Waterfowl, Point System. Duck Season Regulations, Duck Harvest
Under this system, different species and sexes of ducks were assigned various point values. The daily bag limit was reached when the point value of the last duck taken, added to the sum of the point values of the other birds already bagged during that day, reached or exceeded 100 points. The point system differs from past conventional regulations by freeing the hunter from the necessity of correctly identifying each duck before shooting in order to remain legal. This system was first tested in Colorado in 1968 and since has been tried on an experimental basis in several states. Hunter opinion was highly favorable and hunter observation data indicated major compliance with the regulations. Hunters tended to select mallard drakes and avoided shooting at hen mallards and wood ducks. The point system regulations were more restrictive than the conventional regulations permitted elsewhere in the flyway. Seasons operating under point system regulations had fewer problems associated with them than were experienced under conventional species oriented regulations and offered more flexibility and enjoyment to the hunter.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1973 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Bishop, Richard A.
"The Point System Approach for the Harvesting of Ducks in Iowa,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 80(2), 78-83.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol80/iss2/13