsibilities of each partner in the agreement.
    We appreciate the work that the Flyway Councils and the Division 
have completed to finalize an evaluation plan for the first year of a 
two-tier regulation study for duck harvests. The group has completed 
the work we requested last October, and therefore we support moving 
forward with the study beginning with the 2021-22 season. The study 
will allow different species-specific and overall bag limits for each 
of the two license types. We encourage the Central Flyway and the 
Division to review information collected during the first season and as 
the study progresses. The goal of the data collection is to determine 
whether improvement of collection methods is necessary or appropriate, 
and to assess possible enforcement issues faced by conservation 
officers from two-tier regulations.

4. Canada and Cackling Geese

B. Regular Seasons

    Council Recommendations: The Mississippi Flyway Council recommended 
increasing the daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese from 3 to 
5 geese in the aggregate in the Mississippi Flyway. The Pacific Flyway 
Council recommended decreasing the daily bag limit for Canada and 
cackling geese from 6 to 4 geese in the aggregate in Oregon's Northwest 
Permit Zone.
    Service Response: We agree with the Mississippi Flyway Council's 
recommendation to increase the daily bag limit for Canada and cackling 
geese from 3 to 5 geese in the aggregate for the entire 107-day season. 
The Council's technical assessment suggests that this change will 
maintain the harvest rate for subarctic Canada and cackling goose 
breeding populations at or below 11 percent, which serves as a decision 
threshold between liberal and standard frameworks in the Mississippi 
Flyway Council's management plan. If operational monitoring for 
subarctic Canada and cackling goose populations is not conducted during 
spring and summer 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will 
discuss with the Mississippi Flyway Council the appropriate daily bag 
limit for the subsequent season due to the lack of monitoring 
information.
    We also agree with the Pacific Flyway Council's recommendation to 
decrease the daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese from 6 to 4 
geese in the aggregate in Oregon's Northwest Permit Zone. The most 
recently available 3-year average predicted fall population estimate 
(2017-19) for minima cackling geese is 235,137, which is near the lower 
end of the Council's population objective of 250,000  10 
percent (225,000-275,000). The decrease in bag limit is specifically 
intended to maintain objective abundance of minima cackling geese, and 
is consistent with the Council's harvest strategy for these birds. 
Also, the bag limit for Canada and cackling geese of 4 per day in the 
aggregate in Oregon's Northwest Permit Zone will simplify regulations 
by matching the 4-bird bag limit currently allowed for Canada and 
cackling geese in the aggregate in the basic season framework for 
Oregon and the Pacific Flyway.

6. Brant

    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic Flyway Council recommended 
that the Service discontinue use of the harvest strategy for Atlantic 
brant adopted by the Service in 2015 for setting annual Atlantic brant 
hunting regulations. The Atlantic Flyway Council also recommended 
frameworks with a 50-day season and a 2-bird daily bag limit for 
Atlantic brant in the Atlantic Flyway for the 2021-22 season.
    The Pacific Flyway Council recommended that the 2020-21 brant 
season frameworks be determined based on the harvest strategy in the 
Council's management plan for the Pacific population of brant pending 
results of the 2021 Winter Brant Survey (WBS). If results of the 2021 
WBS are not available, results of the most recent WBS should be used.
    Service Response: We agree with the Atlantic Flyway Council's 
recommendation to discontinue use of the harvest strategy for Atlantic 
brant adopted by the Service in 2015 for establishing Atlantic brant 
season frameworks. As we discussed in the March 28, 2016, Federal 
Register (81 FR 17302), we adopted in 2015 the Atlantic Flyway 
Council's harvest strategy to determine the Atlantic brant season 
frameworks. In developing the annual proposed frameworks for Atlantic 
brant, the Atlantic Flyway Council and the Service used the number of 
brant counted during the Midwinter Waterfowl Survey (MWS) in the 
Atlantic Flyway to determine annual allowable season length and daily 
bag limits. The MWS is conducted each January, which is after the date 
that proposed frameworks are formulated in the regulatory process. 
However, the data were typically available by the expected publication 
of final frameworks. When we acquired the survey data, we determined 
the appropriate allowable harvest for the Atlantic brant season 
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harvest strategy, and published the results in the final frameworks 
rule. However, in 2020, the Atlantic Flyway Council developed and 
adopted a new harvest strategy for Atlantic brant that uses available 
data and a demographic model to predict population abundance for the 
subsequent year and determine the appropriate regulatory alternative. 
The Atlantic Flyway Council's newly adopted harvest strategy now fits 
within the regulatory schedule, and makes the Service's 2015 adopted 
harvest strategy obsolete and unnecessary. Based on the Atlantic Flyway 
Council's new harvest strategy, the 2021 predicted Atlantic brant 
population index is 126,000 birds and results in a prescribed season 
framework with a 50-day season and a 2-bird daily bag limit for 
Atlantic brant in the Atlantic Flyway for the 2021-22 season. 
Therefore, we also agree with the Atlantic Flyway Council's 
recommendation for a framework for Atlantic brant with a 50-day season 
and 2-bird daily bag limit for the 2021-22 season.
    We also agree with the Pacific Flyway Council's recommendation that 
the 2021-22 Pacific brant season framework be determined by the harvest 
strategy in the Council's management plan for the Pacific population of 
brant pending results of the 2021 WBS. As we discussed in the August 
21, 2020, Federal Register (85 FR 51854), the harvest strategy used to 
determine the Pacific brant season frameworks does not fit well within 
the current regulatory process. In developing the annual proposed 
frameworks for Pacific brant, the Pacific Flyway Council and the 
Service use the 3-year average number of brant counted during the WBS 
in the Pacific Flyway to determine annual allowable season length and 
daily bag limits. The WBS is conducted each January, which is after the 
date that proposed frameworks are formulated in the regulatory process. 
However, the data are typically available by the expected publication 
of final frameworks. When we acquire the survey data, we will determine 
the appropriate allowable harvest for the Pacific brant season 
according to the harvest strategy in the Pacific Flyway Council's 
management plan for the Pacific population of brant published in the 
August 21, 2020, Federal Register (85 FR 51854) and publish the results 
in the final frameworks rule.

7. Snow and Ross's (Light) Geese

    Council Recommendations: The Pacific Flyway Council recommended two 
changes to the light goose season frameworks in the Pacific Flyway. 
Specifically, the Council recommended:
    1. In Oregon, increasing the daily bag limit for light geese to 20 
per day, statewide and during the entire season framework, and
    2. In Washington, increasing the daily bag limit for light geese on 
or before the last Sunday in January to 10 per day and 20 per day 
thereafter.
    Service Response: We agree with the Pacific Flyway Council's 
recommendations for increasing the daily bag limit for light geese in 
Oregon and Washington. Three populations of light geese occur in the 
Pacific Flyway and are above the Council's management plan population 
objectives based on the most recently available breeding population 
indices. The population estimate for the Western Arctic Population 
(WAP) of lesser snow geese was 419,800 in 2013, which is above the 
objective of 200,000 geese. Ross's geese were estimated at 233,300 in 
2019, and are above the objective of 100,000 geese. The Wrangel Island 
Population (WIP) of lesser snow geese was 685,120 in 2020 and the 
recent 3-year (2018-2020) average was 477,640, which is above the 
objective of 120,000 geese based on the 3-year average. Also, light 
geese in the Pacific Flyway are indexed by fall and winter surveys in 
California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. The most recent 
winter index was 1,599,641 light geese in 2019. The annual index has 
increased 6.04 percent annually since 2000 when the index averaged 
about 550,000, and indicates continued growth of light goose 
populations in the Pacific Flyway. Current evidence suggests most light 
geese in Oregon and Washington during fall and early winter are 
primarily WIP snow geese, but an influx of WAP snow and Ross's geese 
occurs during late winter as birds begin to move north toward breeding 
areas. The current 6-bird daily bag limit for light geese in Oregon (on 
or before the last Sunday in January, and in the Northwest Permit Zone 
season long) and Washington were intended to minimize harvest of WIP 
snow geese when they were below the population objective. The bag limit 
increase to 20 light geese per day in Oregon and Washington will 
simplify regulations by matching the 20-bird daily bag limit currently 
allowed for light geese in the basic season framework for the Pacific 
Flyway.

9. Sandhill Cranes

    Council Recommendations: The Central and Pacific Flyway Councils 
recommended establishment of two new hunting areas for the Rocky 
Mountain Population (RMP) of sandhill cranes including Duchesne County 
in northeast Utah and Cascade and Teton Counties in northcentral 
Montana, and that allowable harvest of RMP cranes be determined based 
on the formula described in the Pacific and Central Flyway Councils' 
Management Plan for RMP cranes.
    Service Response: We agree with the Central and Pacific Flyway 
Councils' recommendations to establish the two new hunting areas for 
RMP cranes. The new hunting areas are consistent with the hunting area 
requirements in the Pacific and Central Flyway Councils' RMP crane 
management plan.
    We also agree with the Central and Pacific Flyway Councils' 
recommendations to determine allowable harvest of RMP cranes using the 
formula in the Pacific and Central Flyway Councils' management plan for 
RMP cranes pending results of the fall 2020 abundance and recruitment 
surveys. As we discussed in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 
17302), the harvest strategy used to calculate the allowable harvest of 
RMP cranes does not fit well within the current regulatory process. In 
developing the annual proposed frameworks for RMP cranes, the Flyway 
Councils and the Service use the fall abundance and recruitment surveys 
of RMP cranes to determine annual allowable harvest. Results of the 
fall abundance and recruitment surveys of RMP cranes are released 
between December 1 and January 31 each year, which is after the date 
proposed frameworks are developed. However, the data are typically 
available by the expected publication of final frameworks. When we 
acquire the survey data, we will determine the appropriate allowable 
harvest for the RMP crane season according to the harvest strategy in 
the Central and Pacific Flyway Councils' management plan for RMP cranes 
published in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302) and 
publish the results in the final frameworks rule.

14. American Woodcock

    Council Recommendations: At the April SRC meeting, the Atlantic, 
Mississippi, and Central Flyway Councils recommended season framework 
dates for American woodcock in the Eastern Management Region and 
Central Management Region be changed to September 13-January 31 and use 
of the ``moderate'' season framework for the 2020-21 season.
    Service Response: In 2011, we implemented a harvest strategy for 
American woodcock (76 FR 19876, April 8, 2011). The harvest strategy 
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American woodcock season length and bag limits while we work to improve 
monitoring and assessment protocols for this species. The American 
Woodcock Harvest Strategy is available on our website at https://www.fws.gov/birds/surveys-and-data/webless-migratory-game-birds/american-woodcock.php.
    In the October 9, 2020, proposed rule (85 FR 64097), we proposed to 
change the opening framework date for American woodcock in the Eastern 
and Central Management Regions to a fixed date of September 13. 
Framework dates currently are October 1-January 31 and the Saturday 
nearest September 22-January 31 for the Eastern and Central Management 
Regions, respectively. Results from an assessment conducted by Service 
staff suggest that total season harvest would not increase in either 
management region as a result of these changes. Consistent with our 
earlier proposal, we agree with the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central 
Flyway Councils' recommendations that the framework dates for the 
Eastern Management Region and Central Management Region be changed to 
September 13-January 31.
    Utilizing the criteria developed for the strategy, the 3-year 
average for the Singing Ground Survey indices and associated confidence 
intervals fall within the ``moderate package'' for both the Eastern and 
Central Management Regions. As such, a ``moderate season'' for both 
management regions for the 2020-21 season is appropriate.

16. Doves

    Council Recommendations: The Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and 
Pacific Flyway Councils recommended adoption of the standard regulatory 
alternative as prescribed in the national mourning dove harvest 
strategy for their respective Mourning Dove Management Units. The 
standard regulatory alternative consists of a 90-day season and 15-bird 
daily bag limit for States within the Eastern and Central Management 
Units, and a 60-day season and 15-bird daily bag limit for States in 
the Western Management Unit.
    The Central Flyway Council also recommended changes to the Special 
White-winged Dove Area in Texas. They proposed to add 2 days to the 
existing 4 days allowed in that area, and to codify in Federal 
regulations that hunting may occur only from noon to sunset during 
those days. This latter restriction has been in Texas' State 
regulations, so making this provision would involve only codifying the 
shooting hours in Federal regulations.
    Service Response: Based on the harvest strategies and current 
population status, we agree with the recommended selection of the 
standard season frameworks for doves in the Eastern, Central, and 
Western Management Units for the 2021-22 season. We also agree with the 
Central Flyway Council's recommendation to add 2 days to the existing 4 
hunting days permitted in the Special White-winged Dove Area in Texas, 
and to codify in Federal regulations that shooting hours for those 6 
days will be from noon to sunset. The additional days will allow more 
opportunity and flexibility to hunters by providing 3 consecutive days 
of dove hunting each of the first two weekends in September. As we have 
stated in the past (76 FR 54056, August 30, 2011), the Service remains 
concerned about the effect of early September hunting on late-nesting 
mourning doves. We note that abundances of mourning doves in the 
Central Management Unit have declined since 2008, and additional 
harvest associated with this change could exacerbate that trend. We 
encourage Texas and the Central Flyway Council to conduct appropriate 
monitoring of both mourning and white-winged doves that will inform 
adjustments to the dove harvest management strategy, if necessary, to 
maintain desired abundances of doves. Such efforts should include 
contemporary nesting ecology studies to determine the extent of nesting 
activity in September, various aspects of nesting ecology (e.g., 
nesting rate, clutch size, nest success), and exposure of nesting 
adults to harvest.

Public Comments

    The Department of the Interior's policy is, whenever possible, to 
afford the public an opportunity to participate in the rulemaking 
process. Accordingly, we invite interested persons to submit written 
comments, suggestions, or recommendations regarding the proposed 
regulations. Before promulgating final migratory game bird hunting 
regulations, we will consider all comments we receive. These comments, 
and any additional information we receive, may lead to final 
regulations that differ from these proposals.
    You may submit your comments and materials concerning this proposed 
rule by one of the methods listed in ADDRESSES. We will not accept 
comments sent by email or fax. We will not consider hand-delivered 
comments that we do not receive, or mailed comments that are not 
postmarked, by the date specified in DATES.
    We may post all comments in their entirety--including your personal 
identifying information--on http://www.regulations.gov. Before 
including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your 
entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be 
made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your 
comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public 
review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Comments and 
materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used in 
preparing this proposed rule, will be available for public inspection 
on http://www.regulations.gov, or by appointment, during normal 
business hours, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of 
Migratory Bird Management, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. 
We will consider, but possibly may not respond in detail to, each 
comment. As in the past, we will summarize all comments we receive 
during the comment period and respond to them after the closing date in 
the preambles of any final rules.

Required Determinations

    Based on our most current data, we are affirming our required 
determinations made in the October 9, 2020, proposed rule; for 
descriptions of our actions to ensure compliance with the following 
statutes and Executive Orders, see our October 9, 2020, proposed rule 
(85 FR 64097):
     National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Consideration;
     Endangered Species Act Consideration;
     Regulatory Flexibility Act;
     Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act;
     Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995;
     Unfunded Mandates Reform Act;
     Executive Orders 12630, 12866, 12988, 13132, 13175, 13211, 
and 13563.

Authority

    The rules that eventually will be promulgated for the 2021-22 
hunting season are authorized under 16 U.S.C. 703-712 and 16 U.S.C. 742 
a-j.

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 20

    Exports, Hunting, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Transportation, Wildlife.

Proposed Regulations Frameworks for 2021-22 Hunting Seasons on Certain 
Migratory Game Birds

    Pursuant to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and delegated 
authorities, the Department of the Interior is proposing the following 
frameworks for outside dates, season lengths, shooting hours,

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bag and possession limits, and areas within which States may select 
seasons for hunting migratory game birds between the dates of September 
1, 2021, and March 10, 2022. These frameworks are summarized below.

General

    Dates: All outside dates specified below are inclusive.
    Season Lengths: All season lengths specified below are the maximum 
number of days allowed.
    Season Segments: All season segments specified below are the 
maximum number of segments allowed.
    Zones: Unless otherwise specified, States may select hunting 
seasons by zone. Zones for duck seasons (and associated youth and 
veterans-active military waterfowl hunting days, gallinule seasons, and 
snipe seasons) and dove seasons may be selected only in years we 
declare such changes can be made (i.e., open seasons for zones and 
splits) and according to federally established guidelines for duck and 
dove zones and split seasons. Areas open to hunting must be described, 
delineated, and designated as such in each State's hunting regulations 
and published in the Federal Register as a Federal migratory bird 
hunting frameworks final rule.
    Shooting and Hawking (taking by falconry) Hours: Unless otherwise 
specified, from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset daily.
    Possession Limits: Unless otherwise specified, possession limits 
are three times the daily bag limit.
    Permits: For some species of migratory birds, the Service 
authorizes the use of permits to regulate harvest or monitor their take 
by hunters, or both. In such cases, the Service determines the amount 
of harvest that may be taken during hunting seasons during its formal 
regulations-setting process, and the States then issue permits to 
hunters at levels predicted to result in the amount of take authorized 
by the Service. Thus, although issued by States, the permits would not 
be valid unless the Service approved such take in its regulations.
    These federally authorized, State-issued permits are issued to 
individuals, and only the individual whose name and address appears on 
the permit at the time of issuance is authorized to take migratory 
birds at levels specified in the permit, in accordance with provisions 
of both Federal and State regulations governing the hunting season. The 
permit must be carried by the permittee when exercising its provisions 
and must be presented to any law enforcement officer upon request. The 
permit is not transferrable or assignable to another individual, and 
may not be sold, bartered, traded, or otherwise provided to another 
person. If the permit is altered or defaced in any way, the permit 
becomes invalid.

Flyways and Management Units

    We set migratory bird hunting frameworks for the conterminous U.S. 
States by Flyway or Management Unit/Region. Frameworks for Alaska, 
Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are contained in separate 
sections near the end of the frameworks portion of this document. The 
States included in the Flyways and Management Units/Regions are 
described below.
Waterfowl Flyways
    Atlantic Flyway: Includes Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, 
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, 
North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, 
Virginia, and West Virginia.
    Mississippi Flyway: Includes Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, 
Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, 
Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
    Central Flyway: Includes Colorado (east of the Continental Divide), 
Kansas, Montana (Counties of Blaine, Carbon, Fergus, Judith Basin, 
Stillwater, Sweetgrass, Wheatland, and all counties east thereof), 
Nebraska, New Mexico (east of the Continental Divide except the 
Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South 
Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming (east of the Continental Divide).
    Pacific Flyway: Includes Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, 
Oregon, Utah, Washington, and those portions of Colorado, Montana, New 
Mexico, and Wyoming not included in the Central Flyway.
Mallard Management Units
    High Plains Management Unit: Roughly defined as that portion of the 
Central Flyway that lies west of the 100th meridian. See Area, Unit, 
and Zone Descriptions, Ducks (Including Mergansers) and Coots, below, 
for specific boundaries in each State.
    Columbia Basin Management Unit: In Washington, all areas east of 
the Pacific Crest Trail and east of the Big White Salmon River in 
Klickitat County; and in Oregon, the counties of Gilliam, Morrow, and 
Umatilla.
Mourning Dove Management Units
    Eastern Management Unit: All States east of the Mississippi River, 
and Louisiana.
    Central Management Unit: Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, 
Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, 
Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.
    Western Management Unit: Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, 
Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
Woodcock Management Regions
    Eastern Management Region: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, 
Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, 
North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, 
Virginia, and West Virginia.
    Central Management Region: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, 
Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, 
Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, 
Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin.

Definitions

    For the purpose of the hunting regulations listed below, the 
collective terms ``dark'' and ``light'' geese include the following 
species:
    Dark geese: Canada geese, cackling geese, white-fronted geese, 
brant (except in Alaska, California, Oregon, Washington, and the 
Atlantic Flyway), and all other goose species except light geese.
    Light geese: Snow (including blue) geese and Ross's geese.
    Area, Zone, and Unit Descriptions: Geographic descriptions related 
to regulations are contained in a later portion of this document.

Migratory Game Bird Seasons in the Atlantic Flyway

    In the Atlantic Flyway States of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, 
Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania, 
where Sunday hunting of migratory birds is prohibited statewide by 
State law or regulation, all Sundays are closed to the take of all 
migratory game birds.

Season Frameworks

Special Youth and Veterans-Active Military Personnel Waterfowl Hunting 
Days

    Outside Dates: States may select 2 days per duck-hunting zone, 
designated as ``Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days,'' and 2 days per duck-
hunting zone, designated as ``Veterans and Active Military Personnel 
Waterfowl Hunting Days,'' in addition to their regular duck seasons. 
The days may be held concurrently. The Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days 
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holidays, or other non-school days when youth hunters would have the 
maximum opportunity to participate. Both sets of days may be held up to 
14 days before or after any regular duck-season frameworks or within 
any split of a regular duck season, or within any other open season on 
migratory birds.
    Daily Bag Limits: The daily bag limits may include ducks, geese, 
swans, mergansers, coots, and gallinules. Bag limits would be the same 
as those allowed in the regular season except in States that implement 
a hybrid season for scaup (i.e., different bag limits during different 
portions of the season), in which case the bag limit will be 2 scaup 
per day. Flyway species and area restrictions would remain in effect.
    Participation Restrictions for Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days: States 
may use their established definition of age for youth hunters. However, 
youth hunters must be under the age of 18. In addition, an adult at 
least 18 years of age must accompany the youth hunter into the field. 
This adult may not duck hunt but may participate in other seasons that 
are open on the special youth day. Youth hunters 16 years of age and 
older must possess a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation 
Stamp (also known as Federal Duck Stamp). Swans may only be taken by 
participants possessing applicable swan permits.
    Participation Restrictions for Veterans and Active Military 
Personnel Waterfowl Hunting Days: Veterans (as defined in section 101 
of title 38, United States Code) and members of the Armed Forces on 
active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on 
active duty (other than for training), may participate. All hunters 
must possess a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp 
(also known as Federal Duck Stamp). Swans may only be taken by 
participants possessing applicable swan permits.

