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Migratory Bird Seasons

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Regulations in red are new this year.

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: www.njfishandwildlife.com/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. Scan this QR code with your mobile device or visit NJFishandWildlife.com/qr/migbirdzones.htm for detailed Special Winter Canada Goose Season hunting areas and all migratory bird hunting zone boundaries.

 

Migratory Bird Zoned Hunting Seasons, 2020–21

Migratory Bird Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limits1

North Zone

Ducks, Mergansers and Coot

Oct. 10–Oct. 17
Nov. 7–Jan. 7

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

Scaup

Oct. 10–Oct. 17
Nov. 7–Dec. 15

1

Dec. 16–Jan. 7

2

Brant

Oct. 10–Oct. 17
Nov. 7–Dec. 26

2

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

Nov. 26–Nov. 28
Dec. 26–Jan. 26

2

Youth Only Waterfowl Hunt Days

Oct. 3

See footnote3

South Zone

Ducks, Mergansers and Coot

Oct. 17–Oct. 24
Nov. 14–Jan. 14

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

Scaup

Oct. 17–Oct. 24
Nov. 14–Dec. 22

1

Dec. 23–Jan. 14

2

Brant

Oct. 17–Oct. 24
Nov. 14–Jan. 2

2

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

Nov. 26–Nov. 28
Dec. 26–Jan. 26

2

Youth Only Waterfowl Hunt Days

Oct. 10

See footnote3

Coastal Zone

Ducks, Mergansers and Coot

Nov. 14–Nov. 17
Nov. 26–Jan. 30

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

Scaup

Nov. 14–Nov. 17
Nov. 26–Jan. 7

1

Jan. 8 –Jan. 30

2

Brant

Nov. 14–Nov. 17
Nov. 26–Jan. 19

2

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

Nov. 14–Nov. 17
Nov. 26–Jan. 30

2

Youth Only Waterfowl Hunt Days

Nov. 7

See footnote3

 

Migratory Bird Statewide Hunting Seasons

Migratory Bird Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limits1

Canada Geese (September Season4 )

Sept. 1–Sept. 30

15

Light Geese – Regular Season5

Oct. 16–Feb. 15

25, singly or in aggregate

Light Geese – Conservation Order5

Feb. 16–Apr. 3

No limit

Rail (Sora, Clapper and Virginia) and Gallinule

Sept. 1–Nov. 20

Sora & Virginia rail: 25 total or aggregate;
Gallinule:1; Clapper rail: 10

Snipe

Sept. 12–Jan. 14

8

Crow

Aug. 10–Dec. 5

No limit

Dec. 14–Mar. 20

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

Youth and Veterans/Military Day

Feb. 6

See footnote3

Veterans/Military Only Day

Feb. 13

See footnote3

*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 – See above.

Scoter – 4

Shoveler – 6

Wigeon – 6

Wood duck – 3

Other Migratory Bird Seasons

Migratory Bird Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limits1

Woodcock – North Zone

Oct. 17–Oct. 31
Nov. 3–Nov. 28

3

Woodcock – South Zone

Nov. 7–Dec. 1
Dec. 17–Jan. 2

3

Sea Ducks in Special Sea Duck Zone Only2 (Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter; Long-tailed Duck and Eider only)

Nov. 7–Jan. 15

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

Sea Ducks Outside Special Sea Duck Season

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. 27–Feb. 15

5

Swans, harlequin duck, king rail, sandhill crane and mourning dove

Closed

No Season