2016 Waterfowl Seasons Approved

The 2016 Migratory Game Bird Seasons has been approved by the Natural Resources Board.

These seasons and regulations as a result of several meetings with waterfowl groups and public hearings including emailed statements or input that you may have sent during the public comment.

The seasons framework will be similar to 2015 with a few changes.

Canada Goose, Mourning Dove and the third trial early Teal season will open September 1, 2016.

The duck season will run for 60 days again and the Canada Goose Season will run 92 days. There will be no split in the Northern Zone.

Early Migratory Bird Season:

  • Early Teal Season: Sept. 1 – Sept. 7 (6 teal/day)
  • Early Goose Season: Sept. 1 – Sept. 15 (5 bird/day)
  • Mourning Dove Season: Sept. 1 – Nov. 29 (15 bird/day)
  • Woodcock Season: Sept. 24 – Nov. 7 (3 bird/day)

Duck – 60 Day Season – 6 ducks, no more than 4 Mallards (only 1 may be a hen), 3 Wood Ducks, 1 Black Duck, 2 Redheads, 3 Scaup, 2 Pintail and 2 Canvasback. 5 mergansers (of which only two can be Hooded Mergansers) and 15 Coot.

Opening Day shooting hours begin at ½ hour before sunrise.

Duck Zone Configuration: The current zones still stand with the exception of the line to match the new Hwy 10.

Duck Season Dates:

  • Youth Hunt: Sept. 17 and 18
  • North Zone: Sept. 24 – Nov. 22
  • South Zone: Oct. 1 – Oct. 9, closed Oct 10 – Oct. 14, reopens Oct. 15 – Dec. 4 (5 day split)
  • Mississippi Zone: Oct. 1 – Oct. 7, closed Oct. 8 – Oct.14, reopening on Saturday Oct. 15 – Dec. 7 (7 day split)

Goose Season Dates:

Exterior Zone: Sept. 16 – Dec. 6. Daily Bag of 2 Canada Geese.

  • North – Sept. 16 – Dec. 16
  • South – Sept. 16 – Oct. 9, closed Oct. 10 – Oct.14, reopening Oct. 15 – Dec. 21 (7 day split)
  • Miss. – Oct. 1 – Oct. 7, closed Oct. 8 – Oct. 14, reopening Oct. 15 – Jan. 5 (7 day split)

New this year: the Horicon Zone will be one period only, Sept. 16 – Dec. 16. Each hunter will be allowed 12 tags each with a 2 bird daily bag.

Snow/Blue Geese, Ross’ Geese, Brant, White-fronted Geese and other geese

Daily Bag Limits:

  • White Geese (Snow/Blue Geese and Ross’ Geese) – 20
  • Brant – 1
  • Greater White-Fronted Geese – 1

Exterior Zone: 92 days total

  • North – Sept. 16 – Dec. 16
  • South – Sept. 16 – Oct. 9, closed Oct 10 – Oct 14, reopens Oct. 15 – Dec. 21
  • Miss. – Oct. 1 – Oct. 7, closed Oct. 8 – Oct 14, reopens Oct. 15 – Jan. 5

Horicon Zone: Sept. 16 – Dec. 16

Other Migratory Bird Seasons:

Coot, Moorhen, Rails and Snipe: Same as wild ducks in the zone in which you are hunting.

Daily Bag Limit:

  • Coot and Moorhen – 15
  • Sora & Virginia Rails – 25
  • Snipe – 8