Tentative 2016-17 Waterfowl Seasons and Zone Descriptions
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.
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 1 & 2||Sept 17 & 18||Sept 24 & 25||Sept 17 & 18||Nov 12 & 13|
|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
|Sea Ducks||same as above||same as above||same as above||same as above||same as above c|
|Snow Geese||Oct 1 - Apr 15||Oct 1 - Apr 15||Oct 12 - Dec 31
Feb 15 - Mar 10
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
|see map for Canada Goose Seasons|
a Hunting 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 Crippled sea ducks may be taken under power in the special sea duck area only.
2016-17 Waterfowl Bag Limits
Note: The following bag limits 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.
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.
**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.
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 along Interstate 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.