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Ducks, Mergansers & Coots

Seasons for Ducks, Sea Ducks, Coots and Mergansers run concurrently, but each of the state’s four zones has its own opening and closing dates. Waterfowl hunting is closed on Sundays.

Pennsylvania Duck Zone Map

Lake Erie Zone

Nov. 1-Jan. 8

2 scaup daily, Nov. 1-23 and 1 scaup daily,

Nov. 24-Jan. 8

Northwest Zone

Oct. 9-Dec. 4

Dec. 28-Jan. 8

1 scaup daily, Oct. 9-Nov. 24

2 scaup daily, Nov. 25-Dec. 4 and Dec. 28-Jan. 8

North Zone

Oct. 9-23

Nov. 16-Jan. 8

1 scaup daily, Oct. 9-23 and Nov. 16- Dec. 16

2 scaup daily, Dec. 17-Jan. 8

South Zone

Oct. 9-16

Nov. 23-Jan. 22

1 scaup daily, Oct. 9-16 and Nov. 23- Dec. 30

2 scaup daily, Dec. 31-Jan. 22


Hunters may take 2 scaup daily on 20 hunting days and 1 scaup daily on 40 hunting days. Season dates vary by zone and are shown on this map.

Ducks & Sea Ducks

6 daily, 18 in possession

The daily bag limit of six ducks or sea ducks is combined for any species with an open season, except for the following restrictions:

Daily limit may not include more than:

  • 2 mallards
    including 1 hen mallard
  • 1 scaup (2 scaup at times)
  • 2 black ducks
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 4 eiders
  • 2 canvasbacks l 1 pintail
  • 1 mottled duck
  • 1 fulvous whistling duck
  • 4 scoters
  • 4 long-tailed ducks

Possession limits are triple the daily limits. There is no open season for Harlequin Ducks


5 daily, 15 in possession

Not more than 2 hooded mergansers daily, 6 hooded in possession.


15 daily, 45 in possession


Lake Erie Zone

Lake Erie, Presque Isle and the area within 150 yards of the Lake Erie shoreline.

Northwest Zone

The area bounded on the north by the Lake Erie Zone and including all of Erie and Crawford counties and all of Mercer and Venango counties north of I-80.

North Zone

The area east of the Northwest Zone and north of I-80 to Route 220, north from I-80 to I-180, north and east of I-180 from Route 220 to I-80, north of I-80 from I-180 to the Delaware River.

South Zone

All of state not in the Lake Erie, Northwest and North Zones.