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Migratory Bird Hunting; Seasons and Bag and Possession Limits for Certain Migratory Game Birds

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AGENCY:

Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

This rule prescribes the hunting seasons, hours, areas, and daily bag and possession limits for migratory game birds. Taking of migratory birds is prohibited unless specifically provided for by annual regulations. This rule permits the taking of designated species during the 2016-17 season.

DATES:

This rule takes effect on July 25, 2016.

ADDRESSES:

You may inspect comments received on the migratory bird hunting regulations during normal business hours at the Service's office at 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Virginia. You may obtain copies of referenced reports from the street address above, or from the Division of Migratory Bird Management's Web site at http://www.fws.gov/​migratorybirds/​, or at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2015-0034.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Ron W. Kokel, Division of Migratory Bird Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (703) 358-1714.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Regulations Schedule for 2016

On August 6, 2015, we published in the Federal Register (80 FR 47388) a proposal to amend 50 CFR part 20. The proposal provided a background and overview of the migratory bird hunting regulations process, and addressed the establishment of seasons, limits, and other regulations for hunting migratory game birds under §§ 20.101 through 20.107, 20.109, and 20.110 of subpart K. Major steps in the 2016-17 regulatory cycle relating to open public meetings and Federal Register notifications were also identified in the August 6, 2015, proposed rule.

On October 20-21, 2015, we held open meetings with the Flyway Council Consultants, at which the participants reviewed information on the current status of migratory game birds and developed recommendations for the 2016-17 regulations for these species.

On December 11, 2015, we published in the Federal Register (80 FR 77088) the proposed frameworks for the 2016-17 season migratory bird hunting regulations. On March 28, 2016, we published in the Federal Register (81 FR 17302) final season frameworks for migratory game bird hunting regulations, from which State wildlife conservation agency officials selected season hunting dates, hours, areas, and limits for 2016-17 seasons.

The final rule described here is the final in the series of proposed, supplemental, and final rulemaking documents for migratory game bird hunting regulations for 2016-17 and deals specifically with amending subpart K of 50 CFR part 20. It sets hunting seasons, hours, areas, and limits for migratory game bird species. This final rule is the culmination of the rulemaking process for the migratory game bird hunting seasons, which started with the August 6, 2015, proposed rule. As discussed elsewhere in this document, we supplemented that proposal on December 11, and published final season frameworks on March 28, 2016, that provided the season selection criteria from which the States selected these seasons. This final rule sets the migratory game bird hunting seasons based on that input from the States. We previously addressed all comments in the March 28 Federal Register.

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

The programmatic document, “Second Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement: Issuance of Annual Regulations Permitting the Sport Hunting of Migratory Birds (EIS 20130139),” filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on May 24, 2013, addresses NEPA compliance by the Service for issuance of the annual framework regulations for hunting of migratory game bird species. We published a notice of availability in the Federal Register on May 31, 2013 (78 FR 32686), and our Record of Decision on July 26, 2013 (78 FR 45376). We also address NEPA compliance for waterfowl hunting frameworks through the annual preparation of separate environmental assessments, the most recent being “Duck Hunting Regulations for 2016-17,” with its corresponding January 2016, finding of no significant impact. In addition, an August 1985 environmental assessment entitled “Guidelines for Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations on Federal Indian Reservations and Ceded Lands” is available from the person indicated under the caption FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

Endangered Species Act Consideration

Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), provides that, “The Secretary shall review other programs administered by him and utilize such programs in furtherance of the purposes of this Act” (and) shall “insure that any action authorized, funded, or carried out * * * is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of [critical] habitat. * * *.” Consequently, we conducted formal consultations to ensure that actions resulting from these regulations would not likely jeopardize the continued existence of endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of their critical habitat. Findings from these consultations are included in a biological opinion, which concluded that the regulations are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species. Our biological opinions resulting from this section 7 consultation are public documents available for public inspection at the address indicated under ADDRESSES.

Regulatory Planning and Review (Executive Orders 12866 and 13563)

Executive Order 12866 provides that the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) will review all significant rules. OIRA has reviewed this rule and has determined that this rule is significant because it would have an annual effect of $100 million or more on the economy.

Executive Order 13563 reaffirms the principles of E.O. 12866 while calling for improvements in the nation's regulatory system to promote predictability, to reduce uncertainty, and to use the best, most innovative, and least burdensome tools for achieving regulatory ends. The executive order directs agencies to consider regulatory approaches that reduce burdens and maintain flexibility and freedom of choice for the public where these approaches are relevant, feasible, and consistent with regulatory objectives. E.O. 13563 emphasizes further that regulations must be based on the best available science and that the rulemaking process must allow for public participation and an open exchange of ideas. We have developed this rule in a manner consistent with these requirements.Start Printed Page 48649

An updated economic analysis was prepared for the 2013-14 season. This analysis was based on data from the newly released 2011 National Hunting and Fishing Survey, the most recent year for which data are available (see discussion in Regulatory Flexibility Act, below). This analysis estimated consumer surplus for three alternatives for duck hunting (estimates for other species are not quantified due to lack of data). The alternatives were: (1) Issue restrictive regulations allowing fewer days than those issued during the 2012-13 season, (2) issue moderate regulations allowing more days than those in alternative 1, and (3) issue liberal regulations identical to the regulations in the 2012-13 season. For the 2013-14 season, we chose Alternative 3, with an estimated consumer surplus across all flyways of $317.8-$416.8 million. For the 2016-17 season, we have also chosen alternative 3. We also chose Alternative 3 for the 2009-10, the 2010-11, the 2011-12, the 2012-13, the 2014-15, and the 2015-16 seasons. The 2013-14 analysis is part of the record for this rule and is available at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2015-0034.

Regulatory Flexibility Act

The annual migratory bird hunting regulations have a significant economic impact on substantial numbers of small entities under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.). We analyzed the economic impacts of the annual hunting regulations on small business entities in detail as part of the 1981 cost-benefit analysis. This analysis was revised annually from 1990-95. In 1995, the Service issued a Small Entity Flexibility Analysis (Analysis), which was subsequently updated in 1996, 1998, 2004, 2008, and 2013. The primary source of information about hunter expenditures for migratory game bird hunting is the National Hunting and Fishing Survey, which is conducted at 5-year intervals. The 2013 Analysis was based on the 2011 National Hunting and Fishing Survey and the U.S. Department of Commerce's County Business Patterns, from which it was estimated that migratory bird hunters would spend approximately $1.5 billion at small businesses in 2013. Copies of the Analysis are available upon request from the Division of Migratory Bird Management (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or from our Web site at http://www.fws.gov/​migratorybirds or at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-MB-2015-0034.

Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act

This rule is a major rule under 5 U.S.C. 804(2), the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act. For the reasons outlined above, this rule will have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more.

Paperwork Reduction Act

This final rule does not contain any new information collection that requires approval under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.). We may not conduct or sponsor and you are not required to respond to a collection of information unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. OMB has reviewed and approved the information collection requirements associated with migratory bird surveys and assigned the following OMB control numbers:

  • 1018-0019—North American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey (expires 5/31/2018).
  • 1018-0023—Migratory Bird Surveys (expires 6/30/2017). Includes Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program, Migratory Bird Hunter Surveys, Sandhill Crane Survey, and Parts Collection Survey.

Unfunded Mandates Reform Act

We have determined and certify, in compliance with the requirements of the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act, 2 U.S.C. 1502 et seq., that this rulemaking will not impose a cost of $100 million or more in any given year on local or State government or private entities. Therefore, this rule is not a “significant regulatory action” under the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Civil Justice Reform—Executive Order 12988

The Department, in promulgating this rule, has determined that this rule will not unduly burden the judicial system and that it meets the requirements of sections 3(a) and 3(b)(2) of Executive Order 12988.

Takings Implication Assessment

In accordance with Executive Order 12630, this rule, authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (16 U.S.C. 703-712), does not have significant takings implications and does not affect any constitutionally protected property rights. This rule will not result in the physical occupancy of property, the physical invasion of property, or the regulatory taking of any property. In fact, this rule allows hunters to exercise otherwise unavailable privileges and, therefore, reduces restrictions on the use of private and public property.

Energy Effects—Executive Order 13211

Executive Order 13211 requires agencies to prepare Statements of Energy Effects when undertaking certain actions. While this rule is a significant regulatory action under Executive Order 12866, it is not expected to adversely affect energy supplies, distribution, or use. Therefore, this action is not a significant energy action and no Statement of Energy Effects is required.

Government-to-Government Relationship With Tribes

In accordance with the President's memorandum of April 29, 1994, “Government-to-Government Relations with Native American Tribal Governments” (59 FR 22951), Executive Order 13175, and 512 DM 2, we have evaluated possible effects on Federally recognized Indian tribes and have determined that there are no effects on Indian trust resources. However, in the August 6 Federal Register, we solicited proposals for special migratory bird hunting regulations for certain Tribes on Federal Indian reservations, off-reservation trust lands, and ceded lands for the 2016-17 migratory bird hunting season. The resulting proposals were contained in a May 27, 2016, proposed rule (81 FR 34226). By virtue of these actions, we have consulted with affected Tribes.

Federalism Effects

Due to the migratory nature of certain species of birds, the Federal Government has been given responsibility over these species by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. We annually prescribe frameworks from which the States make selections regarding the hunting of migratory birds, and we employ guidelines to establish special regulations on Federal Indian reservations and ceded lands. This process preserves the ability of the States and tribes to determine which seasons meet their individual needs. Any State or Indian tribe may be more restrictive than the Federal frameworks at any time. The frameworks are developed in a cooperative process with the States and the Flyway Councils. This process allows States to participate in the development of frameworks from which they will make selections, thereby having an influence on their own regulations. These rules do not have a substantial direct effect on fiscal capacity, change the roles or responsibilities of Federal or State governments, or intrude on State policy or administration. Therefore, in Start Printed Page 48650accordance with Executive Order 13132, these regulations do not have significant federalism effects and do not have sufficient federalism implications to warrant the preparation of a federalism summary impact statement.

Review of Public Comments

The preliminary proposed rulemaking (August 6 Federal Register) opened the public comment period for 2016-17 migratory game bird hunting regulations. We previously addressed all comments in a March 28, 2016, Federal Register publication (81 FR 17302).

Regulations Promulgation

The rulemaking process for migratory game bird hunting, by its nature, operates under a time constraint as seasons must be established each year or hunting seasons remain closed. However, we intend that the public be provided extensive opportunity for public input and involvement in compliance with Administrative Procedure Act requirements. Thus, when the preliminary proposed rulemaking was published, we established what we believed were the longest periods possible for public comment and the most opportunities for public involvement. We also provided notification of our participation in multiple Flyway Council meetings, opportunities for additional public review and comment on all Flyway Council proposals for regulatory change, and opportunities for additional public review during the Service Regulations Committee meeting. Therefore, we believe that sufficient public notice and opportunity for involvement have been given to affected persons.

Further, States need sufficient time to communicate these season selections to their affected publics, and to establish and publicize the necessary regulations and procedures to implement these seasons. Thus, we find that “good cause” exists, within the terms of 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) of the Administrative Procedure Act, and therefore, under authority of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (July 3, 1918), as amended (16 U.S.C. 703-711), these regulations will take effect less than 30 days after publication. Accordingly, with each conservation agency having had an opportunity to participate in selecting the hunting seasons desired for its State or Territory on those species of migratory birds for which open seasons are now prescribed, and consideration having been given to all other relevant matters presented, certain sections of title 50, chapter I, subchapter B, part 20, subpart K, are hereby amended as set forth below.

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List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 20

  • Exports
  • Hunting
  • Imports
  • Reporting and recordkeeping requirements
  • Transportation
  • Wildlife
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Dated: June 30, 2016.

Karen Hyun,

Acting Principal Assistant Deputy Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.

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For the reasons set out in the preamble, title 50, chapter I, subchapter B, part 20, subpart K of the Code of Federal Regulations is amended as follows:

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PART 20—MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING

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1. The authority citation for part 20 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: Migratory Bird Treaty Act, 40 Stat. 755, 16 U.S.C. 703-712; Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 742 a-j; Public Law 106-108, 113 Stat. 1491, Note Following 16 U.S.C. 703.

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Note—

The following annual hunting regulations provided for by §§ 20.101 through 20.106 and 20.109 of 50 CFR 20 will not appear in the Code of Federal Regulations because of their seasonal nature.

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2. Section 20.101 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset.

CHECK COMMONWEALTH REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS.

(a) Puerto Rico.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
Doves and Pigeons:
Zenaida, white-winged, and mourning doves (1)Sept. 3-Oct. 312020
Scaly-naped pigeonsSept. 3-Oct. 3155
DucksNov. 12-Dec. 19 & Jan. 14-Jan. 306 612 12
Common MoorhensNov. 12-Dec. 19 & Jan. 14-Jan. 306 612 12
Common SnipeNov. 12-Dec. 19 & Jan. 14-Jan. 308 816 16
(1) Not more than 10 Zenaida and 3 mourning doves in the aggregate.

Restrictions: In Puerto Rico, the season is closed on the ruddy duck, white-cheeked pintail, West Indian whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, masked duck, purple gallinule, American coot, Caribbean coot, white-crowned pigeon, and plain pigeon.

Closed Areas: Closed areas are described in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302).

(b) Virgin Islands.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
Zenaida dovesSept. 1-Sept. 301010
DucksCLOSED
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Restrictions: In the Virgin Islands, the seasons are closed for ground or quail doves, pigeons, ruddy duck, white-cheeked pintail, West Indian whistling duck, fulvous whistling duck, masked duck, and all other ducks, and purple gallinule.

Closed Areas: Ruth Cay, just south of St. Croix, is closed to the hunting of migratory game birds. All Offshore Cays under jurisdiction of the Virgin Islands Government are closed to the hunting of migratory game birds.

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3. Section 20.102 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for Alaska.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. Area descriptions were published in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302).

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS.

Area seasonsDates
North ZoneSept. 1-Dec. 16.
Gulf Coast ZoneSept. 1-Dec. 16.
Southeast ZoneSept. 16-Dec. 31.
Pribilof & Aleutian Islands ZoneOct. 8-Jan. 22.
Kodiak ZoneOct. 8-Jan. 22.
AreaDucks (1)Daily bag and possession limits
Canada geese (2)(3)White fronted geese (4)(5)Light geese (6)BrantEmperor geeseSnipeSandhill cranes (7)
North Zone10-304-124-126-183-9Closed8-243-9
Gulf Coast Zone8-244-124-126-183-9Closed8-242-6
Southeast Zone7-214-124-126-183-9Closed8-242-6
Pribilof and Aleutian Islands Zone7-214-124-126-183-9Closed8-242-6
Kodiak Zone7-214-124-126-183-9Closed8-242-6
(1) The basic duck bag limits may include no more than 2 canvasbacks daily, and may not include sea ducks. In addition to the basic duck limits, the sea duck limit is 10 daily (singly or in the aggregate), including no more than 6 each of either harlequin or long-tailed ducks. Sea ducks include scoters, common and king eiders, harlequin ducks, long-tailed ducks, and common and red-breasted mergansers. The season for Steller's and spectacled eiders is closed.
(2) In Units 5 and 6, the taking of Canada geese is only permitted from September 28 through December 16. In the Middleton Island portion of Unit 6, the taking of Canada geese is by special permit only. The maximum number of Canada goose permits is 10 for the season. A mandatory goose-identification class is required. Hunters must check in and out. The daily bag and possession limit is 1. The season will close if incidental harvest includes 5 dusky Canada geese. A dusky Canada goose is any dark-breasted Canada goose (Munsell 10 YR color value five or less) with a bill length between 40 and 50 millimeters.
(3) In Units 9, 10, 17, and 18, for Canada geese, the daily bag limit is 6 and the possession limit is 18.
(4) In Units 9, 10, and 17, for white-fronted geese, the daily bag limit is 6 and the possession limit is 18.
(5) In Unit 18, for white-fronted geese, the daily bag limit is 10 and the possession limit is 30.
(6) Light geese include snow geese and Ross's geese.
(7) In Unit 17 of the North Zone, for sandhill cranes, the daily bag limit is 2 and the possession limit is 6.

