When is Duck Season?

Duck Hunting

Duck hunters everywhere patiently wait for duck season like the IRS anticipates tax season. Unfortunately, duck season is not a year-round venture. Duck hunters across the country must wait for the official opening date to unleash the hounds, stock up the boat, and pull out their guns. Waterfowl hunting seasons is ruled by a set of legislation and regulations that developed through sound science and as a way to keep duck stock plentiful.

Waterfowl regulations occur at a federal level that is continuously adjusted to account for each flyway, and account for the migration timing of ducks and the majority of hunter’s preferences. Each region receives decisions based on the latest scientific knowledge, century’s worth of experience, and input from the public at a state and county level.

No matter your opinion on the process, the rules are put in place for the well-being of hunters and the beloved waterfowl creatures. However, the chances are that no matter which season we are in (open or closed) you are probably getting antsy to hunt. If you need to know the official date in your neck of the woods, here is a list that we rounded up of every opening and closing dates throughout the United States.

State

Season Dates

Daily Bag Limits

Possession Limits

Alabama (AL)

Nov 27 to Nov 28
Dec 5 to Jan 31

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

4 mallards (Max 2 hens)

3 wood ducks

3 scaup

2 pintails

2 redheads

2 canvasback

1 mottled duck

1 black duck

3 times daily bag limit

Alaska (AK)

Sept 16 to Dec 31

7 (Max 1 canvasbacks)

3 times daily bag limit

Arizona (AZ)

Mountain Zone: Oct 2 to Jan 10

Dessert Zone: Oct 16 to Jan 24

7 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

7 mallards (Max 2 hens OR Mexican-like ducks)

7 mergansers

2 redheads

2 pintails

2 canvasback

25 Coots

3 times daily bag limit

Arkansas (AR)

Nov 21 to 29

Dec 10 to 23

Dec 26 to Jan 31

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:
4 mallards (Max 2 hens)
3 wood ducks
3 scaup
2 pintails
2 redheads
2 canvasback
1 black duck
1 mottled duck

3 times daily bag limit

California (CA)

Oct 10 to Jan 22

7 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

7 mallards (Max 2 hens)

2 pintail

2 canvasback

2 redheads

3 times daily bag limit

Colorado (CO)

Northeast Zone: Oct 11 to Dec 1

Dec 13 to Jan 25

Southeast Zone: Oct 22 to Jan 25

Mountain/ Foothills: Oct 4 to Dec 1

Dec 20 to Jan 25

N/A

N/A

Connecticut (CT)

North Zone:

Oct 8 to Oct 18

Nov 11 to Jan 7

South Zone:

Oct 9 to Oct 11

Nov 17 to Jan 20

4 mallards (max 2 hens)

3 wood duck

1 black duck

2 scaup

2 redhead

2 pintail

1 canvasback

2 hooded merganser

3 times daily bag limit

Delaware (DE)

Oct 23 to Nov 3
Nov 23 to Dec 5
Dec 18 to Jan 30

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

6 teal

6 shovelers

6 gadwall

6 wigeon

6 goldeneye

6 ring necked ducks

6 bufflehead

6 ruddy ducks

6 eiders

6 long tailed ducks

4 scoters

4 mallards (Max 2 hens)

3 wood ducks

2 scaup

2 pintails

2 redheads

2 canvasback

1 black duck

1 mottled duck

1 fulvous whistling duck

3 times daily bag limit

Florida (FL)

Nov 21 to Nov 29
Dec 12 to Jan 31

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

4 mallards (Max 2 hen)

4 scoters

3 wood ducks

2 scaup

2 pintails

2 redheads

2 canvasback

1 black

1 mottled duck (Florida duck)

1 fulvous whistling-duck

No harlequin ducks

3 times daily bag limit

Georgia (GA)

Nov 21 to 29
Dec 12 to Jan 31

6 in aggregate with no more than:
4 mallards (only 2 hens)
3 wood ducks
2 scaup
2 redheads
2 pintail
2 canvasback
1 black OR mottled duck

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Hawaii (HI)

CLOSED

N/A

N/A

Idaho (ID)

Area 1: Oct 4 to Jan 16

Area 1 Scaup Season:

Oct 25 to Jan 16

Area 2: Oct 11 to Jan 23

Area 2 Scaup Season: Nov 1 to Jan 23

7 of any kind except:

Shall not include more than the following:

2 female mallards

2 redheads

2 pintails

1 canvasback

3 scaup

3 times daily bag limit

Illinois (IL)

