Waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin begins the first day of September with the early Canada goose season. That goose season was among the waterfowl seasons set by the state's Natural Resources Board last Wednesday. Other season highlights include the Youth Waterfowl Hunt on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14-15, and the duck hunting opener in the Northern Zone on Saturday, Sept. 21. The duck season will run 60 consecutive days, through Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Northern Zone (north of Hwys. 10 and 41). A six-bird total bag limit was approved. The bag limit may include no more than four mallards (of which only one may be a hen), three wood ducks, one black duck, two redheads, three scaup, two pintail and two canvasback. For species of ducks not listed, such as teal and ring-necks, the combined bag total with all other species may not exceed six ducks. Kent Van Horn, waterfowl ecologist with the Department of Natural Resources, said a strong duck population combined with improved water conditions in the state point to a good waterfowl hunting season. In addition, water conditions on the prairies have significantly improved from last summer, and continental duck numbers remain above or near the long-term averages. "This is good news and means a liberal 60-day duck season is offered again in 2013," said Van Horn. "Additionally, federal rule changes allow an increase in the possession limit from two to three times the daily bag limit." Changes to the allowable daily bag limits include two canvasback and three scaup. Spring duck counts in Wisconsin were good to average overall in spite of the late spring and variable conditions at the time of breeding, said Van Horn. During the early Canada goose season of Sunday, Sept. 1 to Sunday, Sept. 15, the daily bag limit is five geese. The regular goose season in the Exterior Zone (most of the state) then opens the next day, Monday, Sept. 16, and runs through Monday, Dec. 16. Wisconsin how has a total of 107 days of Canada goose hunting, which is the maximum allowed by international treaty, noted Van Horn. During the 2-day Youth Waterfowl Hunt, all bag limits are the same as during the regular season.