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Illinois Waterfowl Hunting

Season/Zone Dates Notes
Early Canada Goose Sep 1 – Sep 15
Teal Sep 3 – Sep 18
Duck, Coot & Merganser
North
Oct 15 – Dec 13
Youth: Oct 8-9
That portion of the state north of a line extending west from the IN border along Peotone-Beecher Road to IL-50, south to Wilmington-Peotone Road, west to IL-53, north to New River Road, northwest to I-55, south to Pine Bluff-Lorenzo Road, west to IL-47, north to I-80, west to I-39, south to IL-18, west to IL-29, south to IL-17, west to the Mississippi River, and due south across the Mississippi River to the IA border
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Central
Oct 22 – Dec 20
Youth: Oct 15-16
Portion of the state south of the North Duck Zone line to a line extending west from the Indiana border along I-70 to IL-4, south to IL-161, west to IL-158, south and west to IL-159, south to IL-3, south to St. Leo’s Road, south to Modoc Road, west to Modoc Ferry Road, southwest to Levee Road, southeast to County-12 (Modoc Ferry entrance Road), south to the Modoc Ferry Rte and southwest across the Mississippi River to the MO border.
Duck, Coot & Merganser
South Central
Nov 11 – Jan 9
Youth: Nov 5-6
That portion of the state south and east of a line extending west from the Indiana border along I-70, south along US-45, to IL-13, west to Greenbriar Road, north to Sycamore Road, west to N. Reed Station Road, south to IL-13, west to IL-127, south to State Forest Road (1025 N), west to IL-3, north to the south bank of the Big Muddy River, west to the Mississippi River, west across the Mississippi River to the MO border
Duck, Coot & Merganser
South
Nov 24 – Jan 22
Youth: Nov 12-13
The remainder of the state between the south border of the Central Zone and the North border of the South Zone
Youth Regulations Open to hunters age 17 and younger who are licensed and HIP certified and accompanied by a non-hunting adult age 18 or over
Canada Goose
North
Oct 15 – Jan 12 That portion of the state north of a line extending west from the IN border along I-80 to I-39, south to IL-18, west to IL-29, south to IL-17, west to the Mississippi River, and due south across the Mississippi River to the IA border.
Canada Goose
Central
Oct 22 – Oct 30
Nov 12 – Jan 31
That portion of the state south of the North Goose Zone line to a line extending west from the IN border along I-70 to IL-4, south to IL-161, west to IL-158, south and west to IL-159, south to IL-3, south to St. Leo’s Road, south to Modoc Road, west to Modoc Ferry Road, southwest to Levee Road, southeast to County Route 12 (Modoc Ferry entrance Road), south to the Modoc Ferry route and southwest across the Mississippi River to the Missouri border.
Canada Goose
South Central
Nov 11 – Jan 31 Same as South Duck Zone
Canada Goose
South
Nov 24 – Jan 31 Same as South Central Duck Zone
Snow Goose & Brant
North
Oct 15 – Jan 12 See goose zones above
Snow Goose & Brant
Central
Oct 22 – Jan 31 See goose zones above
Snow Goose & Brant
South Central
Nov 11 – Jan 31 See goose zones above
Snow Goose & Brant
South
Nov 24 – Jan 31 See goose zones above
White-fronted Goose
North
Oct 17 – Jan 12 See goose zones above
White-fronted Goose
Central
Nov 5 – Jan 31 See goose zones above
White-fronted Goose
South Central
Nov 11 – Jan 31 See goose zones above
White-fronted Goose
South
Nov 24 – Jan 31 See goose zones above
Light Goose Conservation Order North Goose Zone: Jan 13 – Mar 31
Rest of State: Feb 1 – Mar 31
See goose zones above. Unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are permitted. No federal duck license required.

Additional Information

Bag Limit Species/Season Daily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Teal 6
Ducks 6, including no more than:

  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 canvasback
  • 1 black duck
  • 1 mottled duck
Coots 15
Mergansers 5
Canada Geese
Early Season
North & North Central Zones: 5
South Central & South Zones: 2
Canada Geese
Regular Season
2
Light Geese
Snow, Blue, Ross’s
20, no possession limit
Brant 1
White-fronted Geese
(Specklebellies)
2
Light Goose Conservation Order No bag or possession limits
Hunting Times Season Times
All, unless otherwise noted 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Teal Sunrise to sunset
Light Goose Conservation Order 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Shotgun 10 gauge or smaller, and incapable of holding more than three shells
Shot Steel shot size T or smaller
BBB or smaller with other non-toxic shot