Falconry: The total combined bag and possession limit for migratory game birds taken with the use of a raptor under a falconry permit is 3 per day, 9 in possession, and may not exceed a more restrictive limit for any species listed in this subsection.

Special Tundra Swan Season: In Units 17, 18, 22, and 23, there will be a tundra swan season from September 1 through October 31 with a season limit of 3 tundra swans per hunter. This season is by State registration permit only; hunters will be issued 1 permit allowing the take of up to 3 tundra swans. Hunters will be required to file a harvest report with the State after the season is completed. Up to 500 permits may be issued in Unit 18; 300 permits each in Units 22 and 23; and 200 permits in Unit 17.

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4. Section 20.103 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for doves and pigeons.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302).

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS.

(a) Doves.

Note:

Unless otherwise noted, the seasons listed below are for mourning and white-winged doves. Daily bag and possession limits are in the aggregate for the two species.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
EASTERN MANAGEMENT UNIT
Alabama:
North Zone:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 10 only1515
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 11-Oct. 30 & Dec. 8-Jan. 1515 1545 45
South Zone:
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12 noon to sunsetSept. 17 only1515
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 18-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Oct. 23 & Nov. 12-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
DelawareSept. 1-Oct. 1 & Oct. 19-Oct. 22 & Nov. 21-Jan. 1415 15 1545 45 45
Florida:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 24-Oct. 241545
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetNov. 12-Dec. 5 & Dec. 12-Jan. 1515 1545 45
Georgia:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 3 only1515
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 4-Sept. 18 & Oct. 8-Oct. 28 & Nov. 24-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
Illinois (1)Sept. 1-Nov. 14 & Dec. 26-Jan. 915 1545 45
IndianaSept. 1-Oct. 16 & Nov. 1-Nov. 13 & Dec. 10-Jan. 815 15 1545 45 45
Kentucky:
11 a.m. to sunsetSept. 1 only1515
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 2-Oct. 26 & Nov. 24-Dec. 4 & Dec. 24-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
Louisiana:
North Zone:
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 3-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Nov. 13 & Dec. 17-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
South Zone:
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 3-Sept. 11 & Oct. 8-Nov. 27 & Dec. 17-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
Maryland:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 1-Oct. 81545
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetOct. 21-Nov. 19 & Dec. 17-Jan. 715 1545 45
Mississippi:
North ZoneSept. 3-Oct. 9 & Oct. 22-Nov. 6 & Dec. 10-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
South ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 11 & Oct. 8-Nov. 13 & Dec. 3-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
North CarolinaSept. 3-Oct. 8 & Nov. 21-Dec. 3 & Dec. 5-Jan. 1415 15 1545 45 45
OhioSept. 1-Nov. 6 & Dec. 17-Jan. 815 1545 45
Pennsylvania:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 1-Oct. 81545
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetOct. 15-Nov. 26 & Dec. 26-Jan. 315 1545 45
Rhode Island:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 10-Oct. 91545
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetOct. 15-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Dec. 2515 1545 45
South Carolina:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 3-Sept. 51236
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 6-Oct. 15 & Nov. 12-Nov. 26 & Dec. 15-Jan. 1512 12 1236 36 36
Tennessee:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 1 only1515
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 2-Sept. 28 & Oct. 8-Oct. 30 & Dec. 8-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
Virginia:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 3-Sept. 91545
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1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 10-Oct. 30 & Nov. 19-Nov. 27 & Dec. 24-Jan. 1515 15 1545 45 45
West Virginia:
12 noon to sunsetSept. 1 only1515
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunsetSept. 2-Oct. 15 & Oct. 31-Nov. 19 & Dec. 19-Jan. 1215 15 1545 45 45
WisconsinSept. 1-Nov. 291545
CENTRAL MANAGEMENT UNIT
ArkansasSept. 3-Oct. 23 & Dec. 8-Jan. 1515 1545 45
ColoradoSept. 1-Nov. 91545
IowaSept. 1-Nov. 91545
KansasSept. 1-Nov. 291545
MinnesotaSept. 1-Nov. 291545
MissouriSept. 1-Nov. 291545
MontanaSept. 1-Oct. 301545
NebraskaSept. 1-Oct. 301545
New Mexico:
North ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 291545
South Zone:Sept. 1-Oct. 30 & Dec. 3-Jan. 115 1545 45
North DakotaSept. 1-Nov. 291545
OklahomaSept. 1-Oct. 31 & Dec. 17-Dec. 2515 1545 45
South DakotaSept. 1-Nov. 91545
Texas (2):
North ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 13 & Dec. 17-Jan. 115 1545 45
Central ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 6 & Dec. 17-Jan. 815 1545 45
South Zone:
Special AreaSept. 23-Nov. 9 & Dec. 17-Jan. 2315 1545 45
(Special Season) 12 noon to sunsetSept. 3-Sept. 4 & Sept. 10-Sept. 1115 1545 45
Remainder of the South ZoneSept. 23-Nov. 13 & Dec. 17-Jan. 2315 1545 45
WyomingSept. 1-Nov. 291545
WESTERN MANAGEMENT UNIT
Arizona (3)Sept. 1-Sept. 15 & Nov. 25-Jan. 815 1545 45
California (4)Sept. 1-Sept. 15 & Nov. 14-Dec. 2815 1545 45
IdahoSept. 1-Oct. 301545
NevadaSept. 1-Oct. 301545
OregonSept. 1-Oct. 301545
UtahSept. 1-Oct. 301545
WashingtonSept. 1-Oct. 301545
OTHER POPULATIONS
Hawaii (5)Nov. 5-Nov. 27 & Dec. 3-Jan. 2310 1030 30
(1) In Illinois, shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.
(2) In Texas, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be white-tipped doves with a maximum 90-day season. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit. During the special season in the Special White-winged Dove Area of the South Zone, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning, white-winged, and white-tipped doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be mourning doves and 2 may be white-tipped doves. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit.
(3) In Arizona, during September 1 through 15, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 10 may be white-winged doves. During November 25 through January 8, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning doves.
(4) In California, the daily bag limit is 15 mourning and white-winged doves in the aggregate, of which no more than 10 may be white-wing doves.
(5) In Hawaii, the season is only open on the island of Hawaii. The daily bag limits are 10 mourning doves, spotted doves, and chestnut-bellied sandgrouse in the aggregate. Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise through one-half hour after sunset. Hunting is permitted only on weekends and State holidays.
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(b) Band-tailed Pigeons.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ArizonaSept. 2-Sept. 1526
California:
North ZoneSept. 19-Sept. 2726
South ZoneDec. 19-Dec. 2726
ColoradoSept. 1-Sept. 1426
New Mexico:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 1426
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 1426
OregonSept. 15-Sept. 2326
Utah (1)Sept. 1-Sept. 1426
WashingtonSept. 15-Sept. 2326
(1) In Utah, each band-tailed pigeon hunter must have a band-tailed pigeon hunting permit issued by the State.
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5. Section 20.104 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for rails, woodcock, and snipe.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302).

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS.

Sora and Virginia RailsClapper and King RailsWoodcockSnipe
Daily bag limit Possession limit25 (1) 75 (1)15 (2) 45 (2)3 98 24
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
Connecticut (3)Sept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Oct. 22-Nov. 19 & Nov. 21-Dec. 6Oct. 22-Nov. 19 & Nov. 21-Dec. 6.
DelawareSept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Nov. 21-Dec. 3 & Dec. 14-Jan. 14Sept. 20-Dec. 3 & Dec. 14-Jan. 14.
FloridaSept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 1-Feb. 15.
GeorgiaSept. 24-Nov. 10 & Nov. 25-Dec. 16Sept. 24-Nov. 10 & Nov. 25-Dec. 16Dec. 10-Jan. 23Nov. 15-Feb. 28.
Maine (4)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 1-Oct. 29 & Oct. 31-Nov. 15Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
Maryland (5)Sept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Oct. 28-Nov. 25 & Jan. 13-Jan. 28Sept. 27-Nov. 25 & Dec. 13-Jan. 28.
Massachusetts (6)Sept. 1-Nov. 7ClosedOct. 5-Oct. 29 & Oct. 31-Nov. 19Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
New HampshireClosedClosedOct. 1-Nov. 14Sept. 15-Nov. 14.
New Jersey (7):
North ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Oct. 15-Nov. 19Sept. 16-Dec. 31.
South ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Nov. 12-Dec. 3 & Dec. 17-Dec. 30Sept. 16-Dec. 31.
New York (8)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 1-Nov. 14Sept. 1-Nov. 9.
North CarolinaSept. 1-Oct. 1 & Oct. 14-Nov. 21Sept. 1-Oct. 1 & Oct. 14-Nov. 21Dec. 15-Jan. 28Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
Pennsylvania (9)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 15-Nov. 26Oct. 15-Nov. 26.
Rhode Island (10)Sept. 1-Nov. 9Sept. 1-Nov. 9Oct. 15-Nov. 28Sept. 1-Nov. 9.
South CarolinaSept. 17-Sept. 21 & Oct. 15-Dec. 18Sept. 17-Sept. 21 & Oct. 15-Dec. 18Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
VermontClosedClosedOct. 1-Nov. 14Oct. 1-Nov. 14.
VirginiaSept. 10-Nov. 18Sept. 10-Nov. 18Oct. 29-Nov. 4 & Dec. 9-Jan. 15Oct. 7-Oct. 10 & Oct. 21-Jan. 31.
West Virginia (11)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 15-Nov. 19 & Nov. 28-Dec. 6Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
AlabamaSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 26-Jan. 18Sept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 26-Jan. 18Dec. 16-Jan. 29Nov. 12-Feb. 26.
ArkansasSept. 10-Nov. 18ClosedNov. 5-Dec. 19Nov. 1-Feb. 15.
Illinois (12)Sept. 3-Nov. 11ClosedOct. 15-Nov. 28Sept. 3-Dec. 18.
Indiana (13)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 15-Nov. 28Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
Iowa (14)Sept. 3-Nov. 11ClosedOct. 1-Nov. 14Sept. 3-Nov. 30.
KentuckySept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 22-Nov. 11 & Nov. 14-Dec. 7Sept. 21-Oct. 30 & Nov. 24-Jan. 29.
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Louisiana:
West ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 12-Jan. 4Sept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 12-Jan. 4Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 2-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Feb. 28.
East ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 12-Jan. 4Sept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 12-Jan. 4Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 2-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Feb. 28 .
Coastal ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 12-Jan. 4Sept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 12-Jan. 4Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 2-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Feb. 28.
MichiganSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedSept. 24-Nov. 7Sept. 1-Nov. 9.
MinnesotaSept. 1-Nov. 7ClosedSept. 24-Nov. 7Sept. 1-Nov. 7.
MississippiSept. 3-Nov. 11Sept. 3-Nov. 11Dec. 18-Jan. 31Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
MissouriSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 15-Nov. 28Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
OhioSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 8-Nov. 21Sept. 1-Nov. 29 & Dec. 17-Jan. 2.
Tennessee:
Reelfoot ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 29-Dec. 12Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
State ZoneSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 29-Dec. 12Nov. 14-Feb. 28.
Wisconsin:
North ZoneSept. 24-Nov. 22ClosedSept. 24-Nov. 7Sept. 24-Nov. 22.
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 9 & Oct. 15-Dec. 4ClosedSept. 24-Nov. 7Oct. 1-Oct. 9 & Oct. 15-Dec. 4.
Miss. River ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 7 & Oct. 15-Dec. 6ClosedSept. 24-Nov. 7Oct. 1-Oct. 7 & Oct. 15-Dec. 6.
CENTRAL FLYWAY
ColoradoSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
KansasSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedOct. 15-Nov. 28Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
MontanaClosedClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
Nebraska (15)Sept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedSept. 24-Nov. 7Sept. 1-Dec. 16.
New Mexico (16)Sept. 17-Nov. 25ClosedClosedOct. 15-Jan. 29.
North DakotaClosedClosedSept. 24-Nov. 7Sept. 17-Dec. 4.
OklahomaSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedNov. 1-Dec. 15Oct. 1-Jan. 15.
South Dakota (17)ClosedClosedClosedSept. 1-Oct. 31.
TexasSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 5-Dec. 28Sept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 5-Dec. 28Dec. 18-Jan. 31Oct. 29-Feb. 12.
WyomingSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
PACIFIC FLYWAY
Arizona (18):
North ZoneClosedClosedClosedOct. 7-Jan. 15.
South ZoneClosedClosedClosedOct. 21-Jan. 29.
CaliforniaClosedClosedClosedOct. 15-Jan. 29.
ColoradoSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
Idaho:
Zone 1ClosedClosedClosedOct. 1-Jan. 13.
Zone 2ClosedClosedClosedOct. 1-Jan. 13.
Zone 3ClosedClosedClosedOct. 15-Jan. 27.
MontanaClosedClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
Nevada:
Northeast ZoneClosedClosedClosedOct. 1-Oct. 23 & Oct. 26-Jan. 15.
Northwest ZoneClosedClosedClosedOct. 8-Oct. 23 & Oct. 26-Jan. 22.
South Zone (19)ClosedClosedClosedOct. 15-Oct. 23 & Oct. 26-Jan. 29.
New MexicoSept. 17-Nov. 25ClosedClosedOct. 17-Jan. 31.
Oregon:
Zone 1ClosedClosedClosedNov. 5-Feb. 19.
Zone 2ClosedClosedClosedOct. 8-Nov. 27 & Nov. 30-Jan. 22.
UtahClosedClosedClosedOct. 1-Jan. 14.
Washington:
East ZoneClosedClosedClosedOct. 15-Oct. 19 & Oct. 22-Jan. 29.
West ZoneClosedClosedClosedOct. 15-Oct. 19 & Oct. 22-Jan. 29.
WyomingSept. 1-Nov. 9ClosedClosedSept. 1-Dec. 16.
(1) The daily bag and possession limits for sora and Virginia rails apply singly or in the aggregate of the two species.
(2) All daily bag and possession limits for clapper and king rails apply singly or in the aggregate of the two species and, unless otherwise specified, the limits are in addition to the limits on sora and Virginia rails in all States. In Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey, the limits for clapper and king rails are 10 daily and 30 in possession.
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(4) In Maine, the daily bag and possession limit for sora and Virginia rails is 25.
(5) In Maryland, no more than 1 king rail may be taken per day.
(6) In Massachusetts, the sora rail limits are 5 daily and 15 in possession; the Virginia rail limits are 10 daily and 30 in possession.
(7) In New Jersey, the season for king rail is closed by State regulation.
(8) In New York, the rail daily bag and possession limits are 8 and 24, respectively. Seasons for sora and Virginia rails and snipe are closed on Long Island.
(9) In Pennsylvania, the daily bag and possession limits for sora and Virginia rails, singly or in the aggregate, are 3 and 9, respectively.
(10) In Rhode Island, the sora and Virginia rails limits are 3 daily and 9 in possession, singly or in the aggregate; the clapper and king rail limits are 1 daily and 3 in possession, singly or in the aggregate; the snipe limits are 5 daily and 15 in possession.
(11) In West Virginia, the daily bag and possession limit for sora and Virginia rails is 25; the possession limit for snipe is 16.
(12) In Illinois, shooting hours are from sunrise to sunset.
(13) In Indiana, the season on Virginia rails is closed.
(14) In Iowa, the limits for sora and Virginia rails are 12 daily and 24 in possession.
(15) In Nebraska, the rail limits are 10 daily and 30 in possession.
(16) In New Mexico, in the Central Flyway portion of the State, the rail limits are 10 daily and 20 in possession.
(17) In South Dakota, the snipe limits are 5 daily and 15 in possession.
(18) In Arizona, Ashurst Lake in Unit 5B is closed to snipe hunting.
(19) In Nevada, the snipe season in that portion of the South Zone including the Moapa Valley to the confluence of the Muddy and Virgin rivers is only open November 1 through January 25.
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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for waterfowl, coots, and gallinules.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset, except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302) and the April 12, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 21480).

