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Final 2016-17 Waterfowl Seasons and Zone Descriptions

Shooting Hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset; see exceptions for Canada geese during September and snow geese during January 16 - April 15.

Non-toxic Shot: Required

Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons in New York state are set based on five waterfowl hunting zones that have been approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

NOTE: (1) You must register with HIP to hunt any of these species.

Species Western Northeast Lake
Champlain a
Southeast Long
Island
Youth Days b Oct 1 & 2 Sept 17 & 18 Sept 24 & 25 Sept 17 & 18 Nov 12 & 13
Ducksc, Coots,
Mergansers
Oct 22 - Dec 4
Dec 31 - Jan 15
Oct 8 - Oct 30
Nov 5 - Dec 11
Oct 12 - Oct 16
Oct 29 - Dec 22
Oct 1 - Oct 10
Nov 12 - Dec 31
Nov 24 - Nov 27
Dec 5 - Jan 29
Snow Geesed Oct 1 - Apr 15 Oct 1 - Apr 15 Oct 12 - Dec 31
Jan 16 - Apr 15
Oct 1 - Apr 15 Nov 24 - Mar 10
Brant Oct 1 - Nov 29 Oct 1 - Nov 29 Oct 5 - Dec 3
Oct 1 - Nov 29 Nov 24 - Nov 27
Dec 5 - Jan 29
Canada Goose
Seasons
see map for Canada Goose Seasons

a Hunting seasons for the Lake Champlain Zone are decided on by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Management Board following public meetings in Whitehall, New York and Burlington, Vermont.
b Youth Days are additional days for Junior Hunters only. Young hunters, 12 to 15 years of age, possessing a junior hunting license may hunt ducks, coots, mergansers, Canada geese, and brant on 2 special days in each zone. Daily bag limits for ducks are the maximum allowed during the regular duck season, and 3 per day for Canada geese. Young hunters must be accompanied by a licensed (including current HIP registration and duck stamp) adult hunter, but the adult may not shoot any birds unless the respective regular season is open.
c Crippled sea ducks may be taken under power in the special sea duck area, only.
d Snow goose seasons include both the regular hunting season and the Conservation Order that runs from January 16 - April 15 in all zones (except Long Island).

2016-17 Waterfowl Bag Limits

The daily bag limit is the maximum number of birds of each species 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.

Species Daily Limit Possession Limit
Ducks*/ Sea Ducks** 6 18
Coot 15 45
Canada geese # see map
Snow geese 25 no limit
Brant 2 6

*The daily limit of 6 ducks includes all mergansers and sea ducks (scoters, eiders and long-tailed ducks) and may include no harlequin ducks and no more than 4 mallards (2 of which may be hens), 3 wood ducks, 1 black duck, 2 pintail, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 canvasback, 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks or 2 hooded mergansers. For all other duck species found in New York, the daily limit is 6.

**Sea ducks count towards the regular duck bag in all areas.

# Cackling geese and white-fronted geese may be taken as part of the Canada goose daily and possession limits. Snow geese and Ross' geese may be taken as part of the snow goose limits.

Waterfowl Hunting Zones Boundary 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.

New York State Waterfowl Hunting Zones

Western Zone - That area west of a continuous line extending from Lake Ontario east along the north shore of the Salmon River to Interstate Route 81 and then south alonterstate Route 81 to the New York-Pennsylvania boundary.

Northeastern 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.

Lake Champlain Zone - That area east and north of a continuous line extending along Route 9B from the New York -Canada boundary to Route 9, south along Route 9 to Route 22 south of Keesville, south along Route 22 to the west shore of South Bay along and around the shoreline of South Bay to Route 22 on the east shore of South Bay, southeast along Route 22 to Route 4, northeast along Route 4 to the New York-Vermont boundary.

Southeastern Zone - That area east of Interstate 81 that is south of a continuous line extending from Interstate Route 81 east along Route 31 to Route 13, north along Route 13 to Route 49, east along Route 49 to Route 365, east along 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, and northwest of Interstate Route 95 in Westchester County.

Long Island Zone - That area consisting of Nassau and Suffolk counties and their tidal waters, and that area of Westchester County and its tidal waters southeast of Interstate Route 95.

Special Sea Duck Area - An area defined as the coastal waters of New York State lying in Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Great Peconic Bay and associated bays eastward from a line running between Miamogue Point in the town of Riverhead to Red Cedar Point in the Town of Southhampton, and any ocean waters of New York State lying south of Long Island.