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Hunting

Waterfowl/Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits

2020–2021 Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

Species

Northern zone

Inland & Ct. River Zone

Coastal Zone

Bag Limit

Possession Limit

DucksA

Oct. 2–Nov. 30

Oct. 6–Nov. 8 Nov. 17–Dec. 12

Oct. 7–Oct. 18 Nov. 17–Jan. 3

6

18

MergansersB

Dates same as ducks

5

15

Coots

Dates same as ducks

15

45

Canada Geese (Sept)

Statewide Sep. 1–Sep. 25

5

15

Canada Geese (Regular)

Dates same as ducks

2

6

Snow Geese

Oct. 2–Nov. 30

Oct. 6–Dec. 12

Oct. 7–Jan. 3

25

NONE

Brant

Oct. 2 – Nov. 20

Oct. 6–Nov. 8 Nov. 17–Dec. 2

Oct. 7–Oct. 18 Nov. 17–Dec. 24

2

6

Sea Ducks*C

In all coastal waters Nov. 18–Jan. 16

5

15

Falconry

Dec. 1–Jan. 14

Nov. 9–Nov. 16 Dec. 13–Jan. 18

Jan. 25–Mar. 10

3

9

Woodcock

Statewide: Oct. 1–Nov. 14

3

9

Common Snipe

Statewide: Sep. 15–Nov. 14

8

24

Crow

Statewide: Aug. 15–Nov. 30; Mar. 16–Mar. 31

NONE

NONE

Youth Waterfowl
Hunting Weekend

September 26 & 27, 2020

A Includes all species of ducks, with the following restrictions: No more than 2 mallards (1 of which may be a hen), 2 black ducks, 3 wood ducks, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, 2 redheads, 1 scaup, and no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, or 4 long-tailed ducks. The harlequin duck season is closed. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit (e.g. The mallard possession limit is 6, of which 3 may be hens).

B The daily bag limit of 5 mergansers is in addition to the daily bag limit of 6 ducks and may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit.

* In all coastal waters, rivers & streams seaward from the 1st upstream bridge. In all other areas of the state, sea ducks may be taken only during the regular season for ducks.

C The daily bag limit for sea ducks, while hunting in all coastal waters* (described above) shall include no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, or 4 long-tailed ducks and possession limit shall be 15 birds with no more than 12 scoters, 12 eiders, or 12 long-tailed ducks. In all other areas of the state, sea ducks shall be included in the regular season daily bag and possession limit.

Bag Limits

Species

Bag Limit

Possession Limit

HIP Permit

Federal Stamp

Non-Toxic Shot

Firearm Plug

Ducks*

6

18

Mergansers**

5

15

Coot 15

45

Canada Geese (Sept)

5

15

Canada Geese (Regular)

2

6

Snow Geese

25

NONE

Brant

2

6

Sea Ducks***

5

15

Falconry

3

9

Woodcock

3

9

Common Snipe

8

24

Crow

NONE

NONE

* The daily bag limit of 6 ducks may include no harlequin ducks and no more than 2 mallards (1 of which may be a hen), 2 black ducks, 3 wood ducks, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, 2 redheads, 1 scaup, and no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, or 4 long-tailed ducks.

** The daily bag limit of 5 mergansers is in addition to the daily bag limit of 6 ducks and may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers. Possession limits are three times the daily bag limit (for example, the hooded merganser possession limit is 6).

*** The daily bag limit for sea ducks shall include no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, or 4 long-tailed ducks and possession limit shall be 15 birds with no more than 12 scoters, 12 eiders, or 12 long-tailed ducks. In all other areas of the state, sea ducks shall be included in the regular season daily bag and possession limit.