2015-16 Waterfowl Seasons
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) The following hunting season dates will not be final until federal regulations have been adopted in late summer. Be sure to check the final regulations before going hunting; and (2) You must register with HIP to hunt any of these species.
|Youth Days b||Oct 3 & 4||Sept 19 & 20||Sept 26 & 27||Sept 19 & 20||Nov 14 & 15|
|Oct 24 - Dec 6
Dec 26 - Jan 10
|Oct 3 - Oct 11
Oct 24 - Dec 13
Oct 10 - Oct 14
|Oct 10 - Oct 18
Nov 7 - Dec 27
|Nov 26 - Nov 29
Dec 7 - Jan 31
|Sea Ducks||same as above||same as above||same as above||same as above||Oct 17 - Jan 31c|
Oct 1 - Apr 15
|Oct 1 - Apr 15||
Oct 1 - Dec 29
Oct 1 - Apr 15
|Nov 25 - Mar 10|
|Brantd||Oct 10 - Nov 8||Oct 3 - Nov 1||Oct 10 - Nov 8||Oct 10 - Nov 8||Nov 26 - Nov 29
Jan 6 - Jan 31
|see map for Canada Goose Seasons|
aHunting seasons for the Lake Champlain Zone will be announced in late August following a public meeting in 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 In the special sea duck area only.
d Due to concerns about brant populations, the season may be closed. Please check the final regulations before going hunting.
2015-16 Waterfowl Bag Limits
Note: The following bag limits will not be final until federal regulations have been adopted in late summer. Be sure to check the final regulations before going afield.
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|
|Canada geese #||see map|
|Snow geese||25||no limit|
*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.
**During the Special Sea Duck Season, scoters, eiders, and long-tailed ducks may be taken, with a daily limit of 6 and may include no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, or 4 long-tailed ducks. Whenever the regular duck season is open, sea ducks count towards the total daily duck limit of 6 as described above.
# 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.