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Washington Waterfowl Hunting

Season / Area Dates Notes
Ducks & Coots
Oct 17 – Oct 21
Oct 24 – Jan 31
Does not include scaup
Scaup Nov 6 – Jan 31
Early Canada Geese A Sep 10 – Sep 15 Goose Mgmt Areas (GMA) 1, 2A, 2B Grays Harbor Cty & 3
Early Canada Geese B Sep 1 – Sep 15 GMA 2B Pacific Cty
Early Canada Geese C Sep 12 – Sep 13 GMA 4 & 5
Goose Mgmt Area (GMA) 1
Light Geese &
White-fronted Geese
Oct 17 – Jan 31 GMA 1: Island, Skagit & Snohomish counties
Other geese (exc. Brant)
Oct 17 – Oct 29
Nov 7 – Jan 31
Except Ridgefield NWR
Nov 14 – Dec 6
Dec 16 – Jan 31
Feb 10 – Mar 9*
Sat, Sun & Wed only
GMA 2A: Clark, Cowlitz & Wahkiakum counties
*During this time, public lands are closed to goose hunting in this area
Ridgefield NWR
Nov 14 – Dec 5
Dec 17 – Jan 30
Tue, Thu & Sat only
Ducky Canada Goose season is closed in GMA 2A/2B from Oct-Mar.
Oct 17 – Oct 25
Nov 14 – Jan 10
Feb 14 – Mar 9*
Sat, Sun & Wed only
GMA 2B: Grays Harbor & Pacific counties
*During this time, public lands are closed to goose hunting in this area
Oct 17 – Oct 29
Nov 7 – Jan 31
GMA 3: All other parts of western Washington not included in GMAs 1, 2A & 2B.
Oct 17 – Jan 24
Nov 11, 26, 27
Dec 25, 28, 29, 31
Jan 1, 18
Sat, Sun & Wed only
Every day: Jan 25 – Jan 31
GMA 4: Adams, Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanagon, Spokane, and Walla Walla counties.
Oct 17 – Oct 19
Oct 24 – Jan 31
GMA 5: All other parts of eastern Washington not included in GMA 4
Skagit Cty
Jan 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24 This season may be shortened or cancelled based on the Brant population
Pacific Cty
Jan 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17
Youth Days Sep 19 – Sep 20 Open to hunters under 16 years old, while accompanied by a non-hunting adult age 18 or older. Possession limits are twice the daily bag limit.

Additional Information

Bag Limit Species / Area Daily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
7, including no more than:

  • 2 hen mallards
  • 2 pintails
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 canvasback
  • 2 redheads
Western WA
In addition to statewide:

  • 1 harlequin (season limit 1)
  • 2 scoters
  • 2 long-tailed ducks
  • 2 goldeneyes
Canada Goose
Early Season
GMA 1 & 3: 5
GMA 2A: 3
GMA 2B Grays Harbor: 5
GMA 2B Pacific: 15
GMA 4 & 5: 3
Goose (except Brant) 4
Brant 2
Hunting Times Area Times
Statewide 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Shotgun 10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
Shot Must be non-toxic
Archery Crossbows are prohibited
Falconry Permitted, limit 3 daily