- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Game and Fish Department has finalized the plans for the 2016 waterfowl hunting season.

Opening day for North Dakota residents is Sept. 24 for ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Nonresidents may begin hunting waterfowl in North Dakota on Oct. 1. Hunters may take six ducks per day, with some restrictions.

The season for swans opens Oct. 1 for both residents and nonresidents.

The hunting season for Canada geese in the Missouri River zone will close Dec. 30, with the rest of the state closing Dec. 22. The zone is along the Missouri River south of Garrison Dam. The season for whitefronts closes Dec. 4, while the season for light geese is open through next Jan. 1.

The bag limit for Canada geese during the regular season is eight daily and 24 in possession, except in the Missouri River zone, where the limit is five daily and 15 in possession. The daily limit for whitefronts is three with nine in possession, and the light goose limit is 50 daily, with no possession limit.

The early Canada goose season is Aug. 15 through Sept. 15, except in the Missouri River Zone, where it ends Sept. 7. The season has a limit of 15 daily and 45 in possession.

A special youth waterfowl hunting season is Sept. 17-18.

Hunters can refer to the 2016 North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting Guide for further details on the season. Paper copies will be at license vendors in early September. More information also is available on the Game and Fish website, at www.gf.nd.gov .

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