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Waterfowl Hunting Seasons & Limits


Youth/ Military Waterfowl Days​Seasons are statewide. Youths must be under the age of 16 on the day of the hunt. Military seasons are for military on active duty and honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces only. Per federal rule, National Guard members and reservists are only eligible if they are on active duty. Participants must have a proper license and permit, including federal duck stamp.


WATERFOWLSeason DatesDaily LimitPossession Limit
Early Teal & Wood DuckSept. 17-21, 20226; may include no more than 2 wood ducksTriple the daily bag limit
Teal OnlySept. 22-25, 2022618
September Canada Goose (all zones)Sept. 16-30, 2022515
DuckNov. 24-27, 2022;
Dec. 7, 2022 - Jan. 31, 2023
6; may include no more than 4 mallards (only 2 of which may be hens), 3 wooducks,
2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 black ducks and 2 canvasback.1 scaup Nov. 25-28 and Dec. 7-17; and 2 scaup Dec. 18 - Jan. 31
Triple the daily bag limit
CootNov. 24-27, 2022;
Dec. 7, 2022 - Jan. 31, 2023
15Triple the daily bag limit
MerganserNov. 24-27, 2022;
Dec. 7, 2022 - Jan. 31, 2023
5; only 2 may be hoodedTriple the daily bag limit
Canada/Cackling Goose, White-Fronted Goose & BrantNov. 24, 2022 - Feb. 15, 20235 combined; 3 Canada geese, 2 white fronted geese and 1 brantTriple the daily bag limit
Snow Goose (including Ross' Goose)Nov. 24, 2022 - Feb. 15, 202320None
Youth/Military Waterfowl DaysNov. 19, 2022 and Feb. 11, 2023 (Youth)
Nov. 20, 2022 and Feb. 12, 2023 (Military)
Same as duck and goose seasonsSame as duck and goose seasons
Falconry (ducks, coots & mergansers)Nov. 28 - Dec. 6, 2022;
Feb. 1-15, 2023
3Triple the daily bag limit
Falconry (geese)Same as regular seasonSame as regular seasonSame as regular season
Snow Goose Conservation OrderFeb. 16 - March 31, 2023nonenone
Sandhill CraneDec. 7, 2022 - Jan. 31, 20231 or 2*3 birds

*The Daily bag limit for Sandhill Cranes is 2 cranes for permit holders with 2 or more tags or 1 crane for permit holders with one tag.


RegularOne-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Exceptions BelowExceptions Below
Snow Goose Conservation OrderOne-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Wildlife Management AreasRegular unless noted otherwise in the Public Hunting section
Sandhill CraneSunrise to sunset


Daily Bag Limit- The total limit of a specific migratory game bird species that may be taken during legal shooting hours for one calendar day, regardless of state boundaries.

Posession limit- The total limit of a specific migratory game bird species that may be in your possession at anytime, whether on your person or stored in another location (including your home or taxidermist).

Important Note:

Migratory birds shot in another state, count toward a hunter's daily and possession limits.


Hunters age 15 and younger can hunt ducks, coots, mergansers and geese on these days (Eastern Zone: November 6-7, 2021; Western Zone: February 5-6, 2022). Youth hunting during these seasons must comply with hunter education and hunting license requirements and be accompanied by an adult (at least 18 years of age).

Bag limits are the same as for regular duck and goose seasons.


Sandhill crane season opens Dec. 7, 2022 and closes Jan. 31, 2023. The daily bag limit is two birds. Hunters must apply for a sandhill crane permit online from Sept. 1 through Sept. 30, 2022 and pay a $3 application fee.

Applicants must have a valid Kentucky hunting license or be license exempt when they apply. Results are posted to individual applicants online following the drawing. Drawn hunters must pass an online identification exam before receiving a sandhill crane hunting permit.

Hunters must telecheck harvested birds on the day taken.

Hunters participating in the sandhill crane hunting season must complete a post-season survey no later than 14 days after the close of the season or lose eligibility to apply the following year.