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Migratory Bird Seasons

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Migratory Bird Zoned Hunting Seasons, 2019–20

Migratory Bird Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limits1

North Zone

Ducks, Mergansers and Coot

Oct. 12–Oct. 19
Nov. 9–Jan. 9

Ducks: 6 in aggregate from Duck Limits* below; Mergansers2: 5 Coot: 15

Brant

Nov. 9–Nov. 30
Dec. 28–Jan. 9

2

Canada Geese (Regular Season) — Singly or in
aggregate to include Cackling and White-fronted Goose

Nov. 23–Nov. 30
Dec. 27–Jan. 22

2

Youth and Veterans/Military Days

Oct. 5 and Feb. 1

Same limits for ducks, Canada geese, brant and light geese within each zone

South Zone

Ducks, Mergansers and Coot

Oct. 19–Oct. 26
Nov. 16–Jan. 16

Ducks: 6 in aggregate from Duck Limits* below; Mergansers2: 5 Coot: 15

Brant

Oct. 19–Oct. 26
Nov. 16–Dec. 12

2

Canada Geese (Regular Season) — Singly or in
aggregate to include Cackling and White-fronted Goose

Nov. 23–Nov. 30
Dec. 27–Jan. 22

2

Youth and Veterans/Military Days

Oct. 12 and Feb. 1

Same limits for ducks, Canada geese, brant and light geese within each zone

Coastal Zone

Ducks, Mergansers and Coot

Nov. 9–Nov. 13
Nov. 28–Jan. 31

Ducks: 6 in aggregate from Duck Limits* below; Mergansers2: 5 Coot: 15

Brant

Nov. 28–Nov. 30
Dec. 26–Jan. 25

2

Canada Geese (Regular Season) — Singly or in
aggregate to include Cackling and White-fronted Goose

Nov. 9–Nov. 13
Nov. 28–Jan. 31

2

Youth and Veterans/Military Days

Nov. 2 and Feb. 8

Same limits for ducks, Canada geese, brant and light geese within each zone

Migratory Bird Statewide Hunting Seasons

Migratory Bird Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limits1

Canada Geese (September Season3 )

Sept. 2–Sept. 30

15

Light Geese – Regular Season4

Oct. 17–Feb. 15

25, singly or in aggregate

Light Geese – Conservation Order4

Feb. 17–Apr. 4

No limit

Rail (Sora, Clapper and Virginia) and Gallinule

Sept. 2–Nov. 21

Sora & Virginia rail: 25 total or aggregate;
Gallinule and Clapper rail: 10

Snipe

Sept. 14–Jan. 16

8

Crow

Aug. 12–Dec. 7

No limit

Dec. 16–Mar. 21

Mon., Thur., Fri., Sat. Only

Other Migratory Bird Seasons

Migratory Bird Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limits1

Woodcock – North Zone

Oct. 19–Nov. 2 and
Nov. 5–Nov. 30

3

Woodcock – South Zone

Nov. 9–Nov. 30 and
Dec. 12–Dec. 31

3

Sea Ducks in Special Sea Duck Zone Only5 (Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter; Long-tailed Duck and Eider only)

Nov. 2–Jan. 10

5, but no more than 4 scoters in aggregate, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders

Sea Ducks Outside Special Sea Duck Area

Same as ducks by zone

Count toward the bag limit of 6 ducks

Canada Geese (Special Winter Season Zones) — Singly or in aggregate to include Cackling and White-fronted Goose

Jan. 23–Feb. 15

5

Swans, harlequin duck, king rail and mourning dove

Closed

No Season

*Ducks Limits – 6 ducks in aggregate and may not include more than:

Black duck – 2

Black-bellied whistling duck – 6

Blue-winged teal – 6

Bufflehead – 6 Canvasback – 2

Eider – 4

Gadwall – 6

Goldeneye – 6

Green-winged teal – 6

Long-tailed duck – 4

Mallard – 2 (including no more than 1 hen)

Pintail – 1

Redhead – 2

Ring-necked duck – 6

Ruddy duck – 6

Scaup – 2

Scoter – 4

Shoveler – 6

Wigeon – 6

Wood duck – 3

Migratory Bird Zones

All migratory bird zones are described in detail at NJFishandWildlife.com/migbirdzones.htm

Waterfowl Zones

Applies to hunting duck, coot, merganser, regular season Canada goose, brant, regular season light goose and Youth Waterfowl Days.

Coastal Zone: That portion of the State seaward of a line beginning at the New York State line in Raritan Bay and extending west along the New York State line to NJ 440 at Perth Amboy; west on NJ 440 to the Garden State Parkway; south on the Garden State Parkway to NJ 109; south on NJ 109 to Cape May County Rt. 633 (Lafayette St.); south on Lafayette St. to Jackson St.; south on Jackson St. to the shoreline at Cape May; west along the shoreline of Cape May beach to COLREGS Demarcation Line 80.503 at Cape May Point; south along COLREGS Demarcation Line 80.503 to the Delaware state line in Delaware Bay.

North Zone: That portion of the State west of the Coastal Zone and north of a line extending west from the Garden State Parkway on NJ 70 to the NJ Turnpike, north on the turnpike to U.S. 206, north on U.S. 206 to U.S. 1 at Trenton, west on U.S. 1 to the Pennsylvania State line in the Delaware River.

South Zone: Portion of the State not within the North Zone or the Coastal Zone.

Special Sea Duck Zone

Waters of the Atlantic Ocean seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines (jetty and inlet mouths). For more detailed information see: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/migbirdzones.htm.

Woodcock Zones

North Zone—North of Rt. 70.

South Zone—South of Rt. 70.

Special Winter Canada Goose Season Hunting Areas

The two hatched areas are open to hunting. Visit NJFishandWildlife.com/qr/migbirdzones.htm for detailed Special Winter Canada Goose Season hunting areas and all migratory bird hunting zone boundaries.

New Jersey Waterfowlers Clinic

Every year, experienced waterfowlers throughout New Jersey join together dedicating their time and energy to present the New Jersey Waterfowlers Clinic—an all day, free seminar covering “everything you ever wanted to know” about the traditions of waterfowl hunting in New Jersey. This year is no exception!

Forty years ago, the clinic began as an opportunity to introduce young people to the world of waterfowl hunting. However, with the growing interest among men and women, as well as youths, the event has been transformed into an opportunity for anyone 10 and up to spend a fun and interesting day learning about waterfowling!

Our full-day clinic covers waterfowling from A to Z, and includes bird identification, decoys, calling, guns and ammo, boats, safety, laws and ethics, do’s and don’ts, clothing and camo, and even a demonstration by working retrievers! The value of the day is priceless! It’s a unique chance to ask any question you’ve ever had about the sport—to be answered by the most experienced waterfowlers in New Jersey. Our instructors have a combined 300 years of experience!

  • Free breakfast and lunch to all attending!
  • Date: Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019
  • Location: Tip Seaman Park, Tuckerton, NJ
  • Time: 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Please register in advance by calling Marty Kristiansen at (732) 977-5648 so we can plan accordingly.

We hope you’ll join us this year and share our enthusiasm for all that is waterfowling!