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS.

(a) Common Moorhens and Purple Gallinules.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
DelawareSept. 1-Nov. 91545
Florida (1)Sept. 1-Nov.91545
GeorgiaNov. 19-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Jan. 2915 1545 45
New JerseySept. 1-Nov. 91030
New York:
Long IslandClosed.
Remainder of StateSept. 1-Nov. 9824
North CarolinaSept. 1-Oct. 1 & Oct. 14-Nov. 2115 1545 45
PennsylvaniaSept. 1-Nov. 939
South CarolinaSept. 17-Sept. 21 & Oct. 15-Dec. 1815 1545 45
VirginiaSept. 10-Nov. 181545
West VirginiaOct. 1-Oct. 8 & Nov. 28-Jan. 2815 1530 30
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
AlabamaSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 26-Jan. 1815 1545 45
ArkansasSept. 1-Nov. 91545
KentuckySept. 1-Nov. 939
LouisianaSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 12-Jan. 415 1545 45
MichiganSept. 1-Nov. 913
Minnesota (2):
North ZoneSept. 24-Nov. 221545
Central ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 2 & Oct. 8-Nov. 2715 1545 45
South ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 2 & Oct. 15-Dec. 415 1545 45
MississippiSept. 3-Nov. 111545
OhioSept. 1-Nov. 91545
Tennessee:Sept. 1-Nov. 91545
Wisconsin:
North ZoneSept. 24-Nov. 221530
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 9 & Oct. 15-Dec. 415 1530 30
Mississippi River ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 7 & Oct. 15-Dec. 615 1530 30
CENTRAL FLYWAY
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New Mexico:
Zone 1Sept. 17-Nov. 2513
Zone 2Sept. 17-Nov. 2513
OklahomaSept. 1-Nov. 91545
TexasSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Nov. 5-Dec. 2815 1545 45
PACIFIC FLYWAY
All StatesSeasons are in aggregate with coots and listed in paragraph (e).
(1) The season applies to common moorhens only.
(2) In Minnesota, the daily bag limit is 15 and the possession limit is 45 coots and moorhens in the aggregate.

(b) Special Sea Duck Seasons (scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks in Atlantic Flyway).

Within the special sea duck areas, the daily bag limit is 5 scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks in the aggregate, including no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, and 4 long-tailed ducks. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit. These limits may be in addition to regular duck bag limits only during the regular duck season in the special sea duck hunting areas.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ConnecticutNov. 12-Jan. 20515
DelawareNov. 21-Jan. 28515
GeorgiaNov. 19-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Jan. 295 515 15
MaineNov. 11-Jan. 19515
MarylandNov. 5-Jan. 13515
Massachusetts (1)Nov. 21-Jan. 28515
New HampshireNov. 15-Jan. 13515
New JerseyNov. 5-Jan. 13515
North CarolinaNov. 21-Jan. 28515
Rhode IslandNov. 24-Jan. 22515
South CarolinaNov. 19-Nov. 26 & Dec. 10-Jan. 295 515 15
VirginiaNov. 11-Jan. 9515
Note: Notwithstanding the provisions of this Part 20, the shooting of crippled waterfowl from a motorboat under power will be permitted in Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and Virginia in those areas described, delineated, and designated in their respective hunting regulations as special sea duck hunting areas.
(1) In Massachusetts, the daily bag limit may not include more than 1 hen eider. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit.

(c) Early (September) Duck Seasons.

Note: Unless otherwise specified, the seasons listed below are for teal only.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
Delaware (1)Sept. 9-Sept. 27618
Florida (2)Sept. 17-Sept. 25618
GeorgiaSept. 10-Sept. 25618
Maryland (1)Sept. 16-Sept. 30618
North Carolina (1)Sept. 10-Sept. 28618
South Carolina (3)Sept. 9-Sept. 24618
Virginia (1)Sept. 17-Sept. 30618
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
AlabamaSept. 10-Sept. 25618
Arkansas (3)Sept. 10-Sept. 25618
Illinois (3)Sept. 3-Sept. 18618
Indiana (3)Sept. 3-Sept. 18618
Iowa (3)Sept. 3-Sept. 18618
Kentucky (2)Sept. 17-Sept. 25618
LouisianaSept. 10-Sept. 25618
MichiganSept. 1-Sept. 7618
MississippiSept. 10-Sept. 25618
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Missouri (3)Sept. 10-Sept. 25618
Ohio (3)Sept. 3-Sept. 18618
Tennessee (2)Sept. 10-Sept. 18618
WisconsinSept.1-Sept. 7618
CENTRAL FLYWAY
Colorado (1)Sept. 10-Sept. 18618
Kansas:
Low PlainsSept. 10-Sept. 25618
High PlainsSept. 17-Sept. 25618
Nebraska (1):
Low PlainsSept. 3-Sept. 18618
High PlainsSept. 3-Sept. 11618
New MexicoSept. 17-Sept. 25618
OklahomaSept. 10-Sept. 25618
Texas:
High PlainsSept. 10-Sept. 25618
Rest of StateSept. 10-Sept. 25618
(1) Area restrictions. See State regulations.
(2) In Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee, the daily bag limit for the first 5 days of the season is 6 wood ducks and teal in the aggregate, of which no more than 2 may be wood ducks. During the last 4 days of the season, the daily bag limit is 6 teal only. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
(3) Shooting hours are from sunrise to sunset.

(d) Special Early Canada Goose Seasons.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
ATLANTIC FLYWAY
Connecticut (1):
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 301545
South ZoneSept. 13-Sept. 301545
DelawareSept. 1-Sept. 241545
FloridaSept. 3-Sept. 25515
GeorgiaSept. 3-Sept. 25515
Maine:
Northern ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 24618
Southern ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 24824
Coastal ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 24824
Maryland (1)(2):
Eastern UnitSept. 1-Sept. 15824
Western UnitSept. 1-Sept. 24824
Massachusetts:
Central ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 23721
Coastal ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 23721
Western ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 23721
New HampshireSept. 1-Sept. 25515
New Jersey (1)(2)(3)Sept. 1-Sept. 301545
New York (4):
Lake Champlain ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25824
Northeastern ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
East Central ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
Hudson Valley ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
West Central ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 251545
Western Long Island ZoneClosed.
Central Long Island ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 301545
Eastern Long Island ZoneSept. 6-Sept. 301545
North Carolina (5)(6)Sept. 1-Sept. 301545
Pennsylvania (7):
SJBP Zone (8)Sept. 1-Sept. 2439
Rest of State (9)Sept. 1-Sept. 24824
Rhode Island (1)Sept. 1-Sept. 301545
South Carolina
Early-Season Hunt UnitSept. 1-Sept. 301545
Vermont:
Lake Champlain ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25824
Interior Vermont ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25824
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Connecticut River Zone (10)Sept. 1-Sept. 25515
Virginia (11)Sept. 1-Sept. 251030
West VirginiaSept. 1-Sept. 10515
CENTRAL FLYWAY
North Dakota:
Missouri River ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 71545
Remainder of StateSept. 1-Sept. 151545
OklahomaSept. 10-Sept. 19824
South Dakota (12)Sept. 3-Sept. 301545
Texas
East ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 25515
PACIFIC FLYWAY
ColoradoSept. 1-Sept. 9412
Idaho
Zone 4Sept. 1-Sept. 15515
Oregon:
Northwest Permit ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 18515
Southwest ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 14515
Eastern ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 14515
Klamath County ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 14515
Harney and Lake County ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 14515
Malheur County ZoneSept. 10-Sept. 14515
Washington:
Areas 1 & 3Sept. 10-Sept. 15515
Areas 2A & 2B (13)Sept. 3-Sept. 11515
Area 4 & 5Sept. 10-Sept. 11510
Wyoming:
Teton County ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 839
Balance of State ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 826
(1) Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset.
(2) The use of shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shotshells is allowed.
(3) The use of electronic calls is allowed.
(4) In New York, in all areas except the Northeastern and Southeastern Goose Hunting Area, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, the use of shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shotshells is allowed, and the use of electronic calls is allowed. In the Northeastern and Southeastern Goose Hunting Areas, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset, shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shotshells are allowed, and electronic calls are allowed only from September 1 to September 16 and September 19 to September 25. On September 17 and September 18, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset, shotguns must be capable of holding no more than 3 shotshells, and electronic calls are not allowed.
(5) In North Carolina, the use of unplugged guns and electronic calls is allowed in that area west of U.S. Highway 17 only.
(6) In North Carolina, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset in that area west of U.S. Highway 17 only.
(7) In Pennsylvania, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset from September 1 to September 16, September 19 to September 23. On September 17 and September 24, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
(8) In Pennsylvania, in the area south of SR 198 from the Ohio State line to intersection of SR 18, SR 18 south to SR 618, SR 618 south to U.S. Route 6, U.S. Route 6 east to U.S. Route 322/SR 18, U.S. Route 322/SR 18 west to intersection of SR 3013, SR 3013 south to the Crawford/Mercer County line, not including the Pymatuning State Park Reservoir and an area to extend 100 yards inland from the shoreline of the reservoir, excluding the area east of SR 3011 (Hartstown Road), the daily bag limit is 1 goose with a possession limit of 3 geese. The season is closed on State Game Lands 214. However, during youth waterfowl hunting days, regular season regulations apply.
(9) In Pennsylvania, in the area of Lancaster and Lebanon Counties north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, east of SR 501 to SR 419, south of SR 419 to the Lebanon-Berks County line, west of the Lebanon-Berks County line and the Lancaster-Berks County line to SR 1053, west of SR 1053 to the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, the daily bag limit is 1 goose with a possession limit of 3 geese. On State Game Lands No. 46 (Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area), the season is closed. However, during youth waterfowl hunting days, regular season regulations apply.
(10) In Vermont, the season in the Connecticut River Zone is the same as the New Hampshire Inland Zone season, set by New Hampshire.
(11) In Virginia, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset from September 1 to September 16, and one-half hour before sunrise to sunset from September 17 to September 25 in the area east of I-95 where the September teal season is open. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset from September 1 to September 20, and one-half hour before sunrise to sunset from September 21 to September 25 in the area west of I-95.
(12) See State regulations for additional information and restrictions.
(13) In Washington, in Pacific County, the daily bag and possession limit is 15 and 45 Canada geese, respectively.

(e) Waterfowl, Coots, and Pacific-Flyway Seasons for Common Moorhens.

Definitions

The Atlantic Flyway: Includes Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Mississippi Flyway: Includes Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.

The Central Flyway: Includes Colorado (east of the Continental Divide), Kansas, Montana (Blaine, Carbon, Fergus, Judith Basin, Stillwater, Sweetgrass, Wheatland, and all counties east thereof), Nebraska, New Mexico (east of the Continental Divide except that the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation is in the Pacific Flyway), North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming (east of the Continental Divide).

The Pacific Flyway: Includes the States of Arizona, California, Colorado (west of the Continental Divide), Idaho, Montana (including and to the west of Hill, Chouteau, Cascade, Meagher, and Park Counties), Nevada, New Mexico (the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation Start Printed Page 48660and west of the Continental Divide), Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming (west of the Continental Divide including the Great Divide Basin).

Light Geese: Includes lesser snow (including blue) geese, greater snow geese, and Ross's geese.

Dark Geese: Includes Canada geese, white-fronted geese, emperor geese, brant (except in California, Oregon, Washington, and the Atlantic Flyway), and all other geese except light geese.

ATLANTIC FLYWAY

Flyway-Wide Restrictions

Duck Limits: The daily bag limit of 6 ducks may include no more than 4 mallards (2 female mallards), 2 scaup, 1 black duck, 2 pintails, 2 canvasbacks, 1 mottled duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, and 1 fulvous tree duck. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Harlequin Ducks: All areas of the Flyway are closed to harlequin duck hunting.

Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit is 5 mergansers and may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in the duck bag limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit, of which only 2 may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
Connecticut
Ducks and Mergansers:618
North ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 15 & Nov. 10-Jan. 10
South ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 11 & Nov. 16-Jan. 20
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
AFRP UnitOct. 10-Oct. 13 & Nov. 11-Nov. 30 & Dec. 10-Feb. 155 5 515 15 15
NAP H-UnitOct. 8-Oct. 15 & Nov. 10-Jan. 213 39 9
AP UnitOct. 10-Oct. 13 & Nov. 23-Jan. 143 39 9
Special SeasonJan. 25-Feb. 15515
Light Geese:
North ZoneOct. 1-Jan. 14 & Feb. 21-Mar. 1025 25
South ZoneOct. 1-Dec. 1 & Jan. 7-Mar. 1025 25
Brant:
North ZoneNov. 14-Jan. 1026
South ZoneNov. 24-Jan. 2026
Delaware
DucksOct. 28-Nov. 8 & Nov. 21-Nov. 26 & Dec. 9-Jan. 286 6 618 18 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseNov. 21-Nov. 26 & Dec. 16-Feb. 42 26 6
Light Geese (1)Oct. 5-Feb. 4 Feb. 1125 25
BrantDec. 3-Jan. 2826
Florida
DucksNov. 19-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Jan. 296 618 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseNov. 19-Nov. 27 & Dec. 1-Jan. 305 515 15
Light GeeseSame as for Ducks15
Georgia
DucksNov. 19-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Jan. 296 618 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseOct. 8-Oct. 23 & Nov. 19-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Jan. 29 Same as for Canada Geese5 5 515 15 15
Light GeeseGeese515
BrantClosed
Maine
Ducks (2):618
North ZoneSept. 26-Dec. 3
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South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 15 & Nov. 1-Dec. 24
Coastal ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 15 & Nov. 11-Jan. 4
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks515
Canada Geese:
North ZoneOct. 1-Dec. 2139
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 27 & Nov. 1-Dec. 243 39 9
Coastal ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 27 & Nov. 11-Jan. 4 Oct. 1-Jan. 313 3 259 9
Light Geese
Brant:
North ZoneSept. 26-Dec. 326
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 15 & Nov. 1-Dec. 242 26 6
Coastal ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 15 & Nov. 11-Jan. 42 26 6
Maryland
Ducks and Mergansers (3)Oct. 15-Oct. 22 & Nov. 12-Nov. 25 & Dec. 13-Jan. 286 6 618 18 18
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
RP ZoneNov. 19-Nov. 25 & Dec. 13-Mar. 85 515 15
AP ZoneNov. 19-Nov. 25 & Dec. 16-Feb. 42 26 6
Light GeeseOct. 1-Nov. 25 & Dec. 12-Feb. 4 Feb. 1125 25 25
BrantNov. 8-Nov. 25 & Dec. 12-Jan. 312 26 6
Massachusetts
Ducks (4):618
Western ZoneOct. 10-Nov. 26 & Dec. 5-Dec. 24
Central ZoneOct. 11-Nov. 26 & Dec. 12-Jan. 2
Coastal ZoneOct. 14-Oct. 22 & Nov. 17-Jan. 16
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
NAP Zone
Central ZoneOct. 11-Nov. 26 & Dec. 12-Jan. 133 39 9
(Special season)Jan. 16-Feb. 4515
Coastal ZoneOct. 14-Oct. 22 & Nov. 17-Jan. 273 39 9
(Special season) (5)Jan. 28-Feb. 15515
AP ZoneOct. 10-Nov. 26 & Dec. 5-Dec. 133 39 9
Light Geese:
Western ZoneOct. 10-Nov. 26 & Dec. 5-Dec. 1315 1545 45
Central ZoneOct. 11-Nov. 26 & Dec. 12-Jan. 13 Jan. 16-Feb. 415 15 1545 45 45
Coastal Zone (5)Oct. 14-Oct. 22 & Nov. 17-Jan. 27 Jan. 28-Feb. 1515 15 1545 45 45
Brant:
Western & Central ZoneClosed
Coastal ZoneNov. 21-Jan. 2826
New Hampshire
Ducks:618
Northern ZoneOct. 4-Dec. 2
Inland ZoneOct. 4-Nov. 6 & Nov. 22-Dec. 17
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Coastal ZoneOct. 5-Oct. 16 & Nov. 22-Jan. 8
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Northern ZoneOct. 4-Dec. 1239
Inland ZoneOct. 4-Nov. 6 & Nov. 22-Dec. 273 39 9
Coastal ZoneOct. 5-Oct. 16 & Nov. 22-Jan. 183 39 9
Light Geese:
Northern ZoneOct. 4-Dec. 1225
Inland ZoneOct. 4-Dec. 2725
Coastal ZoneOct. 5-Jan. 1825
Brant:
Northern ZoneOct. 4-Dec. 226
Inland ZoneOct. 4-Nov. 6 & Nov. 22-Dec. 172 26 6
Coastal ZoneOct. 5-Oct. 16 & Nov. 22-Jan. 82 26 6
New Jersey
Ducks:618
North ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 15 & Nov. 5-Jan. 5
South ZoneOct. 22-Oct. 29 & Nov. 12-Jan. 12
Coastal ZoneNov. 10-Nov. 12 & Nov. 24-Jan. 28
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada and White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneNov. 12-Nov. 26 & Dec. 10-Jan. 213 39 9
South ZoneNov. 12-Nov. 26 & Dec. 10-Jan. 213 39 9
Coastal ZoneNov. 10-Nov. 12 & Nov. 24-Feb. 155 515 15
Light Geese:
Special Season ZoneJan. 23-Feb. 15515
North ZoneOct. 17-Feb. 1525
South ZoneOct. 17-Feb. 1525
Coastal ZoneOct. 17-Feb. 1525
Brant:
North ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 15 & Nov. 5-Jan. 51 13 3
South ZoneOct. 22-Oct. 29 & Nov. 12-Jan. 121 13 3
Coastal ZoneNov. 10-Nov. 12 & Nov. 24-Jan. 281 13 3
New York
Ducks and Mergansers:618
Long Island ZoneNov. 24-Nov. 27 & Dec. 5-Jan. 29
Lake Champlain ZoneOct. 12-Oct. 16 & Oct. 29-Dec. 22
Northeastern ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 30 & Nov. 5-Dec. 11
Southeastern ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 10 & Nov. 12-Dec. 31
Western ZoneOct. 22-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 15
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Western Long Island (AFRP)Oct. 8-Oct. 23 & Nov. 24-Nov. 27 & Dec. 5-Feb. 278 8 824 24 24
Central Long Island (NAP-L)Nov. 24-Nov. 27 & Dec. 5-Feb. 83 39 9
Eastern Long Island (NAP-H)Nov. 24-Feb. 139
Lake Champlain (AP) ZoneOct. 12-Nov. 3039
Northeast (AP) ZoneOct. 22-Nov. 14 & Nov. 16-Dec. 113 39 9
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East Central (AP) ZoneOct. 22-Nov. 18 & Dec. 3-Dec. 243 39 9
Hudson Valley (AP) ZoneNov. 5-Nov. 17 & Dec. 3-Jan. 83 39 9
West Central (AP) ZoneOct. 22-Nov. 24 & Dec. 31-Jan. 153 39 9
South (AFRP)Oct. 22-Dec. 17 & Dec. 31-Jan. 15 & Mar. 4-Mar. 105 5 515 15 15
Light Geese (6):
Long Island ZoneNov. 24-Mar. 1025
Lake Champlain ZoneOct. 12-Dec. 31 & Feb. 15-Mar. 1025 25
Northeastern ZoneOct. 1-Jan. 1525
Southeastern ZoneOct. 1-Jan. 1525
Western ZoneOct. 1-Jan. 1525
Brant:
Long Island ZoneNov. 24-Nov. 27 & Dec. 5-Jan. 292 26 6
Lake Champlain ZoneOct. 5-Dec. 326
Northeastern ZoneOct. 1-Nov. 2926
Southeastern ZoneOct. 1-Nov. 2926
Western ZoneOct. 1-Nov. 2926
North Carolina
Ducks (7)Oct. 5-Oct. 8 & Nov. 12-Dec. 3 & Dec. 17-Jan. 286 6 618 18 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
RP Hunt ZoneOct. 5-Oct. 15 & Nov. 12-Dec. 3 & Dec. 17-Feb. 115 5 515 15 15
SJBP Hunt ZoneOct. 5-Nov. 4 & Nov. 12-Dec. 315 515 15
Northeast Hunt Zone (8)Jan. 13-Jan. 2813
Light GeeseOct. 11-Feb. 1125
BrantDec. 17-Jan. 2813
Pennsylvania
Ducks:618
North ZoneOct. 8-Nov. 19 & Dec. 20-Jan. 14
South ZoneOct. 15-Oct. 22 & Nov. 22-Jan. 21
Northwest ZoneOct. 8-Dec. 10 Dec. 27-Dec. 31
Lake Erie ZoneOct. 31-Jan. 7
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Eastern (AP) ZoneNov. 15-Nov. 26 & Dec. 17-Jan. 313 39 9
SJBP ZoneOct. 8-Nov. 26 & Dec. 12-Jan. 203 39 9
Resident (RP) ZoneOct. 22-Nov. 26 & Dec. 17-Jan. 14 & Feb. 1-Feb. 285 5 515 15 15
Light Geese:
Eastern (AP) ZoneOct. 1-Jan. 3125
SJBP ZoneOct. 1-Jan. 2025
Resident (RP) ZoneOct. 27-Feb. 2825
BrantOct. 8-Dec. 1626
Rhode Island
DucksOct. 7-Oct. 10 & Nov. 23-Nov. 27 & Dec. 3-Jan. 226 6 618 18 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseNov. 19-Nov. 27 &39
Dec. 3-Jan. 3039
Special seasonFeb. 4-Feb. 10515
Light GeeseOct. 16-Jan. 3025
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BrantDec. 4-Jan. 2226
Ducks (9)(10)Nov. 12 & Nov. 19-Nov. 26 & Dec. 10-Jan. 296 6 618 18 18
Mergansers (11)Same as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada and White-fronted Geese (12)Nov. 19-Nov. 26 & Dec. 10-Jan. 29 & Feb. 12-Feb. 275 5 515 15 15
Light GeeseNov. 19-Nov. 26 & Dec. 10-Jan. 29 & Feb. 12-Feb. 2725 25 25
BrantNov. 19-Nov. 26 & Dec. 10-Jan. 292 26 6
Vermont
Ducks:618
Lake Champlain ZoneOct. 12-Oct 16 & Oct. 29-Dec. 22
Interior ZoneOct. 12-Dec. 10
Connecticut River ZoneOct. 4-Nov. 6 & Nov. 22-Dec. 17
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Lake Champlain ZoneOct. 12-Nov. 3039
Interior ZoneOct. 12-Nov. 3039
Connecticut River ZoneOct. 4-Nov. 6 & Nov. 22-Dec. 273 39 9
Light Geese:
Lake Champlain ZoneOct. 12-Dec. 31 & Feb. 15-Mar. 1025 25
Interior ZoneOct. 12-Dec. 31 & Feb. 15-Mar. 1025 25
Connecticut River ZoneOct. 4-Dec. 2725
Brant:
Lake Champlain ZoneOct. 5-Dec. 326
Interior ZoneOct. 5-Dec. 326
Connecticut River ZoneOct. 4-Nov. 6 & Nov. 22-Dec. 172 26 6
Virginia
Ducks (13)Oct. 7-Oct. 10 & Nov. 16-Nov. 27 & Dec. 17-Jan. 296 6 618 18 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Eastern (AP) ZoneNov. 16-Nov. 27 & Dec. 23-Jan. 292 26 6
Western (SJBP) ZoneNov. 16-Nov. 27 & Dec. 19-Jan. 14 &3 39 9
(Special season)Jan. 15-Feb. 15515
Western (RP) ZoneNov. 16-Nov. 27 & Dec. 17-Feb. 225 515 15
Light GeeseOct. 17-Jan. 3125
BrantNov. 16-Nov. 27 & Dec. 17-Jan. 292 26 6
West Virginia
Ducks (14)Oct. 1-Oct. 8 & Nov. 7-Nov. 12 & Dec. 14-Jan. 286 6 618 18 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1530
Canada GeeseOct. 1-Oct. 15 & Nov. 7-Nov. 12 & Dec. 1-Jan. 285 5 515 15 15
Light GeeseSame as for Canada Geese515
BrantNov. 30-Jan. 2813
(1) In Delaware, the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) snow goose season is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays only.
(2) In Maine, the daily bag limit may include no more than 4 of any species, with no more than 12 of any one species in possession. The season for Barrow's goldeneye is closed.
(3) In Maryland, the black duck season is closed October 15 through October 22. Additionally, the daily bag limit of 6 ducks may include no more than 5 sea ducks, of which no more than 4 may be scoters, eiders, or long-tailed ducks.Start Printed Page 48665
(4) In Massachusetts, the daily bag limit may include no more than 4 of any single species in addition to the flyway-wide bag restrictions.
(5) In Massachusetts, the January 23 to February 13 portion of the season in the Coastal Zone is restricted to that portion of the Coastal Zone north of the Cape Cod Canal.
(6) In New York, the use of electronic calls and shotguns capable of holding more than 3 shotshells are allowed for hunting of light geese on any day when all other waterfowl hunting seasons are closed.
(7) In North Carolina, the season is closed for black ducks October 5 through October 8 and November 12 through November 18. The daily bag limit for black and mottled ducks is combined with no more than 1 allowed in the daily bag.
(8) In North Carolina, a permit is required to hunt Canada geese in the Northeast Hunt Zone.
(9) In South Carolina, the daily bag limit of 6 may not exceed 1 black-bellied whistling duck, and either 1 black duck or 1 mottled duck in the aggregate.
(10) In South Carolina, on November 12, only hunters 17 years of age or younger can hunt ducks, coots, and mergansers. The youth must be accompanied by a person at least 21 years of age who is properly licensed, including State and Federal waterfowl stamps. Youth who are 16 or 17 years of age who hunt on this day are not required to have a State license or State waterfowl stamp but must possess a Federal waterfowl stamp and migratory bird permit.
(11) In South Carolina, the daily bag limit for mergansers may include no more than 1 hooded merganser.
(12) In South Carolina, the daily bag limit may include no more than 2 white-fronted geese.
(13) In Virginia, the season is closed for black ducks October 7 through October 10.
(14) In West Virginia, the daily bag limit may include no more than 4 long-tailed ducks, and the season is closed for eiders, whistling ducks, and mottled ducks.

MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY

Flyway-wide Restrictions

Duck Limits: The daily bag limit of 6 ducks may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, 2 pintails, 2 canvasbacks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, and 3 wood ducks. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit is 5 mergansers and may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in the duck bag limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit, of which only 2 may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
Alabama
Ducks:618
North ZoneNov. 25-Nov. 26 & Dec. 3-Jan. 29
South ZoneSame as North Zone
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (1)(2):
SJBP ZoneSept. 1-Sept 30 & Nov. 25-Nov. 26 & Dec. 3-Jan. 295 5 515 15 15
North ZoneSame as SJBP Zone515
South ZoneSame as SJBP Zone515
Light Geese:
SJBP ZoneSame as for Dark Geese515
North ZoneSame as for Dark Geese515
South ZoneSame as for Dark Geese515
Arkansas
DucksNov. 19-Nov. 27 & Dec. 8-Dec. 23 & Dec. 26-Jan. 296 6 618 18 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks510
CootsSame as for Ducks510
Canada GeeseSept. 1-Sept. 30 & Nov. 16-Dec. 2 & Dec. 4-Jan. 295 3 315 9 9
White-fronted GeeseNov. 16-Dec. 2 & Dec. 4-Jan. 292 24 4
BrantClosed
Light GeeseSame as for White-fronted Geese20
Illinois
Ducks:618
North ZoneOct. 15-Dec. 13
Central ZoneOct. 22-Dec. 20
South Central ZoneNov. 11-Jan. 9
South ZoneNov. 24-Jan. 22
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15 & Oct. 15-Jan. 125 215 6
Central ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15 & Oct. 22-Oct. 30 & Nov. 12-Jan. 315 2 215 6 6
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South Central ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15 & Nov. 11-Jan. 312 26 6
South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 15 & Nov. 24-Jan. 312 26 6
White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneOct. 17-Jan. 1226
Central ZoneNov. 5-Jan. 3126
South Central ZoneNov. 11-Jan. 3126
South ZoneNov. 24-Jan. 3126
Light Geese:
North ZoneOct. 15-Jan. 1220
Central ZoneOct. 22-Jan. 3120
South Central ZoneNov. 11-Jan. 3120
South ZoneNov. 24-Jan. 3120
BrantSame as for Light Geese13
Indiana
Ducks:618
North ZoneOct. 22-Dec. 11 & Dec. 24-Jan. 1
Central ZoneOct. 29-Nov. 6 & Nov. 19-Jan. 8
South ZoneOct. 29-Nov. 6 &
Nov. 26-Jan. 15
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (1)(3):
North ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 11 & Oct. 22-Nov. 20 & Dec. 10-Feb. 125 5 515 15 15
Central ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 11 & Oct. 29-Nov. 6 & Nov. 19-Feb. 125 5 515 15 15
South ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 18 & Oct. 29-Nov. 6 & Nov. 26-Feb. 125 5 515 15 15
Light Geese:
North ZoneSame as for Dark Geese20
Central ZoneSame as for Dark Geese20
South ZoneSame as for Dark Geese20
Iowa
Ducks:618
North ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 2 & Oct. 15-Dec. 4
Missouri River ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 9 & Oct. 22-Dec 18
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 5 & Oct. 22-Dec 15
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (1):
Cedar Falls/WaterlooSept. 3-Sept. 11515
Des MoinesSept. 3-Sept. 11515
Cedar Rapids/Iowa CitySept. 3-Sept. 11515
North Zone (4)Sept. 24-Oct. 9 & Oct. 15-Oct. 31 & Nov. 1-Jan. 45 5 515 15 15
Missouri River Zone (4)Oct. 8-Oct. 16 & Oct. 22-Oct. 31 & Nov. 1-Jan. 185 5 515 15 15
South Zone (4)Oct. 1-Oct. 9 & Oct. 22-Oct. 31 & Nov. 1-Jan. 185 5 515 15 15
Light Geese:
North ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 9 & Oct. 15-Jan. 1320 20— —
Missouri River ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 16 & Oct. 22-Jan. 2720 20— —
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 9 & Oct. 22-Jan. 2720 20— —
Kentucky
Ducks:618
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West ZoneNov. 24-Nov. 27 & Dec. 5-Jan. 29
East ZoneSame as West Zone
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseSept. 16-Sept. 30 & Nov. 24-Feb. 155 315 9
White-fronted GeeseNov. 24-Feb. 1526
BrantNov. 24-Feb. 1513
Light GeeseNov. 24-Feb. 152060
Louisiana
Ducks:618
West ZoneNov. 12-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Jan. 22
East Zone (including Catahoula Lake)Nov. 19-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Jan. 29
Coastal ZoneNov. 12-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Jan. 22
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseNov. 5-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Jan. 313 39 9
White-fronted GeeseNov. 5-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Feb. 122 26 6
BrantClosed
Light GeeseSame as for White-fronted Geese20
Michigan
Ducks:618
North ZoneSept. 24-Nov. 20 & Nov. 26-Nov. 27
Middle ZoneOct. 1-Nov. 27 & Dec. 17-Dec. 18
South ZoneOct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 1
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 30 & Oct. 1-Dec. 165 315 9
Middle ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 30 & Oct. 1-Dec. 14 & Dec. 17-Dec. 185 3 315 9 9
South Zone:
Muskegon Wastewater GMUOct. 15-Nov. 12 & Dec. 3-Dec. 203 39 9
Allegan County GMUSept. 1-Sept. 7 & Nov. 5-Dec. 23 & Dec. 26-Feb. 125 3 315 9 9
Saginaw County GMUSept. 1-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 1 & Jan. 21-Feb. 115 3 3 315 9 9 9
Tuscola/Huron GMUSept. 1-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 1 & Jan. 21-Feb. 115 3 3 315 9 9 9
Remainder of South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 1 & Jan. 21-Feb. 115 3 3 315 9 9 9
White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneSame as for Canada Geese13
Middle ZoneSame as for Canada Geese13
South Zone:
Muskegon Wastewater GMUSame as for Canada Geese13
Allegan County GMUSame as for Canada Geese13
Saginaw County GMUSept. 1-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 11 1 13 3 3
Tuscola/Huron GMUSept. 1-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 11 1 13 3 3
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Remainder of South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 11 1 13 3 3
Light Geese:
North ZoneSame as for Canada Geese20
Middle ZoneSame as for Canada Geese20
South Zone:
Muskegon Wastewater GMUSame as for Canada Geese20
Allegan County GMUSame as for Canada Geese20
Saginaw County GMUSame as for White-fronted Geese20
Tuscola/Huron GMUSame as for White-fronted Geese20
Remainder of South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 25 & Oct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 31-Jan. 120 20 20— — —
Brant:
North ZoneSame as for White-fronted Geese13
Middle ZoneSame as for White-fronted Geese13
South ZoneSame as for White-fronted Geese13
Minnesota
Ducks:618
North ZoneSept. 24-Nov. 22
Central ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 2 & Oct. 8-Nov. 27
South ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 2 & Oct. 15-Dec. 4
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
Coots (5)Same as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (1):
North Zone (6)Sept. 3-Sept. 18 & Sept. 24-Dec. 235 515 15
Central Zone (6)Sept. 3-Sept. 18 & Sept. 24-Oct. 2 & Oct. 8-Dec. 285 5 515 15 15
South Zone (6)Sept. 3-Sept. 18 & Sept. 24-Oct. 2 & Oct. 15-Jan. 45 5 515 15 15
Light Geese:
North ZoneSame as for Dark Geese2060
Central ZoneSame as for Dark Geese2060
South ZoneSame as for Dark Geese2060
Mississippi
DucksNov. 25-Nov. 27 & Dec. 2-Dec. 4 & Dec. 7-Jan. 296 6 618 18 18
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseSept. 1-Sept 30 & Nov. 12-Nov. 27 & Dec. 15-Jan. 29 & Feb. 4-Feb. 155 3 3 315 9 9 9
White-fronted GeeseNov. 12-Nov. 27 & Dec. 15-Jan. 29 & Feb. 4-Feb. 153 3 39 9 9
BrantSame as for White-fronted Geese13
Light GeeseSame as for White-fronted Geese20-
Missouri
Ducks and Mergansers:618
North ZoneOct. 29-Dec. 27
Middle ZoneNov. 5-Jan. 3
South ZoneNov. 24-Jan. 22
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese and Brant:
North ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 9 & Nov. 11-Feb. 63 39 9
Middle ZoneSame as North Zone39
South ZoneSame as North Zone39
White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneNov. 11-Feb. 626
Middle ZoneSame as North Zone26
South ZoneSame as North Zone26
Light Geese:
North ZoneNov. 11-Feb. 620
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Middle ZoneSame as North Zone20
South ZoneSame as North Zone20
Ohio
Ducks (7):618
Lake Erie Marsh ZoneOct. 15-Oct. 30 & Nov. 12-Dec. 25
North ZoneOct. 22-Nov. 6 & Nov. 19-Jan. 1
South ZoneOct. 22-Nov. 6 & Dec. 17-Jan. 29
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (1)(8):
Lake Erie Goose ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 11 & Oct. 15-Oct. 30 & Nov. 12-Dec. 25 & Jan. 7-Feb. 115 3 3 315 9 9 9
North ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 11 & Oct. 22-Nov. 6 & Nov. 19-Jan. 1 & Jan. 7-Feb. 115 3 3 315 9 9 9
PymatuningSept. 3-Sept. 11 & Oct. 22-Nov. 6 & Nov. 19-Jan. 1 & Jan. 7-Jan. 303 3 3 39 9 9 9
South ZoneSept. 3-Sept. 11 & Oct. 22-Nov. 6 & Nov. 24-Feb. 113 3 39 9 9
Light Geese:
Lake Erie Goose ZoneOct. 15-Oct. 30 & Nov. 12-Dec. 25 & Jan. 7-Feb. 1110 10 1030 30 30
North ZoneOct. 22-Nov. 6 & Nov. 19-Jan. 1 & Jan. 7-Feb. 1110 10 1030 30 30
PymatuningOct. 22-Nov. 6 & Nov. 19-Jan. 1 & Jan. 7-Jan. 3010 10 1030 30 30
South ZoneOct. 22-Nov. 6 & Nov. 24-Feb. 1110 1030 30
Tennessee
Ducks:618
Reelfoot ZoneNov. 12-Nov. 13 & Dec. 3-Jan. 29
Rest of StateNov. 26-Nov. 27 & Dec. 3-Jan. 29
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Northwest ZoneOct. 8-Oct. 12 & Nov. 12-Nov. 13 & Dec. 3-Feb. 115 5 515 15 15
Rest of StateOct. 8-Oct. 25 & Nov. 26-Nov. 27 & Dec. 3-Jan. 295 5 515 15 15
White-fronted Geese:
Northwest ZoneNov. 26-Nov. 27 & Dec. 3-Feb. 112 26 6
Rest of StateSame as Northwest Zone26
Brant:
Northwest ZoneNov. 26-Nov. 27 & Dec. 3-Jan. 292 26 6
Rest of StateSame as Northwest Zone26
Light GeeseSame as White-fronted Geese20
Wisconsin
Ducks (7):618
North ZoneSept. 24-Nov. 22
South ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 9 & Oct. 15-Dec. 4
Mississippi River ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 7 & Oct. 15-Dec. 6
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
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CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
North Zone (9)Sept. 1-Sept. 15 Sept. 16-Dec. 165 215 6
South Zone (9)Sept. 1-Sept. 15 Sept. 16-Oct. 9 & Oct. 15-Dec. 215 2 215 6 6
Horicon Zone (9)(10)Sept. 1-Sept. 15 Sept. 16-Dec. 165 215 6
Mississippi River Zone (9)Sept. 1-Sept. 15 Oct. 1-Oct. 7 & Oct. 15-Jan. 55 2 215 6 6
White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneSept. 16-Dec. 1626
South ZoneSept. 16-Oct. 9 & Oct. 15-Dec. 212 26 6
Horicon ZoneSept. 16-Dec. 1613
Mississippi River ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 7 & Oct. 15-Jan. 52 26 6
BrantSame as for White-fronted Geese13
Light GeeseSame as for White-fronted Geese20
(1) The dark goose daily bag limit is an aggregate daily bag limit for Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant.
(2) In Alabama, the dark goose daily bag limit may not include more than 1 brant. Additionally, after September 30, the daily bag may not include more than 3 Canada geese.
(3) In Indiana, the dark goose daily bag limit of 5 may include 5 Canada geese during September 3 through September 11 in the North and Central Zones and during September 3 through September 18 in the South Zone. During all other open season segments, the dark goose daily bag limit may not include more than 3 Canada geese. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
(4) In Iowa, in the North Zone, the Missouri River Zone, and the South Zone, the dark goose daily bag limit may not include more than 2 Canada geese until November 1. After such time, the daily bag limit may not include more than 3 Canada geese. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
(5) In Minnesota, the daily bag limit is 15 and the possession limit is 45 coots and moorhens in the aggregate.
(6) In Minnesota, the dark goose daily bag limit may not include more than 1 brant. Additionally, after September 18, the daily bag may not include more than 3 Canada geese.
(7) In Ohio and Wisconsin, the daily bag limit may include no more than one female mallard.
(8) In Ohio, only Canada geese may be taken during the September 3 to September 11 portion of the dark goose season.
(9) In Wisconsin, a special Early Canada goose season permit is required for September 1 through 15.
(10) In Wisconsin, a state tag is required for Canada goose harvest. See State regulations for further information.

