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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.

Species Western Northeast Lake
Southeast Long
Youth Days b Oct 3 & 4 Sept 19 & 20 Sept 26 & 27 Sept 19 & 20 Nov 14 & 15
Ducks, Coots,
Oct 24 - Dec 6
Dec 26 - Jan 10
Oct 3 - Oct 11
Oct 24 - Dec 13

Oct 10 - Oct 14
Oct 24 - Dec 17

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
Snow Geese

Oct 1 - Apr 15

Oct 1 - Apr 15

Oct 1 - Dec 29
Jan 16 - Apr 15

Oct 1 - Apr 15

Nov 25 - Mar 10
Brant Oct 10 - Nov 8 Oct 3 - Nov 1 Oct 10 - Nov 8 Oct 10 - Nov 8 Nov 26 - Nov 29
Jan 6 - Jan 31
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 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.

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
Coot 15 45
Canada geese # see map
Snow geese 25 no limit
Brant 1 3

*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.