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Tentative 2016-17 Canada Goose Seasons

Note: The following season dates will not be final until federal regulations have been adopted in late spring/early summer. Be sure to check the final regulations before going afield.

Goose Hunting Area Boundary Descriptions

Shooting Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to sunset during regular and late seasons. During September, shooting hours are extended to ½ hour after sunset, except on Youth Waterfowl Hunt Days.

Bag Limits: The daily bag limit is the maximum number of birds that any person may take or possess in the field during any one day. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit for all waterfowl species except snow geese. The possession limit is the maximum number of birds that any person may possess in total in the field, at home, in transit, or in storage. See table below for specific bag limits for each Goose Hunting Area.

Non-toxic shot: Required

Other: You must register with HIP to hunt geese. During the September season hunters are allowed to use electronic calling devices and to use shotguns capable of holding more than three shells at a time, but no more than seven. The only time and place where these measures are not allowed is during the Youth Waterfowl Hunt weekend in the Northeastern and Southeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zones (federal regulations do not allow the special measures for Canada geese whenever any other waterfowl hunting seasons are open).

Tentative 2016-17 Canada goose seasons and bag limits.a
Goose Hunting Areab September Regular Bag Limite
Northeast Sept. 1 - Sept. 25 Oct. 22 - Nov 14
Nov. 16 - Dec. 11
Sept. Season: 15/day
Regular Season: 3/day
East Central Sept. 1 - Sept. 25 Oct. 22 - Nov. 18
Dec. 3 - Dec. 24
Sept. Season: 15/day
Regular Season: 3/day
South Sept. 1 - Sept. 25 Oct. 22 - Dec 17
Dec 31 - Jan 15
Mar. 4 - Mar. 10
Sept. Season: 15/day
Regular Season: 5/day
West Central Sept. 1 - Sept. 25 Oct. 22 - Nov. 24
Dec. 31 - Jan. 15
Sept. Season: 15/day
Regular Season: 3/day
Hudson Valley Sept. 1 - Sept. 25 Nov. 5 - Nov. 17
Dec. 3 - Jan. 8
Sept. Season: 15/day
Regular Season: 3/day
Lake Champlain Sept. 1 - Sept. 25 Oct 12 - Nov 30 Sept. Season: 8/day
Regular Season: 3/day
Western Long Island Closedc Oct. 8 - Oct. 23
Nov. 24 - Nov. 27
Dec. 5 - Feb 27
Regular Season: 8/day
Central Long Island Sept. 6 - Sept. 30 Nov. 24 - Nov. 27
Dec. 5 - Feb. 8
Sept. Season: 15/day
Regular Season: 3/day
Special Late Season: 5/day
Eastern Long Island Sept. 6 - Sept. 30 Nov. 24 - Feb. 1 Sept. Season: 15/day
Regular Season: 3/day

a These season dates have been finalized. Be sure to check all regulations before going hunting.
b See map and boundary descriptions (below) before going afield.
c September season in Western Long Island will be closed to allow extension of the regular season in this area only.
d The Western Long Island and Central Long Island Goose Hunting Area boundaries have changed. Please see the updated map and written boundaries for more details.
e Cackling geese and white-fronted geese may be taken as part of the Canada goose daily and possession limits.

Map with dates for different zones

New York State Goose Hunting Area Descriptions

Now you can view Waterfowl Hunting Zones in Google Earth! Visit DEC's Google Earth page to find the Waterfowl Hunting Zones map data. This will allow you to view Google Earth's road and topography data along with our Waterfowl Hunting Zones boundaries. Get a detailed view of your hunting area, access, and exact boundaries of Waterfowl Hunting Zones.

