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Effects of liberalized harvest regulations on wood ducks in the Atlantic Flyway

Wildlife Society Bulletin

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Abstract

Beginning in 1977the FWS provided southern Atlantic Flyway states the opportunity to liberalize wood duck harvest regulations. Harvest subsequently increased throughout the flyway but appeared to be more a function of population growth than changes in regulations. In the South, harvest rate increased only slightly for young males and no decline in average survival was detected. We found no evidence of increased harvest pressure on nontarget northern populations. We concluded that liberalized regulations provided increased hunting opportunities in southern states without adversely impacting northern populations.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Effects of liberalized harvest regulations on wood ducks in the Atlantic Flyway
Series title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
Volume
14
Issue:
4
Year Published:
1986
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
383-388
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Wildlife Society Bulletin
First page:
383
Last page:
388