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2014-15 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.

Species Western Northeast Lake
Southeast Long
Youth Days b Oct 4 & 5 Sept 20 & 21 Sept 27 & 28 Sept 27 & 28 Nov 22 & 23
Ducks, Coots,
Oct 18 - Dec 2
Dec 27 - Jan 9
Oct 4 - Oct 19
Nov 1 - Dec 14

Oct 8 - Oct 12
Oct 25 - Dec 18

Oct 11 - Oct 19
Nov 8 - Dec 28
Nov 27 - Jan 25
Sea Ducks same as above same as above same as above same as above Oct 17 - Jan 31c
Snow Geese

Oct 1 - Apr 15

Oct 1 - Apr 15

Oct 1 - Dec 29
Jan 16 - Apr 15

Oct 1 - Apr 15

Nov 24 - Mar 10
Brant Oct 11 - Nov 9 Oct 4 - Nov 2 Oct 8 - Nov 6 Oct 11 - Nov 9 Nov 27 - Nov 30
Dec 31 - Jan 25
Canada Goose
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 2 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.

2014-15 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* 6 18
Sea Ducks** 7 21
Coot 15 45
Canada geese # see map
Snow geese 25 no limit
Brant 2 6

* The daily limit of 6 ducks includes all species of mergansers, and may include no harlequin ducks and no more than 4 mallards (no more than 2 of which may be hens), 1 black duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 pintail, 2 redheads, 2 scaup, 1 canvasback, 4 scoters or 2 hooded mergansers.

** The daily limit of 7 sea ducks (scoters, eiders and long-tailed ducks - formerly called oldsquaw) is in addition to the regular duck bag in coastal waters of the Long Island Zone only. No more than 4 scoters may be included in the daily bag of sea ducks. In all other areas, sea ducks are part of the regular duck bag limit.

# 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.