Migratory and Waterfowl Seasons

2019-20 Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

Season

Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Rails

September 14 - 29
November 9 – January 1

 

King and Clapper

Sora and Virginia

15 in the aggregate

25 in the aggregate

King and Clapper

Sora and Virginia

45 in the aggregate

75 in the aggregate

 

Gallinules

 

September 14 - 29
November 9 – January 1

 

15

45

Snipe

 

 

Statewide

November 2 – December 8
December 21 – February 28

8

24

Woodcock

Dec. 18 – Jan. 31

3

9

Teal (Blue-winged, Green-winged and Cinnamon only)

 

 

Sept. 14 – 29

 

 

6

18

Mourning, White-winged, fully dressed Eurasian Collared and Ringed-turtle Doves

 

North Zone

South Zone

Sept. 7 – 29

Oct. 12 – Nov. 17

Dec. 28 – Jan. 26

 

Sept. 7 – 15

Oct. 12 – Nov. 17

Dec. 19 – Jan. 31

 

15 in the aggregate

45 in the aggregate

Ducks, Coots and Mergansers

West Zone

East Zone

Coastal Zone

November 16 – December 8 
               December 21 - January 26   

 

November 23 – December 8

               December 14 - January 26         

 

November 9 – Dec. 8
               December 21 – January 19

 

Ducks 6

Coots 15

Mergansers 5 (no more than 2 hooded)

No more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 females) 

3 wood ducks

3 scaup

2 canvasbacks

2 redheads

1 mottled duck

1 black duck

1 pintail

three times the daily bag limit

Youth Waterfowl Hunts

West Zone

East Zone

Coastal Zone

Nov. 9 and Feb. 1

Nov. 16 and Feb. 1

Nov. 2-3

Same as regular season

Same as regular season

Light Geese     (Snow, Blue, Ross')

North Zone

South Zone

November 2 – December 8
 
December 21 – February 9
November 2 – December 8
 
December 21 – February 9

20

No possession limit

White-fronted Geese (Specklebelly)

North Zone

South Zone

November 2 – December 8
 
December 21 – February 9
November 2 – December 8
 
December 21 – February 9

2

6 possession limit

 

*Conservation Order For Light Geese (Snow, Blue And Ross’s):

 

 

 

 

North Zone

South Zone

December 9 – December 13
 
February 10 – March 15

 

December 9 - December 13
 
February 10 - March 15

 

 

No bag limit

No possession limit

Canada Geese

North Zone

South Zone

November 2 – December 8
 
December 21 - January 31
November 2 – December 8
 
December 21 – January 31

 

1

3 possession limit

 

*Only snow, blue and Ross’s geese may be taken under the terms of the Conservation Order, which allows the use of electronic calls and unplugged shotguns and eliminates the daily bag and possession limits. 
During the Conservation Order, shooting hours begins one-half hour before sunrise and extends until one-half hour after sunset.
 
 

FALCONRY SEASONS FOR RAILS AND GALLINULES:

Statewide: Nov. 3 - Jan. 31

Falconry daily bag and possession limit for all permitted migratory game birds must not exceed 3 and 9 birds respectively, singly or in aggregate, during the extended falconry seasons and regular hunting seasons.

 

FALCONRY SEASONS FOR DUCKS:

Statewide: Nov. 3 - Jan. 31

 

FALCONRY SEASONS FOR WOODCOCK:

Statewide: Nov. 2 - Jan. 31

 

EXTENDED FALCONRY FOR DOVES

Statewide: Sept. 15 - Oct. 1