CENTRAL FLYWAY

Flyway-Wide Restrictions

Duck Limits: The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, which may include no more than 5 mallards (2 female mallards), 1 mottled duck, 2 pintails, 2 canvasbacks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, and 3 wood ducks. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit is 5 mergansers and may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers. In States that include mergansers in the duck bag limit, the daily limit is the same as the duck bag limit, of which only 2 may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
Colorado
Ducks:618
Southeast ZoneOct. 26-Jan. 29
Northeast Zone:Oct. 8-Nov. 28 & Dec. 17-Jan. 29
Mountain/Foothills Zone:Oct. 1-Nov. 28 & Dec. 24-Jan. 29
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
Dark Geese:
Northern Front Range UnitOct. 1-Oct. 19 & Nov. 19-Feb. 125 515 15
South Park/San Luis Valley UnitSame as N. Front Range Unit515
North Park UnitSame as N. Front Range Unit515
Rest of State in Central FlywayOct. 31-Feb. 12515
Light Geese:
Northern Front Range UnitOct. 29-Feb. 1250
South Park/San Luis Valley UnitSame as N. Front Range Unit50
North Park UnitSame as N. Front Range Unit50
Rest of State in Central FlywaySame as N. Front Range Unit50
Kansas
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Ducks:618
High PlainsOct. 8-Jan. 1 & Jan. 20-Jan. 29
Low Plains:
Early ZoneOct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 17-Jan. 1
Late ZoneOct. 29-Jan. 1 & Jan. 21-Jan. 29
Southeast ZoneNov. 12-Jan. 1 & Jan. 7-Jan. 29
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (1)Oct. 29-Jan. 1 & Jan. 4-Feb. 126 618 18
White-fronted GeeseOct. 29-Jan. 1 & Jan. 21-Feb. 122 26 6
Light GeeseOct. 29-Jan. 1 & Jan. 4-Feb. 1250 50
Montana
Ducks and Mergansers (2):618
Zone 1Oct. 1-Jan. 5
Zone 2Oct. 1-Oct. 9 & Oct. 22-Jan. 17
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese:
Zone 1Oct. 1-Jan. 8 & Jan. 14-Jan. 185 515 15
Zone 2Oct. 1-Oct. 9 & Oct. 22-Jan. 255 515 15
Light Geese:
Zone 1Same as for Dark Geese2060
Zone 2Same as for Dark Geese2060
Nebraska
Ducks:618
Zone 1Oct. 15-Dec. 27.
Zone 2:
Low PlainsOct. 8-Dec. 20
High PlainsOct. 8-Dec. 20 & Jan. 9-Jan. 29
Zone 3:
Low PlainsOct. 27-Jan. 8
High PlainsOct. 27-Jan. 8 & Jan. 9-Jan. 29
Zone 4Oct. 8-Dec. 20
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Niobrara UnitOct. 31-Feb. 12515
East UnitOct. 31-Feb. 12515
North Central UnitOct. 8-Jan. 20515
Platte River UnitOct. 31-Feb. 12515
Panhandle UnitOct. 31-Feb. 12515
White-fronted GeeseOct. 8-Dec. 11 & Feb. 4-Feb. 123 39 9
Light GeeseOct. 8-Jan. 1 & Jan. 25-Feb. 1250 50
New Mexico
Ducks and Mergansers (3):618
North ZoneOct. 15-Jan. 18
South ZoneOct. 26-Jan. 29
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (4):
Middle Rio Grande Valley Unit (4)Dec. 24-Jan. 1722
Rest of StateOct. 15-Jan. 29515
Light GeeseOct. 15-Jan. 2950
North Dakota
Ducks (2):618
High PlainsSept. 24-Dec. 4 & Dec. 10-Jan. 1
Remainder of StateSept. 24-Dec. 4
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
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Canada Geese (5):
Missouri River ZoneSept. 24-Dec. 30515
Rest of StateSept. 24-Dec. 22824
White-fronted GeeseSept. 24-Dec. 439
Light GeeseSept. 24-Jan. 150
Oklahoma
Ducks:618
High PlainsOct. 15-Jan. 11
Low Plains:
Zone 1:Oct. 29-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Jan. 22
Zone 2:Nov. 5-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Jan. 29
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada GeeseOct. 29-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Feb. 128 824 24
White-fronted GeeseOct. 29-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Feb. 52 26 6
Light GeeseOct. 29-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Feb. 1250 50
South Dakota
Ducks (2):618
High PlainsOct. 8-Dec. 20 & Dec. 21-Jan. 12
Low Plains:
North ZoneSept. 24-Dec. 6
Middle ZoneSept. 24-Dec. 6
South ZoneOct. 8-Dec. 20
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Canada Geese:
Unit 1Oct. 1-Dec. 18824
Unit 2Oct. 31-Feb. 12412
Unit 3Oct. 15-Dec. 18 & Jan. 14-Jan. 224 412 12
White-fronted GeeseSept. 24-Dec. 1826
Light GeeseSept. 24-Dec. 1850
Texas
Ducks (6):618
High PlainsOct. 29-Oct. 30 & Nov. 4-Jan. 29
Low Plains:
North ZoneNov. 12-Nov. 27 & Dec. 3-Jan. 29
South ZoneNov. 5-Nov. 27 & Dec. 10-Jan. 29
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese (7):
East Tier:
South ZoneNov. 5-Jan. 29515
North ZoneNov. 5-Jan. 29515
West TierNov. 5-Feb. 5515
Light Geese:
East Tier:
South ZoneNov. 5-Jan. 2920
North ZoneNov. 5-Jan. 2920
West TierNov. 5-Feb. 520
Wyoming
Ducks (2)(8):618
Zone C1Oct. 1-Oct. 18 & Oct. 29-Jan. 15
Zone C2Sept. 24-Dec. 4 & Dec. 10-Jan. 3
Zone C3Same as Zone C2
MergansersSame as for Ducks515
CootsSame as for Ducks1545
Dark Geese:
Zone G1A (8)Oct. 1-Oct. 18 & Nov. 18-Feb. 122 46 12
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Zone G1Oct. 1-Oct. 18 & Oct. 29-Nov. 27 & Dec. 3-Jan. 285 5 515 15 15
Zone G2Sept. 24-Dec. 4 & Dec. 10-Jan. 115 515 15
Zone G3Same as Zone G2515
Light GeeseOct. 1-Dec. 29 & Jan. 29-Feb. 1210 1030 30
(1) In Kansas, the dark geese daily bag limit includes Canada geese, brant, and all other geese except white-fronted geese and light geese.
(2) In Montana, during the first 9 days of the duck season, and in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, during the first 16 days of the duck season, the daily bag and possession limit may include 2 and 6 additional blue-winged teal, respectively.
(3) In New Mexico, Mexican-like ducks are included in the aggregate with mallards.
(4) In New Mexico, the season for dark geese is closed in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Sierra, and Valencia Counties. In the Middle Rio Grande Valley Unit, a limited season is established. See State regulations for additional information.
(5) In North Dakota, see State regulations for additional shooting hour restrictions.
(6) In Texas, the daily bag limit is 6 ducks, which may include no more than 5 mallards (only 2 of which may be females), 2 redheads, 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 canvasbacks, 2 pintails, and 1 dusky duck (mottled duck, Mexican-like duck, black duck and their hybrids). The season for dusky ducks is closed the first 5 days of the season in all zones. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
(7) In Texas, the daily bag limit for dark geese is 5 in the aggregate and may include no more than 2 white-fronted geese. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limits.
(8) See State regulations for additional restrictions.

Pacific Flyway

Flyway-Wide Restrictions

Duck and Merganser Limits: The daily bag limit of 7 ducks (including mergansers) may include no more than 2 female mallards, 2 pintails, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, and 2 canvasbacks. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.

Coot and Common Moorhen Limits: Daily bag and possession limits are in the aggregate for the two species.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
Arizona
Ducks (1):721
North Zone:
ScaupOct. 22-Jan. 1539
Other DucksOct. 7-Jan. 15721
South Zone:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
Other DucksOct. 21-Jan. 29721
Coots and MoorhensSame as for Other Ducks2575
Dark Geese:
North ZoneOct. 7-Jan. 15412
South ZoneOct. 21-Jan. 29412
Light GeeseSame as for Dark geese1030
California
Ducks:721
Northeastern Zone:
ScaupOct. 8-Dec. 4 & Dec. 24-Jan. 203 39 9
Other DucksOct. 8-Jan. 20721
Colorado River Zone:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
Other DucksOct. 21-Jan. 29721
Southern Zone:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
Other DucksOct. 22-Jan. 29721
Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
Other DucksOct. 22-Jan. 29721
Balance of State Zone:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
Other DucksOct. 22-Jan. 29721
Coots and MoorhensSame as for Other Ducks2525
Canada Geese (2) (3):
Northeastern Zone (4)Oct. 8-Jan. 151030
Colorado River ZoneOct. 21-Jan. 29412
Southern ZoneOct. 22-Jan. 2939
Balance of State ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 5 & Oct. 22-Jan. 2910 1030 30
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North Coast Special Management AreaNov. 7-Jan. 29 & Feb. 18-Mar. 1010 1030 30
White-fronted Geese (2):
Northeastern ZoneOct. 8-Jan. 15 & Mar. 4-Mar.810 1030 30
Colorado River ZoneOct. 21-Jan. 29412
Southern ZoneOct. 22-Jan. 2939
Balance of State ZoneOct. 22-Jan. 29 & Feb. 11-Feb. 1510 1030 30
Sacramento Valley Special Management AreaOct. 22-Dec. 2139
Light Geese:
Northeastern ZoneOct. 8-Dec. 4 & Jan. 7-Jan. 20 & Feb. 6-Mar.1015 15 1545 45 45
Colorado River ZoneOct. 21-Jan. 291030
Southern ZoneOct. 22-Jan. 291545
Imperial County Special Management AreaNov. 5-Jan. 29 & Feb. 4-Feb. 2015 1545 45
Balance of State ZoneOct. 22-Jan. 29 & Feb. 11-Feb. 1515 1545 45
Brant:
Northern ZoneNov. 8-Dec. 1426
Balance of State ZoneNov. 9-Dec. 1526
Colorado
Ducks:721
East Zone:
ScaupOct. 1-Dec. 2539
Other DucksOct. 1-Jan. 13721
West Zone:
ScaupOct. 1-Oct. 19 & Nov. 5-Jan. 103 39 9
Other DucksOct. 1-Oct. 19 & Nov. 5-Jan. 297 721 21
CootsSame as for Other Ducks2575
Dark Geese:
East ZoneOct. 1-Jan. 4412
West ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 10 & Nov. 5-Jan. 294 412 12
Light Geese:Same as for Canada Geese1030
Idaho
Ducks:721
Zone 1:
ScaupOct. 22-Jan. 1339
Other DucksOct. 1-Jan. 13721
Zone 2:
ScaupOct. 22-Jan. 1339
Other DucksOct. 1-Jan. 13721
Zone 3:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2739
Other DucksOct. 15-Jan. 27721
CootsSame as for Other Ducks2575
Canada Geese and Brant:
Zone 1Oct. 1-Jan. 13412
Zone 2Oct. 1-Jan. 13412
Zone 3Oct. 15-Jan. 27412
Zone 4Oct. 1-Dec. 29412
White-fronted Geese:
Zone 1Oct. 1-Jan. 131030
Zone 2Oct. 1-Jan. 131030
Zone 3Nov. 7-Feb. 191030
Light Geese:
Zone 1Oct. 1-Jan. 132060
Zone 2Oct. 29-Jan. 13 & Feb. 11-Mar. 1020 2060 60
Zone 3Nov. 26-Mar. 102060
Zone 4 (5)Oct. 1-Jan. 132060
Montana
Ducks:721
ScaupOct. 1-Dec. 2539
Other DucksOct. 1-Jan. 8 & Jan. 14-Jan. 187 721 21
CootsSame as for Other Ducks2525
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Dark Geese (6)Oct. 1-Jan. 8 & Jan. 14-Jan. 184 412 12
Light Geese (6)Same as for Dark Geese2060
Nevada
Ducks:721
Northeast Zone:
ScaupOct. 1-Oct. 23 & Oct. 26-Dec. 273 39 9
Other DucksOct. 1-Oct. 23 & Oct. 26-Jan. 157 721 21
Northwest Zone:
ScaupOct. 29-Jan. 2239
Other DucksOct. 8-Oct. 23 & Oct. 26-Jan. 227 721 21
South Zone:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
Other DucksOct. 15-Oct. 23 & Oct. 26-Jan. 297 721 21
Moapa Valley Special Management Area (7):
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
Other DucksOct. 29-Jan. 29721
Coots and MoorhensSame as for Other Ducks2575
Canada Geese and Brant:
Northeast ZoneSame as for Other Ducks412
Northwest ZoneSame as for Other Ducks412
South ZoneSame as for Other Ducks412
Moapa Valley Special Management Area (7):Same as for Other Ducks412
White-fronted Geese:
Northeast ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Northwest ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
South ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Moapa Valley Special Management Area (7):Same as for Canada Geese1030
Light Geese (8):
Northeast ZoneOct. 26-Jan. 15 & Feb. 25-Mar. 1020 2060 60
Northwest ZoneOct. 26-Jan. 22 & Feb. 25-Mar. 1020 2060 60
South ZoneOct. 15-Oct. 23 & Oct. 26-Jan. 2920 2060 60
Moapa Valley Special Management Area (7):Oct. 29-Jan. 292060
New Mexico
Ducks:721
ScaupOct. 17-Jan. 1039
Other DucksOct. 17-Jan. 29721
Coots and MoorhensSame as for Other Ducks2575
Canada Geese and Brant:
North ZoneSept. 24-Oct. 9 & Oct. 31-Jan. 293 39 9
South ZoneOct. 15-Jan. 2939
White-fronted Geese:
North ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
South ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Light Geese:
North ZoneSame as for Canada Geese2060
South ZoneSame as for Canada Geese2060
Oregon
Ducks:721
Zone 1:
Columbia Basin Unit:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
Other DucksOct. 15-Oct. 30 & Nov. 2-Jan. 297 721 21
Rest of Zone 1Same as Columbia Basin Unit
Zone 2:
ScaupOct. 8-Nov. 27 & Nov. 30-Jan. 33 39 9
Other DucksOct. 8-Nov. 27 & Nov. 30-Jan. 227 721 21
CootsSame as for Other Ducks2575
Canada Geese:
Northwest Permit Zone (9) (10)Oct. 22-Oct. 30 & Nov. 19-Jan. 9 & Feb. 4-Mar. 104 4 412 12 12
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Tillamook County Management AreaClosed
Southwest ZoneOct. 15-Oct. 30 & Nov. 7-Jan. 294 412 12
South Coast ZoneOct. 1-Nov. 27 & Dec. 17-Jan. 11 & Feb. 18-Mar. 106 6 618 18 18
Eastern ZoneOct. 15-Oct. 30 & Nov. 7-Jan. 294 412 12
Klamath County ZoneOct. 8-Nov. 27 & Dec. 12-Jan. 294 412 12
Harney and Lake County ZoneOct. 8-Nov. 27 & Dec. 12-Jan. 294 412 12
Malheur County ZoneOct. 8-Nov. 27 & Dec. 12-Jan. 294 412 12
White-fronted Geese:
Northwest Permit Zone (9)Same as for Canada Geese1030
Tillamook County Management AreaClosed
Southwest ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
South Coast ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Eastern ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Klamath County ZoneOct. 8-Nov. 27 & Jan. 16-Mar. 1010 1030 30
Harney and Lake County Zone (11)Oct. 8-Nov. 27 & Jan. 16-Mar. 1010 1030 30
Malheur County ZoneOct. 8-Nov. 27 & Jan. 16-Mar. 1010 1030 30
Light Geese:
Northwest Permit Zone (9)Same as for Canada Geese618
Tillamook County Management AreaClosed
Southwest ZoneSame as for Canada Geese618
South Coast ZoneSame as for Canada Geese618
Eastern ZoneSame as for Canada Geese618
Klamath County Zone (12)Oct. 8-Nov. 27 & Jan. 16-Mar. 106 618 18
Harney and Lake County Zone (12)Oct. 8-Nov. 27 & Jan. 16-Mar. 106 618 18
Malheur County Zone (12)Oct. 8-Nov. 27 & Jan. 16-Mar. 106 618 18
BrantNov. 26-Dec. 1126
Utah
Ducks:721
Zone 1:
ScaupOct. 1-Dec. 2539
Other DucksOct. 1-Jan. 14721
Zone 2:
ScaupSame as Zone 139
Other DucksSame as Zone 1721
CootsSame as for Other Ducks2575
Canada Geese and Brant:
Northern ZoneOct. 1-Jan. 14412
Wasatch Front ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 13 & Nov. 5-Feb. 54 412 12
Washington County ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 13 & Nov. 5-Feb. 54 412 12
Balance of State ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 13 & Oct. 22-Jan. 224 412 12
White-fronted Geese:
Northern ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Wasatch Front ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Washington County ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Balance of State ZoneSame as for Canada Geese1030
Light Geese:
Northern ZoneOct. 25-Nov. 30 & Jan. 1-Mar. 1020 2060 60
Wasatch Front ZoneOct. 25-Nov. 30 & Jan. 1-Mar. 1020 2060 60
Washington County ZoneSame as for Wasatch County Zone2060
Balance of State ZoneSame as for Wasatch County Zone2060
Washington
Ducks:721
East Zone:
ScaupNov. 5-Jan. 2939
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Other DucksOct. 15-Oct 19 & Oct. 22-Jan. 297 721 21
West Zone (13)Same as East Zone
CootsSame as for Other Ducks2575
Canada Geese (14):
Area 1 (15)Oct. 15-Oct. 27 & Nov. 5-Jan. 294 412 12
Area 2A (16) (17)Oct. 15-Oct. 23 & Nov. 26-Jan. 22 & Feb. 11-Mar. 84 4 412 12 12
Area 2B (16) (17)Oct. 15-Oct. 23 & Nov. 26-Jan. 22 & Feb. 11-Mar. 84 4 412 12 12
Area 3 (15)Oct. 15-Oct. 27 & Nov. 5-Jan. 294 412 12
Area 4 (15)Oct. 15-Oct. 16 & Oct. 19 & Oct. 23-Jan. 294 4 412 12 12
Area 5 (15)Oct. 15-Oct. 17 & Oct. 22-Jan. 294 412 12
White-fronted Geese (14):
Area 1 (15)Oct. 15-Jan. 29412
Area 2A (16)Same as for Canada Geese412
Area 2B (16)Same as for Canada Geese412
Area 3 (15)Same as for Canada Geese412
Area 4 (15)Same as for Canada Geese412
Area 5 (15)Same as for Canada Geese412
Light Geese (14):
Area 1 (15)Oct. 15-Jan. 29412
Area 2A (16)Same as for Canada Geese412
Area 2B (16)Same as for Canada Geese412
Area 3 (15)Same as for Canada Geese412
Area 4 (15)Same as for Canada Geese412
Area 5 (15)Same as for Canada Geese412
Brant (18):
Skagit CountyJan. 7-Jan. 2226
Pacific CountyJan. 7-Jan. 2226
Wyoming
Ducks:721
Snake River Zone:
ScaupSept. 24-Dec. 1839
Other DucksSept. 24-Jan. 6721
Balance of State Zone
ScaupSept. 24-Dec. 1839
Other DucksSept. 24-Jan. 6721
CootsSame as for Other Ducks1545
Dark GeeseSept. 24-Dec. 2939
Light GeeseClosed
(1) In Arizona, the daily bag limit may include no more than either 2 female mallards or 2 Mexican-like ducks, or 1 of each; and not more than 6 female mallards and Mexican-like ducks, in the aggregate, may be in possession.
(2) In California, the daily bag and possession limits for Canada geese and white-fronted geese are in the aggregate.
(3) In California, small Canada geese are Cackling and Aleutian Canada geese, and large Canada geese are Western and Lesser Canada geese.
(4) In California, in the Northeastern Zone, the daily bag limit may include no more than 2 large Canada geese.
(5) In Idaho, the season on light geese is closed in Fremont and Teton Counties.
(6) In Montana, check State regulations for special seasons and exceptions in Freezeout Lake WMA; Canyon Ferry; Flathead; and Deer Lodge County.
(7) In Nevada, youth 17 years of age or younger are allowed to hunt on October 15 on the Moapa Valley portion of Overton Wildlife Management Area. Youth must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years of age.
(8) In Nevada, there is no open season on light geese in Ruby Valley within Elko and White Pine Counties. In addition, the season is closed in Kirch WMA, Mason Valley WMA, and Scripps WMA and Washoe State Park from February 25 to March 9.
(9) In Oregon, in the Northwest Permit Zone, see State regulations for specific dates, times, and conditions of permit hunts and closures.
(10) In Oregon, in the Northwest Permit Zone, the season for Dusky Canada geese is closed.
(11) In Oregon, in Lake County, the daily bag and possession limit for white-fronted geese is 1 and 3, respectively.
(12) In Oregon, in the Klamath County, the Harney and Lake County, and Malhuer County Zones, during January 30 through March 10, the daily bag limit for light geese is 20. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
(13) In Washington, the daily bag limit in the West Zone may include no more than 2 scoters, 2 long-tailed ducks, and 2 goldeneyes, with the possession limit three times the daily bag limit. The daily bag and possession limit, and the season limit, for harlequins is 1.
(14) In Washington, the daily bag limit is 4 Canada geese, white-fronted geese, or light geese, singly or in the aggregate. Possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
(15) In Washington, in Area 4, hunting is allowed only on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, and certain holidays. In State Areas 1, 3, and 5, hunting is allowed everyday. See State regulations for details, including shooting hours.
(16) In Washington, in Areas 2A and 2B, see State regulations for specific dates, times, and conditions of permit hunts and closures.
(17) In Washington, in Areas 2A and 2B, the season for Dusky Canada geese is closed.Start Printed Page 48678
(18) In Washington, brant may be hunted in Skagit and Pacific Counties only; see State regulations for specific dates.