Special September Teal Seasons

    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and September 30, an open season 
on all species of teal may be selected by the following States in areas 
delineated by State regulations:
    Atlantic Flyway: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North 
Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia.
    Mississippi Flyway: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, 
Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, 
Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The season in Minnesota is experimental.
    Central Flyway: Colorado (part), Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico 
(part), Oklahoma, and Texas.
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not to exceed 16 consecutive 
days in the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyways. The daily bag 
limit is 6 teal.
Shooting Hours
    One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except in the States of 
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, 
South Carolina, and Wisconsin, where the hours are from sunrise to 
sunset.

Special September Duck Seasons

    Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee: In lieu of a special September 
teal season, a 5-consecutive-day teal/wood duck season may be selected 
in September. The daily bag limit may not exceed 6 teal and wood ducks 
in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be wood ducks. In 
addition, a 4-consecutive-day teal-only season may be selected in 
September either immediately before or immediately after the 5-
consecutive-day teal/wood duck season. The daily bag limit is 6 teal.

Waterfowl

Atlantic Flyway
Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots
    Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 
25) and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons and Duck Limits: 60 days. The daily bag limit is 6 
ducks, including no more than 2 mallards (no more than 1 of which can 
be female), 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous 
whistling duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 4 scoters, 4 
eiders, and 4 long-tailed ducks. The season for scaup may be split into 
2 segments, with one segment consisting of 40 consecutive days with a 
1-scaup daily bag limit, and the second segment consisting of 20 
consecutive days with a 2-scaup daily bag limit.
    Closures: The season on harlequin ducks is closed.
    Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit of mergansers is 5, only 2 of 
which may be hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in 
the duck bag limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit, 
only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers.
    Coot Limits: The daily bag limit is 15 coots.
    Lake Champlain Zone, New York: The waterfowl seasons, limits, and 
shooting hours should be the same as those selected for the Lake 
Champlain Zone of Vermont.
    Connecticut River Zone, Vermont: The waterfowl seasons, limits, and 
shooting hours should be the same as those selected for the Inland Zone 
of New Hampshire.
    Zoning and Split Seasons: Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Rhode Island, 
South Carolina, and West Virginia may split their seasons into 3 
segments. Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and Vermont 
may select seasons in each of 3 zones; Pennsylvania may select seasons 
in each of 4 zones; and New York may select seasons in each of 5 zones; 
and all these States may split their season in each zone into 2 
segments. Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia may 
select seasons in each of 2 zones; and all these States may split their 
season in each zone into 3 segments. Connecticut, Maryland, North 
Carolina, and Virginia must conduct an evaluation of the impacts of 
zones and splits on hunter dynamics (e.g., hunter numbers, 
satisfaction) and harvest during the 2021-25 seasons.
Scoters, Eiders, and Long-Tailed Ducks
Special Sea Duck Seasons
    Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New 
Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South 
Carolina, and Virginia may select a Special Sea Duck Season in 
designated Special Sea Duck Areas. If a Special Sea Duck Season is 
selected, scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks may be taken in the 
designated Special Sea Duck Area(s) only during the Special Sea Duck 
Season dates; scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks may be taken 
outside of Special Sea Duck Area(s) during the regular duck season, in 
accordance with the frameworks for ducks, mergansers, and coots 
specified above.
    Outside Dates: Between September 15 and January 31.
    Special Sea Duck Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: 60 consecutive days, 
or 60 days that are concurrent with the regular duck season, with a 
daily bag limit of 5, of the listed sea duck species, including no more 
than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, and 4 long-tailed ducks. Within the special 
sea duck areas, during the regular duck season in the Atlantic Flyway, 
States may choose to allow the above sea duck limits in addition to the 
limits applying to other ducks during the regular season. In all other 
areas, sea ducks may be taken only during the regular open season for 
ducks and are part of the regular duck season daily bag (not to exceed 
4 scoters, 4 eiders, and 4 long-tailed ducks) and possession limits.
    Special Sea Duck Areas: In all coastal waters and all waters of 
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bridge in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, 
Connecticut, and New York; in New Jersey, all coastal waters seaward 
from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 
(COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 
80.165, 80.501, 80.502, and 80.503; in any waters of the Atlantic Ocean 
and in any tidal waters of any bay that are separated by at least 1 
mile of open water from any shore, island, and emergent vegetation in 
South Carolina and Georgia; and in any waters of the Atlantic Ocean and 
in any tidal waters of any bay that are separated by at least 800 yards 
of open water from any shore, island, and emergent vegetation in 
Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia; and provided that any 
such areas have been described, delineated, and designated as special 
sea duck hunting areas under the hunting regulations adopted by the 
respective States.
Canada and Cackling Geese
Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons
    Season lengths and Outside Dates: A Canada and cackling goose 
season of not more than 15 days during September 1-15 may be selected 
for the Eastern Unit of Maryland. Seasons not to exceed 30 days during 
September 1-30 may be selected for Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New 
Jersey, New York (Long Island Zone only), North Carolina, Rhode Island, 
and South Carolina. Seasons may not exceed 25 days during September 1-
25 in the remainder of the Flyway. Areas open to the hunting of Canada 
and cackling geese must be described, delineated, and designated as 
such in each State's hunting regulations.
    Daily Bag Limits: Not to exceed 15 Canada and cackling geese in the 
aggregate.
    Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except that 
during any special early Canada and cackling goose season, shooting 
hours may extend to one-half hour after sunset if all other waterfowl 
seasons are closed in the specific applicable area.
Regular Dark Goose Seasons
    Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits: Specific regulations are 
provided below by State. The daily bag limit for Canada, cackling, and 
white-fronted geese is in the aggregate. Unless subsequently provided, 
seasons may be split into 2 segments.
Connecticut
    North Atlantic Population (NAP) Zone: Between October 1 and January 
31, a 60-day season may be held with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
    Atlantic Population (AP) Zone: A 30-day season may be held between 
October 10 and February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
    South Zone: A special season may be held between January 15 and 
February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit.
    Resident Population (RP) Zone: An 80-day season may be held between 
October 1 and February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season 
may be split into 3 segments.
Delaware
    A 30-day season may be held between November 15 and February 5, 
with a 1-bird daily bag limit.
Florida
    An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 10, with a 
5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments.
Georgia
    An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 10, with a 
5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments.
Maine
    North and South NAP-H Zones: A 60-day season may be held between 
October 1 and January 31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
    Coastal NAP-L Zone: A 70-day season may be held between October 1 
and February 15, with a 3-bird daily bag limit.
Maryland
    RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between November 15 and March 
10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 
segments.
    AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between November 15 and 
February 5, with a 1-bird daily bag limit.
Massachusetts
    NAP Zone: A 60-day season may be held between October 1 and January 
31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit. Additionally, a special season may 
be held from January 15 to February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit.
    AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between October 10 and 
February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
New Hampshire
    A 60-day season may be held statewide between October 1 and January 
31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
New Jersey
    AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday in 
October (October 24) and February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
    NAP Zone: A 60-day season may be held between October 1 and January 
31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
    Special Late Goose Season Area: A special season may be held in 
designated areas of north and south New Jersey from January 15 to 
February 15, with a 5-bird daily bag limit.
New York
    NAP Zone: Between October 1 and January 31, a 60-day season may be 
held, with a 2-bird daily bag limit in the High Harvest areas; and 
between October 1 and February 15, a 70-day season may be held, with a 
3-bird daily bag limit in the Low Harvest areas.
    AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday in 
October (October 23), except in the Lake Champlain Area where the 
opening date is October 10, through February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag 
limit.
    Western Long Island RP Zone: A 107-day season may be held between 
the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and the last day of 
February, with an 8-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 
3 segments.
    Rest of State RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between the 
fourth Saturday in October (October 23) and the last day of February, 
with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments.
North Carolina
    RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 
10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 
segments.
    Northeast Zone: A 14-day season may be held between the Saturday 
prior to December 25 (December 18) and January 31, with a 1-bird daily 
bag limit.
Pennsylvania
    Southern James Bay Population (SJBP) Zone: A 78-day season may be 
held between the first Saturday in October (October 2) and February 15, 
with a 3-bird daily bag limit.
    RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday 
in October (October 23) and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. 
The season may be split into 3 segments.
    AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between the fourth Saturday in 
October (October 23) and February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.

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Rhode Island
    A 60-day season may be held between October 1 and January 31, with 
a 2-bird daily bag limit. A special late season may be held in 
designated areas from January 15 to February 15, with a 5-bird daily 
bag limit.
South Carolina
    In designated areas, an 80-day season may be held between October 1 
and March 10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split 
into 3 segments.
Vermont
    Lake Champlain Zone and Interior Zone: A 30-day season may be held 
between October 10 and February 5, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
    Connecticut River Zone: A 60-day season may be held between October 
1 and January 31, with a 2-bird daily bag limit.
Virginia
    SJBP Zone: A 40-day season may be held between November 15 and 
January 14, with a 3-bird daily bag limit. Additionally, a special late 
season may be held between January 15 and February 15, with a 5-bird 
daily bag limit.
    AP Zone: A 30-day season may be held between November 15 and 
February 5, with a 1-bird daily bag limit.
    RP Zone: An 80-day season may be held between November 15 and March 
10, with a 5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 
segments.
West Virginia
    An 80-day season may be held between October 1 and March 10, with a 
5-bird daily bag limit. The season may be split into 3 segments.
Light Geese
    Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits: States may select a 107-
day season between October 1 and March 10, with a 25-bird daily bag 
limit and no possession limit. Seasons may be split into 3 segments.
Brant
    Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits: States may select a 50-
day season between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and 
January 31. Seasons may be split into 2 segments.
Mississippi Flyway
Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots
    Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 
25) and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons and Duck Limits: 60 days. The daily bag limit is 6 
ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may 
be females), 1 mottled duck, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 3 wood ducks, 2 
canvasbacks, and 2 redheads. The season for scaup may be split into 2 
segments, with one segment consisting of 45 consecutive days with a 2-
scaup daily bag limit, and the second segment consisting of 15 
consecutive days with a 1-scaup daily bag limit.
    Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit is 5, only 2 of which may be 
hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in the duck bag 
limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit, only 2 of 
which may be hooded mergansers.
    Coot Limits: The daily bag limit is 15 coots.
    Zoning and Split Seasons: Alabama, Arkansas, and Mississippi may 
split their seasons into 3 segments. Kentucky and Tennessee may select 
seasons in each of 2 zones; and Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, 
Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin may select seasons in each of 3 zones; and 
all these States may split their season in each zone into 2 segments. 
Illinois may select seasons in each of 4 zones. Louisiana may select 
seasons in each of 2 zones and may split their season in each zone into 
3 segments. Louisiana must conduct an evaluation of the impacts of 
zones and splits on hunter dynamics (e.g., hunter numbers, 
satisfaction) and harvest during the 2021-25 seasons.
Geese
Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits
    Canada and Cackling Geese: States may select a 107-day season 
between September 1 and February 15 with a daily bag limit of 5 geese 
in the aggregate.
    White-fronted Geese: States may select either a 74-day season with 
a daily bag limit of 3 geese, an 88-day season with a daily bag limit 
of 2 geese, or a 107-day season with a daily bag limit of 1 goose. 
Seasons must be between September 1 and February 15.
    Brant: States may select either a 70-day season with a daily bag 
limit of 2 brant or a 107-day season with a daily bag limit of 1 brant. 
Seasons must be between September 1 and February 15. In lieu of a 
separate brant season, brant may be included in the season for Canada 
and cackling geese with a daily bag limit of 5 geese in the aggregate.
    Dark Geese: In lieu of separate seasons for Canada and cackling 
geese, white-fronted geese, and brant, Alabama, Iowa, Indiana, 
Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin may select a 107-day dark 
goose season between September 1 and February 15 with a daily bag limit 
of 5 geese in the aggregate.
    Light Geese: States may select a 107-day season between September 1 
and February 15 with a daily bag limit of 20 geese. There is no 
possession limit for light geese.
    Split Seasons: Seasons for geese may be split into 4 segments.
    Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except that 
during September 1-15 shooting hours may extend to one-half hour after 
sunset for Canada and cackling geese if all other waterfowl and crane 
seasons are closed in the specific applicable area.
Central Flyway
Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots
    Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 
25) and January 31.
Hunting Seasons
    High Plains Mallard Management Unit (roughly defined as that 
portion of the Central Flyway that lies west of the 100th meridian): 97 
days. The last 23 days must run consecutively and may start no earlier 
than the Saturday nearest December 10 (December 11).
    Remainder of the Central Flyway: 74 days.
    Duck Limits: The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, including no more than 
5 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 2 redheads, 3 wood 
ducks, 1 pintail, and 2 canvasbacks. The daily bag limit for scaup is 
1, and the season for scaup may be split into 2 segments, with one 
segment consisting of 39 consecutive days and another segment 
consisting of 35 consecutive days. In Texas, the daily bag limit on 
mottled ducks is 1, except that no mottled ducks may be taken during 
the first 5 days of the season. In addition to the daily limits listed 
above, the States of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, 
in lieu of selecting an experimental September teal season, may include 
an additional daily bag and possession limit of 2 and 6 blue-winged 
teal, respectively, during the first 16 days of the regular duck season 
in each respective duck hunting zone. These extra limits are in 
addition to the regular duck bag and possession limits.
    Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit is 5 mergansers, only 2 of 
which may be hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in 
the duck daily bag limit, the daily limit may be the same as the duck 
bag limit, only two of which may be hooded mergansers.

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    Coot Limits: The daily bag limit is 15 coots.
    Zoning and Split Seasons: Colorado, Kansas (Low Plains portion), 
Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma (Low Plains portion), South 
Dakota (Low Plains portion), Texas (Low Plains portion), and Wyoming 
may select hunting seasons by zones.
    North Dakota may split their season into 3 segments. Montana, New 
Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas may select seasons in each of 2 zones; and 
Colorado, Kansas, South Dakota, and Wyoming may select seasons in each 
of 3 zones; and all these States may split their season in each zone 
into 2 segments. Nebraska may select seasons in each of 4 zones.
Geese
Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons
    Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits: In Kansas, Nebraska, 
Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Texas, Canada and cackling goose seasons of 
not more than 30 days during September 1-30 may be selected. In 
Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming, Canada and cackling goose 
seasons of not more than 15 days during September 1-15 may be selected. 
In North Dakota, Canada and cackling goose seasons of not more than 22 
days during September 1-22 may be selected. The daily bag limit may not 
exceed 5 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate, except in Kansas, 
Nebraska, and Oklahoma, where the daily bag limit may not exceed 8 
Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate, and in North Dakota and 
South Dakota, where the daily bag limit may not exceed 15 Canada and 
cackling geese in the aggregate. Areas open to the hunting of Canada 
and cackling geese must be described, delineated, and designated as 
such in each State's hunting regulations.
    Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset, except that 
during September 1-15 shooting hours may extend to one-half hour after 
sunset if all other waterfowl and crane seasons are closed in the 
specific applicable area.
Regular Goose Seasons
Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits
    Outside Dates: For dark geese, seasons may be selected between the 
outside dates of the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and 
the Sunday nearest February 15 (February 13). For light geese, outside 
dates for seasons may be selected between the Saturday nearest 
September 24 (September 25) and March 10. In the Rainwater Basin Light 
Goose Area (East and West) of Nebraska, temporal and spatial 
restrictions that are consistent with the late-winter snow goose 
hunting strategy cooperatively developed by the Central Flyway Council 
and the Service are required.
    Dark Geese: In Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South 
Dakota, and the Eastern Goose Zone of Texas, States may select a season 
for Canada and cackling geese (or any other dark goose species except 
white-fronted geese) not to exceed 107 days with a daily bag limit of 8 
in the aggregate. For white-fronted geese, these States may select 
either a season of 74 days with a bag limit of 3, or an 88-day season 
with a bag limit of 2, or a season of 107 days with a bag limit of 1.
    In Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, and Wyoming, States may select 
seasons not to exceed 107 days. The daily bag limit for dark geese is 5 
in the aggregate.
    In the Western Goose Zone of Texas, the season may not exceed 95 
days. The daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese (or any other 
dark goose species except white-fronted geese) is 5 in the aggregate. 
The daily bag limit for white-fronted geese is 2.
    Light Geese: States may select a light goose season not to exceed 
107 days. The daily bag limit for light geese is 50 with no possession 
limit.
    Split Seasons: Seasons for geese may be split into 3 segments. 
Three-segment seasons for Canada geese require Central Flyway Council 
and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval, and a 3-year evaluation by 
each participating State.
Pacific Flyway
Ducks, Mergansers, and Coots
    Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 
25) and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons and Duck and Merganser Limits: 107 days. The daily 
bag limit is 7 ducks and mergansers, including no more than 2 female 
mallards, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, 2 scaup, and 2 redheads. For scaup, 
the season length is 86 days, which may be split according to 
applicable zones and split duck hunting configurations approved for 
each State.
    Coot and Gallinule Limits: The daily bag limit of coots and 
gallinules is 25 in the aggregate.
    Zoning and Split Seasons: Montana and New Mexico may split their 
seasons into 3 segments. Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Utah, Washington, 
and Wyoming may select seasons in each of 2 zones; Nevada may select 
seasons in each of 3 zones; and California may select seasons in each 
of 5 zones; and all these States may split their season in each zone 
into 2 segments. Idaho may select seasons in each of 4 zones.
    Colorado River Zone, California: Seasons and limits should be the 
same as seasons and limits selected in the adjacent portion of Arizona 
(South Zone).
Geese
Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons
    A Canada and cackling goose season of not more than 15 days during 
September 1-20 may be selected. The daily bag limit may not exceed 5 
Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate, except in Pacific County, 
Washington, where the daily bag limit may not exceed 15 Canada and 
cackling geese in the aggregate. Areas open to hunting of Canada and 
cackling geese in each State must be described, delineated, and 
designated as such in each State's hunting regulations.
Regular Goose Seasons
Season Lengths, Outside Dates, and Limits
    Canada Geese, Cackling Geese, and Brant: Except as subsequently 
provided, 107-day seasons may be selected with outside dates between 
the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and January 31. In 
Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and 
Wyoming, the daily bag limit is 4 Canada and cackling geese and brant 
in the aggregate. In California, Oregon, and Washington, the daily bag 
limit is 4 Canada and cackling geese in the aggregate. For brant, in 
California, Oregon and Washington, the season lengths and daily bag 
limits will be based on the upcoming Winter Brant Survey results and 
the Pacific brant harvest strategy. Days must be consecutive. 
Washington and California may select hunting seasons for up to 2 zones. 
The daily bag limit is 2 brant and is in addition to other goose 
limits. In Oregon and California, the brant season must end no later 
than December 15.
    White-fronted Geese: Except as subsequently provided, 107-day 
seasons may be selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest 
September 24 (September 25) and March 10. The daily bag limit is 10.
    Light Geese: Except as subsequently provided, 107-day seasons may 
be selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 
24 (September 25) and March 10. The daily bag limit is 20.
    Split Seasons: Seasons may be split into 3 segments. Three-segment 
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geese require Pacific Flyway Council and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
approval and a 3-year evaluation by each participating State.
California
    The daily bag limit for Canada and cackling geese is 10 in the 
aggregate.
    Balance of State Zone: A Canada and cackling goose season may be 
selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 
(September 25) and March 10. In the Sacramento Valley Special 
Management Area, the season on white-fronted geese must end on or 
before December 28, and the daily bag limit is 3 white-fronted geese. 
In the North Coast Special Management Area, hunting days that occur 
after January 31 should be concurrent with Oregon's South Coast Zone.
    Northeastern Zone: The white-fronted goose season may be split into 
3 segments.
Oregon
    Eastern Zone: For Lake County only, the daily white-fronted goose 
bag limit is 1.
    Northwest Permit Zone: A Canada and cackling goose season may be 
selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 
(September 25) and March 10. Canada and cackling goose and white-
fronted goose seasons may be split into 3 segments. In the Tillamook 
County Management Area, the hunting season is closed on geese.
    South Coast Zone: A Canada and cackling goose season may be 
selected with outside dates between the Saturday nearest September 24 
(September 25) and March 10. Canada and cackling goose and white-
fronted goose seasons may be split into 3 segments. The daily bag limit 
of Canada and cackling geese is 6 in the aggregate. Hunting days that 
occur after January 31 should be concurrent with California's North 
Coast Special Management Area.
Utah
    A Canada and cackling goose and brant season may be selected in the 
Wasatch Front Zone with outside dates between the Saturday nearest 
September 24 (September 25) and the first Sunday in February (February 
6).
Washington
    The daily bag limit for light geese is 10 on or before the last 
Sunday in January (January 30).
    Areas 2 Inland and 2 Coastal (Southwest Permit Zone): A Canada and 
cackling goose season may be selected in each zone with outside dates 
between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 25) and March 10. 
Canada and cackling goose and white-fronted goose seasons may be split 
into 3 segments.
    Area 4: Canada and cackling goose and white-fronted goose seasons 
may be split into 3 segments.
Permit Zones
    In Oregon and Washington permit zones, the hunting season is closed 
on dusky Canada geese. A dusky Canada goose is any dark-breasted Canada 
goose (Munsell 10 YR color value 5 or less) with a bill length between 
40 and 50 millimeters. Hunting of geese will only be by hunters 
possessing a State-issued permit authorizing them to do so. Shooting 
hours for geese may begin no earlier than sunrise. Regular Canada and 
cackling goose seasons in the permit zones of Oregon and Washington 
remain subject to the Memorandum of Understanding entered into with the 
Service regarding monitoring the impacts of take during the regular 
Canada and cackling goose season on the dusky Canada goose population.

