Waterfowl seasons announced

The state Game Commission has made its selections for the 2014-15 migratory game bird hunting seasons and bag limits. Final approval from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected by late September.

The agency has posted the annual waterfowl and migratory bird season brochure and zone maps on its website, www.pgc.state.pa.us, making it convenient for hunters to access the information they need.

Game Commission waterfowl biologist Kevin Jacobs said the outlook is mixed for waterfowl populations important to the state.

“While continental duck populations were estimated at a record high in spring, Game Commission banding studies show most of Pennsylvania’s mallard, wood duck, and Canada goose harvests are derived from birds breeding in (this) and surrounding states,” Jacobs said.