(f) Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days.

The following seasons are open only to youth hunters. Youth hunters must be accompanied into the field by an adult at least 18 years of age. This adult cannot duck hunt but may participate in other open seasons.

Definition

Youth Hunters: States may use their established definition of age for youth hunters. However, youth hunters may not be over the age of 17. Youth hunters 16 years of age and older must possess a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (also known as Federal Duck Stamp).

Season dates
ATLANTIC FLYWAY:
ConnecticutDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsOct. 1 & Nov. 5
DelawareDucks, geese, brant, mergansers, and cootsOct. 22 & Feb. 11
FloridaDucks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and geeseFeb. 4 & 5
GeorgiaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesNov. 12 & 13
MaineDucks, geese, mergansers, and coots:
North ZoneSept. 17 & Dec. 10
South ZoneSept. 24 & Oct. 22
Coastal ZoneSept. 24 & Nov. 5
Maryland (1)(2)Ducks, coots, light geese, Canada geese, sea ducks, and brantNov. 5 & Feb. 11
MassachusettsDucks, mergansers, coots, and geeseSept. 24 & Oct. 8
New HampshireDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 24 & 25
New JerseyDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinules:
North ZoneOct. 1 & Feb. 4
South ZoneOct. 15 & Feb. 4
Coastal ZoneNov. 5 & Feb. 11
New York (3)Ducks, mergansers, coots, brant, and Canada geese:
Long Island ZoneNov. 12 & 13
Lake Champlain ZoneSept. 24 & 25
Northeastern ZoneSept. 17 & 18
Southeastern ZoneSept. 17 & 18
Western ZoneOct. 1 & 2
North CarolinaDucks, mergansers, geese (4), brant, tundra swans (5), and cootsFeb. 4 & Feb. 11
PennsylvaniaDucks, mergansers, Canada geese, coots, moorhens, brant, and gallinules:
North ZoneSept. 17 & 24
South ZoneSept. 17 & Nov. 5
Northwest ZoneSept. 17 & 24
Lake Erie ZoneSept. 17 & Oct. 22
Rhode IslandDucks, mergansers, geese, and cootsOct. 22 & 23
South CarolinaDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsFeb. 4 & 11
VermontDucks, geese, mergansers and cootsSept. 24 & 25
VirginiaDucks, mergansers, coots, tundra swans (5), and Canada geese (6)Oct. 22 & Feb. 4
West VirginiaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, and gallinulesSept. 17 & Nov. 5
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY:
AlabamaDucks, mergansers, coots, geese, moorhens, and gallinulesNov. 19 & Feb. 4
ArkansasDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesDec. 3 & Feb. 4
IllinoisDucks, geese, mergansers, and coots
North ZoneOct. 8 & 9
Central ZoneOct. 15 & 16
South Central ZoneNov. 5 & 6
South ZoneNov. 12 & 13
IndianaDucks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, and geese:
North ZoneOct. 15 & 16
Central ZoneOct. 22 & 23
South ZoneOct. 22 & 23
IowaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots
North ZoneSept. 17 & 18
Missouri River ZoneOct. 1 & 2
South ZoneSept. 24 & 25
KentuckyDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinules:
West ZoneFeb. 4 & 5
East ZoneNov. 5 & 6
LouisianaDucks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, and geese:
West ZoneNov. 5 & Jan. 28
East ZoneNov. 12 & Feb. 4
Coastal ZoneNov. 5 & Nov. 6
MichiganDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesSept. 10 & 11
MinnesotaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesSept. 10
MississippiDucks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, and geeseNov. 19 & Feb. 4
MissouriDucks, coots, mergansers, moorhens, gallinules, and geese:
North ZoneOct. 22 & 23
Middle ZoneOct. 29 & 30
South ZoneNov. 19 & 20
OhioDucks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, and geese:
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Lake Erie MarshOct. 1 & 2
North ZoneOct. 1 & 2
South ZoneOct. 1 & 2
TennesseeDucks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, and geese:
Reelfoot ZoneFeb. 4 & 11
Remainder of StateFeb. 4 & 11
WisconsinDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesSept. 17 & 18
CENTRAL FLYWAY:
ColoradoDucks, dark geese, mergansers, and coots:
Mountain/Foothills ZoneSept. 24 & 25
Northeast ZoneOct. 1 & 2
Southeast ZoneOct. 22 & 23
Kansas (7)Ducks, geese, mergansers, and coots:
High PlainsOct. 1 & 2
Low Plains:
Early ZoneOct. 1 & 2
Late ZoneOct. 22 & 23
Southeast ZoneNov. 12 & 13
MontanaDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 24 & 25
NebraskaDucks, geese, mergansers, and coots:
Zone 1Oct. 8 & 9
Zone 2Oct. 1 & 2
Zone 3Oct. 22 & 23
Zone 4Oct. 1 & 2
New MexicoDucks, mergansers, coots, and moorhens:
North ZoneOct. 1 & 2
South ZoneOct. 8 & 9
North DakotaDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 17 & 18
OklahomaDucks, geese mergansers, and coots:
High PlainsOct. 8 & 9
Low Plains:
Zone 1Oct. 22 & 23
Zone 2Oct. 29 & 30
South DakotaDucks, Canada geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 17 & 18
TexasDucks, geese, mergansers, moorhens, gallinules, and coots:
High PlainsOct. 22 & 23
Low Plains:
North ZoneNov. 5 & 6
South ZoneOct. 29 & 30
WyomingDucks, geese, mergansers, and coots:
Zone C1Sept. 24 & 25
Zone C2Sept. 17 & 18
Zone C3Sept. 17 & 18
PACIFIC FLYWAY:
ArizonaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, and moorhens:
North ZoneOct. 1 & 2
South ZoneFeb. 4 & 5
CaliforniaDucks, geese, brant, mergansers, coots, and moorhens:
Northeastern ZoneSept. 24 & 25
Colorado River ZoneFeb. 4 & 5
Southern ZoneFeb. 4 & 5
Southern San Joaquin Valley ZoneFeb. 4 & 5
Balance of State ZoneFeb. 4 & 5
ColoradoDucks, geese, mergansers, and coots:
East ZoneSept. 24 & 25
West ZoneOct. 29 & 30
IdahoDucks, geese, mergansers, and coots:Sept. 24 & 25
MontanaDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 24 & 25
NevadaDucks, geese, mergansers, coots, and moorhens:
Northeast ZoneSept. 17 & 18
Northwest ZoneSept. 24 & Feb. 4
South ZoneFeb. 11 & 12
New MexicoDucks, mergansers, coots, and moorhensOct. 8 & 9
OregonDucks, geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 24 & 25
UtahDucks, dark geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 17
WashingtonDucks, Canada geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 17 & 18
WyomingDucks, dark geese, mergansers, and cootsSept. 17 & 18
(1) In Maryland, youth hunter(s) must be accompanied by an adult at least 21 years old and who possesses a current Maryland hunting license or is exempt from the hunting license requirement. The adult accompanying the youth hunter(s) may not possess a hunting weapon and may not participate in other seasons that are open on the youth days.
(2) In Maryland, the bag limit for Canada geese is 2 in the AP Zone and 5 in the RP Zone.
(3) In New York, the daily bag limit for Canada geese is 3.
(4) In North Carolina, the daily bag limit in the Northeast Hunt Zone may not include dark geese except by permit.
(5) In North Carolina and Virginia, the daily bag limit may not include tundra swans except by permit.Start Printed Page 48680
(6) In Virginia, the daily bag limit for Canada geese is 2.
(7) In Kansas, the adult accompanying the youth must possess any licenses and/or stamps required by law for that individual to hunt waterfowl.
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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for sandhill cranes.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits on the species designated in this section are as follows:

Shooting and hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset, except as otherwise noted. Area descriptions were published in the March 28, 2016, Federal Register (81 FR 17302).

Federally authorized, State-issued permits are issued to individuals, and only the individual whose name and address appears on the permit at the time of issuance is authorized to take sandhill cranes at the level allowed by the permit, in accordance with provisions of both Federal and State regulations governing the hunting season. The permit must be carried by the permittee when exercising its provisions and must be presented to any law enforcement officer upon request. The permit is not transferable or assignable to another individual, and may not be sold, bartered, traded, or otherwise provided to another person. If the permit is altered or defaced in any way, the permit becomes invalid.

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR AREA DESCRIPTIONS AND ANY ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS.

Season datesLimits
BagPossession
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY
Kentucky (1)Dec. 17-Jan. 1522 per season
Minnesota (1)
NW Goose ZoneSept. 10-Oct. 1613
Tennessee (1)(2)Dec. 3-Jan. 2933 per season
CENTRAL FLYWAY
Colorado (1)Oct. 1-Nov. 2739
Kansas (1)(3)(4)Nov. 9-Jan. 539
Montana:
Regular Season Area (1)Oct. 1-Nov. 2739 per season
Special Season Area (5)Sept. 10-Oct. 22 per season
New Mexico:
Regular Season Area (1)Oct. 29-Jan. 2936
Middle Rio Grande Valley Area (5)(6)Oct. 29-Oct. 30 &36 per season
Nov. 5 &33 per season
Nov. 26-Nov. 27 &36 per season
Dec. 17-Dec. 18 &36 per season
Jan. 7-Jan. 836 per season
Southwest Area (5)Oct. 29-Nov. 6 &36 per season
Jan. 7-Jan. 836 per season
Estancia Valley (5)Oct. 29-Nov. 636
North Dakota (1):
Area 1Sept. 17-Nov. 1339
Area 2Sept. 17-Nov. 1326
Oklahoma (1)Oct. 22-Jan. 2239
South Dakota (1)Sept. 24-Nov. 2039
Texas (1):
Zone AOct. 29-Jan. 2939
Zone BNov. 18-Jan. 2939
Zone CDec. 17-Jan. 2226
Wyoming:
Regular Season (Area 7) (1)Sept. 17-Nov. 1339
Riverton-Boysen Unit (Area 4) (5)Sept. 17-Oct. 91 per season
Big Horn, Hot Springs, Park, and Washakie Counties (Area 6) (5)Sept. 17-Oct. 91 per season
Johnson, Natrona, and Sheridan Counties (Area 8) (5)Sept. 17-Oct. 91 per season
PACIFIC FLYWAY
Arizona (5)(7):
Special Season AreaNov. 18-Dec. 103 per season
Idaho (5):
Areas 1, 3, & 4Sept. 1-Sept. 302 per season
Areas 2 & 5Sept. 1-Sept. 152 per season
Montana (5)(8):
Zone 1Sept. 10-Oct. 211
Zone 2Sept. 10-Oct. 222
Zone 3Sept. 10-Oct. 222
Zone 4Sept. 10-Oct. 211
Utah (5):
Rich CountySept. 3-Sept. 111 per season
Cache CountySept. 3-Sept. 111 per season
East Box Elder CountySept. 3-Sept. 111 per season
Uintah CountySept. 17-Oct. 161 per season
Wyoming (5):
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Areas 1, 2, 3, & 5Sept. 1-Sept. 81 per season
(1) Each person participating in the regular sandhill crane seasons must have a valid sandhill crane hunting permit in their possession while hunting.
(2) In Tennessee, the shooting hours are from sunrise to 3 p.m. The season is also closed from January 13 through January 15, 2017.
(3) In Kansas, shooting hours are from sunrise until sunset.
(4) In Kansas, each person desiring to hunt sandhill cranes is required to pass an annual, online sandhill crane identification examination.
(5) Hunting is by State permit only. See State regulations for further information.
(6) In New Mexico, in the Middle Rio Grande Valley Area (Bernardo WMA and Casa Colorado WMA), the season is only open for youth hunters on November 5. See State regulations for further details.
(7) In Arizona, season dates are restricted in Game Management Units 30A, 30B, 31, and 32 to November 18 to 20, November 22 to 24, November 26 to 28, November 30 to December 2, December 4 to 6, and December 9 to 11. December 9 to 11 is restricted to youth hunters only. In Game Management Unit 28, the season dates are restricted to November 26 to 28, November 25 to 27, November 30 to December 2, December 4 to 6, December 8 to 10, and December 12 to 14.
(8) In Montana, the possession limit is 2 per season.
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8. Section 20.107 is revised to read as follows:

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Seasons, limits, and shooting hours for swans.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), shooting and hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits on the species designated in this section are as follows:

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset, except as otherwise restricted by State regulations. Hunting is by State permit only.

