kygobbler wrote:This story also reminds me something that has always confussed me. On fish you have two limits, you have the creel limit and possession limit. The possession limit is always double of the creel. Does the possession limit mean that is all you can have in your freezer? Or lets say there are 3 guys in a boat and the creel limit is 30 and the possession limit is 60 does that mean that the guys can not catch over 60 fish instead of 90?
This has always confused me and no one has ever gave me the explantion because Ive heard it both ways. Maybe one of you guys can explain this to me.
I don't think anyone answered your question.
FWIW a lot of small game has possession limits too.
In most states that I know of possession limit means the total number you can have at one time anywhere. With you while on a hunt, in your cabin, or in your freezer at home. I have heard of one state, Idaho, that a guy said possession limit did not apply once you got back home and had the game or fish in your freezer. I have not confirmed that and I have my doubts.
In your example of the 3 guys in the boat with a daily limit of 30 and possession limit of 60...Each man can catch 30 fish in one day and then he must stop keeping fish. They can each keep a total of 60 fish if they fish more than 1 day, so 3 guys could have 180 fish total for their combined possession limit as long as they fish multiple days. However in most states each guy has to catch his own fish.
As for small game lets take pheasant. In Colo the daily limit is 3 and possession limit is 3 tines the daily limit so thats 9 pheasants you can keep on hand. In Kansas the daily limit on pheasants is 4 and the possession limit is 4 times the daily so you can have 16 pheasants in your freezer.
Now lets just throw a wrench in all this just for fun...eh? :D For some reason gallinules (rails and coots) have the possession limit the same as the daily limit in many states. In Colo you can shoot 25 rails a day but only have 25 in possession. They are a migratory bird and are federally regulated so maybe that has something to do with it.