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Hunting Seasons Quick Reference

Migratory Game Birds (2020/2021)

Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Dove (Mourning, White-winged, Fully Dressed Eurasian, and Collard Doves) North Zone:
September 5 - 27
October 10 - November 15
December 26 - January 24

South Zone:
September 5-16
October 17 - November 29
December 19 - January 21
15 in aggregate 45 in aggregate
Rails September 12-27
November 14 - January 6

Extended falconry: November 5 - January 31
King and Clapper:
15 in the aggregate

Sora and Virginia:
25 in the aggregate
King and Clapper:
45 in the aggregate

Sora and Virginia:
75 in the aggregate
Gallinules September 12-27
November 14 - January 6

Extended falconry: November 5 - January 31
15 45
Snipe November 2 - December 6
December 19 - February 28
8 24
Woodcock December 18 - January 31

Extended falconry: November 2 - January 31
3 9
Teal (Blue, Green, and Cinnamon) September 12-27 6 18
Ducks, Coots, Mergansers East Zone:
  • Regular season: November 21 - December 6 and December 19 - January 31
  • Youth only: November 14 and February 6
  • Veterans only: November 15 and February 7

West Zone:
  • Regular season: November 14 - December 6 and December 19 - January 24
  • Youth only: November 7 and January 30
  • Veterans only: November 8 and January 31

Coastal Zone:
  • Regular season: November 14 - December 6 and December 19 - January 24
  • Youth only: November 7-8
  • Veterans only: January 30-31

Extended Falconry (All Zones):
November 5 - January 31
Ducks: 6; may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be female), 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads, 1 mottled duck, 1 black duck, and 1 pintail. Only 1 scaup may be taken for the first 15 days of the season, with 2 per day allowed for the remainder.

Coots: 15

Mergansers: 5 (only 2 hooded)
3 times the daily bag limit
Light Geese (Snow, Blue, Ross) and White-fronted Geese (Specklebelly) North Zone:
November 7 - December 6
December 19 - January 31

South Zone:
November 14 - December 6
December 19 - February 7
Light Geese:
20

White-fronted Geese:
3
Light Geese:
None

White-fronted Geese:
9
Conservation Order for Light Geese* North Zone:
December 7-18
February 1 - March 7

South Zone:
December 7-18
February 8 - March 7
None None
Canada Geese North Zone:
November 7 - December 6
December 19 - January 31

South Zone:
November 14 - December 6
December 19 - February 7
1 3

*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 begin one-half hour before sunrise and extend until one-half hour after sunset.

Turkey (2020/2021)

Turkey hunting areas

Area A Area B Area C Notes
April 2 - May 2 April 2-25 April 2-18
  • Youth and Physically Challenged (Wheelchair-Confined Only) Hunt: March 27 - 28 on Areas A, B, and C, on private lands only
  • Seasons open in Areas A, B and C, on private lands only.
  • See separate WMA, National Wildlife Refuge, and Federal Lands Schedules for season dates on those areas.

Quail (2020/2021)

Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
 November 21 - February 28  10 30

Rabbit (2020/2021)

Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
October 3 - February 28 8 24

Squirrel (2020/2021)

Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Fall October 3 - February 28 8 24
Spring May 1-23 3 9

Deer (2020/2021)

Area Archery Primitive Firearms Firearms (Still-Hunt only) Firearms (With or WIthout Dogs) Youth and Honorably
Discharged Veterans
1 Either Sex:
October 1 - January 31
Either Sex:
November 14-20
January 25-31
Either Sex:
November 21 - December 11
January 4-24
Either Sex:
December 12 - January 3
Either Sex:
October 31 – November 6
2 Either Sex:
October 1 - January 31
Either Sex:
October 24-30
January 18-24
Either Sex:
October 31 - December 9
Either Sex:
December 10 - January 17
Either Sex:
October 10-16
3 Either Sex:
September 19 - January 15
Either Sex:
October 10-16
January 4-10
Either Sex:
October 17 - November 29
Either Sex:
November 30 - January 3
Either Sex:
September 26 - October 2 
4 Either Sex:
October 1 - January 31
Either Sex:
November 14-20
January 25-31
Either Sex:
November 21 - December 11
January 4-24
Either Sex:
December 12 - January 3
Either Sex:
October 31 - November 6
5

Either Sex:
(unless a Bucks Only Firearms
Season is in progress)
October 16 - February 15

Bucks Only:
October 1-15

Either Sex:
November 14-20

Bucks Only:
January 25-31

Either Sex:
November 21-22
November 27-29

Bucks Only:
November 23-26
November 30 - December 11

Either Sex:
December 12-13
December 19-20

Bucks Only:
December 14-18
December 21 - January 24
Either Sex:
October 31 - November 6 
6 Bucks Only:
October 1-15

Either Sex:
October 16 - February 15
Either Sex:
November 14-20
January 25-31
Either Sex:
November 21 - December 11
Either Sex:
December 12 - January 24
 Either Sex:
October 31 - November 6
7 Either Sex:
September 19 - January 15
Either Sex:
October 10-16
January 4-10
Either Sex:
October 17 - January 3
Either Sex:
November 3 - January 3
Either Sex:
September 26 - October 2
8 Either Sex:
September 19 - January 15
Either Sex:
October 10-16
January 4-10
Either Sex:
October 17 - November 29
Either Sex:
November 30 - January 3
Either Sex:
September 26 - October 2 
9 Either Sex:
October 16 - February 15

Bucks Only:
October 1 - 15
Either Sex:
November 14-20

Bucks Only:
January 25-31
Either Sex:
November 21-22
November 27-29

Bucks Only:
November 23-26
November 30 - December 11
Either Sex:
December 12-13
December 19-20

Bucks Only:
December 14-18
December 21 - January 24
 Either Sex:
October 31 - November 6
10 Either Sex:
September 19 - January 15
Either Sex:
October 10-16
January 4-10
Either Sex:
October 17 - January 3
  Either Sex:
September 26 - October 2  

Physically Challenged Either Sex Deer Season on Private Land: October 5-6. (Restricted to individuals with a Physically Challenged Hunter Permit.)

Bobcat (2020/2021)

Season Harvest Limit
Experimental year-round season One per calendar year

Raccoon and Opossum (2020/2021)

Season Daily Limit
Year-round Two raccoons and two opossums

Crows, Blackbirds, Cowbirds, and Grackles (2020/2021)

Dates Limit
September 1 - January 1 None

 

Commercial Fishing Seasons