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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BB40 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Migratory Bird Hunting; 2017-2018 Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations 

We propose to establish annual hunting regulations for certain migratory game birds for the 2017-2018 hunting season. We annually prescribe outside limits (frameworks), within which States may select hunting seasons. This proposed rule provides the regulatory schedule, describes the proposed regulatory alternatives for the 2017-2018 duck hunting seasons, requests proposals from Indian tribes that wish to establish special migratory game bird hunting regulations on Federal Indian reservations and ceded lands, and requests proposals for the 2018 spring and summer migratory bird subsistence season in Alaska. Migratory game bird hunting seasons provide opportunities for recreation and sustenance; aid Federal, State, and tribal governments in the management of migratory game birds; and permit harvests at levels compatible with migratory game bird population status and habitat conditions.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 20   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712    16 U.S.C. 742(a) to 742(j)   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM; Request for Tribal Proposals  06/10/2016  81 FR 38050   
NPRM; Announcement of Meetings  06/10/2016  81 FR 38050   
NPRM; Supplemental Proposals; Meetings  08/12/2016  81 FR 53391   
NPRM; Deadline for Tribal Proposals  12/01/2016 
NPRMs/Multiple Proposed Frameworks Comment Period End  01/15/2017 
Final Rule  03/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Ronald Kokel
Wildlife Biologist, Division of Migratory Bird Management
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041-3808
Phone:703 358-1714
Fax:703 358-2217