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West Virginia Waterfowl Hunting

Season Dates Notes
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Oct 1 – Oct 10
Nov 9 – Nov 14
Dec 18 – Jan 30
Hunting prohibited on Sundays
Early Canada Goose Sep 1 – Sep 12
Canada & White-fronted Geese Oct 1 – Oct 17
Nov 9 – Nov 14
Dec 5 – Jan 30
Snow & Blue Geese Oct 1 – Oct 17
Nov 9 – Nov 14
Dec 5 – Jan 30
Brant Jan 1 – Jan 30
Youth Season Sep 19 & Nov 7 Open to hunters age 15 and younger while accompanied by a licensed non-hunting adult age 18 or older. Youth hunters may take ducks, geese, coots, and mergansers.

Additional Information

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

  • 2 pintails
  • 4 long-tailed ducks
  • 2 scaup
  • 1 black duck
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 4 scoters
  • 2 canvasback
  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
Coot 15, possession limit 30
Merganser 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Goose 5
Brant 1
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 3 shells
Shot Must be non-toxic & size T or smaller
Falconry Permitted. Daily bag limit is 3, possession limit is 9.