Glossary of Terms
You can take only one daily bag limit in any one day. This limit determines the maximum number of gamebirds of a single species, or combination of species, you may legally have in your possession while in the field or while in route back to your car, hunting camp, home or other destination.
The maximum number of migratory game birds permitted to be taken by one person in any one day during the open season when such person hunts in more than one specified geographic area and/or for more than one species for which a combined daily bag limit is prescribed. The aggregate daily bag limit is equal to, but shall not exceed, the largest daily bag limit prescribed for any one species or for any one specified geographic area in which taking occurs.
The maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species, or a combination of species, permitted to be possessed by any one person.
The maximum number of migratory game birds of a single species, or combination of species, taken in the United States permitted to be possessed by any one person when taking and possession occurs in more than one specified geographic area for which a possession limit is prescribed. The aggregate possession limit is equal to, but shall not exceed, the largest possession limit prescribed for any one of the species or specified geographic areas in which taking and possession occurs.
You must make a responsible effort to retrieve all migratory game birds that you kill or cripple and keep these birds in your actual custody while in the field. You must immediately kill any wounded birds that you retrieve and count those birds toward your daily bag limit.
You cannot put or leave waterfowl at any place or in the custody of another person unless you tag the birds with your signature, address, number of birds identified by species and the date you killed them.
You cannot hunt migratory game birds that have been concentrated, driven, rallied or stirred up with a motorized vehicle or sailboat.
You cannot completely field-dress migratory game birds before taking them from the field. The head or one fully-feathered wing must remain attached to the birds while you transport them to your home or to a facility that processes waterfowl.
A violation of State migratory game birds hunting regulations is also a violation of Federal regulations.
One’s principal or ordinary home or dwelling place, as distinguished from one’s temporary or transient place of abode or dwelling such as a hunting club, or any clubhouse, cabin, tent or trailer house used as a hunting club, or any hotel, motel, or rooming house used during a hunting, pleasure or business trip.
1. Any person who, at their residence or place of business and for hire or other consideration; or
2. Any taxidermist, cold-storage facility or locker plant which, for hire or other consideration; or
3. Any hunting club which, in the normal course of operations; receives, possesses, or has in custody migratory game birds belonging to another person for purposes of picking, cleaning, freezing, processing, storage or shipment.
Federal law prohibits the killing of non-game migratory birds. Protected birds that you could encounter while waterfowl hunting include songbirds, eagles, hawks, owls, vultures, herons, egrets and woodpeckers.