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Pennsylvania Waterfowl Hunting

Season/Zone Dates Notes
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Oct 10 – Nov 28
Dec 19 – Jan 7
East of the Northwest Zone and north of I-80 to Route 220, north from I-80 to I-180, north and east of I-180 from Route 220 to I-80, north of I-80 from I-180 to the Delaware River
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Oct 17 – Oct 24
Nov 14 – Jan 14
All of state not in the Lake Erie, Northwest and North Zones
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Oct 10 – Dec 12
Dec 29 – Jan 2
Area bounded on the north by the Lake Erie Zone and including all of Erie and Crawford counties and all of Mercer and Venango counties north of I-80
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Lake Erie
Oct 26 – Jan 2 Lake Erie, Presque Isle and the area within 150 yards of the Lake Erie shoreline
September Canada Geese Sep 1 – Sep 25 Statewide
Canada Geese
Resident Population (RP)
Oct 24 – Nov 28
Dec 18 – Jan 14
Feb 1 – Feb 29
All of Pennsylvania except for the SJBP and AP zones.
Canada Geese
S. James Bay Population (SJBP)
Oct 10 – Nov 28
Dec 14 – Jan 22
The area north of I-80 and west of I-79 including in the city of Erie west of Bay Front Parkway to and including the Lake Erie Duck zone.
Canada Geese
Atlantic Population (AP)
Nov 14 – Nov 28
Dec 19 – Jan 30
The area east of SR 97 from the MD State Line to the SR 194, east of SR 194 to US Route 30, south of US Route 30 to SR 441, east of SR 441 to SR 743, east of SR 743 to I-81, east of I-81 to I-80, south of I-80 to the NJ state line.
Light Geese
Regular: Oct 1 – Jan 30
Conservation: Feb 1 – Apr 22
Light Geese
Regular: Oct 1 – Jan 22
Conservation: Jan 23 – Apr 22
Light Geese
Regular: Oct 28 – Feb 29
Conservation: Mar 1 – Apr 22
Brant Oct 17 – Nov 20 All zones
Harlequin Ducks
Tundra Swans
Trumpeter Swans
No open season
Youth Days Statewide: Sep 19
North: Sep 26
Northwest: Sep 26
South: Nov 7
Lake Erie: Oct 17
Licensed hunters ages 12-15

Additional Information

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

  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 2 scaup
  • 1 black duck
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 canvasback
  • 2 pintails
  • 1 mottled duck
  • 1 fulvous whistling duck
  • 4 scoters
Coot 15
Merganser 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Canada Goose
8, except:

  1. Bag Limit 1 – In the area south of SR 198 from the OH state line to SR 18, SR 18 south to SR 618, SR 618 south to US Route 6, US Route 6 east to US Route 322/SR 18, US Route 322/SR 18 west to SR 3013, SR 3013 south to the Crawford/Mercer County line.
  2. Bag Limit 3 – Pymatuning State Park Reservoir and an area to extend 100 yards inland from the shoreline of the reservoir, excluding the area east of SR 3011 (Hartstown Road).
  3. Bag Limit 1 – In the area of Lancaster and Lebanon counties north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, east of SR 501 to SR 419, south of SR 419 to Lebanon-Berks county line, west of Lebanon-Berks county line and the Lancaster-Berks county line to SR 1053 (also known as Peartown Road and Greenville Road), west of SR 1053 to Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76; except on SGL 46 (Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area) where the season is closed.
Canada Goose
RP: 5
AP: 3
Light Goose 25, no possession limit
Brant 1
Hunting Times Area / Season Times
Statewide 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Canada Geese
September 19
1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
September Canada Goose
Snow Goose Conservation
1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Shotgun 10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
Shot Must be non-toxic, and of size T (0.2″) or smaller
Archery Long, recurve, and compound bows & arrows, and crossbows