Federally authorized, State-issued permits are issued to individuals, and only the individual whose name and address appears on the permit at the time of issuance is authorized to take swans at the level allowed by the permit, in accordance with provisions of both Federal and State regulations governing the hunting season. The permit must be carried by the permittee when exercising its provisions and must be presented to any law enforcement officer upon request. The permit is not transferable or assignable to another individual, and may not be sold, bartered, traded, or otherwise provided to another person. If the permit is altered or defaced in any way, the permit becomes invalid.

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS AND DELINEATIONS OF GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS. SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY ON FEDERAL AND STATE PUBLIC HUNTING AREAS AND FEDERAL INDIAN RESERVATIONS.

NOTE: Successful permittees must immediately validate their harvest by that method required in State regulations.

Season datesLimits
ATLANTIC FLYWAY:
North CarolinaNov. 12-Jan. 311 tundra swan per permit.
VirginiaNov. 16-Jan 311 tundra swan per permit.
CENTRAL FLYWAY (1):
MontanaOct. 1-Jan. 51 tundra swan per permit.
North DakotaOct. 1-Jan. 11 tundra swan per permit.
South DakotaOct. 1-Dec. 181 tundra swan per permit.
PACIFIC FLYWAY (1):
Montana (2)Oct. 8-Dec. 11 swan per season.
Nevada (3)(4)Oct. 8-Jan. 82 swans per season.
Utah (4)(5)Oct. 1-Dec. 111 swan per season.
(1) See State regulations for description of area open to swan hunting.
(2) In Montana, all harvested swans must be reported by way of a bill measurement card within 3 days of harvest.
(3) In Nevada, all harvested swans and tags must be checked or registered within 5 days of harvest.
(4) Harvests of trumpeter swans are limited to 5 in Nevada and 10 in Utah. When it has been determined that the quota of trumpeter swans allotted to Nevada and Utah will have been filled, the season for taking of any swan species in the respective State will be closed by either the Director upon giving public notice through local information media at least 48 hours in advance of the time and date of closing, or by the State through State regulations with such notice and time (not less than 48 hours) as they deem necessary.
(5) In Utah, all harvested swans and tags must be checked or registered within 3 days of harvest.
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20.109 Extended seasons, limits, and hours for taking migratory game birds by falconry.

Subject to the applicable provisions of the preceding sections of this part, areas open to hunting, respective open seasons (dates inclusive), hawking hours, and daily bag and possession limits for the species designated in this section are prescribed as follows:

Hawking hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset except as otherwise restricted by State regulations.

Area descriptions were published in the March 28, 2016 (81 FR 17302) Federal Register.

CHECK STATE REGULATIONS FOR ADDITIONAL RESTRICTIONS AND DELINEATIONS OF GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS. SPECIAL RESTRICTIONS MAY APPLY ON FEDERAL AND STATE PUBLIC HUNTING AREAS AND FEDERAL INDIAN RESERVATIONS.

Limits: The daily bag limit may include no more than 3 migratory game birds, singly or in the aggregate. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. These limits apply to falconry during both regular hunting seasons and extended falconry seasons, unless further restricted by State regulations. The falconry bag and possession limits are not in addition to regular season Start Printed Page 48682limits. Unless otherwise specified, extended falconry for ducks does not include sea ducks within the special sea duck areas.

Although many States permit falconry during the gun seasons, only extended falconry seasons are shown below. Please consult State regulations for details.

Extended falconry dates
ATLANTIC FLYWAY:
Delaware
DovesJan. 16-Feb. 1
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 16
WoodcockOct. 15-Oct. 22 & Jan. 16-Mar. 10
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsJan. 30-Mar. 3
BrantNov. 21-Dec. 2 & Jan. 30-Mar. 10
Florida
DovesJan. 16-Feb. 1
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 16
WoodcockNov. 24-Dec. 17 & Feb. 1-Mar. 10
Common moorhensNov. 10-Dec. 14
Ducks, mergansers, light geese, and cootsNov. 3-Nov. 12 & Feb. 6-Mar. 3
Georgia
Ducks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, gallinules, and sea ducksNov. 28-Dec. 5
Maine
Ducks, mergansers, and coots (1):
North ZoneDec. 22-Feb. 11
South & Coastal ZonesJan. 7-Feb. 28
Maryland
DovesJan. 8-Jan. 24
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 16
WoodcockOct. 1-Oct. 27 & Feb. 7-Mar. 10
DucksFeb. 1-Mar. 10
BrantFeb. 1-Mar. 10
Light GeeseFeb. 28-Mar. 10
Massachusetts
Ducks, mergansers, sea ducks, and cootsJan. 30-Feb. 8
New Hampshire
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
Northern ZoneDec. 13-Jan. 26
Inland ZoneNov. 7-Nov. 21 & Dec. 28-Jan. 26
Coastal ZoneJan. 25-Mar. 10
New Jersey
Woodcock:
North ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 14 & Nov. 20-Jan. 15
South ZoneOct. 1-Nov. 11 & Dec. 4-Dec. 16 & Dec. 31-Jan. 15
Ducks, mergansers, coots, and brant:
North ZoneJan. 17-Mar. 10
South ZoneJan. 17-Mar. 10
Coastal ZoneJan. 29-Mar. 10
New York
Ducks, mergansers and coots:
Long Island ZoneNov. 1-Nov. 23 & Nov. 28-Dec. 4 & Jan. 30-Feb. 13
Northeastern ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 7 &
Oct. 31-Nov. 4 &
Dec. 12-Jan. 13
Southeastern ZoneOct. 11-Nov. 11 & Jan. 1-Jan. 13
Western ZoneOct. 1-Oct. 21 &
Dec. 5-Dec. 30
North Carolina
DovesOct. 15-Oct. 31
Rails, moorhens, and gallinulesDec. 3-Jan. 7
WoodcockNov. 5-Dec. 3 & Feb. 1-Feb. 28
Ducks, mergansers and cootsOct. 25-Nov. 5 & Jan. 31-Feb. 18
Pennsylvania
DovesOct. 10-Oct. 14 & Nov. 28-Dec. 9
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 16
Woodcock and snipeSept. 1-Oct. 14 & Nov. 28-Dec. 17
Moorhens and gallinulesNov. 10-Dec. 16
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
North ZoneNov. 21-Dec. 19 & Feb. 16-Mar. 10
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South ZoneOct. 24-Nov. 21 & Feb. 16-Mar. 10
Northwest ZoneDec. 12-Dec. 26 & Feb. 2-Mar. 10
Lake Erie ZoneJan. 18-Mar. 10
Canada Geese:
SJBP ZoneMar. 2-Mar. 10
AP ZoneFeb. 1-Mar. 10
RP ZoneMar. 4-Mar. 10
South Carolina
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsNov. 2-Nov. 18 & Nov. 27-Dec. 9
Virginia
DovesDec. 23 &
Jan. 16-Jan. 31
WoodcockOct. 17-Oct. 28 & Nov. 5-Dec. 8 &
Jan. 16-Jan. 31
Rails, moorhens, and gallinulesNov. 19-Dec. 25
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsNov. 28-Dec. 16 & Jan. 30-Feb. 10
Canada Geese:
Eastern (AP) ZoneDec. 17-Dec. 22 & Jan. 30-Feb. 22
Western (SJBP) ZoneDec. 17-Dec. 18 & Feb. 16-Feb. 22
BrantOct. 17-Nov. 15 & Nov. 28-Dec. 16 &
Jan. 30-Jan. 31
MISSISSIPPI FLYWAY:
Arkansas
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsFeb. 1-Feb. 15
Illinois
DovesNov. 15-Dec. 1
RailsSept. 1-Sept. 2 & Nov. 12-Dec. 16
WoodcockSept. 1-Oct. 14 & Nov. 29-Dec. 16
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsFeb. 10-Mar. 10
Indiana
DovesOct. 17-Oct. 31 & Jan. 9-Jan. 11
WoodcockSept. 20-Oct. 14 & Nov. 29-Jan. 4
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
North ZoneSept. 27-Sept. 30 & Feb. 14-Mar. 10
Central ZoneOct. 22-Oct. 28 & Feb. 17-Mar. 10
South ZoneOct. 22-Oct. 28 & Feb. 17-Mar. 10
Iowa
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
North ZoneDec. 15-Jan. 12
Missouri River ZoneDec. 15-Jan. 12
South ZoneDec. 15-Jan. 12
Kentucky
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsNov. 28-Dec. 4 & Jan. 30-Feb. 15
Louisiana
DovesSept. 15-Oct. 1
WoodcockNov. 2-Dec. 17 &
Rails and moorhens:
West ZoneNov. 2-Nov. 11 & Jan. 5-Jan. 31
East ZoneNov. 3-Nov. 11 & Jan. 5-Jan. 31
Coastal ZoneNov. 2-Nov. 11 & Jan. 5-Jan. 31
Ducks:
West ZoneNov. 3-Nov. 11 & Dec. 5-Dec. 16 &
Jan. 23-Jan. 31
East ZoneNov. 3-Nov. 18 & Dec. 5-Dec. 16 &
Jan. 30-Jan. 31
Coastal ZoneNov. 3-Nov. 11 & Dec. 5-Dec. 16 &
Jan. 23-Jan. 31
Michigan
Ducks, mergansers, coots, and moorhensJan. 2-Jan. 26 & Mar. 1-Mar. 10
Minnesota
WoodcockSept. 1-Sept. 23 & Nov. 8-Dec. 16
Rails and snipeNov. 8-Dec. 16
DovesNov. 30-Dec. 16
Ducks, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinulesDec. 17-Jan. 31
Mississippi
DovesNov. 14-Nov. 22 & Jan. 16-Jan. 23
Ducks, mergansers and cootsFeb. 5-Mar. 5
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Missouri
DovesNov. 30-Dec. 16
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsSept. 10-Sept. 25 & Feb. 10-Mar. 10
Tennessee
DovesSept. 29-Oct. 9 & Oct. 31-Nov. 6
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsSept. 15-Oct. 20
Wisconsin
Rails, snipe, moorhens, and gallinules:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 23 & Nov. 23-Dec. 16
South ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 30 & Oct. 10-Oct. 14 & Dec. 5-Dec. 16
Mississippi River ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 30 & Oct. 8-Oct. 14 & Dec. 7-Dec. 16
WoodcockSept. 1-Sept. 23 & Nov. 8-Dec. 16
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsSept. 17-Sept. 18 & Jan. 13-Feb. 19
CENTRAL FLYWAY:
Kansas
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
Low PlainsFeb. 24-Mar. 10
Montana (2)
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsSept. 24-Sept. 30
Nebraska
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
Zone 1Feb. 25-Mar. 10
Zone 2Feb. 25-Mar. 10
Zone 3Feb. 25-Mar. 10
Zone 4Feb. 25-Mar. 10
New Mexico
Doves
North ZoneNov. 30-Dec. 4 & Dec. 24-Jan. 4
South ZoneOct. 31-Nov. 7 & Nov. 24-Dec. 2
Ducks and cootsSept. 17-Sept. 25
Sandhill cranes
Regular Season AreaOct. 15-Oct. 28
Estancia Valley Area (3)Nov. 7-Dec. 27
Common moorhensNov. 26-Jan. 1
Sora and Virginia railsNov. 26-Jan. 1
North Dakota
Ducks, mergansers, coots, and snipeSept. 5-Sept. 9 & Sept. 12-Sept. 16
Oklahoma
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
Low PlainsFeb. 13-Feb. 27
South Dakota
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
High PlainsSept. 1-Sept. 8
Low Plains:
North ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 23 & Dec. 7-Dec. 16
Middle ZoneSept. 1-Sept. 23 & Dec. 7-Dec. 16
South ZoneSept. 15-Oct. 7 & Dec. 21-Dec. 30
Texas
DovesNov. 19-Dec. 5
Rails, gallinules, and woodcockJan. 30-Feb. 12
Ducks, mergansers, and coots:
Low PlainsJan. 30-Feb. 12
Wyoming
DovesNov. 30-Dec. 16
RailsNov. 10-Dec. 16
Ducks, mergansers, and coots
Zone C1Sept. 24-Sept. 25 & Oct. 19-Oct. 26
Zone C2 & C3Sept. 17-Sept. 23 & Dec. 5-Dec. 7
PACIFIC FLYWAY:
Arizona
DovesSept. 16-Nov. 1
Ducks, mergansers, coots, and moorhens:
North ZoneJan. 30-Feb. 2
South ZoneOct. 3-Oct. 6
California
Ducks, mergansers, coots, and moorhens:
Colorado River ZoneJan. 30-Feb. 1
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Southern ZoneJan. 30-Feb. 3
Southern San Joaquin Valley ZoneJan. 30-Feb. 1
Geese:
Southern Zone (4)Jan. 30-Feb. 3
New Mexico
Doves:
North ZoneNov. 30-Dec. 4 & Dec. 24-Jan. 4
South ZoneOct. 31-Nov. 7 & Nov. 24-Dec. 2
Oregon
DovesOct. 31-Dec. 16
Band-tailed pigeons (5)Sept. 1-Sept. 14 & Sept. 24-Dec. 16
Utah
DovesOct. 31-Dec. 16
Band-tailed pigeonsSept. 15-Dec. 16
Washington
DovesOct. 31-Dec. 16
Wyoming
DovesNov. 30-Dec. 16
Sora and Virginia railsNov. 10-Dec. 16
Ducks, mergansers, and cootsSept. 17-Sept. 18
(1) In Maine, the daily bag and possession limits for black ducks are 1 and 3, respectively.
(2) In Montana, the bag limit is 2 and the possession limit is 6.
(3) In New Mexico, the bag limit for sandhill cranes in the Estancia Valley Area is 3 per day and the possession limit is 6 per season.
(4) In California, in the Imperial County Special Management Area, there is no extended falconry season.
(5) In Oregon, no more than 1 pigeon daily in bag or possession.
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