Hunting Bag Limit

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Blake Alexander, Junior Staff Writer

Did you know there are hunting limits when it comes to how many animals you can hunt in a day? The daily bag limit and possession limit are two different things but, the possession limit is three times as much as the daily limit.

The possession limit is how many of said species a hunter can have in a freezer or refrigerator a season. The daily bag limit determines how many of said species the hunter can have on themselves at a time. An example of this would be White-winged doves and Mourning doves. The daily limit is 15, up to 10 of which may be white-winged doves. The hunter’s possession limit is also determined by species. The limit for squirrels could be five and the possession limit is 10, hunters can get five pine squirrels and five grey squirrels and will remain within the legal boundaries.

It is very important to know these limits because if not the hunter could go above the legal limit and if they get stopped by fish and game there is a possibility of receiving a fine, having their license revoked, a permanent ban from hunting, legally being marked as a poacher, and lastly jail time. The limits are determined by biological monitoring and reporting of bands or trackers that help understand the mating and migratory patterns of the species. 

The USGS runs the federal band and tracker system so if a person is hunting and they kill a banded or tracked animal they have to report it to the website so it doesn’t mess up their tracking for next season. In the end, it’s important to make sure you follow the bag guidelines while still enjoying your time.