Swans

Pacific Flyway
    In portions of the Pacific Flyway (Idaho, Montana, Nevada, and 
Utah), an open season for taking a limited number of swans may be 
selected. These seasons are also subject to the following conditions:
    Outside Dates: Between the Saturday nearest September 24 (September 
25) and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons: Seasons may not exceed 107 days, and may be split 
into 2 segments.
    Permits: Swan hunting is by permit only. Permits will be issued by 
the State and will authorize each permittee to take no more than 1 swan 
per season with each permit. Only 1 permit may be issued per hunter in 
Montana and Utah, 2 permits may be issued per hunter in Nevada. The 
total number of permits issued may not exceed 50 in Idaho, 500 in 
Montana, 650 in Nevada, and 2,750 in Utah.
    Quotas: The swan season in the respective State must end upon 
attainment of the following reported harvest of trumpeter swans: 20 in 
Utah and 10 in Nevada. There is no quota in Montana.
    Monitoring: Each State must evaluate hunter participation, species-
specific swan harvest, and hunter compliance in providing either 
species-determinant parts (at least the intact head) or bill 
measurements (bill length from tip to posterior edge of the nares 
opening, and presence or absence of yellow lore spots on the bill in 
front of the eyes) of harvested swans for species identification. Each 
State should use appropriate measures to maximize hunter compliance 
with the State's program for swan harvest reporting. Each State must 
achieve a hunter compliance of at least 80 percent in providing 
species-determinant parts or bill measurements of harvested swans for 
species identification or subsequent permits will be reduced by 10 
percent in the respective State. Each State must provide to the Service 
by June 30 following the swan season a report detailing hunter 
participation, species-specific swan harvest, and hunter compliance in 
reporting harvest. In Idaho and Montana, all hunters that harvest a 
swan must complete and submit a reporting card (bill card) with the 
bill measurement and color information from the harvested swan within 
72 hours of harvest for species determination. In Utah and Nevada, all 
hunters that harvest a swan must have the swan or species-determinant 
parts examined by a State or Federal biologist within 72 hours of 
harvest for species determination.
    Other Provisions: In Utah, the season is subject to the terms of 
the Memorandum of Agreement entered into with the Service in January 
2019 regarding harvest monitoring, season closure procedures, and 
education requirements to minimize take of trumpeter swans during the 
swan season.
Atlantic and Central Flyways
    In portions of the Atlantic Flyway (Delaware, North Carolina, and 
Virginia) and the Central Flyway (North Dakota, South Dakota [east of 
the Missouri River], and that portion of Montana in the Central 
Flyway), an open season for taking a limited number of swans may be 
selected. Permits will be issued by the States that authorize the take 
of no more than 1 swan per permit. A second permit may be issued to 
hunters from unused permits remaining after the first drawing.
    Monitoring: Each State must evaluate hunter participation, species-
specific swan harvest, and hunter compliance in providing measurements 
of harvested swans for species identification. Each State should use 
appropriate measures to maximize hunter compliance with the State's 
program for swan harvest reporting. Each State must achieve a hunter 
compliance of at least 80 percent in providing species-determinant 
measurements of harvested swans for species identification. Each State 
must provide to the Service by June 30 following the swan season a 
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specific swan harvest, and hunter compliance in reporting harvest.
    In lieu of a general swan hunting season, States may select a 
season only for tundra swans. States selecting a season only for tundra 
swans must obtain harvest and hunter participation data.
    These general swan seasons and tundra swan seasons are also subject 
to the following conditions:
In the Atlantic Flyway
--The season may be 90 days, between October 1 and January 31.
--In Delaware, no more than 67 permits may be issued. The season is 
experimental.
--In North Carolina, no more than 4,895 permits may be issued.
--In Virginia, no more than 638 permits may be issued.
In the Central Flyway
--The season may be 107 days, between the Saturday nearest October 1 
(October 2) and January 31.
--In the Central Flyway portion of Montana, no more than 500 permits 
may be issued.
--In North Dakota, no more than 2,200 permits may be issued.
--In South Dakota, no more than 1,300 permits may be issued.

Sandhill Cranes

Regular Seasons in the Mississippi Flyway
    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and February 28 in Minnesota, 
and between September 1 and January 31 in Alabama, Kentucky and 
Tennessee.
    Hunting Seasons: A season not to exceed 37 consecutive days may be 
selected in the designated portion of northwestern Minnesota (Northwest 
Goose Zone), and a season not to exceed 60 consecutive days in Alabama, 
Kentucky, and Tennessee. The season in Alabama is experimental.
    Daily Bag Limit: 1 sandhill crane in Minnesota, 2 sandhill cranes 
in Kentucky, and 3 sandhill cranes in Alabama and Tennessee. In 
Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the seasonal bag limit is 3 sandhill 
cranes.
    Permits: Each person participating in the regular sandhill crane 
seasons must have a valid State sandhill crane hunting permit.
    Other Provisions: The number of permits (where applicable), open 
areas, season dates, protection plans for other species, and other 
provisions of seasons must be consistent with the management plans and 
approved by the Mississippi Flyway Council.
Regular Seasons in the Central Flyway
    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and February 28.
    Hunting Seasons: Seasons not to exceed 37 consecutive days may be 
selected in a designated portion of Texas (Zone C). Seasons not to 
exceed 58 consecutive days may be selected in designated portions of 
the following States: Colorado, Kansas, Montana, North Dakota, South 
Dakota, and Wyoming. Seasons not to exceed 93 consecutive days may be 
selected in designated portions of the following States: New Mexico, 
Oklahoma, and Texas.
    Daily Bag Limits: 3 sandhill cranes, except 2 sandhill cranes in 
designated portions of North Dakota (Area 2) and Texas (Zone C).
    Permits: Each person participating in the regular sandhill crane 
season must have a valid Federal or State sandhill crane hunting 
permit.
Special Seasons in the Central and Pacific Flyways
    Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming 
may select seasons for hunting sandhill cranes within the range of the 
Rocky Mountain Population (RMP) of sandhill cranes subject to the 
following conditions:
    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons: The season in any State or zone may not exceed 60 
days, and may be split into 3 segments.
    Bag limits: Not to exceed 3 daily and 9 per season.
    Permits: Participants must have a valid permit, issued by the 
appropriate State, in their possession while hunting.
    Other Provisions: Numbers of permits, open areas, season dates, 
protection plans for other species, and other provisions of seasons 
must be consistent with the management plan and approved by the Central 
and Pacific Flyway Councils, with the following exceptions:
    A. In Utah, 100 percent of the harvest will be assigned to the RMP 
crane quota;
    B. In Arizona, monitoring the racial composition of the harvest 
must be conducted at 3-year intervals unless 100 percent of the harvest 
will be assigned to the RMP crane quota;
    C. In Idaho, 100 percent of the harvest will be assigned to the RMP 
crane quota; and
    D. In the Estancia Valley hunt area of New Mexico, the level and 
racial composition of the harvest must be monitored; greater sandhill 
cranes in the harvest will be assigned to the RMP crane quota.

Gallinules

    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 31 in the Atlantic, 
Mississippi, and Central Flyways. States in the Pacific Flyway may 
select their hunting seasons between the outside dates for the season 
on ducks, mergansers, and coots; therefore, Pacific Flyway frameworks 
for gallinules are included with the duck, merganser, and coot 
frameworks.
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Seasons may not exceed 70 
days in the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central Flyways. Seasons may be 
split into 2 segments. The daily bag limit is 15 gallinules in the 
aggregate.
    Zoning: Seasons may be selected by zones established for duck 
hunting.

Rails

    Outside Dates: States included herein may select seasons between 
September 1 and January 31 on clapper, king, sora, and Virginia rails.
    Hunting Seasons: Seasons may not exceed 70 days, and may be split 
into 2 segments.
Daily Bag Limits
    Clapper and King Rails: In Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New 
Jersey, and Rhode Island, 10 rails in the aggregate. In Alabama, 
Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South 
Carolina, Texas, and Virginia, 15 rails in the aggregate.
    Sora and Virginia Rails: In the Atlantic, Mississippi, and Central 
Flyways and the Pacific Flyway portions of Colorado, Montana, New 
Mexico, and Wyoming, 25 rails in the aggregate. The season is closed in 
the remainder of the Pacific Flyway.

Snipe

    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and February 28, except in 
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, 
New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Virginia, where the 
season must end no later than January 31.
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Seasons may not exceed 107 
days and may be split into 2 segments. The daily bag limit is 8 snipe.
    Zoning: Seasons may be selected by zones established for duck 
hunting.

American Woodcock

    Outside Dates: States in the Eastern and Central Management Regions 
may select hunting seasons between September 13 and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Seasons may not exceed 45 
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daily bag limit is 3. Seasons may be split into 2 segments.
    Zoning: New Jersey may select seasons in each of two zones. The 
season in each zone may not exceed 36 days.

Band-Tailed Pigeons

Pacific Coast States (California, Oregon, Washington, and Nevada)
    Outside Dates: Between September 15 and January 1.
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 9 consecutive 
days, with a daily bag limit of 2.
    Zoning: California may select hunting seasons not to exceed 9 
consecutive days in each of 2 zones. The season in the North Zone must 
close by October 3.
Four-Corners States (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah)
    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and November 30.
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 14 consecutive 
days, with a daily bag limit of 2.
    Zoning: New Mexico may select hunting seasons not to exceed 14 
consecutive days in each of 2 zones. The season in the South Zone may 
not open until October 1.

Doves

    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 31 in the Eastern 
Management Unit, and between September 1 and January 15 in the Central 
and Western Management Units, except as subsequently provided, States 
may select hunting seasons and daily bag limits as follows:
Eastern Management Unit
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 90 days, with a 
daily bag limit of 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate.
    Zoning and Split Seasons: Seasons may be split into 3 segments; 
Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi may select seasons in each of 2 
zones, and may split their season in each zone into 3 segments.
Central Management Unit
For All States Except Texas
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 90 days, with a 
daily bag limit of 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate.
    Zoning and Split Seasons: Seasons may be split into 3 segments; New 
Mexico may select seasons in each of 2 zones and may split their season 
in each zone into 3 segments.
Texas
    Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits: Not more than 90 days, with a 
daily bag limit of 15 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in 
the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be white-tipped doves.
    Zoning and Split Seasons: Texas may select hunting seasons for each 
of 3 zones subject to the following conditions:
    A. The season may be split into 2 segments, except in that portion 
of Texas in which the special white-winged dove season is allowed, 
where a limited take of mourning and white-tipped doves may also occur 
during that special season (see Special White-winged Dove Area in 
Texas, below).
    B. A season may be selected for the North and Central Zones between 
September 1 and January 25; and for the South Zone between September 14 
and January 25.
Special White-Winged Dove Area in Texas
    In addition, Texas may select a hunting season of not more than 6 
days, consisting of two 3-consecutive-day periods, for the Special 
White-winged Dove Area between September 1 and September 19. The daily 
bag limit may not exceed 15 white-winged, mourning, and white-tipped 
doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be mourning doves 
and no more than 2 may be white-tipped doves. Shooting hours are from 
noon to sunset.
Western Management Unit
Hunting Seasons and Daily Bag Limits
    Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington: Not more than 60 days. 
The daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the 
aggregate.
    Arizona and California: Not more than 60 days, which may be split 
between 2 segments, September 1-15 and November 1-January 15. In 
Arizona, during the first segment of the season, the daily bag limit is 
15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more 
than 10 could be white-winged doves. During the remainder of the 
season, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning doves. In California, the 
daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, 
of which no more than 10 could be white-winged doves.
    Zoning and Split Seasons: Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, 
and Washington may split their seasons into 2 segments. Oregon may 
select hunting seasons in each of 2 zones and may split their season in 
each zone into 2 segments.

Alaska

    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 26.
    Hunting Seasons: Except as subsequently provided, not more than 107 
consecutive days for waterfowl (except brant), sandhill cranes, and 
snipe concurrent in each of 5 zones. The season length for brant will 
be determined based on the upcoming brant winter survey results and the 
Pacific brant harvest strategy. The season may be split into 2 segments 
in the Southeast Zone.
    Closures: The hunting season is closed on spectacled eiders and 
Steller's eiders.
Daily Bag and Possession Limits
    Ducks: Except as subsequently provided, the basic daily bag limit 
is 7 ducks. Basic daily bag limit in the North Zone is 10, and in the 
Gulf Coast Zone is 8. The basic daily bag limits may include no more 
than 2 canvasbacks daily and may not include sea ducks.
    In addition to the basic daily bag limits, Alaska may select sea 
duck limits of 10 daily in the aggregate, including no more than 6 each 
of either harlequin or long-tailed ducks. Sea ducks include scoters, 
common and king eiders, harlequin ducks, long-tailed ducks, and common, 
hooded, and red-breasted mergansers.
    Light Geese: The daily bag limit is 6.
    Canada and Cackling Geese: The daily bag limit is 4 Canada and 
cackling geese in the aggregate with the following exceptions:
    A. In Units 5 and 6, the taking of Canada and cackling geese is 
permitted from September 28 through December 16.
    B. On Middleton Island in Unit 6, a special, permit-only Canada and 
cackling goose season may be offered. A mandatory goose identification 
class is required. Hunters must check in and check out. The daily bag 
and possession limits are 1 Canada or cackling goose. The season will 
close if incidental harvest includes 5 dusky Canada geese. A dusky 
Canada goose is any dark-breasted Canada goose (Munsell 10 YR color 
value 5 or less) with a bill length between 40 and 50 millimeters.
    C. In Units 9, 10, 17, and 18, the daily bag limit is 6 Canada and 
cackling geese in the aggregate.
    White-fronted Geese: The daily bag limit is 4 with the following 
exceptions:
    A. In Units 9, 10, and 17, the daily bag limit is 6 white-fronted 
geese.
    B. In Unit 18, the daily bag limit is 10 white-fronted geese.
    Emperor Geese: Open seasons for emperor geese may be selected 
subject to the following conditions:

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    A. All seasons are by permit only.
    B. No more than 1 emperor goose may be harvested per hunter per 
season.
    C. Total harvest may not exceed 500 emperor geese.
    D. In State Game Management Unit 8, the Kodiak Island Road Area is 
closed to hunting. The Kodiak Island Road Area consists of all lands 
and water (including exposed tidelands) east of a line extending from 
Crag Point in the north to the west end of Saltery Cove in the south 
and all lands and water south of a line extending from Termination 
Point along the north side of Cascade Lake extending to Anton Larsen 
Bay. Marine waters adjacent to the closed area are closed to harvest 
within 500 feet from the water's edge. The offshore islands are open to 
harvest, for example: Woody, Long, Gull, and Puffin islands.
    Brant: The daily bag limit will be determined based on the upcoming 
brant winter survey results and the Pacific brant harvest strategy.
    Snipe: The daily bag limit is 8.
    Sandhill Cranes: The daily bag limit is 2 in the Southeast, Gulf 
Coast, Kodiak, and Aleutian Zones, and Unit 17 in the North Zone. In 
the remainder of the North Zone (outside Unit 17), the daily bag limit 
is 3.
    Tundra Swans: Open seasons for tundra swans may be selected subject 
to the following conditions:
    A. All seasons are by permit only.
    B. All season framework dates are September 1-October 31.
    C. In Unit 17, no more than 200 permits may be issued during this 
operational season. No more than 3 tundra swans may be authorized per 
permit, with no more than 1 permit issued per hunter per season.
    D. In Unit 18, no more than 500 permits may be issued during the 
operational season. No more than 3 tundra swans may be authorized per 
permit. No more than 1 permit may be issued per hunter per season.
    E. In Unit 22, no more than 300 permits may be issued during the 
operational season. No more than 3 tundra swans may be authorized per 
permit. No more than 1 permit may be issued per hunter per season.
    F. In Unit 23, no more than 300 permits may be issued during the 
operational season. No more than 3 tundra swans may be authorized per 
permit. No more than 1 permit may be issued per hunter per season.

Hawaii

    Outside Dates: Between October 1 and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons: Not more than 65 days (75 under the alternative) 
for mourning doves.
    Bag Limits: Not to exceed 15 (12 under the alternative) mourning 
doves.

    Note:  Mourning doves may be taken in Hawaii in accordance with 
shooting hours and other regulations set by the State of Hawaii, and 
subject to the applicable provisions of 50 CFR part 20.

Puerto Rico

Doves and Pigeons
    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 15.
    Hunting Seasons: Not more than 60 days.
    Daily Bag and Possession Limits: Not to exceed 30 Zenaida, 
mourning, and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which not more 
than 10 may be Zenaida doves and 3 may be mourning doves. Not to exceed 
5 scaly-naped pigeons.
    Closed Seasons: The season is closed on the white-crowned pigeon 
and the plain pigeon, which are protected by the Commonwealth of Puerto 
Rico.
    Closed Areas: There is no open season on doves or pigeons in the 
following areas: Municipality of Culebra, Desecheo Island, Mona Island, 
El Verde Closure Area, and Cidra Municipality and adjacent areas.
Ducks, Coots, Gallinules, and Snipe
    Outside Dates: Between October 1 and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons: Not more than 55 days may be selected for hunting 
ducks, common gallinules, and snipe. The season may be split into 2 
segments.
Daily Bag Limits
    Ducks: Not to exceed 6 ducks.
    Common Gallinules: Not to exceed 6 common gallinules.
    Snipe: Not to exceed 8 snipe.
    Closed Seasons: The season is closed on ruddy duck, white-cheeked 
pintail, West Indian whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, and masked 
duck, which are protected by the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The 
season is closed for purple gallinule, American coot, and Caribbean 
coot.
    Closed Areas: There is no open season on ducks, common gallinules, 
and snipe in the Municipality of Culebra and on Desecheo Island.

Virgin Islands

Doves and Pigeons
    Outside Dates: Between September 1 and January 15.
    Hunting Seasons: Not more than 60 consecutive days.
    Daily Bag and Possession Limits: Not to exceed 10 Zenaida doves.
    Closed Seasons: No open season is prescribed for ground or quail 
doves or pigeons.
    Closed Areas: There is no open season for migratory game birds on 
Ruth Cay (just south of St. Croix).
    Local Names for Certain Birds: Zenaida dove, also known as mountain 
dove; bridled quail-dove, also known as Barbary dove or partridge; 
common ground-dove, also known as stone dove, tobacco dove, rola, or 
tortolita; scaly-naped pigeon, also known as red-necked or scaled 
pigeon.
Ducks
    Outside Dates: Between December 1 and January 31.
    Hunting Seasons: Not more than 55 consecutive days.
    Daily Bag Limits: Not to exceed 6 ducks.
    Closed Seasons: The season is closed on the ruddy duck, white-
cheeked pintail, West Indian whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, 
and masked duck.

Special Falconry Regulations

    In accordance with 50 CFR 21.29, falconry is a permitted means of 
taking migratory game birds in any State except for Hawaii. States may 
select an extended season for taking migratory game birds in accordance 
with the following:
    Extended Seasons: For all hunting methods combined, the combined 
length of the extended season, regular season, and any special or 
experimental seasons must not exceed 107 days for any species or group 
of species in a geographical area. Each extended season may be split 
into 3 segments.
    Outside Dates: Seasons must fall between September 1 and March 10.
    Daily Bag Limits: Falconry daily bag limits for all permitted 
migratory game birds must not exceed 3 birds in the aggregate, during 
extended falconry seasons, any special or experimental seasons, and 
regular hunting seasons in all States, including those that do not 
select an extended falconry season.
    Regular Seasons: General hunting regulations, including seasons and 
hunting hours, apply to falconry. Regular season bag limits do not 
apply to falconry. The falconry bag limit is not in addition to 
shooting limits.

Area, Unit, and Zone Descriptions

Ducks (Including Mergansers) and Coots

Atlantic Flyway
Connecticut
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of I-95.
    South Zone: Remainder of the State.

