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North Dakota Waterfowl Hunting

Season / Unit Dates Notes
September Teal TBA Blue-winged teal only.
Early Canada Goose TBA
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers
(residents)
Sep 24 Area east of the High Plains Unit.
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers
(non-residents)
Oct 1
Canada Geese
White-fronted Geese
Residents: Sep 24 – TBA
Non-Residents: Oct 1 – TBA
West of a line beginning at the SD border, then north on US-83 and I-94 to ND-41, then north to ND-53, then west to U.S. Hwy 83, then north on to US-2, then west to the Williams County line, then north and west along the Williams and Divide county lines to the Canadian border.
Light Geese Feb 20 – May 15
Res: Sep 24 – TBA
Non-Res: Oct 1 – TBA
Tundra Swans Oct 1 – TBA Open to licensed falconers. Falconry also permitted during regular seasons.
Special Extended Falconry TBA Open to licensed hunters age 15 or younger while accompanied by a non-hunting adult age 18 or older
Youth Sep 17 – TBA

Additional Information

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

  • 5 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 canvasback
Teal 2 blue-winged
Coot 15
Merganser 5, max. 2 hooded mergansers
Light Goose Spring: No bag or possession limit
Fall: 50, no possession limit
Canada Goose 8 statewide
5 in MO River Zone
White-fronted Goose 3
Tundra Swan 1 per season per permit
Hunting Times Season Times
General 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
All Regular Goose Seasons 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1 pm CDT through Oct 31
1/2 hour before sunrise to 2 pm CST Nov 1 to end of season
All Regular Goose Seasons
Extended hours
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset on Sat & Wed from Sep 26 – Nov 25
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset on Sat, Sun & Wed from Nov 26 to end of season
Spring Light Goose 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Shotgun Between .410 gauge and 10 gauge loaded with shot. Incapable of holding more than three shells.
Shot Must be non-toxic
Archery Hand-operated bows only
Falconry Permitted during dates listed above