North Zone: Oct 17 to Dec 15

Central Zone: Oct 24 to Dec 22

South Central Zone: Nov 14 to Jan 12

South Zone: Nov 26 to Jan 24

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

4 mallards (Max 2 hens)

3 wood ducks

3 scaup

2 pintails

2 redheads

2 canvasback

1 mottled

1 black duck

3 times daily bag limit

Iowa (IA)

North:

Oct 3 to 18

Oct 24 to Dec 18

South:

Oct 3 to 7

Oct 17 to Dec 10

6 in aggregate with no more than:
4 mallards (only 2 hens)
3 wood ducks
3 scaup
2 redheads
2 pintail
2 canvasback
1 black duck

3 times daily bag limit

Kansas (KS)

High Plans:

Oct 11 to Dec 8

Dec 20 to Jan 25

Low Plains Early:

Oct 11 to Dec 7

Dec 20 to Jan 4

Low Plains Late:

Nov 1 to Jan 4

Jan 17 to Jan 25

Low Plains Southeast:

Nov 8 to Nov 9

Nov 15 to Jan 25

Six ducks including no more than 5 mallards of which only 2 may be hens; 3 wood ducks; 3 scaups; 3 pintails; 2 redtails; 1 canvasback

3 times daily bag limit

Louisiana (LA)

Coastal Zone
Nov 7 to Dec 6
Dec 19 to Jan 24

West Zone
Nov 14 to Dec 6
Dec 19 to Jan 31

East Zone
Nov 21 to Dec 6
Dec 19 to Jan 17

Ducks 6
Coots 15
Mergansers 5
1 Mottled Duck
1 Black Duck
2 Canvasbacks
2 Redheads
2 Pintails
3 Scaup
3 Wood Ducks
Max 4 mallards
(Max 2 females)

3 times daily bag limit

Maine (ME)

North Zone: Sept 29 to Dec 6

South Zone:

Oct 18 to Oct 18

Nov 3 to Dec 23

Coastal Zone:

Oct 1 to Oct 18

Nov 14 to Jan 3

6 (no more than 4 of any species)

18 (no more than 12 of any species)

Maryland (MD)

Oct 10 to Oct 17

Nov 14 to Nov 27

Dec 15 to Jan 30

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:
5 long-tailed ducks
4 mallards (Max 2 hens)
4 scoters
3 wood ducks
2 scaup
2 pintails
2 redheads
2 canvasback
2 hooded mergansers
1 fulvous tree duck
1 mottled duck

up to 6 of all other species except harlequin ducks

3 times daily bag limit

Massachusetts (MA)

Berkshire:

Oct 13 to Nov 29

Dec 8 to Dec 27

Central:

Oct 14 to Nov 29

Dec 8 to Dec 27

Coastal:

Oct 15 to Oct 25

Nov 22 to Jan 19

6 ducks in aggregate with no more than:

1 black duck

1 canvasback

1 fulvous whistling

2 hooded merganser

4 mallard (2 female)

1 mottled

2 pintail

2 redhead

2 scaup

3 wood duck

4 all other species

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Michigan (MI)

North Zone:

Sept 26 to Nov 22

Nov 28 to Jan 29

Middle Zone:

Oct 3 to Nov 29

Dec 12 to Dec 13

South Zone:

Oct 10 to Dec 6

Dec 26 to Dec 27

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

4 mallards (Max 2 hens)

3 wood ducks

2 scaup

2 pintails

2 redheads

2 canvasback

1 black duck

3 times daily bag limit

Minnesota (MN)

North Zone:

Sept 27 to Nov 25

Central Zone:

Sept 27 to Oct 5

Oct 11 to Nov 30

South Zone:

Sept 27 to Sept 29

Oct 11 to Dec 9

6 ducks daily that include no more than the following:

4 mallard (2 hen mallard)

3 scaup

3 wood ducks

2 pintails

2 redheads

1 black duck

1 canvas back

3 times daily bag limit

Mississippi (MS)

Nov 27 to Nov 29

Dec 4 to Dec 6

Dec 9 to Jan 31

6 ducks in aggregate with no more than:
4 mallards (2 hens)
3 wood ducks
3 scaup
2 redheads
2 canvasback
2 pintails
1 mottled duck
1 black duck
5 mergansers (2 hooded)
15 coots

3 times daily bag limit

Missouri (MO)

Middle Zone:

Nov 5 to Jan 7

North Zone:

Oct 31 to Dec 29

South Zone:

Nov 26 to Jan 24

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:
4 mallards (Max 2 hens)
3 wood ducks
3 scaup
2 pintails
2 redheads
2 canvasback
2 hooded mergansers
1 black duck
1 mottled duck

3 times daily bag limit

Montana (MT)

Central Flyway:

Oct 4 to Jan 20

Pacific Flyway:

Oct 4 to Jan 17

N/A

N/A

Nebraska (NE)

Zone 1: Oct 10 to Dec 22

Zone 2 Low Plains: Oct to Oct 15

Zone 2 High Plains: Oct 3 to Dec 15

Jan 6 to Jan 27

Zone 3 Low Plains:

Oct 24 to Jan 5

Zone 3 High Plains:

Oct 24 to Jan 5

Jan 6 to Jan 27

Zone 4: Oct 3 to Dec 15

6 ducks in aggregate no more than:

5 mallards (Max 2 hens)

3 wood ducks

3 scaup

2 redheads

2 pintails

2 canvasbacks

5 Merganser (Max 2 hooded mergansers)

15 Coot

Mergansers & Coots do not count toward the daily bag limits for ducks

3 times daily bag limit

Nevada (NV)

Northeast Zone:

Sept 26 to Oct 25

Oct 28 to Jan 10

Northwest Zone:

Oct 10 to Oct 25

Oct 28 to Jan 24

South Zone:

Oct 10 to Oct 25

Oct 28 to Jan 24

Moapa Valley:

Oct 31 to Jan 24

7 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

2 hen mallards

3 scaup

2 pintails

2 redheads

2 canvasback

3 times daily bag limit

New Hampshire (NH)

Inland Zone:

Oct 2 to Nov 2

Nov 16 to Dec 13

Coastal Zone:

Oct 3 to Oct 13

Nov 16 to Jan 3

Northern Zone:

Oct 2 to Nov 30

6 ducks in aggregate no more than:

1 black duck

4 mallard (2 hens)

2 scaup

3 wood duck

2 redhead

2 hooded merganser

15 coot

2 pintail

1 canvasback

6

New Mexico (NM)

Central:

Oct 4 to Jan 2

Central South:

Oct 23 to Jan 19

Pacific:

Oct 11 to Jan 23

6 ducks in aggregate no more than:

5 mallards (2 female)

3 scaup

3 wood ducks

2 redhead

2 hooded merganser

2 pintail

1 canvasback

3 times daily bag limit

New Jersey (NJ)

North Zone:

Oct 10 to Oct 22

Nov 14 to Jan 9

South Zone:

Oct 17 to Oct 24

Nov 14 to Jan 14

Coastal Zone:

Oct 31 to Nov 3

Nov 26 to Jan 30

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:
6 goldeneye
6 long-tailed duck
6 ruddy duck
6 wigeon
6 shovel
6 blue-winged teal
6 eiders
6 gadwall
6 bufflehead
6 green-winged teal
6 ring-necked duck
4 mallards (Max 2 hen)
4 scoters
3 wood ducks
2 scaup
2 pintails
2 redheads
2 canvasback
1 black

3 times daily bag limit

New York (NY)

Western Zone:

Oct 24 to Dec 6

Dec 26 to Jan 10

Northeast Zone:

Oct 3 to Oct 11

Oct 24 to Dec 13

Lake Champlain Zone:

Oct 10 to Oct 14

Oct 24 to Dec 17

Southeast Zone:

Oct 10 to Oct 18

Nov 7 to Dec 27

Long Island Zone:

Nov 26 to Nov 29

Dec 7 to Jan 31

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

4 mallards (Max 2 hens)

3 wood ducks

3 scaup

2 pintails

2 redheads

2 canvasback

2 hooded mergansers

1 black duck

no harlequin ducks

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North Carolina (NC)

Oct 7 to 10
Nov 14 to Dec 5
Dec 19 to Jan 30

6 in aggregate with no more than:

4 scoters

4 mallards (only 2 hens)

3 wood ducks

2 scaup

2 redheads

2 pintail

2 canvasback

1 black or mottled duck

1 fulvous whistling duck

Mergansers: 5 (Max 2 hooded)

Coots: 15

3 times daily bag limit

North Dakota (ND)

Low Plains:

Sept 27 to Dec 7

High Plain:

Sept 27 to Dec 7

Dec 13 to Jan 4

N/A

N/A

Ohio (OH)