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Maine
    North Zone: That portion north of the line extending east along 
Maine State Highway 110 from the New Hampshire-Maine State line to the 
intersection of Maine State Highway 11 in Newfield; then north and east 
along Route 11 to the intersection of U.S. Route 202 in Auburn; then 
north and east on Route 202 to the intersection of I-95 in Augusta; 
then north and east along I-95 to Route 15 in Bangor; then east along 
Route 15 to Route 9; then east along Route 9 to Stony Brook in 
Baileyville; then east along Stony Brook to the U.S. border.
    Coastal Zone: That portion south of a line extending east from the 
Maine-New Brunswick border in Calais at the Route 1 Bridge; then south 
along Route 1 to the Maine-New Hampshire border in Kittery.
    South Zone: Remainder of the State.
Maryland
    Western Zone: Allegany, Carroll, Garrett, Frederick and Washington 
Counties; and those portions of Baltimore, Howard, Prince George's, and 
Montgomery Counties west of a line beginning at I-83 at the 
Pennsylvania state line, following I-83 south to the intersection of I-
83 and I-695 (Outer Loop), south following I-695 (Outer Loop) to its 
intersection with I-95, south following I-95 to its intersection with 
I-495 (Outer Loop), and following I-495 (Outer Loop) to the Virginia 
shore of the Potomac River.
    Eastern Zone: That portion of the State not included in the Western 
Zone.
    Special Teal Season Area: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, 
Harford, Kent, Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, 
and Worcester Counties; that part of Anne Arundel County east of 
Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and Route 3; that part of Prince 
George's County east of Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles 
County east of Route 301 to the Virginia State Line.
Massachusetts
    Western Zone: That portion of the State west of a line extending 
south from the Vermont State line on I-91 to MA 9, west on MA 9 to MA 
10, south on MA 10 to U.S. 202, south on U.S. 202 to the Connecticut 
State line.
    Central Zone: That portion of the State east of the Berkshire Zone 
and west of a line extending south from the New Hampshire State line on 
I-95 to U.S. 1, south on U.S. 1 to I-93, south on I-93 to MA 3, south 
on MA 3 to U.S. 6, west on U.S. 6 to MA 28, west on MA 28 to I-195, 
west to the Rhode Island State line; except the waters, and the lands 
150 yards inland from the high-water mark, of the Assonet River 
upstream to the MA 24 bridge, and the Taunton River upstream to the 
Center Street-Elm Street bridge shall be in the Coastal Zone.
    Coastal Zone: That portion of Massachusetts east and south of the 
Central Zone.
New Hampshire
    Northern Zone: That portion of the State east and north of the 
Inland Zone beginning at the Jct. of Route 10 and Route 25-A in Orford, 
east on Route 25-A to Route 25 in Wentworth, southeast on Route 25 to 
Exit 26 of Route I-93 in Plymouth, south on Route I-93 to Route 3 at 
Exit 24 of Route I-93 in Ashland, northeast on Route 3 to Route 113 in 
Holderness, north on Route 113 to Route 113-A in Sandwich, north on 
Route 113-A to Route 113 in Tamworth, east on Route 113 to Route 16 in 
Chocorua, north on Route 16 to Route 302 in Conway, east on Route 302 
to the Maine-New Hampshire border.
    Inland Zone: That portion of the State south and west of the 
Northern Zone, west of the Coastal Zone, and includes the area of 
Vermont and New Hampshire as described for hunting reciprocity. A 
person holding a New Hampshire hunting license that allows the taking 
of migratory waterfowl or a person holding a Vermont resident hunting 
license that allows the taking of migratory waterfowl may take 
migratory waterfowl and coots from the following designated area of the 
Inland Zone: The State of Vermont east of Route I-91 at the 
Massachusetts border, north on Route I-91 to Route 2, north on Route 2 
to Route 102, north on Route 102 to Route 253, and north on Route 253 
to the border with Canada and the area of New Hampshire west of Route 
63 at the Massachusetts border, north on Route 63 to Route 12, north on 
Route 12 to Route 12-A, north on Route 12-A to Route 10, north on Route 
10 to Route 135, north on Route 135 to Route 3, north on Route 3 to the 
intersection with the Connecticut River.
    Coastal Zone: That portion of the State east of a line beginning at 
the Maine-New Hampshire border in Rollinsford, then extending to Route 
4 west to the city of Dover, south to the intersection of Route 108, 
south along Route 108 through Madbury, Durham, and Newmarket to the 
junction of Route 85 in Newfields, south to Route 101 in Exeter, east 
to Interstate 95 (New Hampshire Turnpike) in Hampton, and south to the 
Massachusetts border.
New Jersey
    Coastal Zone: That portion of the State seaward of a line beginning 
at the New York State line in Raritan Bay and extending west along the 
New York State line to NJ 440 at Perth Amboy; west on NJ 440 to the 
Garden State Parkway; south on the Garden State Parkway to NJ 109; 
south on NJ 109 to Cape May County Route 633 (Lafayette Street); south 
on Lafayette Street to Jackson Street; south on Jackson Street to the 
shoreline at Cape May; west along the shoreline of Cape May beach to 
COLREGS Demarcation Line 80.503 at Cape May Point; south along COLREGS 
Demarcation Line 80.503 to the Delaware State line in Delaware Bay.
    North Zone: That portion of the State west of the Coastal Zone and 
north of a line extending west from the Garden State Parkway on NJ 70 
to the New Jersey Turnpike, north on the turnpike to U.S. 206, north on 
U.S. 206 to U.S. 1 at Trenton, west on U.S. 1 to the Pennsylvania State 
line in the Delaware River.
    South Zone: That portion of the State not within the North Zone or 
the Coastal Zone.
New York
    Lake Champlain Zone: That area east and north of a continuous line 
extending along U.S. 11 from the New York-Canada International boundary 
south to NY 9B, south along NY 9B to U.S. 9, south along U.S. 9 to NY 
22 south of Keesville; south along NY 22 to the west shore of South 
Bay, along and around the shoreline of South Bay to NY 22 on the east 
shore of South Bay; southeast along NY 22 to U.S. 4, northeast along 
U.S. 4 to the Vermont State line.
    Long Island Zone: That area consisting of Nassau County, Suffolk 
County, that area of Westchester County southeast of I-95, and their 
tidal waters.
    Western Zone: That area west of a line extending from Lake Ontario 
east along the north shore of the Salmon River to I-81, and south along 
I-81 to the Pennsylvania State line.
    Northeastern Zone: That area north of a continuous line extending 
from Lake Ontario east along the north shore of the Salmon River to I-
81, south along I-81 to NY 31, east along NY 31 to NY 13, north along 
NY 13 to NY 49, east along NY 49 to NY 365, east along NY 365 to NY 28, 
east along NY 28 to NY 29, east along NY 29 to NY 22, north along NY 22 
to Washington County Route 153, east along CR 153 to the New York-
Vermont boundary, exclusive of the Lake Champlain Zone.
    Southeastern Zone: The remaining portion of New York.

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North Carolina
    Coastal Zone: All counties and portions of counties east of I-95.
    Inland Zone: All counties and portions of counties west of I-95.
Pennsylvania
    Lake Erie Zone: The Lake Erie waters of Pennsylvania and a 
shoreline margin along Lake Erie from New York on the east to Ohio on 
the west extending 150 yards inland, but including all of Presque Isle 
Peninsula.
    Northwest Zone: The area bounded on the north by the Lake Erie Zone 
and including all of Erie and Crawford Counties and those portions of 
Mercer and Venango Counties north of I-80.
    North Zone: That portion of the State east of the Northwest Zone 
and north of a line extending east on I-80 to U.S. 220, Route 220 to I-
180, I-180 to I-80, and I-80 to the Delaware River.
    South Zone: The remaining portion of Pennsylvania.
Vermont
    Lake Champlain Zone: The U.S. portion of Lake Champlain and that 
area north and west of the line extending from the New York border 
along U.S. 4 to VT 22A at Fair Haven; VT 22A to U.S. 7 at Vergennes; 
U.S. 7 to VT 78 at Swanton; VT 78 to VT 36; VT 36 to Maquam Bay on Lake 
Champlain; along and around the shoreline of Maquam Bay and Hog Island 
to VT 78 at the West Swanton Bridge; VT 78 to VT 2 in Alburg; VT 2 to 
the Richelieu River in Alburg; along the east shore of the Richelieu 
River to the Canadian border.
    Interior Zone: That portion of Vermont east of the Lake Champlain 
Zone and west of a line extending from the Massachusetts border at 
Interstate 91; north along Interstate 91 to U.S. 2; east along U.S. 2 
to VT 102; north along VT 102 to VT 253; north along VT 253 to the 
Canadian border.
    Connecticut River Zone: The remaining portion of Vermont east of 
the Interior Zone.
Virginia
    Western Zone: All counties and portions of counties west of I-95.
    Eastern Zone: All counties and portions of counties east of I-95.
Mississippi Flyway
Illinois
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending 
west from the Indiana border along Peotone-Beecher Road to Illinois 
Route 50, south along Illinois Route 50 to Wilmington-Peotone Road, 
west along Wilmington-Peotone Road to Illinois Route 53, north along 
Illinois Route 53 to New River Road, northwest along New River Road to 
Interstate Highway 55, south along I-55 to Pine Bluff-Lorenzo Road, 
west along Pine Bluff-Lorenzo Road to Illinois Route 47, north along 
Illinois Route 47 to I-80, west along I-80 to I-39, south along I-39 to 
Illinois Route 18, west along Illinois Route 18 to Illinois Route 29, 
south along Illinois Route 29 to Illinois Route 17, west along Illinois 
Route 17 to the Mississippi River, and due south across the Mississippi 
River to the Iowa border.
    Central Zone: That portion of the State south of the North Duck 
Zone line to a line extending west from the Indiana border along I-70 
to Illinois Route 4, south along Illinois Route 4 to Illinois Route 
161, west along Illinois Route 161 to Illinois Route 158, south and 
west along Illinois Route 158 to Illinois Route 159, south along 
Illinois Route 159 to Illinois Route 3, south along Illinois Route 3 to 
St. Leo's Road, south along St. Leo's Road to Modoc Road, west along 
Modoc Road to Modoc Ferry Road, southwest along Modoc Ferry Road to 
Levee Road, southeast along Levee Road to County Route 12 (Modoc Ferry 
entrance Road), south along County Route 12 to the Modoc Ferry route 
and southwest on the Modoc Ferry route across the Mississippi River to 
the Missouri border.
    South Zone: That portion of the State south and east of a line 
extending west from the Indiana border along Interstate 70, south along 
U.S. Highway 45, to Illinois Route 13, west along Illinois Route 13 to 
Greenbriar Road, north on Greenbriar Road to Sycamore Road, west on 
Sycamore Road to N Reed Station Road, south on N Reed Station Road to 
Illinois Route 13, west along Illinois Route 13 to Illinois Route 127, 
south along Illinois Route 127 to State Forest Road (1025 N), west 
along State Forest Road to Illinois Route 3, north along Illinois Route 
3 to the south bank of the Big Muddy River, west along the south bank 
of the Big Muddy River to the Mississippi River, west across the 
Mississippi River to the Missouri border.
    South Central Zone: The remainder of the State between the south 
border of the Central Zone and the North border of the South Zone.
Indiana
    North Zone: That part of Indiana north of a line extending east 
from the Illinois border along State Road 18 to U.S. 31; north along 
U.S. 31 to U.S. 24; east along U.S. 24 to Huntington; southeast along 
U.S. 224; south along State Road 5; and east along State Road 124 to 
the Ohio border.
    Central Zone: That part of Indiana south of the North Zone boundary 
and north of the South Zone boundary.
    South Zone: That part of Indiana south of a line extending east 
from the Illinois border along I-70; east along National Ave.; east 
along U.S. 150; south along U.S. 41; east along State Road 58; south 
along State Road 37 to Bedford; and east along U.S. 50 to the Ohio 
border.
Iowa
    North Zone: That portion of Iowa north of a line beginning on the 
South Dakota-Iowa border at Interstate 29, southeast along Interstate 
29 to State Highway 20 to the Iowa-Illinois border. The south duck 
hunting zone is that part of Iowa west of Interstate 29 and south of 
State Highway 92 east to the Iowa-Illinois border. The central duck 
hunting zone is the remainder of the state.
    Central Zone: The remainder of Iowa not included in the North and 
South zones.
    South Zone: The south duck hunting zone is that part of Iowa west 
of Interstate 29 and south of State Highway 92 east to the Iowa-
Illinois border.
Kentucky
    West Zone: All counties west of and including Butler, Daviess, 
Ohio, Simpson, and Warren Counties.
    East Zone: The remainder of Kentucky.
Louisiana
    East Zone: That area of the State beginning at the Arkansas border, 
then south on U.S. Hwy 79 to State Hwy 9, then south on State Hwy 9 to 
State Hwy 147, then south on State Hwy 147 to U.S. Hwy 167, then south 
and east on U.S. Hwy 167 to U.S. Hwy 90, then south on U.S. Hwy 90 to 
the Mississippi State line.
    West Zone: Remainder of the State.
Michigan
    North Zone: The Upper Peninsula.
    Middle Zone: That portion of the Lower Peninsula north of a line 
beginning at the Michigan-Wisconsin boundary line in Lake Michigan, 
directly due west of the mouth of Stoney Creek in section 31, T14N 
R18W, Oceana County, then proceed easterly and southerly along the 
centerline of Stoney Creek to its intersection with Scenic Drive, 
southerly on Scenic Drive to Stoney Lake Road in section 5, T13N R18W, 
Oceana County, easterly on Stoney Lake Road then both west and east 
Garfield Roads (name change only; not an intersection) then crossing 
highway U.S.-31 to State Highway M-20

