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Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

September 2021 - January 2022Migratory Game Bird Seasons

Mourning Dove (3-way Split Season)Sept. 1-Oct. 101545
Nov. 1-Nov. 14
Dec. 20-Jan. 24
Sora and Virginia RailsSept. 1-Nov. 910(e)30(e)
Common SnipeSept. 1-Dec. 16824
WoodcockOct. 16-Nov. 2039
Nov. 29-Dec.7
Youth Waterfowl (2 Single Days)Sept. 18(b)(b)
Nov. 6
Ducks (3-way Split Season)Oct. 1-Oct. 146(c)(e)18(c)(e)
Nov. 8-Nov. 13
Dec. 23-Jan. 31
Scaup (included in duck daily bag limit)Oct. 1-Oct. 141(c)(e)
Nov. 8-Nov. 13
Dec. 23-Jan. 11
Jan. 12-Jan. 312(c)(e)
CootsSame as Ducks1545
Gallinules (2-way Split Season)Oct. 1-Oct. 141545
Dec. 7-Jan. 31
MergansersSame as Ducks5(d)(e)15(d)(e)
Early Canada GooseSept. 1-Sept. 125(e)15(e)
Canada Goose/White-fronted geese (3-way Split Season)Oct. 1-Oct. 16
Nov. 8-Nov. 13
Dec. 5-Jan. 31
Snow and Blue Goose (3-way Split Season)Oct. 1-Oct. 165(e)15(e)
Nov. 8-Nov. 13
Dec. 5-Jan. 31
BrantDec. 13-Jan. 3126
Closed SeasonsSwans, King and Clapper Rails, Eiders, Whistling Ducks, Mottled Ducks, and Harlequin Ducks

(a) The daily bag limit for falconry hunting is three (3) migratory game birds in the aggregate, and the possession limit is nine (9) migratory game birds in the aggregate.

(b) The bag limit for the youth days is the same as the daily limit of the regular duck and goose seasons, except two (2) scaup may be taken as part of the six (6) duck daily bag limit.

(c) The daily bag limit of six (6) can include only one (1) pintail, four (4) longtailed ducks, scaup (see the above table), two (2) black ducks, three (3) wood ducks, two (2) redheads, four (4) scoters, two (2) canvasback and two (2) mallards of which only one (1) may be a hen. The duck possession limit can include only three times the daily bag limit.

(d) The daily merganser bag limit can include only two (2) hooded mergansers, with a possession limit of six (6).

(e) In aggregate.