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In states that have a calendar year hunting license: Does the New Year license start a new possession limit?

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  • In states that have a calendar year hunting license: Does the New Year license start a new possession limit?

    In states that have a calendar year hunting license: Does the New Year license start a new possession limit?

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    The possession limit is the maximum amount of a species of game you can have at one time. I would say the calendar year or new license wouldn't change that since the game you previously took is still in your possession.

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    • #3
      Not quite sure I understand the question charlie. As 4everAutumn stated, the possession limit refers to the amount of game you can have in your possession at any one time. The license you're carrying (as long as it is valid) doesn't matter as far as I know.

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      • #4
        In WI it's a per season possession limit. Our hunting licenses are issued for the season even if a particular season runs past the New Year. When a new license is issue for the next season new limits apply.
        4everAutunm's answer makes sense. For example IA pheasant season continues into 2015, but a new license is required Jan 1 even though it's the same season.?
        Best these things are not "over thought", we consume upland game almost as fast as we can bag it so a possession limit is rarely maintained for any length of time. Just love those organic meats.
        Btw, I'm becoming a big fan of Iowa's hunting opportunities. Your folks at the IDNR are doing a lot things right.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
          In WI it's a per season possession limit. Our hunting licenses are issued for the season even if a particular season runs past the New Year. When a new license is issue for the next season new limits apply.
          4everAutunm's answer makes sense. For example IA pheasant season continues into 2015, but a new license is required Jan 1 even though it's the same season.?
          Best these things are not "over thought", we consume upland game almost as fast as we can bag it so a possession limit is rarely maintained for any length of time. Just love those organic meats.
          Btw, I'm becoming a big fan of Iowa's hunting opportunities. Your folks at the IDNR are doing a lot things right.
          Hi, Charlie. The 2014 license is good through January 10, 2015 which is also the last day of pheasant season. There are plenty of other opportunities for small game that continue past the 10th though so the new license is first on my Christmas list. I'm with you on eating game. Many times, we'll eat it the same day we clean it. Iowa DNR does a great job when they are allowed to manage our resources. Unfortunately, there are many elected "cooks" that want to be in that kitchen too.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
            In WI it's a per season possession limit. Our hunting licenses are issued for the season even if a particular season runs past the New Year. When a new license is issue for the next season new limits apply.
            4everAutunm's answer makes sense. For example IA pheasant season continues into 2015, but a new license is required Jan 1 even though it's the same season.?
            Best these things are not "over thought", we consume upland game almost as fast as we can bag it so a possession limit is rarely maintained for any length of time. Just love those organic meats.
            Btw, I'm becoming a big fan of Iowa's hunting opportunities. Your folks at the IDNR are doing a lot things right.
            I see what you mean now. I've honestly never thought much about possession limits, because we eat a lot of wild game, so having too much in our possession is never really a problem. Lol
            I agree about our DNR. Every time I hear a horror story about your WI DNR, I'm glad I live in Iowa . I hear they are getting rid of those stupid back tags anyway, which is a step forward. I've always hated the idea of those things. They make you feel like a criminal, IMO.

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            • #7
              BTW charlie, you mentioned a while back that you were going to be doing some late-season pheasant hunting here in IA. How did you do?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by huntfishtrap View Post
                BTW charlie, you mentioned a while back that you were going to be doing some late-season pheasant hunting here in IA. How did you do?
                Great hunting. Limited out on the first 3 day trip. Flushed at least a hundred birds, mostly hens but still a lot fun for my dog and myself. Just got back from a second hunt (2 days) bagged 3 and again flushed a ton of birds but only 3 were roosters. My eyes were watering a lot from the bitter wind so it is entirely possible that more might have been roosters.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by charlie elk View Post
                  In WI it's a per season possession limit. Our hunting licenses are issued for the season even if a particular season runs past the New Year. When a new license is issue for the next season new limits apply.
                  4everAutunm's answer makes sense. For example IA pheasant season continues into 2015, but a new license is required Jan 1 even though it's the same season.?
                  Best these things are not "over thought", we consume upland game almost as fast as we can bag it so a possession limit is rarely maintained for any length of time. Just love those organic meats.
                  Btw, I'm becoming a big fan of Iowa's hunting opportunities. Your folks at the IDNR are doing a lot things right.
                  Heck I thought I had to buy a 2015 license to hunt IA pheasants in January. There's a special place that is only open to hunt in January. It's closed all the rest of the season, so of course one would think there should be a lot fat roosters there...
                  huntfishtrap don't get me going on those back tags. Prisoners are not required to wear a back number because it is too demeaning and then my fellow deer hunters put up with the indignity. This is the one regulation where I practice some of David Thoreau's civil disobedience.

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