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Wisconsin Waterfowl Hunting

Season / Zone Dates Notes
Early Teal Sep 1 – Sep 7 Open on blue-winged and green-winged teal
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Northern
Sep 26 – Nov 24 North of a line following WI-10 from the western border until WI-41, then north on WI-41 to Green Bay
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Southern
Oct 3 – Oct 11
Oct 17 – Dec 6
Remainder of the state not in the Northern or MS River zones
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Mississippi River
Oct 3 – Oct 9
Oct 17 – Dec 8
Areas west of the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Railroad tracks to the WI state line
Early Canada Goose
Statewide
Sep 1 – Sep 15
Geese
Horicon Zone
Sep 16 – Dec 16
Geese
Exterior Zone
North Portion
Sep 16 – Dec 16
Geese
Exterior Zone
South Portion
Sep 16 – Oct 11
Oct 17 – Dec 21
Geese
Exterior Zone
MS River Subzone
Oct 3 – Oct 9
Oct 17 – Jan 7
Youth Hunt Sep 19 – Sep 20 Open to hunters ages 10-15 who are accompanied by a non-hunting adult age 18 or older. Youth hunters may take ducks, geese, coots and mergansers.
Falconry
(All Zones)
Sep 19 – Sep 20
Jan 8 – Feb 21
Falconry
(Northern)
Sep 26 – Nov 24
Falconry
(Southern)
Oct 3 – Oct 11
Oct 17 – Dec 6
Falconry
(MS River)
Oct 3 – Oct 9
Oct 17 – Dec 8
Falconry
(Geese)
Same as regular statewide season

Additional Information

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

  • 4 mallards (max. 1 female)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 1 black duck
  • 2 redheads
  • 3 scaup
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 canvasback
Coot 15
Merganser 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Teal 6
Early Canada Goose 5
Canada Goose 2
Snow, Blue & Ross’ Goose 20
White-fronted Goose 1
Brant 1
Falconry 3 birds
Hunting Times Season Times
Early Teal Sunrise to 7:00PM
Sep 1: hunting begins at 9:00AM
Statewide 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Shotgun 10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells. Fired from the shoulder.
Shot Must be non-toxic, of size BB, BBB, T or smaller
Archery Bow & arrow or crossbow
Falconry Permitted