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2018-2019 Small Game Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits

Season

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Youth Squirrel
(On private lands and authorized state and federal lands. Youth 15 and under.)

Sept. 24 – 30

8

Squirrel – Fall Season

Oct. 1 – Feb. 28

8

Squirrel – Spring Season

May 15 – June 1

4

Rabbit

Oct. 13 – Feb. 28

8

Bobwhite Quail

Nov. 22 – March 2

8

Frog

April 1 – Sept. 30

25/night

Raccoon

July 1 – Sept. 30

1 per party/night

Opossum, Raccoon, and Bobcat

Oct. 1 – Oct. 31
(Food and sport)

5/day; 8/party

Nov. 1 – Feb. 28
(Food, sport, and pelt)

no limit

Trapping

Nov. 1 – March 15

no limit

2018-2019 Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Bag Limits

Season

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Canada Geese*

Sept. 1 – 30

5

15

White-winged and Mourning Doves

(North Zone)**

Sept. 1 – Oct. 7

Oct. 27 – Nov. 7

Dec. 22 – Jan. 31

15 singly or in aggregate

45 singly or in aggregate

White-winged and Mourning Doves

(South Zone)***

Sept. 1 – 9

Oct. 6 – Nov. 7

Dec. 15 – Jan. 31

15 singly or in aggregate

45 singly or in aggregate

Teal

Sept. 15-30

6

18

Rails (Sora & Virginia)

Sept. 1 – 30

Nov. 23 – Jan. 1

25 singly or in aggregate

75 singly or in aggregate

Rails (Clapper & King)

Sept. 1 – 30

Nov. 23 – Jan. 1

15 singly or in aggregate

45 singly or in aggregate

Moorhens and Gallinules

Sept. 1-30

Nov. 23 – Jan. 1

15 singly or in aggregate

45 singly or in aggregate

Crow

Nov. 3 – Feb. 28

no limit

no limit

Snipe

Nov. 14 – Feb. 28

8

24

Geese (Canada, Snow, Blue, Ross’, White-fronted, and Brant)

Nov. 9 – 25

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Dec. 5 – Jan. 27

Canada Goose Bag Limit 3;

Snow, Blue, and Ross’ Bag Limit 20;

White-fronted Bag Limit 3;

Brant Bag Limit 1

Possession 9 (Canada Goose)

No Possession Limit (Snow, Blue, and Ross’)

Possession 9 (White-fronted)

Possession 3 (Brant)

Ducks, Mergansers, & Coots

Nov. 23 – 25

Nov. 30 – Dec. 2

Dec. 5 – Jan. 27

See below for ducks, mergansers, and coots bag limits.

Woodcock

Dec. 18 – Jan. 31

3

9

Youth Waterfowl Days

Nov. 17 and Feb. 2

Bag limits & shooting hours are the same as the regular season.

Light Goose Conservation Order****

Oct. 1 – Nov. 8; Jan. 28 – Feb. 1; Feb. 3 – March 31

no limit

no limit

Daily Bag Limits / Possession Limits:

Possession Limit is three times the daily bag limit for all migratory game birds except on opening day unless otherwise noted.

Ducks – A total of 6 ducks, including no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be females), 1 mottled duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 2 black ducks, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 pintails.

Mergansers – A total of 5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers.

Coots – 15 Daily.