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Michigan Waterfowl Hunting

Species/Zone Dates Notes
Duck, Coot & Merganser
North
Sep 24 – Nov 20
Nov 26 – Nov 27
All of the Upper Peninsula
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Middle
Oct 1 – Nov 27
Dec 17 – Dec 18
North half of the Lower Peninsula
Duck, Coot & Merganser
South
Oct 8 – Dec 4
Dec 31 – Jan 1
South of a line beginning at the WI border in Lake Michigan due west of the mouth of Stony Creek in Oceana County, then southeast along the south shore of Stony Creek to Scenic Drive, southeast to Stony Lake Road, then east to MI-20. East to US-10 Business in Midland, east to US-10, then east to I-75/US-23, then north to the US-23 exit at Standish, then east along US-23 to the centerline of the AuGres River, then south to Saginaw Bay, then on a line directly east 10 miles into Saginaw Bay, and from there directly northeast to the Canada border.
Early Teal Sep 1 – Sep 7 Blue-winged and Green-winged teal only. Statewide
Canada Goose
North
Sep 1 – Sep 30
Oct 1 – Dec 16
Canada Goose
Middle
Sep 1 – Sep 30
Oct 1 – Dec 14
Dec 17 – Dec 18
Canada Goose
South
Sep 1 – Sep 25
Oct 8 – Dec 4
Dec 31 – Jan 1
Jan 21 – Feb 11
Saginaw County and Tuscola/Huron GMUs have the same goose hunting dates (Canada and other) as the South Zone
Snow, Blue & Ross Goose
North
Sep 1 – Dec 16
Snow, Blue & Ross Goose
Middle
Sep 1 – Sep 14
Dec 17 – Dec 18
Snow, Blue & Ross Goose
South
Sep 1 – Sep 25
Oct 8 – Dec 4
Dec 31 – Jan 1
Brant & White-fronted Goose
North
Sep 1 – Dec 16
Brant & White-fronted Goose
Middle
Sep 1 – Dec 14
Sec 17 – Dec 18
Brant & White-fronted Goose
South
Sep 1 – Sep 25
Oct 8 – Dec 4
Dec 31 – Jan 1
Goose
Allegan County GMU
Sep 1 – Sep 7
Nov 5 – Dec 23
Dec 26 – Feb 12
Goose
Muskegon County Wastewater System GMU
Oct 15 – Nov 12
Dec 3 – Dec 20
Youth Weekend Sep 10 – Sep 11 Open to hunters age 15 and younger with a base license who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult age 18 or older. Youth hunting with a base apprentice license must be accompanied by an adult age 21 or older with a non-apprentice base license. Youth under 10 years of age and their accompanying adult (21+) must meet all provisions of the Mentored Youth Hunting Program.

Additional Information

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

  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 pintails
  • 1 black duck
  • 2 canvasbacks
Coots 15
Mergansers 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Teal 6
Canada Geese
September Season
5
Canada Geese
Regular Seasons
& GMUs
3
Snow, Blue & Ross’s Geese 20
Brant & White-fronted Geese 1
Hunting Times Season Times
Early Teal Sunrise to sunset
All others 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Shotgun 10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
Shot Must be non-toxic
Archery Bow & arrow and crossbow are permitted
Falconry Permitted from Jan 2-Feb 5 and Mar 1-10
Limit is 3 daily