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Migratory Game Bird & Waterfowl Seasons

2021-2022 Migratory Game Birds Seasons and Bag Limits

Species and Area Seasons Limits
First Day Last Day Daily Bag Possession
Crows*
Wildlife Management Districts 1-6
August 2, 2021 September 24, 2021
February 5, 2022 April 15, 2022
August 1, 2022 September 23, 2022
Crows*
Wildlife Management Districts 7-29
August 2, 2021 September 24, 2021
January 21, 2022 March 31, 2022
August 1, 2022 September 23, 2022
Common Snipe** September 1, 2021 January 3, 2022 8 24
Woodcock** September 25, 2021 November 16, 2021 3 9
Rails (Sora and Virginia)*** September 1, 2021 November 20, 2021 25

Singly or in aggregate
25
Singly or in aggregate
Canada Goose
(Early)
North Zone September 1, 2021 September 25, 2021 6 18
South Zone September 1, 2021 September 25, 2021 10 30
Coastal Zone September 1, 2021 September 25, 2021 10 30
Canada Goose
Regular
Including Greater White-Fronted Geese
North Zone October 1, 2021 December 9, 2021 2 6
South Zone October 1, 2021 October 12, 2021
October 29, 2021 December 25, 2021
Coastal Zone October 1, 2021 October 12, 2021 3 9
October 26, 2021 January 3, 2022
Snow Geese
Including Blue Geese
October 1, 2021 January 31, 2022 25 No Limit
Sea Ducks
Scoter, Eider, and Long-Tailed Duck
November 8, 2021 January 15, 2022 5

No more than 4 Scoters or 4 Eiders or 4 Long-Tailed Ducks singly or in aggregate
15

No more than 12 Scoters or 12 Eiders or 12 Long-Tailed Ducks singly or in aggregate
Regular Ducks
Including Black Ducks, Scaup, Pintails, Mergansers and American coots
North Zone September 27, 2021 December 4, 2021 6*

No more than 4 of any one species


Singly or in aggregate Exceptions to these limits listed below
18*

No more than 12 of any one species

Singly or in aggregate Exceptions to these limits listed below
South Zone October 1, 2021 October 12, 2021
October 29, 2021 December 25, 2021
Coastal Zone October 1, 2021 October 12, 2021
November 6, 2021 January 3, 2021
Brant North Zone September 27, 2021 November 23, 2021 2 6
South Zone October 1, 2021 October 12, 2021
October 29, 2021 December 14, 2021
Coastal Zone October 1, 2021 October 12, 2021
November 18, 2021 January 3, 2022
Special Falconry Season
In addition to the regular migratory bird season (on Ducks, Geese, Mergansers, American Coots.)
North Zone December 18, 2021 February 8, 2022 3



Respectively, singly or in aggregate Species Restrictions Apply
9



Respectively, singly or in aggregate Species Restrictions Apply
South Zone January 7, 2022 February 28, 2022
Coastal Zone January 7, 2022 February 28, 2022
Special Youth Waterfowl Hunts
All duck species except Harlequins, Barrow’s
Goldeneye, and Moorhens and Gallinules –
may be hunted on these days, including geese.
For the September 25, October 16, October
23, and December 11 youth days, the goose
limit is under the Regular Season limit. On
youth waterfowl hunting days, scoters, eiders,
and long-tailed ducks may be taken as part of
the 6 bird daily limit on regular ducks. Also on
these dates, 2 Black Ducks may be taken.
North Zone September 18, 2021 & December 11, 2021 Special regulations apply to youth and accompanying adult. Please see Junior Hunters section.
South Zone September 25, 2021 & October 16, 2021
Coastal Zone September 25, 2021 & October 23, 2021

All dates are inclusive except that hunting is prohibited on Sunday.
* Crows are neither migratory waterfowl or migratory game birds. The use of lead shot and the use of a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells is permitted. A migratory waterfowl stamp is not required. Use of electronic calls is permitted.

** Woodcock & Snipe are considered migratory game birds, not migratory waterfowl. The use of lead shot is permitted.
The use of a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells is prohibited. A migratory waterfowl stamp is not required.

*** Rails are considered migratory game birds not migratory waterfowl. The use of lead shot and a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells is prohibited. A migratory waterfowl stamp is not required.

Exceptions

Harlequin Ducks, Barrow’s Goldeneye, Moorhens & Gallinules

Closed Season

American Coots

The daily limit is 5 birds; possession limit is 15.

Northern Pintails, Mottled Ducks, Fulvous Whistling Ducks, and Scaup

The daily limit on these species is 1 bird; possession limit is 3.

Black Duck, Redhead and Canvasbac

The daily limit on these species is 2 birds; possession limit is 6.

Mergansers

Hunters may take 5 mergansers in addition to the limits on other regular ducks (not in aggregate); however, only 2 may be hooded mergansers. It is unlawful to possess more than 15 mergansers at any time (only 6 of which may be hooded mergansers).

Sea Ducks

Within the Sea Duck Hunting Area defined below, hunters may take 5 sea ducks in addition to the limits on regular ducks (but not more than 4 scoters or 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks).

Wood Ducks

The daily limit is 3 birds, possession limit is 9.

Mallards

The daily limit is 2, only one may be a hen; possession limit is 6, only 3 may be hens.