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(north of the town of New Era; also locally named Hayes Road) in 
section 33, T14N R17W, Oceana County, easterly on M-20 through Oceana, 
Newaygo, Mecosta, Isabella, and Midland Counties to highway U.S.-10 
business route in the city of Midland, easterly on U.S.-10 BR to 
highway U.S.-10 at the Bay County line, easterly on U.S.-10 then 
crossing U.S.-75 to State Highway M-25 (west of the town of Bay City), 
easterly along M-25 into Tuscola County then northeasterly and easterly 
on M-25 through Tuscola County into Huron County, turning southeasterly 
on M-25 (near the town of Huron City; also locally named North Shore 
Road) to the centerline of Willow Creek in section 4, T18N R14E, Huron 
County, then northerly along the centerline of Willow Creek to the 
mouth of Willow Creek into Lake Huron, then directly due east along a 
line from the mouth of Willow Creek heading east into Lake Huron to a 
point due east and on the Michigan/U.S.-Canadian border.
    South Zone: The remainder of Michigan.
Minnesota
    North Duck Zone: That portion of the State north of a line 
extending east from the North Dakota State line along State Highway 210 
to State Highway 23 and east to State Highway 39 and east to the 
Wisconsin State line at the Oliver Bridge.
    South Duck Zone: The portion of the State south of a line extending 
east from the South Dakota State line along U.S. Highway 212 to 
Interstate 494 and east to Interstate 94 and east to the Wisconsin 
State line.
    Central Duck Zone: The remainder of the State.
Missouri
    North Zone: That portion of Missouri north of a line running west 
from the Illinois border at I-70; west on I-70 to Hwy 65; north on Hwy 
65 to Hwy 41, north on Hwy 41 to Hwy 24; west on Hwy 24 to MO Hwy 10, 
west on Hwy 10 to Hwy 69, north on Hwy 69 to MO Hwy 116, west on MO Hwy 
116 to Hwy 59, south on Hwy 59 to the Kansas border.
    Middle Zone: The remainder of Missouri not included in other zones.
    South Zone: That portion of Missouri south of a line running west 
from the Illinois border on MO Hwy 74 to MO Hwy 25; south on MO Hwy 25. 
to U.S. Hwy 62; west on U.S. Hwy 62 to MO Hwy 53; north on MO Hwy 53 to 
MO Hwy 51; north on MO Hwy 51 to U.S. Hwy 60; west on U.S. Hwy 60 to MO 
Hwy 21; north on MO Hwy 21 to MO Hwy 72; west on MO Hwy 72 to MO Hwy 
32; west on MO Hwy 32 to U.S. Hwy 65; north on U.S. Hwy 65 to U.S. Hwy 
54; west on U.S. Hwy 54 to the Kansas border.
Ohio
    Lake Erie Marsh Zone: Includes all land and water within the 
boundaries of the area bordered by a line beginning at the intersection 
of Interstate 75 at the Ohio-Michigan State line and continuing south 
to Interstate 280, then south on I-280 to the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/I-
90), then east on the Ohio Turnpike to the Erie-Lorain County line, 
then north to Lake Erie, then following the Lake Erie shoreline at a 
distance of 200 yards offshore, then following the shoreline west 
toward and around the northern tip of Cedar Point Amusement Park, then 
continuing from the westernmost point of Cedar Point toward the 
southernmost tip of the sand bar at the mouth of Sandusky Bay and out 
into Lake Erie at a distance of 200 yards offshore continuing parallel 
to the Lake Erie shoreline north and west toward the northernmost tip 
of Cedar Point National Wildlife Refuge, then following a direct line 
toward the southernmost tip of Wood Tick Peninsula in Michigan to a 
point that intersects the Ohio-Michigan State line, then following the 
State line back to the point of the beginning.
    North Zone: That portion of the State, excluding the Lake Erie 
Marsh Zone, north of a line extending east from the Indiana State line 
along U.S. Highway (U.S.) 33 to State Route (SR) 127, then south along 
SR 127 to SR 703, then south along SR 703 and including all lands 
within the Mercer Wildlife Area to SR 219, then east along SR 219 to SR 
364, then north along SR 364 and including all lands within the St. 
Mary's Fish Hatchery to SR 703, then east along SR 703 to SR 66, then 
north along SR 66 to U.S. 33, then east along U.S. 33 to SR 385, then 
east along SR 385 to SR 117, then south along SR 117 to SR 273, then 
east along SR 273 to SR 31, then south along SR 31 to SR 739, then east 
along SR 739 to SR 4, then north along SR 4 to SR 95, then east along 
SR 95 to SR 13, then southeast along SR 13 to SR 3, then northeast 
along SR 3 to SR 60, then north along SR 60 to U.S. 30, then east along 
U.S. 30 to SR 3, then south along SR 3 to SR 226, then south along SR 
226 to SR 514, then southwest along SR 514 to SR 754, then south along 
SR 754 to SR 39/60, then east along SR 39/60 to SR 241, then north 
along SR 241 to U.S. 30, then east along U.S. 30 to SR 39, then east 
along SR 39 to the Pennsylvania State line.
    South Zone: The remainder of Ohio not included in the Lake Erie 
Marsh Zone or the North Zone.
Tennessee
    Reelfoot Zone: All or portions of Lake and Obion Counties.
    Remainder of State: That portion of Tennessee outside of the 
Reelfoot Zone.
Wisconsin
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending 
east from the Minnesota State line along U.S. Highway 10 to U.S. 
Highway 41, then north on U.S. Highway 41 to the Michigan State line.
    Open Water Zone: That portion of the State extending 500 feet or 
greater from the Lake Michigan shoreline bounded by the Michigan State 
line and the Illinois State line.
    South Zone: The remainder of the State.
Central Flyway
Colorado (Central Flyway Portion)
    Special Teal Season Area: Lake and Chaffee Counties and that 
portion of the State east of Interstate Highway 25.
    Northeast Zone: All areas east of Interstate 25 and north of 
Interstate 70.
    Southeast Zone: All areas east of Interstate 25 and south of 
Interstate 70, and all of El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, and Las Animas 
Counties.
    Mountain/Foothills Zone: All areas west of Interstate 25 and east 
of the Continental Divide, except El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, and Las 
Animas Counties.
Kansas
    High Plains: That portion of the State west of U.S. 283.
    Low Plains Early Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from 
the Federal Hwy U.S.-283 and State Hwy 96 junction, then east on State 
Hwy 96 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-183, then north on Federal 
Hwy U.S.-183 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-24, then east on 
Federal Hwy U.S.-24 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then 
north on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-36, 
then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-36 to its junction with State Hwy K-199, 
then south on State Hwy K-199 to its junction with Republic County 30th 
Road, then south on Republic County 30th Road to its junction with 
State Hwy K-148, then east on State Hwy K-148 to its junction with 
Republic County 50th Road, then south on Republic County 50th Road to 
its junction with Cloud County 40th Road, then south on Cloud County 
40th Road to its junction with State Hwy K-9, then west on State Hwy K-
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junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-24, then west on Federal Hwy U.S.-24 to 
its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-181, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-
181 to its junction with State Hwy K-18, then west on State Hwy K-18 to 
its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-
281 to its junction with State Hwy K-4, then east on State Hwy K-4 to 
its junction with interstate Hwy I-135, then south on interstate Hwy I-
135 to its junction with State Hwy K-61, then southwest on State Hwy K-
61 to its junction with McPherson County 14th Avenue, then south on 
McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with McPherson County 
Arapaho Road, then west on McPherson County Arapaho Road to its 
junction with State Hwy K-61, then southwest on State Hwy K-61 to its 
junction with State Hwy K-96, then northwest on State Hwy K-96 to its 
junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-56, then southwest on Federal Hwy U.S.-
56 to its junction with State Hwy K-19, then east on State Hwy K-19 to 
its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-
281 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-54, then west on Federal Hwy 
U.S.-54 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-183, then north on 
Federal Hwy U.S.-183 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-56, then 
southwest on Federal Hwy U.S.-56 to its junction with North Main Street 
in Spearville, then south on North Main Street to Davis Street, then 
east on Davis Street to Ford County Road 126 (South Stafford Street), 
then south on Ford County Road 126 to Garnett Road, then east on 
Garnett Road to Ford County Road 126, then south on Ford County Road 
126 to Ford Spearville Road, then west on Ford Spearville Road to its 
junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-400, then northwest on Federal Hwy U.S.-
400 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-283, and then north on 
Federal Hwy U.S.-283 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-96.
    Low Plains Late Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line from 
the Federal Hwy U.S.-283 and State Hwy 96 junction, then north on 
Federal Hwy U.S.-283 to the Kansas-Nebraska State line, then east along 
the Kansas-Nebraska State line to its junction with the Kansas-Missouri 
State line, then southeast along the Kansas-Missouri State line to its 
junction with State Hwy K-68, then west on State Hwy K-68 to its 
junction with interstate Hwy I-35, then southwest on interstate Hwy I-
35 to its junction with Butler County NE 150th Street, then west on 
Butler County NE 150th Street to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-77, 
then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-77 to its junction with the Kansas-
Oklahoma State line, then west along the Kansas-Oklahoma State line to 
its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-283, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-
283 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-400, then east on Federal Hwy 
U.S.-400 to its junction with Ford Spearville Road, then east on Ford 
Spearville Road to Ford County Road 126 (South Stafford Street), then 
north on Ford County Road 126 to Garnett Road, then west on Garnett 
Road to Ford County Road 126, then north on Ford County Road 126 to 
Davis Street, then west on Davis Street to North Main Street, then 
north on North Main Street to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-56, 
then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-56 to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-
183, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-183 to its junction with Federal 
Hwy U.S.-54, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-54 to its junction with 
Federal Hwy U.S.-281, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its 
junction with State Hwy K-19, then west on State Hwy K-19 to its 
junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-56, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-56 to 
its junction with State Hwy K-96, then southeast on State Hwy K-96 to 
its junction with State Hwy K-61, then northeast on State Hwy K-61 to 
its junction with McPherson County Arapaho Road, then east on McPherson 
County Arapaho Road to its junction with McPherson County 14th Avenue, 
then north on McPherson County 14th Avenue to its junction with State 
Hwy K-61, then east on State Hwy K-61 to its junction with interstate 
Hwy I-135, then north on interstate Hwy I-135 to its junction with 
State Hwy K-4, then west on State Hwy K-4 to its junction with Federal 
Hwy U.S.-281, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with 
State Hwy K-18, then east on State Hwy K-18 to its junction with 
Federal Hwy U.S.-181, then north on Federal Hwy U.S.-181 to its 
junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-24, then east on Federal Hwy U.S.-24 to 
its junction with State Hwy K-9, then east on State Hwy K-9 to its 
junction with Cloud County 40th Road, then north on Cloud County 40th 
Road to its junction with Republic County 50th Road, then north on 
Republic County 50th Road to its junction with State Hwy K-148, then 
west on State Hwy K-148 to its junction with Republic County 30th Road, 
then north on Republic County 30th Road to its junction with State Hwy 
K-199, then north on State Hwy K-199 to its junction with Federal Hwy 
U.S.-36, then west on Federal Hwy U.S.-36 to its junction with Federal 
Hwy U.S.-281, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-281 to its junction with 
Federal Hwy U.S.-24, then west on Federal Hwy U.S.-24 to its junction 
with Federal Hwy U.S.-183, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-183 to its 
junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-96, and then west on Federal Hwy U.S.-96 
to its junction with Federal Hwy U.S.-283.
    Low Plains Southeast Zone: That part of Kansas bounded by a line 
from the Missouri-Kansas State line west on K-68 to its junction with 
I-35, then southwest on I-35 to its junction with Butler County, NE 
150th Street, then west on NE 150th Street to its junction with Federal 
Hwy U.S.-77, then south on Federal Hwy U.S.-77 to the Oklahoma-Kansas 
State line, then east along the Kansas-Oklahoma State line to its 
junction with the Kansas-Missouri State line, then north along the 
KansasMissouri State line to its junction with State Hwy K-68.
Montana (Central Flyway Portion)
    Zone 1: The Counties of Blaine, Carter, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, 
Fergus, Garfield, Golden Valley, Judith Basin, McCone, Musselshell, 
Petroleum, Phillips, Powder River, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, 
Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Valley, Wheatland, and Wibaux.
    Zone 2: The Counties of Big Horn, Carbon, Custer, Prairie, Rosebud, 
Treasure, and Yellowstone.
Nebraska
    High Plains: That portion of Nebraska lying west of a line 
beginning at the South Dakota-Nebraska border on U.S. Hwy 183; south on 
U.S. Hwy 183 to U.S. Hwy 20; west on U.S. Hwy 20 to NE Hwy 7; south on 
NE Hwy 7 to NE Hwy 91; southwest on NE Hwy 91 to NE Hwy 2; southeast on 
NE Hwy 2 to NE Hwy 92; west on NE Hwy 92 to NE Hwy 40; south on NE Hwy 
40 to NE Hwy 47; south on NE Hwy 47 to NE Hwy 23; east on NE Hwy 23 to 
U.S. Hwy 283; and south on U.S. Hwy 283 to the Kansas-Nebraska border.
    Zone 1: Area bounded by designated Federal and State highways and 
political boundaries beginning at the South Dakota-Nebraska border at 
U.S. Hwy 183; south along Hwy 183 to NE Hwy 12; east to NE Hwy 137; 
south to U.S. Hwy 20; east to U.S. Hwy 281; north to the Niobrara 
River; east along the Niobrara River to the Boyd County Line; north 
along the Boyd County line to NE Hwy 12; east to NE 26E Spur; north 
along the NE 26E Spur to the Ponca State Park boat ramp; north and west 
along the Missouri River to the Nebraska-South Dakota border; west 
along the Nebraska-South Dakota border to U.S. Hwy 183. Both banks of 
the Niobrara River in Keya Paha and Boyd counties east of U.S. Hwy 183 
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    Zone 2: Those areas of the state that are not contained in Zones 1, 
3, or 4.
    Zone 3: Area bounded by designated Federal and State highways, 
County Roads, and political boundaries beginning at the Wyoming-
Nebraska border at its northernmost intersection with the Interstate 
Canal; southeast along the Interstate Canal to the northern border of 
Scotts Bluff County; east along northern borders of Scotts Bluff and 
Morrill Counties to Morrill County Road 125; south to Morrill County Rd 
94; east to County Rd 135; south to County Rd 88; east to County Rd 
147; south to County Rd 88; southeast to County Rd 86; east to County 
Rd 151; south to County Rd 80; east to County Rd 161; south to County 
Rd 76; east to County Rd 165; south to County Rd 167; south to U.S. Hwy 
26; east to County Rd 171; north to County Rd 68; east to County Rd 
183; south to County Rd 64; east to County Rd 189; north to County Rd 
70; east to County Rd 201; south to County Rd 60A; east to County Rd 
203; south to County Rd 52; east to Keith County Line; north along the 
Keith County line to the northern border of Keith County; east along 
the northern boundaries of Keith and Lincoln Counties to NE Hwy 97; 
south to U.S. Hwy 83; south to E Hall School Rd; east to North Airport 
Road; south to U.S. Hwy 30; east to NE Hwy 47; south to NE Hwy 23; east 
on NE Hwy 23 to U.S. Hwy 283; south on U.S. Hwy 283 to the Kansas-
Nebraska border; west along Kansas-Nebraska border to the Nebraska-
Colorado border; north and west to the Wyoming-Nebraska border; north 
along the Wyoming-Nebraska border to its northernmost-intersection with 
the Interstate Canal.
    Zone 4: Area encompassed by designated Federal and State highways 
and County Roads beginning at the intersection of U.S. Hwy 283 at the 
Kansas-Nebraska border; north to NE Hwy 23; west to NE Hwy 47; north to 
Dawson County Rd 769; east to County Rd 423; south to County Rd 766; 
east to County Rd 428; south to County Rd 763; east to NE Hwy 21; south 
to County Rd 761; east on County Rd 761 to County Road 437; south to 
the Dawson County Canal; southeast along Dawson County Canal; east to 
County Rd 444; south to U.S. Hwy 30; east to U.S. Hwy 183; north to 
Buffalo County Rd 100; east to 46th Ave.; north to NE Hwy 40; east to 
NE Hwy 10; north to County Rd 220 and Hall County Husker Highway; east 
to Hall County S 70th Rd; north to NE Hwy 2; east to U.S. Hwy 281; 
north to Chapman Rd; east to 7th Rd; south to U.S. Hwy 30; north and 
east to NE Hwy 14; south to County Rd 22; west to County Rd M; south to 
County Rd 21; west to County Rd K; south to U.S. Hwy 34; west to NE Hwy 
2; south to U.S. Hwy I-80; west to Gunbarrel Rd (Hall/Hamilton county 
line); south to Giltner Rd; west to U.S. Hwy 281; south to W 82nd St; 
west to Holstein Ave.; south to U.S. Hwy 34; west to NE Hwy 10; north 
to Kearney County Rd R and Phelps County Rd 742; west to Gosper County 
Rd 433; south to N Railway Street; west to Commercial Ave.; south to NE 
Hwy 23; west to Gosper County Rd 427; south to Gosper County Rd 737; 
west to Gosper County Rd 426; south to Gosper County Rd 735; east to 
Gosper County Rd 427; south to Furnas County Rd 276; west to Furnas 
County Rd 425.5/425; south to U.S. Hwy 34; east to NE Hwy 4; east to NE 
Hwy 10; south to U.S. Hwy 136; east to NE Hwy 14; south to NE Hwy 8; 
east to U.S. Hwy 81; north to NE Hwy 4; east to NE Hwy 15; north to 
U.S. Hwy 6; east to NE Hwy 33; east to SW 142 Street; south to W. 
Hallam Rd; east to SW 100 Rd; south to W. Chestnut Rd; west to NE Hwy 
103; south to NE Hwy 4; west to NE Hwy 15; south to U.S. Hwy 136; east 
to Jefferson County Rd 578 Ave.; south to PWF Rd; east to NE Hwy 103; 
south to NE Hwy 8; east to U.S. Hwy 75; north to U.S. Hwy 136; east to 
the intersection of U.S. Hwy 136 and the Steamboat Trace (Trace); north 
along the Trace to the intersection with Federal Levee R-562; north 
along Federal Levee R-562 to the intersection with Nemaha County Rd 
643A; south to the Trace; north along the Trace/Burlington Northern 
Railroad right-of-way to NE Hwy 2; west to U.S. Hwy 75; north to NE Hwy 
2; west to NE Hwy 50; north to Otoe County Rd D; east to N 32nd Rd; 
north to Otoe County Rd B; west to NE Hwy 50; north to U.S. Hwy 34; 
west to NE Hwy 63; north to NE Hwy 66; north and west to U.S. Hwy 77; 
north to NE Hwy 109; west along NE Hwy 109 and Saunders County Rd X to 
Saunders County 19; south to NE Hwy 92; west to NE Hwy Spur 12F; south 
to Butler County Rd 30; east to County Rd X; south to County Rd 27; 
west to County Rd W; south to County Rd 26; east to County Rd X; south 
to County Rd 21 (Seward County Line); west to NE Hwy 15; north to 
County Rd 34; west to County Rd H; south to NE Hwy 92; west to U.S. Hwy 
81; south to NE Hwy 66; west to Dark Island Trail, north to Merrick 
County Rd M; east to Merrick County Rd 18; north to NE Hwy 92; west to 
NE Hwy 14; north to NE Hwy 52; west and north to NE Hwy 91; west to 
U.S. Hwy 281; south to NE Hwy 58; west to NE Hwy 11; west and south to 
NE Hwy 2; west to NE Hwy 68; north to NE Hwy L82A; west to NE Hwy 10; 
north to NE Hwy 92; west to U.S. Hwy 183; north to Round Valley Rd; 
west to Sargent River Rd; west to Sargent Rd; west to NE Hwy S21A; west 
to NE Hwy 2; north to NE Hwy 91 to North Loup Spur Rd; north to North 
Loup River Rd; north and east along to Pleasant Valley/Worth Rd; east 
to Loup County Line; north along the Loup County Line to Loup-Brown 
County line; east along northern boundaries of Loup and Garfield 
Counties to NE Hwy 11; south to Cedar River Road; east and south to NE 
Hwy 70; east to U.S. Hwy 281; north to NE Hwy 70; east to NE Hwy 14; 
south to NE Hwy 39; southeast to NE Hwy 22; east to U.S. Hwy 81; 
southeast to U.S. Hwy 30; east to the Iowa-Nebraska border; south to 
the Missouri-Nebraska border; south to Kansas-Nebraska border; west 
along Kansas-Nebraska border to U.S. Hwy 283.
New Mexico (Central Flyway Portion)
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of I-40 and U.S. 54.
    South Zone: The remainder of New Mexico.
North Dakota
    High Plains: That portion of the State south and west of a line 
beginning at the junction of U.S. Hwy 83 and the South Dakota State 
line, then north along U.S. Hwy 83 and I-94 to ND Hwy 41, then north on 
ND Hwy 41 to ND Hwy 53, then west on ND Hwy 53 to U.S. Hwy 83, then 
north on U.S. Hwy 83 to U.S. Hwy 2, then west on U.S. Hwy 2 to the 
Williams County line, then north and west along the Williams and Divide 
County lines to the Canadian border.
    Low Plains: The remainder of North Dakota.
Oklahoma
    High Plains: The Counties of Beaver, Cimarron, and Texas.
    Low Plains Zone 1: That portion of the State east of the High 
Plains Zone and north of a line extending east from the Texas State 
line along OK 33 to OK 47, east along OK 47 to U.S. 183, south along 
U.S. 183 to I-40, east along I-40 to U.S. 177, north along U.S. 177 to 
OK 33, east along OK 33 to OK 18, north along OK 18 to OK 51, west 
along OK 51 to I-35, north along I-35 to U.S. 412, west along U.S. 412 
to OK 132, then north along OK 132 to the Kansas State line.
    Low Plains Zone 2: The remainder of Oklahoma.
South Dakota
    High Plains: That portion of the State west of a line beginning at 
the North Dakota State line and extending south along U.S. 83 to U.S. 
14, east on U.S. 14 to Blunt, south on the Blunt-Canning Road to SD 34, 
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to SD 50 at Lee's Corner, south on SD 50 to I-90, east on I-90 to SD 
50, south on SD 50 to SD 44, west on SD 44 across the Platte-Winner 
bridge to SD 47, south on SD 47 to U.S. 18, east on U.S. 18 to SD 47, 
south on SD 47 to the Nebraska State line.
    Low Plains North Zone: That portion of northeastern South Dakota 
east of the High Plains Unit and north of a line extending east along 
U.S. 212 to the Minnesota State line.
    Low Plains South Zone: That portion of Gregory County east of SD 47 
and south of SD 44; Charles Mix County south of SD 44 to the Douglas 
County line; south on SD 50 to Geddes; east on the Geddes Highway to 
U.S. 281; south on U.S. 281 and U.S. 18 to SD 50; south and east on SD 
50 to the Bon Homme County line; the Counties of Bon Homme, Yankton, 
and Clay south of SD 50; and Union County south and west of SD 50 and 
I-29.
    Low Plains Middle Zone: The remainder of South Dakota.
Texas
    High Plains: That portion of the State west of a line extending 
south from the Oklahoma State line along U.S. 183 to Vernon, south 
along U.S. 283 to Albany, south along TX 6 to TX 351 to Abilene, south 
along U.S. 277 to Del Rio, then south along the Del Rio International 
Toll Bridge access road to the Mexico border.
    Low Plains North Zone: That portion of northeastern Texas east of 
the High Plains Zone and north of a line beginning at the International 
Toll Bridge south of Del Rio, then extending east on U.S. 90 to San 
Antonio, then continuing east on I-10 to the Louisiana State line at 
Orange, Texas.
    Low Plains South Zone: The remainder of Texas.
Wyoming (Central Flyway portion)
    Zone C1: Big Horn, Converse, Goshen, Hot Springs, Natrona, Park, 
Platte, and Washakie Counties; and Fremont County excluding the 
portions west or south of the Continental Divide.
    Zone C2: Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan, and Weston 
Counties.
    Zone C3: Albany and Laramie Counties; and that portion of Carbon 
County east of the Continental Divide.
Pacific Flyway
Arizona
    North Zone: Game Management Units 1-5, those portions of Game 
Management Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County, and Game Management 
Units 7, 9, and 12A.
    South Zone: Those portions of Game Management Units 6 and 8 in 
Yavapai County, and Game Management Units 10 and 12B-45.
California
    Northeastern Zone: That portion of California lying east and north 
of a line beginning at the intersection of Interstate 5 with the 
California-Oregon line; south along Interstate 5 to its junction with 
Walters Lane south of the town of Yreka; west along Walters Lane to its 
junction with Easy Street; south along Easy Street to the junction with 
Old Highway 99; south along Old Highway 99 to the point of intersection 
with Interstate 5 north of the town of Weed; south along Interstate 5 
to its junction with Highway 89; east and south along Highway 89 to 
Main Street Greenville; north and east to its junction with North 
Valley Road; south to its junction of Diamond Mountain Road; north and 
east to its junction with North Arm Road; south and west to the 
junction of North Valley Road; south to the junction with Arlington 
Road (A22); west to the junction of Highway 89; south and west to the 
junction of Highway 70; east on Highway 70 to Highway 395; south and 
east on Highway 395 to the point of intersection with the California-
Nevada State line; north along the California-Nevada State line to the 
junction of the California-Nevada Oregon State lines; west along the 
California-Oregon State line to the point of origin.
    Colorado River Zone: Those portions of San Bernardino, Riverside, 
and Imperial Counties east of a line from the intersection of Highway 
95 with the California-Nevada State line; south on Highway 95 through 
the junction with Highway 40; south on Highway 95 to Vidal Junction; 
south through the town of Rice to the San Bernardino-Riverside County 
line on a road known as ``Aqueduct Road'' also known as Highway 62 in 
San Bernardino County; southwest on Highway 62 to Desert Center Rice 
Road; south on Desert Center Rice Road/Highway 177 to the town of 
Desert Center; east 31 miles on Interstate 10 to its intersection with 
Wiley Well Road; south on Wiley Well Road to Wiley Well; southeast on 
Milpitas Wash Road to the Blythe, Brawley, Davis Lake intersections; 
south on Blythe Ogilby Road also known as County Highway 34 to its 
intersection with Ogilby Road; south on Ogilby Road to its intersection 
with Interstate 8; east 7 miles on Interstate 8 to its intersection 
with the Andrade-Algodones Road/Highway 186; south on Highway 186 to 
its intersection with the U.S.-Mexico border at Los Algodones, Mexico.
    Southern Zone: That portion of southern California (but excluding 
the Colorado River zone) south and east of a line beginning at the 
mouth of the Santa Maria River at the Pacific Ocean; east along the 
Santa Maria River to where it crosses Highway 101-166 near the City of 
Santa Maria; north on Highway 101-166; east on Highway 166 to the 
junction with Highway 99; south on Highway 99 to the junction of 
Interstate 5; south on Interstate 5 to the crest of the Tehachapi 
Mountains at Tejon Pass; east and north along the crest of the 
Tehachapi Mountains to where it intersects Highway 178 at Walker Pass; 
east on Highway 178 to the junction of Highway 395 at the town of 
Inyokern; south on Highway 395 to the junction of Highway 58; east on 
Highway 58 to the junction of Interstate 15; east on Interstate 15 to 
the junction with Highway 127; north on Highway 127 to the point of 
intersection with the California-Nevada State line.
    Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone: All of Kings and Tulare Counties 
and that portion of Kern County north of the Southern Zone.
    Balance of State Zone: The remainder of California not included in 
the Northeastern, Colorado River, Southern, and the Southern San 
Joaquin Valley Zones.
Colorado (Pacific Flyway Portion)
    Eastern Zone: Routt, Grand, Summit, Eagle, and Pitkin Counties, 
those portions of Saguache, San Juan, Hinsdale, and Mineral Counties 
west of the Continental Divide, those portions of Gunnison County 
except the North Fork of the Gunnison River Valley (Game Management 
Units 521, 53, and 63), and that portion of Moffat County east of the 
northern intersection of Moffat County Road 29 with the Moffat-Routt 
County line, south along Moffat County Road 29 to the intersection of 
Moffat County Road 29 with the Moffat-Routt County line (Elkhead 
Reservoir State Park).
    Western Zone: All areas west of the Continental Divide not included 
in the Eastern Zone.
Idaho
    Zone 1: All lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian 
Reservation, including private in-holdings; Bannock County; Bingham 
County except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; 
Caribou County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power 
County east of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39.
    Zone 2: Bear Lake, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, 
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the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County except within the 
Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
    Zone 3: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, 
Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Gem, 
Gooding, Idaho, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, 
Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Shoshone, Twin Falls, and 
Washington Counties; and Power County west of State Highway 37 and 
State Highway 39.
    Zone 4: Valley County.
Nevada
    Northeast Zone: Elko, Eureka, Lander, and White Pine Counties.
    Northwest Zone: Carson City, Churchill, Douglas, Humboldt, Lyon, 
Mineral, Pershing, Storey, and Washoe Counties.
    South Zone: Clark, Esmeralda, Lincoln, and Nye Counties.
    Moapa Valley Special Management Area: That portion of Clark County 
including the Moapa Valley to the confluence of the Muddy and Virgin 
Rivers.
Oregon
    Zone 1: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, 
Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, 
Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wasco, 
Washington, and Yamhill, Counties.
    Zone 2: The remainder of Oregon not included in Zone 1.
Utah
    Zone 1: Box Elder, Cache, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Morgan, Rich, 
Salt Lake, Summit, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, and Weber Counties, and that 
part of Toole County north of I-80.
    Zone 2: The remainder of Utah not included in Zone 1.
Washington
    East Zone: All areas east of the Pacific Crest Trail and east of 
the Big White Salmon River in Klickitat County.
    West Zone: The remainder of Washington not included in the East 
Zone.
Wyoming (Pacific Flyway Portion)
    Snake River Zone: Beginning at the south boundary of Yellowstone 
National Park and the Continental Divide; south along the Continental 
Divide to Union Pass and the Union Pass Road (U.S.F.S. Road 600); west 
and south along the Union Pass Road to U.S.F.S. Road 605; south along 
U.S.F.S. Road 605 to the Bridger-Teton National Forest boundary; along 
the national forest boundary to the Idaho State line; north along the 
Idaho State line to the south boundary of Yellowstone National Park; 
east along the Yellowstone National Park boundary to the Continental 
Divide.
    Balance of State Zone: The remainder of the Pacific Flyway portion 
of Wyoming not included in the Snake River Zone.

