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Duck & Sandhill Crane Seasons & Bag Limits

Duck Seasons and Bag Limits — All waterfowl drawings require a party application of 4 persons minimum, 8 person maximum. See Tier Designations on WMAs.

Early Application Dates:
Sept. 27–Oct. 17

Mid Application Dates:
Oct. 25–Nov. 14

Late Application Dates:
Nov. 15–Dec. 5

Season Long Application Dates:
June 28–July 19

Includes hunt days:
Nov. 25–26, Dec. 5–21

Includes hunt days:
Dec. 22–Jan 11

Includes hunt days:
Jan 12–31

Tier 1 Blind Hunt Dates:
Nov. 25–26; Dec. 5–Jan. 31



Daily Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Wood Duck & Teal

Sept. 9–13

The daily bag limit of ducks is 6 and may include no more than 2 wood ducks.

The possession limit is three (3) times the daily bag limit, except on opening day and the second day of the season when the possession limit is one (1) and two (2) times the daily bag limit, respectively.


Sept. 14–17

The daily bag limit is 6 of any teal species.

Ducks, Coot & Mergansers

Nov. 25–26

Dec. 5–Jan 31,

Coot: 15

Ducks: The daily bag limit of ducks is 6 birds/day which may include no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be a female), 3 wood ducks, 2 canvasbacks, 2 redheads, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, and 1 mottled duck. The daily bag limit for scaup is 1 scaup from Nov. 25–26 and Dec. 5–17 then 2 scaup from Dec. 18 to Jan. 31.

Mergansers: 5 (only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers)

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Season*

Feb. 3 and 10

Same as regular season daily bag limits.

Veterans and Active Military Personnel**

Feb. 4 and 11

Same as regular season daily bag limits.

Sandhill Crane Seasons and Bag Limits



Southeast Crane Zone

South of Interstate 40 and east of Highway 56

Daily Bag Limit and Possession Limit*

Sandhill Crane

Dec. 2–Jan. 30. Statewide tags are valid statewide, including the Southeast Crane Zone, except during the three day closure in that zone from Jan. 12–14.

Dec. 2–Jan. 11

Jan. 15–30

The daily bag, season bag, and possession limit for sandhill cranes is based on the number of tags awarded to an individual.