ANACORTES - Duck and goose hunters will enjoy seasons similar to last year's under a package adopted by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at a meeting here Aug. 3 and 4.

The commission, which sets policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, approved hunting seasons based on state and federal waterfowl population estimates.

The statewide duck hunting season will run Oct. 13 through 17 and Oct. 20 through Jan. 27, and a special youth hunting weekend is scheduled for Sept. 22 and 23.

As part of that package, the commission increased the bag limit for canvasback from one to two.

. Special limits for hen mallard, pintail, redhead, scaup, harlequin, scoter and long-tailed duck remained the same and are included in the 107-day hunting season.

Goose hunting seasons vary by management areas across the state, but most open Oct. 13 and run into January 2008.

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