Geese

Atlantic Flyway
Connecticut
Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons
    South Zone: Same as for ducks.
    North Zone: Same as for ducks.
Regular Seasons
    AP Unit: Litchfield County and the portion of Hartford County west 
of a line beginning at the Massachusetts border in Suffield and 
extending south along Route 159 to its intersection with I-91 in 
Hartford, and then extending south along I-91 to its intersection with 
the Hartford-Middlesex County line.
    NAP H-Unit: That part of the State east of a line beginning at the 
Massachusetts border in Suffield and extending south along Route 159 to 
its intersection with I-91 in Hartford and then extending south along 
I-91 to State Street in New Haven; then south on State Street to Route 
34, west on Route 34 to Route 8, south along Route 8 to Route 110, 
south along Route 110 to Route 15, north along Route 15 to the Milford 
Parkway, south along the Milford Parkway to I-95, north along I-95 to 
the intersection with the east shore of the Quinnipiac River, south to 
the mouth of the Quinnipiac River and then south along the eastern 
shore of New Haven Harbor to the Long Island Sound.
    Atlantic Flyway Resident Population (AFRP) Unit: Remainder of the 
State not included in AP and NAP Units.
    South Zone: Same as for ducks.
Maine
    North NAP-H Zone: Same as North Zone for ducks.
    Coastal NAP-L Zone: Same as Coastal Zone for ducks.
    South NAP-H Zone: Same as South Zone for ducks.
Maryland
Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons
    Eastern Unit: Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Harford, Kent, 
Queen Anne's, St. Mary's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester 
Counties; and that part of Anne Arundel County east of Interstate 895, 
Interstate 97, and Route 3; that part of Prince George's County east of 
Route 3 and Route 301; and that part of Charles County east of Route 
301 to the Virginia State line.
    Western Unit: Allegany, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, 
Howard, Montgomery, and Washington Counties and that part of Anne 
Arundel County west of Interstate 895, Interstate 97, and Route 3; that 
part of Prince George's County west of Route 3 and Route 301; and that 
part of Charles County west of Route 301 to the Virginia State line.
Regular Seasons
    Resident Population (RP) Zone: Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, 
Montgomery, and Washington Counties; that portion of Prince George's 
County west of Route 3 and Route 301; that portion of Charles County 
west of Route 301 to the Virginia State line; and that portion of 
Carroll County west of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and 
west of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania State line.
    AP Zone: Remainder of the State.
Massachusetts
    NAP Zone: Central and Coastal Zones (see duck zones).
    AP Zone: The Western Zone (see duck zones).
    Special Late Season Area: The Central Zone and that portion of the 
Coastal Zone (see duck zones) that lies north of the Cape Cod Canal, 
north to the New Hampshire State line.
New Hampshire
    Same zones as for ducks.
New Jersey
    AP Zone: North and South Zones (see duck zones).
    NAP Zone: The Coastal Zone (see duck zones).
    Special Late Season Area: In northern New Jersey, that portion of 
the State within a continuous line that runs east along the New York 
State boundary line to the Hudson River; then south along the New York 
State boundary to its intersection with Route 440 at Perth Amboy; then 
west on Route 440 to its intersection with Route 287; then west along 
Route 287 to its intersection with Route 206 in Bedminster (Exit 18); 
then north along Route 206 to its intersection with Route 94; then west 
along Route 94 to the toll bridge in Columbia; then north along the 
Pennsylvania State boundary in the Delaware River to the beginning 
point. In southern New Jersey, that portion of the State within a 
continuous line that runs west from the Atlantic Ocean at Ship Bottom 
along Route 72 to Route 70; then west along Route 70 to Route 206; then 
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Route 206 to Route 536; then west along Route 536 to Route 322; then 
west along Route 322 to Route 55; then south along Route 55 to Route 
553 (Buck Road); then south along Route 553 to Route 40; then east 
along Route 40 to route 55; then south along Route 55 to Route 552 
(Sherman Avenue); then west along Route 552 to Carmel Road; then south 
along Carmel Road to Route 49; then east along Route 49 to Route 555; 
then south along Route 555 to Route 553; then east along Route 553 to 
Route 649; then north along Route 649 to Route 670; then east along 
Route 670 to Route 47; then north along Route 47 to Route 548; then 
east along Route 548 to Route 49; then east along Route 49 to Route 50; 
then south along Route 50 to Route 9; then south along Route 9 to Route 
625 (Sea Isle City Boulevard); then east along Route 625 to the 
Atlantic Ocean; then north to the beginning point.
New York
    Lake Champlain Goose Area: The same as the Lake Champlain Waterfowl 
Hunting Zone, which is that area of New York State lying east and north 
of a continuous line extending along Route 11 from the New York-Canada 
international boundary south to Route 9B, south along Route 9B to Route 
9, south along Route 9 to Route 22 south of Keeseville, south along 
Route 22 to the west shore of South Bay along and around the shoreline 
of South Bay to Route 22 on the east shore of South Bay, southeast 
along Route 22 to Route 4, northeast along Route 4 to the New York-
Vermont boundary.
    Northeast Goose Area: The same as the Northeastern Waterfowl 
Hunting Zone, which is that area of New York State lying north of a 
continuous line extending from Lake Ontario east along the north shore 
of the Salmon River to Interstate 81, south along Interstate 81 to 
Route 31, east along Route 31 to Route 13, north along Route 13 to 
Route 49, east along Route 49 to Route 365, east along Route 365 to 
Route 28, east along Route 28 to Route 29, east along Route 29 to Route 
22 at Greenwich Junction, north along Route 22 to Washington County 
Route 153, east along CR 153 to the New York-Vermont boundary, 
exclusive of the Lake Champlain Zone.
    East Central Goose Area: That area of New York State lying inside 
of a continuous line extending from Interstate Route 81 in Cicero, east 
along Route 31 to Route 13, north along Route 13 to Route 49, east 
along Route 49 to Route 365, east along Route 365 to Route 28, east 
along Route 28 to Route 29, east along Route 29 to Route 147 at Kimball 
Corners, south along Route 147 to Schenectady County Route 40 (West 
Glenville Road), west along Route 40 to Touareuna Road, south along 
Touareuna Road to Schenectady County Route 59, south along Route 59 to 
State Route 5, east along Route 5 to the Lock 9 bridge, southwest along 
the Lock 9 bridge to Route 5S, southeast along Route 5S to Schenectady 
County Route 58, southwest along Route 58 to the NYS Thruway, south 
along the Thruway to Route 7, southwest along Route 7 to Schenectady 
County Route 103, south along Route 103 to Route 406, east along Route 
406 to Schenectady County Route 99 (Windy Hill Road), south along Route 
99 to Dunnsville Road, south along Dunnsville Road to Route 397, 
southwest along Route 397 to Route 146 at Altamont, west along Route 
146 to Albany County Route 252, northwest along Route 252 to 
Schenectady County Route 131, north along Route 131 to Route 7, west 
along Route 7 to Route 10 at Richmondville, south on Route 10 to Route 
23 at Stamford, west along Route 23 to Route 7 in Oneonta, southwest 
along Route 7 to Route 79 to Interstate Route 88 near Harpursville, 
west along Route 88 to Interstate Route 81, north along Route 81 to the 
point of beginning.
    West Central Goose Area: That area of New York State lying within a 
continuous line beginning at the point where the northerly extension of 
Route 269 (County Line Road on the Niagara-Orleans County boundary) 
meets the international boundary with Canada, south to the shore of 
Lake Ontario at the eastern boundary of Golden Hill State Park, south 
along the extension of Route 269 and Route 269 to Route 104 at Jeddo, 
west along Route 104 to Niagara County Route 271, south along Route 271 
to Route 31E at Middleport, south along Route 31E to Route 31, west 
along Route 31 to Griswold Street, south along Griswold Street to Ditch 
Road, south along Ditch Road to Foot Road, south along Foot Road to the 
north bank of Tonawanda Creek, west along the north bank of Tonawanda 
Creek to Route 93, south along Route 93 to Route 5, east along Route 5 
to Crittenden-Murrays Corners Road, south on Crittenden-Murrays Corners 
Road to the NYS Thruway, east along the Thruway 90 to Route 98 (at 
Thruway Exit 48) in Batavia, south along Route 98 to Route 20, east 
along Route 20 to Route 19 in Pavilion Center, south along Route 19 to 
Route 63, southeast along Route 63 to Route 246, south along Route 246 
to Route 39 in Perry, northeast along Route 39 to Route 20A, northeast 
along Route 20A to Route 20, east along Route 20 to Route 364 (near 
Canandaigua), south and east along Route 364 to Yates County Route 18 
(Italy Valley Road), southwest along Route 18 to Yates County Route 34, 
east along Route 34 to Yates County Route 32, south along Route 32 to 
Steuben County Route 122, south along Route 122 to Route 53, south 
along Route 53 to Steuben County Route 74, east along Route 74 to Route 
54A (near Pulteney), south along Route 54A to Steuben County Route 87, 
east along Route 87 to Steuben County Route 96, east along Route 96 to 
Steuben County Route 114, east along Route 114 to Schuyler County Route 
23, east and southeast along Route 23 to Schuyler County Route 28, 
southeast along Route 28 to Route 409 at Watkins Glen, south along 
Route 409 to Route 14, south along Route 14 to Route 224 at Montour 
Falls, east along Route 224 to Route 228 in Odessa, north along Route 
228 to Route 79 in Mecklenburg, east along Route 79 to Route 366 in 
Ithaca, northeast along Route 366 to Route 13, northeast along Route 13 
to Interstate Route 81 in Cortland, north along Route 81 to the north 
shore of the Salmon River to shore of Lake Ontario, extending generally 
northwest in a straight line to the nearest point of the international 
boundary with Canada, south and west along the international boundary 
to the point of beginning.
    Hudson Valley Goose Area: That area of New York State lying within 
a continuous line extending from Route 4 at the New York-Vermont 
boundary, west and south along Route 4 to Route 149 at Fort Ann, west 
on Route 149 to Route 9, south along Route 9 to Interstate Route 87 (at 
Exit 20 in Glens Falls), south along Route 87 to Route 29, west along 
Route 29 to Route 147 at Kimball Corners, south along Route 147 to 
Schenectady County Route 40 (West Glenville Road), west along Route 40 
to Touareuna Road, south along Touareuna Road to Schenectady County 
Route 59, south along Route 59 to State Route 5, east along Route 5 to 
the Lock 9 bridge, southwest along the Lock 9 bridge to Route 5S, 
southeast along Route 5S to Schenectady County Route 58, southwest 
along Route 58 to the NYS Thruway, south along the Thruway to Route 7, 
southwest along Route 7 to Schenectady County Route 103, south along 
Route 103 to Route 406, east along Route 406 to Schenectady County 
Route 99 (Windy Hill Road), south along Route 99 to Dunnsville Road, 
south along Dunnsville Road to Route 397, southwest along Route 397 to 
Route 146 at Altamont, southeast along Route 146 to Main Street in 
Altamont, west along Main Street to Route 156, southeast along Route 
156 to Albany County Route 307, southeast along Route 307 to