For descriptions of these areas based on road boundaries, rather than Wildlife Management Units, see Road Boundary Descriptions of New York State Goose Hunting Areas

  1. The Lake Champlain Goose Hunting Area is the same as the Lake Champlain Zone.
  2. The Northeast Goose Hunting Area is the same as the Northeastern Waterfowl Hunting Zone: That area north of a continuous line extending from Lake Ontario east along the north shore of the Salmon River to Interstate 81, south along Interstate Route 81 to Route 31, east along Route 31 to Route 13, north along Route 13 to Route 49, east along Route 49 to Route 365 to Route 28, east along Route 28 to Route 29, east along Route 29 to Route 22, north along Route 22 to Route 153, east along Route 153 to the New York - Vermont boundary, exclusive of the Lake Champlain Zone.
  3. The East Central Goose Hunting Area consists of the following WMUs: 4A, 4F, 6P, 6R, 6S, 7M, and 7P. The East Central Goose Hunting Area also includes those parts of WMUs 7F and 7J lying south of Route 31 and east of Route 81.
  4. The South Goose Hunting Area consists of the following WMUs: 3A, 3C, 3H, 3K, 3N, 3P, 3R, 4G, 4H, 4O, 4P, 4R, 4W, 7R, 7S, 8M, 8N, 8P, 8T, 8W, 8X, 8Y, 9A, 9C, 9F, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M, 9N, 9P, 9R, 9S, 9T, 9W, 9X, and 9Y. The South Goose Hunting Area also includes: that part of WMU 8G lying south and west of a continuous line extending along the New York State Thruway from Crittenden-Murrays Corners Road (near the Erie-Genesee County line) to Exit 48 in Batavia, then south along State Route 98 to State Route 20; that part of WMU 3G lying in Putnam County; and that part of WMU 3S lying north of Interstate Route 95.
  5. The West Central Goose Hunting Area consists of the following WMUs: 7A, 7H, 8A, 8C, 8F, 8H, 8J, 8R, and 8S. The West Central Goose Hunting Area also includes: that part of WMU 6K lying west of a continuous line extending along the north shore of the Salmon River from US Route 11 to Interstate Route 81, then south along Route 81 to Route 49; those parts of WMUs 7F and 7J lying west of Interstate Route 81; and that part of WMU 8G lying north and east of a continuous line extending along the New York State Thruway from Crittenden-Murrays Corners Road (near the Erie-Genesee County line) to Exit 48 in Batavia, then south along Route 98 to Route 20.
  6. The Hudson Valley Goose Hunting Area consists of the following WMUs: 3F, 3J, 3M, 4B, 4C, 4J, 4K, 4L, 4S, 4T, 4U, 4Y, 4Z, and 5R; that part of WMU 5S lying south of a continuous line extending east along Route 29 to Route 22, north along Route 22 to Route 153, then east along Route 153 to the New York - Vermont boundary; and that part of WMU 3G lying in Dutchess County.
  7. The Central Long Island Goose Hunting Area is that area of Suffolk County lying between the Western and Eastern Long Island Goose Hunting Areas, as defined below.
  8. The Eastern Long Island Goose Hunting Area is that area of Suffolk County lying east of a continuous line extending due south from the New York-Connecticut boundary to the northernmost end of Roanoke Avenue in the Town of Riverhead, south on Roanoke Avenue (which becomes County Route 73) to State Route 25, west on Route 25 to Peconic Avenue, south on Peconic Avenue to County Route (CR) 104 (Riverleigh Avenue), south on CR 104 to CR 31 (Old Riverhead Road), south on CR 31 to Oak Street, south on Oak Street to Potunk Lane, then west on Stevens Lane, then south on Jessup Avenue (in Westhampton Beach) to Dune Road (CR 89), then due south to international waters.
  9. The Western Long Island Goose Hunting Area is that area of Westchester County and its tidal waters southeast of Interstate Route 95 and that area of Nassau and Suffolk counties lying west of a continuous line extending due south from the New York-Connecticut boundary to the northernmost end of Sound Road (just east of Wading River Marsh); then south on Sound Road to North Country Road; then west on North Country Road to Randall Road; then south on Randall Road to Route 25A, then west on Route 25A to Sunken Meadow tate Parkway; then south on Sunken Meadow Parkway to the Sagtikos State parkway; then south on the Sagtikos Parkway to the Robert Moses State parkway; then south on the Robert Moses Parkway to its southernmost end; then due south to international waters.

Long Island Canada Goose Area Boundaries Map