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Re: Swans
« Reply #15 on: November 09, 2017, 08:50:15 AM »
I think it's funny all the people who are surprised that Washington doesn't have a season or something is done wrong here. We are one of the worst states around from hunting regulations to minimum wage. The basin sees huge numbers of Cranes but we don't get to shoot them either.
The feds would have to allow WDFW to open a swan season in WA before WDFW could open a season.

The Feds might be more likely if we had a hunter friendly WDFW to push it.   :(

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Re: Swans
« Reply #16 on: November 09, 2017, 09:28:57 AM »
A good read:

http://pacificflyway.gov/documents/wts_plan.pdf

c. Procedures for New Hunt Proposals

1. The USFWS completed a Final Environmental Assessment for general swan hunting seasons in the Pacific Flyway in 2003 (Appendix C), and at that time included the states of Montana, Utah, and Nevada (Alaska swan season is specifically tundra swans). Any other states wishing to have a swan season will require a revised Environmental Assessment for general swan hunting seasons in the Pacific Flyway. This will need to be completed prior to the Study Committee reviewing a new state hunt proposal.

2. Prior to requesting a new swan hunt, the state must submit a hunt plan proposal to the Study Committee at least 30 days prior to the Subcommittee meeting at which approval is sought. Hunt proposals must include: (a) description of hunt area boundaries; (b) a summary of numbers of swans, species composition, and seasonal use patterns in the proposed hunt area; (c) number of permits requested; (d) anticipated harvest; (e) season length and dates; (f) description of the permit process; and (g) proposed methods for obtaining reliable data on harvest and hunter activity.

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Re: Swans
« Reply #17 on: November 09, 2017, 11:17:41 AM »
Spragens, Kyle   Kyle.Spragens@dfw.wa.gov   360-902-2522

He's the guy that sits on the swan group from WDFW.

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Re: Swans
« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2017, 07:15:33 PM »
I shot several in Utah years ago when it was legal.  They had/have a draw system for one bird a year and I think they issued 2000 permits.  Kind of like shooting down a small airplane (lol) and not really great eating.  Very dark meat and not fun to pick.  Used to try to get one that was still a little gray as they were the younger ones and better eating than the fully mature birds. Huge concentrations of them on the Great Salt Lake refuges and the claim was they were depleting the food source in the various refuge holding areas hence the hunting.
Utah still issues swan permits on a drawing basis with a point system.  I have a couple points in Utah.  I've been told that draw odds in Utah have you hunting every other year or so.  It didn't work out that way for me.  Montana also issues permits, I believe draw odds are about 50%.  We drew two tags in North Dakota this year and put tags on a couple of them.  Swan is fine eating.  Like most fowl, the quality of the table fare depends heavily on the cook.  I like to fix it in the slow cooker with potatoes and gravy.  Delicious!

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Re: Swans
« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2017, 09:30:02 PM »
Once again, our problem remains that both Tundra (huntable numbers) and Trumpeter Swan (USFWS Endangered list) co-mingle in much of western WA.  DFW lacks the resolve to see if it is feasible to harvest Tundra w/o impacting Trumpeters.

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Re: Swans
« Reply #20 on: November 09, 2017, 10:33:50 PM »
Once again, our problem remains that both Tundra (huntable numbers) and Trumpeter Swan (USFWS Endangered list) co-mingle in much of western WA.  DFW lacks the resolve to see if it is feasible to harvest Tundra w/o impacting Trumpeters.

It is not feasible.
We had a supposedly well reguarded permit tag holder shoot a 400"+ bull elk in a spike only unit and claim the regs were unclear, and we think some sky busting yahoo is going to differentiate a trumpeter swan from a tundra swan on a rainy December day at 45 yds on the wing?? Ever step foot on fir island during duck season? It is sad. I have seen guys shoot swans thinking they were snow geese!
How many times a year do you see pictures on this site and others of someone asking " anyone know what the dead duck on the left of the pile is?"?
We have a better chance of keeping 30 round mags than ever having the opportunity of a swan permit in this state...
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Re: Swans
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2017, 04:42:30 AM »
Once again, our problem remains that both Tundra (huntable numbers) and Trumpeter Swan (USFWS Endangered list) co-mingle in much of western WA.  DFW lacks the resolve to see if it is feasible to harvest Tundra w/o impacting Trumpeters.
This is exactly right. I can't tell the difference unless they are calling. There would be so many people killing trumpeters instead of tundras. Enforcement nightmare and plain easy to make a mistake.

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Re: Swans
« Reply #22 on: November 10, 2017, 06:05:03 AM »
Once again, our problem remains that both Tundra (huntable numbers) and Trumpeter Swan (USFWS Endangered list) co-mingle in much of western WA.  DFW lacks the resolve to see if it is feasible to harvest Tundra w/o impacting Trumpeters.
This is exactly right. I can't tell the difference unless they are calling. There would be so many people killing trumpeters instead of tundras. Enforcement nightmare and plain easy to make a mistake.

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This is a non issue in other states.  Take the Utah swan test.  Shotgunning is a short range game, telling them apart is not that difficult.  https://dwrapps.utah.gov/wex/dbconnection.jsp?examnbr=508407

If you're serious about hunting in Utah, record your user name and password.  You will need it later.

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Re: Swans
« Reply #23 on: November 10, 2017, 06:27:39 AM »
Once again, our problem remains that both Tundra (huntable numbers) and Trumpeter Swan (USFWS Endangered list) co-mingle in much of western WA.  DFW lacks the resolve to see if it is feasible to harvest Tundra w/o impacting Trumpeters.

Trumpeter swans are not on the endangered list, no swan is:

https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp0/profile/speciesProfile?sId=7958

Properly identifying swans is easier than picking out the duskies from the other 6 subspecies of Canada geese.  WDFW has no problems running that program, they could do the same with swans.

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Re: Swans
« Reply #24 on: November 11, 2017, 10:14:55 PM »
Saw a ton of swans when I was in North Dakota a couple weeks ago. My cousins are wishing they had bought tags.

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Re: Swans
« Reply #25 on: November 12, 2017, 03:09:37 PM »
In Utah, there is zero penalty for accidentally shooting a trumpeter swan so it can't be that big of a deal to their population.

An interesting note is that in Utah, there are up to 60,000 tundras and only about 100 trumpters - makes sense to hunt them in that situation.  In WA maybe the situation is reversed?  I can see over 100 trumpeters in a single field any day of the week this time of year.

Also interesting is the population has doubled since hunting was allowed.

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Re: Swans
« Reply #26 on: November 12, 2017, 04:47:05 PM »
There's a lot of talk about being able to hunt them or not hunt them in this state.
I probably would never ever hunt them even if it was legal.
I do, however, would like to know how they taste.
Like chicken?, spotted owl?, bald eagle?  :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:
Just curious  :tup:
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