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Route 85A, southwest along Route 85A to Route 85, south along Route 85 
to Route 443, southeast along Route 443 to Albany County Route 301 at 
Clarksville, southeast along Route 301 to Route 32, south along Route 
32 to Route 23 at Cairo, west along Route 23 to Joseph Chadderdon Road, 
southeast along Joseph Chadderdon Road to Hearts Content Road (Greene 
County Route 31), southeast along Route 31 to Route 32, south along 
Route 32 to Greene County Route 23A, east along Route 23A to Interstate 
Route 87 (the NYS Thruway), south along Route 87 to Route 28 (Exit 19) 
near Kingston, northwest on Route 28 to Route 209, southwest on Route 
209 to the New York-Pennsylvania boundary, southeast along the New 
York-Pennsylvania boundary to the New York-New Jersey boundary, 
southeast along the New York-New Jersey boundary to Route 210 near 
Greenwood Lake, northeast along Route 210 to Orange County Route 5, 
northeast along Orange County Route 5 to Route 105 in the Village of 
Monroe, east and north along Route 105 to Route 32, northeast along 
Route 32 to Orange County Route 107 (Quaker Avenue), east along Route 
107 to Route 9W, north along Route 9W to the south bank of Moodna 
Creek, southeast along the south bank of Moodna Creek to the New 
Windsor-Cornwall town boundary, northeast along the New Windsor-
Cornwall town boundary to the Orange-Dutchess County boundary (middle 
of the Hudson River), north along the county boundary to Interstate 
Route 84, east along Route 84 to the Dutchess-Putnam County boundary, 
east along the county boundary to the New York-Connecticut boundary, 
north along the New York-Connecticut boundary to the New York-
Massachusetts boundary, north along the New York-Massachusetts boundary 
to the New York-Vermont boundary, north to the point of beginning.
    Eastern Long Island Goose Area (NAP High Harvest Area): That area 
of Suffolk County lying east of a continuous line extending due south 
from the New York-Connecticut boundary to the northernmost end of 
Roanoke Avenue in the Town of Riverhead; then south on Roanoke Avenue 
(which becomes County Route 73) to State Route 25; then west on Route 
25 to Peconic Avenue; then south on Peconic Avenue to County Route (CR) 
104 (Riverleigh Avenue); then south on CR 104 to CR 31 (Old Riverhead 
Road); then south on CR 31 to Oak Street; then south on Oak Street to 
Potunk Lane; then west on Stevens Lane; then south on Jessup Avenue (in 
Westhampton Beach) to Dune Road (CR 89); then due south to 
international waters.
    Western Long Island Goose Area (RP Area): That area of Westchester 
County and its tidal waters southeast of Interstate Route 95 and that 
area of Nassau and Suffolk Counties lying west of a continuous line 
extending due south from the New York-Connecticut boundary to the 
northernmost end of Sound Road (just east of Wading River Marsh); then 
south on Sound Road to North Country Road; then west on North Country 
Road to Randall Road; then south on Randall Road to Route 25A, then 
west on Route 25A to the Sunken Meadow State Parkway; then south on the 
Sunken Meadow Parkway to the Sagtikos State Parkway; then south on the 
Sagtikos Parkway to the Robert Moses State Parkway; then south on the 
Robert Moses Parkway to its southernmost end; then due south to 
international waters.
    Central Long Island Goose Area (NAP Low Harvest Area): That area of 
Suffolk County lying between the Western and Eastern Long Island Goose 
Areas, as defined above.
    South Goose Area: The remainder of New York State, excluding New 
York City.
North Carolina
    Northeast Zone: Includes the following counties or portions of 
counties: Bertie (that portion north and east of a line formed by NC 45 
at the Washington County line to U.S. 17 in Midway, U.S. 17 in Midway 
to U.S. 13 in Windsor, U.S. 13 in Windsor to the Hertford County line), 
Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Hyde, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, 
and Washington.
    RP Zone: Remainder of the State.
Pennsylvania
    Resident Canada and Cackling Goose Zone: All of Pennsylvania except 
for the SJBP Zone and the area east of route SR 97 from the Maryland 
State Line to the intersection of SR 194, east of SR 194 to the 
intersection of U.S. Route 30, south of U.S. Route 30 to SR 441, east 
of SR 441 to SR 743, east of SR 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-
81 to intersection of I-80, and south of I-80 to the New Jersey State 
line.
    SJBP Zone: The area north of I-80 and west of I-79 including in the 
city of Erie west of Bay Front Parkway to and including the Lake Erie 
Duck zone (Lake Erie, Presque Isle, and the area within 150 yards of 
the Lake Erie shoreline).
    AP Zone: The area east of route SR 97 from Maryland State Line to 
the intersection of SR 194, east of SR 194 to intersection of U.S. 
Route 30, south of U.S. Route 30 to SR 441, east of SR 441 to SR 743, 
east of SR 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-81 to intersection of 
I-80, south of I-80 to the New Jersey State line.
Rhode Island
    Special Area for Canada and Cackling Geese: Kent and Providence 
Counties and portions of the towns of Exeter and North Kingston within 
Washington County (see State regulations for detailed descriptions).
South Carolina
    Canada and Cackling Goose Area: Statewide except for the following 
area:
    East of U.S. 301: That portion of Clarendon County bounded to the 
North by S-14-25, to the East by Hwy 260, and to the South by the 
markers delineating the channel of the Santee River.
    West of U.S. 301: That portion of Clarendon County bounded on the 
North by S-14-26 extending southward to that portion of Orangeburg 
County bordered by Hwy 6.
Vermont
    Same zones as for ducks.
Virginia
    AP Zone: The area east and south of the following line--the 
Stafford County line from the Potomac River west to Interstate 95 at 
Fredericksburg, then south along Interstate 95 to Petersburg, then 
Route 460 (SE) to City of Suffolk, then south along Route 32 to the 
North Carolina line.
    SJBP Zone: The area to the west of the AP Zone boundary and east of 
the following line: The ``Blue Ridge'' (mountain spine) at the West 
Virginia-Virginia Border (Loudoun County-Clarke County line) south to 
Interstate 64 (the Blue Ridge line follows county borders along the 
western edge of Loudoun-Fauquier-Rappahannock-Madison-Greene-Albemarle 
and into Nelson Counties), then east along Interstate Route 64 to Route 
15, then south along Route 15 to the North Carolina line.
    RP Zone: The remainder of the State west of the SJBP Zone.
Mississippi Flyway
Arkansas
    Northwest Zone: Baxter, Benton, Boone, Carroll, Conway, Crawford, 
Faulkner, Franklin, Johnson, Logan, Madison, Marion, Newton, Perry, 
Pope, Pulaski, Searcy, Sebastian, Scott, Van Buren, Washington, and 
Yell Counties.
    Remainder of State: That portion of the State outside of the 
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Illinois
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending 
west from the Indiana border along Interstate 80 to I-39, south along 
I-39 to Illinois Route 18, west along Illinois Route 18 to Illinois 
Route 29, south along Illinois Route 29 to Illinois Route 17, west 
along Illinois Route 17 to the Mississippi River, and due south across 
the Mississippi River to the Iowa border.
    Central Zone: That portion of the State south of the North Goose 
Zone line to a line extending west from the Indiana border along I-70 
to Illinois Route 4, south along Illinois Route 4 to Illinois Route 
161, west along Illinois Route 161 to Illinois Route 158, south and 
west along Illinois Route 158 to Illinois Route 159, south along 
Illinois Route 159 to Illinois Route 3, south along Illinois Route 3 to 
St. Leo's Road, south along St. Leo's Road to Modoc Road, west along 
Modoc Road to Modoc Ferry Road, southwest along Modoc Ferry Road to 
Levee Road, southeast along Levee Road to County Route 12 (Modoc Ferry 
entrance Road), south along County Route 12 to the Modoc Ferry route 
and southwest on the Modoc Ferry route across the Mississippi River to 
the Missouri border.
    South Zone: Same zone as for ducks.
    South Central Zone: Same zone as for ducks.
Indiana
    Same zones as for ducks.
Iowa
    Same zones as for ducks.
Louisiana
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of the line from the 
Texas border at State Hwy 190/12 east to State Hwy 49, then south on 
State Hwy 49 to Interstate 10, then east on Interstate 10 to Interstate 
12, then east on Interstate 12 to Interstate 10, then east on 
Interstate 10 to the Mississippi State line.
    South Zone: Remainder of the State.
Michigan
    North Zone: Same as North duck zone.
    Middle Zone: Same as Middle duck zone.
    South Zone: Same as South duck zone.
    Allegan County Game Management Unit (GMU): That area encompassed by 
a line beginning at the junction of 136th Avenue and Interstate Highway 
196 in Lake Town Township and extending easterly along 136th Avenue to 
Michigan Highway 40, southerly along Michigan 40 through the city of 
Allegan to 108th Avenue in Trowbridge Township, westerly along 108th 
Avenue to 46th Street, northerly along 46th Street to 109th Avenue, 
westerly along 109th Avenue to I-196 in Casco Township, then northerly 
along I-196 to the point of beginning.
    Muskegon Wastewater GMU: That portion of Muskegon County within the 
boundaries of the Muskegon County wastewater system, east of the 
Muskegon State Game Area, in sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 17, 18, 19, 20, 29, 
30, and 32, T10N R14W, and sections 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 24, and 
25, T10N R15W, as posted.
Minnesota
    Same zones as for ducks.
Missouri
    Same zones as for ducks.
Ohio
    Same zones as for ducks.
Tennessee
    Reelfoot Zone: The lands and waters within the boundaries of 
Reelfoot Lake WMA only.
    Remainder of State: The remainder of the State.
Wisconsin
    North and South Zones: Same zones as for ducks.
    Mississippi River Zone: That area encompassed by a line beginning 
at the intersection of the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway and 
the Illinois State line in Grant County and extending northerly along 
the Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway to the city limit of 
Prescott in Pierce County, then west along the Prescott city limit to 
the Minnesota State line.
Central Flyway
Colorado (Central Flyway Portion)
    Northern Front Range Area: All areas in Boulder, Larimer, and Weld 
Counties from the Continental Divide east along the Wyoming border to 
U.S. 85, south on U.S. 85 to the Adams County line, and all lands in 
Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, and 
Jefferson Counties.
    North Park Area: Jackson County.
    South Park Area: Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park, and Teller 
Counties.
    San Luis Valley Area: All of Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, and Rio 
Grande Counties, and those portions of Saguache, Mineral, Hinsdale, 
Archuleta, and San Juan Counties east of the Continental Divide.
    Remainder: Remainder of the Central Flyway portion of Colorado.
    Eastern Colorado Late Light Goose Area: That portion of the State 
east of Interstate Highway 25.
Montana (Central Flyway Portion)
    Zone 1: Same as Zone 1 for ducks and coots.
    Zone 2: Same as Zone 2 for ducks and coots.
Nebraska
Dark Geese
    Niobrara Unit: That area contained within and bounded by the 
intersection of the Nebraska-South Dakota border and U.S Hwy 83, south 
to U.S. Hwy 20, east to NE Hwy 14, north along NE Hwy 14 to NE Hwy 59 
and County Road 872, west along County Road 872 to the Knox County 
Line, north along the Knox County Line to the Nebraska-South Dakota 
border, west along the Nebraska-South Dakota border to U.S. Hwy 83. 
Where the Niobrara River forms the boundary, both banks of the river 
are included in the Niobrara Unit.
    Platte River Unit: The area bounded starting at the northernmost 
intersection of the Interstate Canal at the Nebraska-Wyoming border, 
south along the Nebraska-Wyoming border to the Nebraska-Colorado 
border, east and south along the Nebraska-Colorado border to the 
Nebraska-Kansas border, east along the Nebraska-Kansas border to the 
Nebraska-Missouri border, north along the Nebraska-Missouri and 
Nebraska-Iowa borders to the Burt-Washington County line, west along 
the Burt-Washington County line to U.S. Hwy 75, south to Dodge County 
Road 4/Washington County Road 4, west to U.S. Hwy 77, south to U.S. Hwy 
275, northwest to U.S. Hwy 91, west to NE Hwy 45, north to NE Hwy 32, 
west to NE Hwy 14, north to NE Hwy 70, west to U.S. Hwy 281, south to 
NE Hwy 70, west along NE Hwy 70/91 to NE Hwy 11, north to the Holt 
County Line, west along the northern border of Garfield, Loup, Blaine, 
and Thomas Counties to the Hooker County Line, south along the Thomas-
Hooker County Lines to the McPherson County Line, east along the south 
border of Thomas County to the Custer County Line, south along the 
Custer-Logan County lines to NE Hwy 92, west to U.S. Hwy 83, north to 
NE Hwy 92, west to NE Hwy 61, north to NE Hwy 2, west along NE Hwy 2 to 
the corner formed by Garden, Grant and Sheridan Counties, west along 
the north borders of Garden, Morrill, and Scotts Bluff Counties to the 
intersection with the Interstate Canal, north and west along the 
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    North-Central Unit: Those portions of the State not in the Niobrara 
and Platte River zones.
Light Geese
    Rainwater Basin Light Goose Area: The area bounded by the junction 
of NE Hwy 92 and NE Hwy 15, south along NE Hwy 15 to NE Hwy 4, west 
along NE Hwy 4 to U.S. Hwy 34, west along U.S. Hwy 34 to U.S. Hwy 283, 
north along U.S. Hwy 283 to U.S. Hwy 30, east along U.S. Hwy 30 to NE 
Hwy 92, east along NE Hwy 92 to the beginning.
    Remainder of State: The remainder of Nebraska.
New Mexico (Central Flyway Portion)
Dark Geese
    Middle Rio Grande Valley Unit: Sierra, Socorro, and Valencia 
Counties.
    Remainder: The remainder of the Central Flyway portion of New 
Mexico.
North Dakota
    Missouri River Canada and Cackling Goose Zone: The area within and 
bounded by a line starting where ND Hwy 6 crosses the South Dakota 
border; then north on ND Hwy 6 to I-94; then west on I-94 to ND Hwy 49; 
then north on ND Hwy 49 to ND Hwy 200; then west on ND Hwy 200; then 
north on ND Hwy 8 to the Mercer/McLean County line; then east following 
the county line until it turns south toward Garrison Dam; then east 
along a line (including Mallard Island) of Lake Sakakawea to U.S. Hwy 
83; then south on U.S. Hwy 83 to ND Hwy 200; then east on ND Hwy 200 to 
ND Hwy 41; then south on ND Hwy 41 to U.S. Hwy 83; then south on U.S. 
Hwy 83 to I-94; then east on I-94 to U.S. Hwy 83; then south on U.S. 
Hwy 83 to the South Dakota border; then west along the South Dakota 
border to ND Hwy 6.
    Western North Dakota Canada and Cackling Goose Zone: Same as the 
High Plains Unit for ducks, mergansers and coots, excluding the 
Missouri River Canada Goose Zone.
    Rest of State: Remainder of North Dakota.
South Dakota
Early Canada and Cackling Goose Seasons
    Special Early Canada and Cackling Goose Unit: The Counties of 
Campbell, Clark, Codington, Day, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Marshall, 
Roberts, Walworth; that portion of Perkins County west of State Highway 
75 and south of State Highway 20; that portion of Dewey County north of 
Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 8, Bureau of Indian Affairs Road 9, and 
the section of U.S. Highway 212 east of the Bureau of Indian Affairs 
Road 8 junction; that portion of Potter County east of U.S. Highway 83; 
that portion of Sully County east of U.S. Highway 83; portions of Hyde, 
Buffalo, Brule, and Charles Mix Counties north and east of a line 
beginning at the Hughes-Hyde County line on State Highway 34, east to 
Lees Boulevard, southeast to State Highway 34, east 7 miles to 350th 
Avenue, south to Interstate 90 on 350th Avenue, south and east on State 
Highway 50 to Geddes, east on 285th Street to U.S. Highway 281, and 
north on U.S. Highway 281 to the Charles Mix-Douglas County boundary; 
that portion of Bon Homme County north of State Highway 50; those 
portions of Yankton and Clay Counties north of a line beginning at the 
junction of State Highway 50 and 306th Street/County Highway 585 in Bon 
Homme County, east to U.S. Highway 81, then north on U.S. Highway 81 to 
303rd Street, then east on 303rd Street to 444th Avenue, then south on 
444th Avenue to 305th Street, then east on 305th Street/Bluff Road to 
State Highway 19, then south to State Highway 50 and east to the Clay/
Union County Line; Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Corson, 
Davison, Douglas, Edmunds, Faulk, Haakon, Hand, Hanson, Harding, 
Hutchinson, Jackson, Jerauld, Jones, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, 
McPherson, Meade, Mellette, Miner, Moody, Oglala Lakota (formerly 
Shannon), Sanborn, Spink, Todd, Turner, and Ziebach Counties; and those 
portions of Minnehaha and Lincoln Counties outside of an area bounded 
by a line beginning at the junction of the South Dakota-Minnesota State 
line and Minnehaha County Highway 122 (254th Street) west to its 
junction with Minnehaha County Highway 149 (464th Avenue), south on 
Minnehaha County Highway 149 (464th Avenue) to Hartford, then south on 
Minnehaha County Highway 151 (463rd Avenue) to State Highway 42, east 
on State Highway 42 to State Highway 17, south on State Highway 17 to 
its junction with Lincoln County Highway 116 (Klondike Road), and east 
on Lincoln County Highway 116 (Klondike Road) to the South Dakota-Iowa 
State line, then north along the South Dakota-Iowa and South Dakota-
Minnesota border to the junction of the South Dakota-Minnesota State 
line and Minnehaha County Highway 122 (254th Street).
Regular Seasons
    Unit 1: Same as that for the Special Early Canada and Cackling 
Goose Unit.
    Unit 2: All of South Dakota not included in Unit 1 and Unit 3.
    Unit 3: Bennett County.
Texas
    Northeast Goose Zone: That portion of Texas lying east and north of 
a line beginning at the Texas-Oklahoma border at U.S. 81, then 
continuing south to Bowie and then southeasterly along U.S. 81 and U.S. 
287 to I-35W and I-35 to the juncture with I-10 in San Antonio, then 
east on I-10 to the Texas-Louisiana border.
    Southeast Goose Zone: That portion of Texas lying east and south of 
a line beginning at the International Toll Bridge at Laredo, then 
continuing north following I-35 to the juncture with I-10 in San 
Antonio, then easterly along I-10 to the Texas-Louisiana border.
    West Goose Zone: The remainder of the State.
Wyoming (Central Flyway Portion)
Dark Geese
    Zone G1: Big Horn, Converse, Hot Springs, Natrona, Park, and 
Washakie Counties.
    Zone G1A: Goshen and Platte Counties.
    Zone G2: Campbell, Crook, Johnson, Niobrara, Sheridan, and Weston 
Counties.
    Zone G3: Albany and Laramie Counties; and that portion of Carbon 
County east of the Continental Divide.
    Zone G4: Fremont County excluding those portions south or west of 
the Continental Divide.
Pacific Flyway
Arizona
    Same zones as for ducks.
California
    Northeastern Zone: That portion of California lying east and north 
of a line beginning at the intersection of Interstate 5 with the 
California-Oregon line; south along Interstate 5 to its junction with 
Walters Lane south of the town of Yreka; west along Walters Lane to its 
junction with Easy Street; south along Easy Street to the junction with 
Old Highway 99; south along Old Highway 99 to the point of intersection 
with Interstate 5 north of the town of Weed; south along Interstate 5 
to its junction with Highway 89; east and south along Highway 89 to 
main street Greenville; north and east to its junction with North 
Valley Road; south to its junction of Diamond Mountain Road; north and 
east to its junction with North Arm Road; south and west to the 
junction of North Valley Road; south to the junction with Arlington 
Road (A22); west to the junction of Highway 89; south and west to the 
junction of Highway 70; east on Highway 70 to Highway 395; south and 
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Highway 395 to the point of intersection with the California-Nevada 
State line; north along the California-Nevada State line to the 
junction of the California-Nevada-Oregon State lines west along the 
California-Oregon State line to the point of origin.
    Klamath Basin Special Management Area: Beginning at the 
intersection of Highway 161 and Highway 97; east on Highway 161 to Hill 
Road; south on Hill Road to N Dike Road West Side; east on N Dike Road 
West Side until the junction of the Lost River; north on N Dike Road 
West Side until the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway; east on Volcanic 
Legacy Scenic Byway until N Dike Road East Side; south on the N Dike 
Road East Side; continue east on N Dike Road East Side to Highway 111; 
south on Highway 111/Great Northern Road to Highway 120/Highway 124; 
west on Highway 120/Highway 124 to Hill Road; south on Hill Road until 
Lairds Camp Road; west on Lairds Camp Road until Willow Creek; west and 
south on Willow Creek to Red Rock Road; west on Red Rock Road until 
Meiss Lake Road/Old State Highway; north on Meiss Lake Road/Old State 
Highway to Highway 97; north on Highway 97 to the point of origin.
    Colorado River Zone: Those portions of San Bernardino, Riverside, 
and Imperial Counties east of a line from the intersection of Highway 
95 with the California-Nevada State line; south on Highway 95 through 
the junction with Highway 40; south on Highway 95 to Vidal Junction; 
south through the town of Rice to the San Bernardino-Riverside County 
line on a road known as ``Aqueduct Road'' also known as Highway 62 in 
San Bernardino County; southwest on Highway 62 to Desert Center Rice 
Road; south on Desert Center Rice Road/Highway 177 to the town of 
Desert Center; east 31 miles on Interstate 10 to its intersection with 
Wiley Well Road; south on Wiley Well Road to Wiley Well; southeast on 
Milpitas Wash Road to the Blythe, Brawley, Davis Lake intersections; 
south on Blythe Ogilby Road also known as County Highway 34 to its 
intersection with Ogilby Road; south on Ogilby Road to its intersection 
with Interstate 8; east 7 miles on Interstate 8 to its intersection 
with the Andrade-Algodones Road/Highway 186; south on Highway 186 to 
its intersection with the U.S.-Mexico border at Los Algodones, Mexico.
    Southern Zone: That portion of southern California (but excluding 
the Colorado River zone) south and east of a line beginning at the 
mouth of the Santa Maria River at the Pacific Ocean; east along the 
Santa Maria River to where it crosses Highway 101-166 near the City of 
Santa Maria; north on Highway 101-166; east on Highway 166 to the 
junction with Highway 99; south on Highway 99 to the junction of 
Interstate 5; south on Interstate 5 to the crest of the Tehachapi 
Mountains at Tejon Pass; east and north along the crest of the 
Tehachapi Mountains to where it intersects Highway 178 at Walker Pass; 
east on Highway 178 to the junction of Highway 395 at the town of 
Inyokern; south on Highway 395 to the junction of Highway 58; east on 
Highway 58 to the junction of Interstate 15; east on Interstate 15 to 
the junction with Highway 127; north on Highway 127 to the point of 
intersection with the California-Nevada State line.
    Imperial County Special Management Area: The area bounded by a line 
beginning at Highway 86 and the Navy Test Base Road; south on Highway 
86 to the town of Westmoreland; continue through the town of 
Westmoreland to Route S26; east on Route S26 to Highway 115; north on 
Highway 115 to Weist Road; north on Weist Road to Flowing Wells Road; 
northeast on Flowing Wells Road to the Coachella Canal; northwest on 
the Coachella Canal to Drop 18; a straight line from Drop 18 to Frink 
Road; south on Frink Road to Highway 111; north on Highway 111 to 
Niland Marina Road; southwest on Niland Marina Road to the old Imperial 
County boat ramp and the water line of the Salton Sea; from the water 
line of the Salton Sea, a straight line across the Salton Sea to the 
Salinity Control Research Facility and the Navy Test Base Road; 
southwest on the Navy Test Base Road to the point of beginning.
    Balance of State Zone: The remainder of California not included in 
the Northeastern, Colorado River, and Southern Zones.
    North Coast Special Management Area: Del Norte and Humboldt 
Counties.
    Sacramento Valley Special Management Area: That area bounded by a 
line beginning at Willows south on I-5 to Hahn Road; easterly on Hahn 
Road and the Grimes-Arbuckle Road to Grimes; northerly on CA 45 to the 
junction with CA 162; northerly on CA 45/162 to Glenn; and westerly on 
CA 162 to the point of beginning in Willows.
Colorado (Pacific Flyway Portion)
    Same zones as for ducks.
Idaho
Canada and Cackling Geese and Brant
    Zone 1: All lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian 
Reservation, including private in-holdings; Bannock County; Bingham 
County, except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; 
Caribou County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power 
County east of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39.
    Zone 2: Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, and 
Teton Counties.
    Zone 3: Ada, Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Boise, Bonner, Boundary, 
Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Custer, Elmore, Franklin, Gem, 
Gooding, Idaho, Jerome, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Lincoln, 
Minidoka, Nez Perce, Oneida, Owyhee, Payette, Shoshone, Twin Falls, and 
Washington Counties; and Power County west of State Highway 37 and 
State Highway 39.
    Zone 4: Bear Lake County; Bingham County within the Blackfoot 
Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County, except that portion within the 
Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
    Zone 5: Valley County.
White-fronted Geese
    Zone 1: All lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian 
Reservation, including private in-holdings; Bannock County; Bingham 
County except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; 
Caribou County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power 
County east of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39.
    Zone 2: Bear Lake, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, 
Madison, and Teton Counties; Bingham County within the Blackfoot 
Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County except within the Fort Hall 
Indian Reservation.
    Zone 3: Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, 
Clearwater, Custer, Franklin, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Nez 
Perce, Oneida, and Shoshone Counties; and Power County west of State 
Highway 37 and State Highway 39.
    Zone 4: Ada, Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, 
Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, and Washington 
Counties.
    Zone 5: Valley County.
Light Geese
    Zone 1: All lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian 
Reservation, including private in-holdings; Bannock County; Bingham 
County east of the west bank of the Snake River, west of the McTucker 
boat ramp access road, and east of the American Falls Reservoir bluff, 
except that portion within the Blackfoot Reservoir drainage; Caribou 
County within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation; and Power County below 
the American Falls Reservoir bluff, and within the Fort Hall Indian 
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    Zone 2: Franklin and Oneida Counties; Bingham County west of the 
west bank of the Snake River, east of the McTucker boat ramp access 
road, and west of the American Falls Reservoir bluff; Power County, 
except below the American Falls Reservoir bluff and those lands and 
waters within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
    Zone 3: Ada, Boise, Canyon, Cassia, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Jerome, 
Lincoln, Minidoka, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, and Washington 
Counties.
    Zone 4: Adams, Benewah, Blaine, Bonner, Boundary, Camas, 
Clearwater, Custer, Idaho, Kootenai, Latah, Lemhi, Lewis, Nez Perce, 
and Shoshone Counties.
    Zone 5: Bear Lake, Bonneville, Butte, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, 
Madison, and Teton Counties; Bingham County within the Blackfoot 
Reservoir drainage; and Caribou County except within the Fort Hall 
Indian Reservation.
    Zone 6: Valley County.
Nevada
    Same zones as for ducks.
New Mexico (Pacific Flyway Portion)
    North Zone: The Pacific Flyway portion of New Mexico located north 
of I-40.
    South Zone: The Pacific Flyway portion of New Mexico located south 
of I-40.
Oregon
    Northwest Permit Zone: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Lane, 
Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington, and 
Yamhill Counties.
    Tillamook County Management Area: That portion of Tillamook County 
beginning at the point where Old Woods Road crosses the south shores of 
Horn Creek, north on Old Woods Road to Sand Lake Road at Woods, north 
on Sand Lake Road to the intersection with McPhillips Drive, due west 
(~200 yards) from the intersection to the Pacific coastline, south 
along the Pacific coastline to a point due west of the western end of 
Pacific Avenue in Pacific City, east from this point (~250 yards) to 
Pacific Avenue, east on Pacific Avenue to Brooten Road, south and then 
east on Brooten Road to Highway 101, north on Highway 101 to Resort 
Drive, north on Resort Drive to a point due west of the south shores of 
Horn Creek at its confluence with the Nestucca River, due east (~80 
yards) across the Nestucca River to the south shores of Horn Creek, 
east along the south shores of Horn Creek to the point of beginning.
    Southwest Zone: Those portions of Douglas, Coos, and Curry Counties 
east of Highway 101, and Josephine and Jackson Counties.
    South Coast Zone: Those portions of Douglas, Coos, and Curry 
Counties west of Highway 101.
    Eastern Zone: Baker, Crook, Deschutes, Grant, Harney, Jefferson, 
Klamath, Lake, Malheur, Union, Wallowa, and Wheeler Counties.
    Mid-Columbia Zone: Gilliam, Hood River, Morrow, Sherman, Umatilla, 
and Wasco Counties.
Utah
    East Box Elder County Zone: Boundary begins at the intersection of 
the eastern boundary of Public Shooting Grounds Waterfowl Management 
Area and SR-83 (Promontory Road); east along SR-83 to I-15; south on I-
15 to the Perry access road; southwest along this road to the Bear 
River Bird Refuge boundary; west, north, and then east along the refuge 
boundary until it intersects the Public Shooting Grounds Waterfowl 
Management Area boundary; east and north along the Public Shooting 
Grounds Waterfowl Management Area boundary to SR-83.
    Wasatch Front Zone: Boundary begins at the Weber-Box Elder County 
line at I-15; east along Weber County line to U.S.-89; south on U.S.-89 
to I-84; east and south on I-84 to I-80; south on I-80 to U.S.-189; 
south and west on U.S.-189 to the Utah County line; southeast and then 
west along this line to the Tooele County line; north along the Tooele 
County line to I-80; east on I-80 to Exit 99; north from Exit 99 along 
a direct line to the southern tip of Promontory Point and Promontory 
Road; east and north along this road to the causeway separating Bear 
River Bay from Ogden Bay; east on this causeway to the southwest corner 
of Great Salt Lake Mineral Corporations (GSLMC) west impoundment; north 
and east along GSLMC's west impoundment to the northwest corner of the 
impoundment; north from this point along a direct line to the southern 
boundary of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge; east along this southern 
boundary to the Perry access road; northeast along this road to I-15; 
south along I-15 to the Weber-Box Elder County line.
    Southern Zone: Boundary includes Beaver, Carbon, Emery, Garfield, 
Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, 
Washington, and Wayne Counties, and that part of Tooele County south of 
I-80.
    Northern Zone: The remainder of Utah not included in the East Box 
Elder County, Wasatch Front, and Southern Zones.
Washington
    Area 1: Skagit and Whatcom Counties, and that portion of Snohomish 
County west of Interstate 5.
    Area 2 Inland (Southwest Permit Zone): Clark, Cowlitz, and 
Wahkiakum Counties, and that portion of Grays Harbor County east of 
Highway 101.
    Area 2 Coastal (Southwest Permit Zone): Pacific County and that 
portion of Grays Harbor County west of Highway 101.
    Area 3: All areas west of the Pacific Crest Trail and west of the 
Big White Salmon River that are not included in Areas 1, 2 Coastal, and 
2 Inland.
    Area 4: Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, 
Lincoln, Okanogan, Spokane, and Walla Walla Counties.
    Area 5: All areas east of the Pacific Crest Trail and east of the 
Big White Salmon River that are not included in Area 4.

Brant

Pacific Flyway
California
    Northern Zone: Del Norte, Humboldt, and Mendocino Counties.
    Balance of State Zone: The remainder of the State not included in 
the Northern Zone.
Washington
    Puget Sound Zone: Clallam, Skagit, and Whatcom Counties.
    Coastal Zone: Pacific County.

Swans

Central Flyway
South Dakota
    Open Area: Aurora, Beadle, Brookings, Brown, Brule, Buffalo, 
Campbell, Clark, Codington, Davison, Day, Deuel, Edmunds, Faulk, Grant, 
Hamlin, Hand, Hanson, Hughes, Hyde, Jerauld, Kingsbury, Lake, Marshall, 
McCook, McPherson, Miner, Minnehaha, Moody, Potter, Roberts, Sanborn, 
Spink, Sully, and Walworth Counties.
Pacific Flyway
Idaho
    Open Area: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, and Kootenai Counties.
Montana (Pacific Flyway Portion)
    Open Area: Cascade, Chouteau, Hill, Liberty, and Toole Counties and 
those portions of Pondera and Teton Counties lying east of U.S. 287-89.
Nevada
    Open Area: Churchill, Lyon, and Pershing Counties.

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Utah
    Open Area: Those portions of Box Elder, Weber, Davis, Salt Lake, 
and Toole Counties lying west of I-15, north of I-80, and south of a 
line beginning from the Forest Street exit to the Bear River National 
Wildlife Refuge boundary; then north and west along the Bear River 
National Wildlife Refuge boundary to the farthest west boundary of the 
Refuge; then west along a line to Promontory Road; then north on 
Promontory Road to the intersection of SR 83; then north on SR 83 to I-
84; then north and west on I-84 to State Hwy 30; then west on State Hwy 
30 to the Nevada-Utah State line; then south on the Nevada-Utah State 
line to I-80.

Doves

Alabama
    South Zone: Baldwin, Coffee, Covington, Dale, Escambia, Geneva, 
Henry, Houston, and Mobile Counties.
    North Zone: Remainder of the State.
Florida
    Northwest Zone: The Counties of Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, 
Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, 
Washington, Leon (except that portion north of U.S. 27 and east of 
State Road 155), Jefferson (south of U.S. 27, west of State Road 59 and 
north of U.S. 98), and Wakulla (except that portion south of U.S. 98 
and east of the St. Marks River).
    South Zone: The remainder of the State.
Louisiana
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line extending 
east from the Texas border along State Highway 12 to U.S. Highway 190, 
east along U.S. Highway 190 to Interstate Highway 12, east along 
Interstate Highway 12 to Interstate Highway 10, then east along 
Interstate Highway 10 to the Mississippi border.
    South Zone: The remainder of the State.
Mississippi
    North Zone: That portion of the State north and west of a line 
extending west from the Alabama State line along U.S. Highway 84 to its 
junction with State Highway 35, then south along State Highway 35 to 
the Louisiana State line.
    South Zone: The remainder of Mississippi.
Oregon
    Zone 1: Benton, Clackamas, Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Douglas, 
Gilliam, Hood River, Jackson, Josephine, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, 
Morrow, Multnomah, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Umatilla, Wasco, 
Washington, and Yamhill, Counties.
    Zone 2: The remainder of Oregon not included in Zone 1.
Texas
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of a line beginning at 
the International Bridge south of Fort Hancock; north along FM 1088 to 
TX 20; west along TX 20 to TX 148; north along TX 148 to I-10 at Fort 
Hancock; east along I-10 to I-20; northeast along I-20 to I-30 at Fort 
Worth; northeast along I-30 to the Texas-Arkansas State line.
    Central Zone: That portion of the State lying between the North and 
South Zones.
    South Zone: That portion of the State south and west of a line 
beginning at the International Bridge south of Del Rio, proceeding east 
on U.S. 90 to State Loop 1604 west of San Antonio; then south, east, 
and north along Loop 1604 to I-10 east of San Antonio; then east on I-
10 to Orange, Texas.
    Special White-winged Dove Area: Same as the South Zone.

Band-tailed Pigeons

California
    North Zone: Alpine, Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Lassen, 
Mendocino, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity 
Counties.
    South Zone: The remainder of the State not included in the North 
Zone.
New Mexico
    North Zone: North of a line following U.S. 60 from the Arizona 
State line east to I-25 at Socorro and then south along I-25 from 
Socorro to the Texas State line.
    South Zone: The remainder of the State not included in the North 
Zone.
Washington
    Western Washington: The State of Washington excluding those 
portions lying east of the Pacific Crest Trail and east of the Big 
White Salmon River in Klickitat County.

American Woodcock

New Jersey
    North Zone: That portion of the State north of NJ 70.
    South Zone: The remainder of the State.

Sandhill Cranes

Mississippi Flyway
Alabama
    Open Area: That area north of Interstate 20 from the Georgia State 
line to the interchange with Interstate 65, then east of Interstate 65 
to the interchange with Interstate 22, then north of Interstate 22 to 
the Mississippi State line.
Minnesota
    Northwest Zone: That portion of the State encompassed by a line 
extending east from the North Dakota border along U.S. Highway 2 to 
State Trunk Highway (STH) 32, north along STH 32 to STH 92, east along 
STH 92 to County State Aid Highway (CSAH) 2 in Polk County, north along 
CSAH 2 to CSAH 27 in Pennington County, north along CSAH 27 to STH 1, 
east along STH 1 to CSAH 28 in Pennington County, north along CSAH 28 
to CSAH 54 in Marshall County, north along CSAH 54 to CSAH 9 in Roseau 
County, north along CSAH 9 to STH 11, west along STH 11 to STH 310, and 
north along STH 310 to the Manitoba border.
Tennessee
    Southeast Crane Zone: That portion of the State south of Interstate 
40 and east of State Highway 56.
    Remainder of State: That portion of Tennessee outside of the 
Southeast Crane Zone.
Central Flyway
Colorado
    Open Area: The Central Flyway portion of the State except the San 
Luis Valley (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Hinsdale, Mineral, Rio Grande, 
and Saguache Counties east of the Continental Divide) and North Park 
(Jackson County).
Kansas
     Central Zone: That portion of the State within an area bounded by 
a line beginning where I-35 crosses the Kansas-Oklahoma border, then 
north on I-35 to Wichita, then north on I-135 to Salina, then north on 
U.S. 81 to the Nebraska border, then west along the Kansas/Nebraska 
border to its intersection with Hwy 283, then south on Hwy 283 to the 
intersection with Hwy 18/24, then east along Hwy 18 to Hwy 183, then 
south on Hwy 183 to Route 1, then south on Route 1 to the Oklahoma 
border, then east along the Kansas/Oklahoma border to where it crosses 
I-35.
     West Zone: That portion of the State west of the western boundary 
of the Central Zone.
Montana
    Regular Season Open Area: The Central Flyway portion of the State 
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Interstate 90, which is closed to sandhill crane hunting.
    Special Season Open Area: Carbon County.
New Mexico
    Regular-Season Open Area: Chaves, Curry, De Baca, Eddy, Lea, Quay, 
and Roosevelt Counties.
    Special Season Open Areas
    Middle Rio Grande Valley Area: The Central Flyway portion of New 
Mexico in Socorro and Valencia Counties.
    Estancia Valley Area: Those portions of Santa Fe, Torrance, and 
Bernallilo Counties within an area bounded on the west by New Mexico 
Highway 55 beginning at Mountainair north to NM 337, north to NM 14, 
north to I-25; on the north by I-25 east to U.S. 285; on the east by 
U.S. 285 south to U.S. 60; and on the south by U.S. 60 from U.S. 285 
west to NM 55 in Mountainair.
    Southwest Zone: Area bounded on the south by the New Mexico-Mexico 
border; on the west by the New Mexico-Arizona border north to 
Interstate 10; on the north by Interstate 10 east to U.S. 180, north to 
NM 26, east to NM 27, north to NM 152, and east to Interstate 25; on 
the east by Interstate 25 south to Interstate 10, west to the Luna 
County line, and south to the New Mexico-Mexico border.
North Dakota
    Area 1: That portion of the State west of U.S. 281.
    Area 2: That portion of the State east of U.S. 281.
Oklahoma
    Open Area: That portion of the State west of I-35.
South Dakota
    Open Area: That portion of the State lying west of a line beginning 
at the South Dakota-North Dakota border and State Highway 25, south on 
State Highway 25 to its junction with State Highway 34, east on State 
Highway 34 to its junction with U.S. Highway 81, then south on U.S. 
Highway 81 to the South Dakota-Nebraska border.
Texas
    Zone A: That portion of Texas lying west of a line beginning at the 
international toll bridge at Laredo, then northeast along U.S. Highway 
81 to its junction with Interstate Highway 35 in Laredo, then north 
along Interstate Highway 35 to its junction with Interstate Highway 10 
in San Antonio, then northwest along Interstate Highway 10 to its 
junction with U.S. Highway 83 at Junction, then north along U.S. 
Highway 83 to its junction with U.S. Highway 62, 16 miles north of 
Childress, then east along U.S. Highway 62 to the Texas-Oklahoma State 
line.
    Zone B: That portion of Texas lying within boundaries beginning at 
the junction of U.S. Highway 81 and the Texas-Oklahoma State line, then 
southeast along U.S. Highway 81 to its junction with U.S. Highway 287 
in Montague County, then southeast along U.S. Highway 287 to its 
junction with Interstate Highway 35W in Fort Worth, then southwest 
along Interstate Highway 35 to its junction with Interstate Highway 10 
in San Antonio, then northwest along Interstate Highway 10 to its 
junction with U.S. Highway 83 in the town of Junction, then north along 
U.S. Highway 83 to its junction with U.S. Highway 62, 16 miles north of 
Childress, then east along U.S. Highway 62 to the Texas-Oklahoma State 
line, then south along the Texas-Oklahoma State line to the south bank 
of the Red River, then eastward along the vegetation line on the south 
bank of the Red River to U.S. Highway 81.
    Zone C: The remainder of the State, except for the closed areas.
    Closed areas:
    A. That portion of the State lying east and north of a line 
beginning at the junction of U.S. Highway 81 and the Texas-Oklahoma 
State line, then southeast along U.S. Highway 81 to its junction with 
U.S. Highway 287 in Montague County, then southeast along U.S. Highway 
287 to its junction with I-35W in Fort Worth, then southwest along I-35 
to its junction with U.S. Highway 290 East in Austin, then east along 
U.S. Highway 290 to its junction with Interstate Loop 610 in Harris 
County, then south and east along Interstate Loop 610 to its junction 
with Interstate Highway 45 in Houston, then south on Interstate Highway 
45 to State Highway 342, then to the shore of the Gulf of Mexico, and 
then north and east along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico to the Texas-
Louisiana State line.
    B. That portion of the State lying within the boundaries of a line 
beginning at the Kleberg-Nueces County line and the shore of the Gulf 
of Mexico, then west along the County line to Park Road 22 in Nueces 
County, then north and west along Park Road 22 to its junction with 
State Highway 358 in Corpus Christi, then west and north along State 
Highway 358 to its junction with State Highway 286, then north along 
State Highway 286 to its junction with Interstate Highway 37, then east 
along Interstate Highway 37 to its junction with U.S. Highway 181, then 
north and west along U.S. Highway 181 to its junction with U.S. Highway 
77 in Sinton, then north and east along U.S. Highway 77 to its junction 
with U.S. Highway 87 in Victoria, then south and east along U.S. 
Highway 87 to its junction with State Highway 35 at Port Lavaca, then 
north and east along State Highway 35 to the south end of the Lavaca 
Bay Causeway, then south and east along the shore of Lavaca Bay to its 
junction with the Port Lavaca Ship Channel, then south and east along 
the Lavaca Bay Ship Channel to the Gulf of Mexico, and then south and 
west along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico to the Kleberg-Nueces County 
line.
Wyoming
    Area 7: Campbell, Converse, Crook, Goshen, Laramie, Niobrara, 
Platte, and Weston Counties.
    Area 4: All lands within the Bureau of Reclamation's Riverton and 
Boysen Unit boundaries; those lands within Boysen State Park south of 
Cottonwood Creek, west of Boysen Reservoir, and south of U.S. Highway 
20-26; and all non[hyphen]Indian owned fee title lands within the 
exterior boundaries of the Wind River Reservation, excluding those 
lands within Hot Springs County.
    Area 6: Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, and Washakie Counties.
    Area 8: Johnson, Natrona, and Sheridan Counties.
Pacific Flyway
Arizona
    Zone 1: Beginning at the junction of the New Mexico State line and 
U.S. Hwy 80; south along the State line to the U.S.-Mexico border; west 
along the border to the San Pedro River; north along the San Pedro 
River to the junction with Arizona Hwy 77; northerly along Arizona Hwy 
77 to the Gila River; northeast along the Gila River to the San Carlos 
Indian Reservation boundary; south then east and north along the 
reservation boundary to U.S. Hwy 70; southeast on U.S. Hwy 70 to U.S. 
Hwy 191; south on U.S. Hwy 191 to the 352 exit on I-10; east on I-10 to 
Bowie-Apache Pass Road; southerly on the Bowie-Apache Pass Road to 
Arizona Hwy 186; southeasterly on Arizona Hwy 186 to Arizona Hwy 181; 
south on Arizona Hwy 181 to the West Turkey Creek-Kuykendall cutoff 
road; southerly on the Kuykendall cutoff road to Rucker Canyon Road; 
easterly on Rucker Canyon Road to the Tex Canyon Road; southerly on Tex 
Canyon Road to U.S. Hwy 80; northeast on U.S. Hwy 80 to the New Mexico 
State line.
    Zone 2: Beginning at I-10 and the New Mexico State line; north 
along the State line to Arizona Hwy 78; southwest on Arizona Hwy 78 to 
U.S. Hwy 191; northwest on U.S. Hwy 191 to Clifton;

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westerly on the Lower Eagle Creek Road (Pump Station Road) to Eagle 
Creek; northerly along Eagle Creek to the San Carlos Indian Reservation 
boundary; southerly and west along the reservation boundary to U.S. Hwy 
70; southeast on U.S. Hwy 70 to U.S. Hwy 191; south on U.S. Hwy 191 to 
I-10; easterly on I-10 to the New Mexico State line.
    Zone 3: Beginning on I-10 at the New Mexico State line; westerly on 
I-10 to the Bowie-Apache Pass Road; southerly on the Bowie-Apache Pass 
Road to AZ Hwy 186; southeast on AZ Hwy 186 to AZ Hwy 181; south on AZ 
Hwy 181 to the West Turkey Creek-Kuykendall cutoff road; southerly on 
the Kuykendall cutoff road to Rucker Canyon Road; easterly on the 
Rucker Canyon Road to Tex Canyon Road; southerly on Tex Canyon Road to 
U.S. Hwy 80; northeast on U.S. Hwy 80 to the New Mexico State line; 
north along the State line to I-10.
Idaho
    Area 1: All of Bear Lake County and all of Caribou County except 
that portion lying within the Grays Lake Basin.
    Area 2: All of Teton County except that portion lying west of State 
Highway 33 and south of Packsaddle Road (West 400 North) and north of 
the North Cedron Road (West 600 South) and east of the west bank of the 
Teton River.
    Area 3: All of Fremont County except the Chester Wetlands Wildlife 
Management Area.
    Area 4: All of Jefferson County.
    Area 5: All of Bannock County east of Interstate 15 and south of 
U.S. Highway 30; and all of Franklin County.
    Area 6: That portion of Oneida County within the boundary beginning 
at the intersection of the Idaho-Utah border and Old Highway 191, then 
north on Old Highway 191 to 1500 S, then west on 1500 S to Highway 38, 
then west on Highway 38 to 5400 W, then south on 5400 W to Pocatello 
Valley Road, then west and south on Pocatello Valley Road to 10000 W, 
then south on 10000 W to the Idaho-Utah border, then east along the 
Idaho-Utah border to the beginning point.
Montana
    Zone 1: Those portions of Deer Lodge County lying within the 
following described boundary: Beginning at the intersection of I-90 and 
Highway 273, then westerly along Highway 273 to the junction of Highway 
1, then southeast along said highway to Highway 275 at Opportunity, 
then east along said highway to East Side County road, then north along 
said road to Perkins Lane, then west on said lane to I-90, then north 
on said interstate to the junction of Highway 273, the point of 
beginning. Except for sections 13 and 24, T5N, R10W; and Warm Springs 
Pond number 3.
    Zone 2: That portion of the Pacific Flyway, located in Powell 
County lying within the following described boundary: beginning at the 
junction of State Routes 141 and 200, then west along Route 200 to its 
intersection with the Blackfoot River at Russell Gates Fishing Access 
Site (Powell-Missoula County line), then southeast along said river to 
its intersection with the Ovando-Helmville Road (County Road 104) at 
Cedar Meadows Fishing Access Site, then south and east along said road 
to its junction with State Route 141, then north along said route to 
its junction with State Route 200, the point of beginning.
    Zone 3: Beaverhead, Gallatin, Jefferson, and Madison Counties.
    Zone 4: Broadwater County.
    Zone 5: Cascade and Teton Counties.
Utah
    Cache County: Cache County.
    East Box Elder County: That portion of Box Elder County beginning 
on the Utah-Idaho State line at the Box Elder-Cache County line; west 
on the State line to the Pocatello Valley County Road; south on the 
Pocatello Valley County Road to I-15; southeast on I-15 to SR-83; south 
on SR-83 to Lamp Junction; west and south on the Promontory Point 
County Road to the tip of Promontory Point; south from Promontory Point 
to the Box Elder-Weber County line; east on the Box Elder-Weber County 
line to the Box Elder-Cache County line; north on the Box Elder-Cache 
County line to the Utah-Idaho State line.
    Rich County: Rich County.
    Uintah County: Uintah and Duchesne Counties.
Wyoming
    Area 1: All of the Bear River and Ham's Fork River drainages in 
Lincoln County.
    Area 2: All of the Salt River drainage in Lincoln County south of 
the McCoy Creek Road.
    Area 3: All lands within the Bureau of Reclamation's Eden Project 
in Sweetwater County.
    Area 5: Uinta County.

All Migratory Game Birds in Alaska

    North Zone: State Game Management Units 11-13 and 17-26.
    Gulf Coast Zone: State Game Management Units 5-7, 9, 14-16, and 10 
(Unimak Island only).
    Southeast Zone: State Game Management Units 1-4.
    Pribilof and Aleutian Islands Zone: State Game Management Unit 10 
(except Unimak Island).
    Kodiak Zone: State Game Management Unit 8.

All Migratory Game Birds in the Virgin Islands

    Ruth Cay Closure Area: The island of Ruth Cay, just south of St. 
Croix.

All Migratory Game Birds in Puerto Rico

    Municipality of Culebra Closure Area: All of the municipality of 
Culebra.
    Desecheo Island Closure Area: All of Desecheo Island.
    Mona Island Closure Area: All of Mona Island.
    El Verde Closure Area: Those areas of the municipalities of Rio 
Grande and Loiza delineated as follows: (1) All lands between Routes 
956 on the west and 186 on the east, from Route 3 on the north to the 
juncture of Routes 956 and 186 (Km 13.2) in the south; (2) all lands 
between Routes 186 and 966 from the juncture of 186 and 966 on the 
north, to the Caribbean National Forest Boundary on the south; (3) all 
lands lying west of Route 186 for 1 kilometer from the juncture of 
Routes 186 and 956 south to Km 6 on Route 186; (4) all lands within Km 
14 and Km 6 on the west and the Caribbean National Forest Boundary on 
the east; and (5) all lands within the Caribbean National Forest 
Boundary whether private or public.
    Cidra Municipality and adjacent areas: All of Cidra Municipality 
and portions of Aguas Buenas, Caguas, Cayey, and Comerio Municipalities 
as encompassed within the following boundary: Beginning on Highway 172 
as it leaves the municipality of Cidra on the west edge, north to 
Highway 156, east on Highway 156 to Highway 1, south on Highway 1 to 
Highway 765, south on Highway 765 to Highway 763, south on Highway 763 
to the Rio Guavate, west along Rio Guavate to Highway 1, southwest on 
Highway 1 to Highway 14, west on Highway 14 to Highway 729, north on 
Highway 729 to Cidra Municipality boundary to the point of the 
beginning.

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List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 20

    Exports, Hunting, Imports, Reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements, Transportation, Wildlife.

Shannon A. Estenoz,
Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Exercising the Delegated Authority of 
the Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

Proposed Regulation Promulgation

    Accordingly, we propose to amend part 20, subpart N of title 50 of 
the Code of Federal Regulations as follows:

PART 20--MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING

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1. The authority citation for part 20 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703-712 and 16 U.S.C. 742a-j.

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2. In Sec.  20.153, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  20.153  Regulations committee.

    (a) Notice of meetings. Notice of each meeting of the Regulations 
Committee to be attended by any person outside the Department of the 
Interior will be published in the Federal Register or online on the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Migratory Bird Program website at 
least 2 weeks before the meeting. The notice will state the time, 
place, and general subject(s) of the meeting, as well as the extent of 
public involvement.
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3. In Sec.  20.154, revise paragraph (a) to read as follows:


Sec.  20.154  Flyway Councils.

    (a) Notice of meetings. Notice of each meeting of a Flyway Council 
to be attended by any official of the Department will be published in 
the Federal Register or online on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's 
Migratory Bird Program website at least 2 weeks before the meeting or 
as soon as practicable after the Department of the Interior learns of 
the meeting. The notice will state the time, place, and general 
subject(s) of the meeting.
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