Lake Erie Marsh Zone:
Oct 17 to Nov 1
Nov 14 to Dec 27

North Zone:
Oct 24 to Nov 8
Nov 21 to Jan 3

South Zone:
Oct 24 to Nov 8
Dec 19 to Jan 3

6 in aggregate with no more than:
4 mallards (only 1 hens)
3 wood ducks
3 scaup
2 redheads
2 pintail
2 canvasback
1 black
1 mottled duck

Coots: 15

Mergansers: 5 (Max 2 hooded)

3 times daily bag limit (After Day 2)

Oklahoma (OK)

Oct 17 to Jan 13

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:
5 mallards (Max 2 hens)
3 wood ducks
3 scaup
2 pintails
2 redheads
2 canvasback

3 times daily bag limit

Oregon (OR)

Zone 1:

Oct 11 to Oct 26

Oct 29 to Jan 25

Zone 1 Scoup:

Nov 1 to Jan 25

Zone 2:

Oct 11 to Dec 7

Dec 10 to Jan 25

Zone 2 Scoup

Oct 11 to Dec 7

Dec 10 to Jan 6

7 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

3 scaup

2 hen mallard

2 pintail

2 redheads

1 canvasback

3 times daily bag limit

Pennsylvania (PA)

North Zone:

Oct 10 to Nov 28

Dec 19 to Jan 7

South Zone:

Oct 17 to Oct 24

Nov 14 to Jan 14

Northwest Zone:

Oct 10 to Dec 12

Dec 29 to Jan 2

Lake Erie Zone:

Oct 26 to Jan 2

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:
4 mallards (Max 2 hens)
4 scoters
3 wood ducks
2 scaup
2 pintails
2 redheads
2 canvasback
1 mottled
1 black duck
1 fulvous whistling duck

3 times daily bag limit

Rhode Island (RI)

Nov 26 to Nov 30

Dec 6 to Jan 25

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

4 mallard (2 hen)

1 black duck

3 wood duck

2 redhead

2 pintail

15 coot

1 canvasback

2 scaup

5 merganser (2 hooded)

18

South Carolina (SC)

Nov 21 to Nov 28

Dec 12 to Jan 31

6 in aggregate with no more than:
4 mallards (only 2 hens)
3 wood ducks
2 redheads
2 canvasbacks
2 scaup
2 pintails
1 fulvous whistling duck
1 black-bellied whistling duck
1 black duck OR 1 mottled duck

3 times daily bag limit

South Dakota (SD)

High Plains:

Oct 11 to Jan 15

Low Plains North:

Sept 27 to Dec 9

Low Plains Middle:

Sept 27 to Dec 9

Low Plains South:

Oct 11 to Dec 23

6 in aggregate with no more than:

5 mallards (2 hens)

3 scaup

3 wood ducks

2 redheads

2 pintail

1 canvasback

3 times daily bag limit for each species

Tennessee (TN)

Coastal Zone
Nov 7 to Dec 6
Dec 19 to Jan 24

West Zone
Nov 14 to Dec 6
Dec 19 to Jan 31

East Zone
Nov 21 to Dec 6
Dec 19 to Jan 17

Ducks 6
Coots 15
Mergansers 5
1 Mottled Duck
1 Black Duck
2 Canvasbacks
2 Redheads
2 Pintails
3 Scaup
3 Wood Ducks
Max 4 mallards
(Max 2 females)

3 times daily bag limit

Texas (TX)

North Zone
Nov 7 to 29
Dec 12 to Jan 31

South Zone
Oct 31 to Nov 29
Dec 12 to Jan 24

High Plains Mallard Management Unit
Oct 31 to Nov 1
Nov 6 to Jan 31

6 in aggregate
with no more than:
5 mallards (only 2 hens)
3 wood ducks
3 scaup
2 redheads
2 pintail
2 canvasback
1 "dusky" duck
"dusky" ducks season closes after first 5 days of the season

3 times daily bag limit

Utah (UT)

Oct 3 to Jan 16

7 Ducks in aggregate no more than:
2 canvasbacks
2 mallard hens
2 pintails
2 redheads
2 wood ducks

3 times daily bag limit

Vermont (VT)

Lake Champlain Zone:

Oct 8 to Oct 12

Interior Vermont Zone:

Oct 8 to Dec 6

Connecticut River Zone:

Oct 2 to Nov 2

Nov 16 to Dec 13

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

4 mallards (2 hens)

1 black duck

3 wood ducks

2 pintails

1 canvasback

2 redhead

2 scaup

4 scoters

18

Virginia (VA)

Oct 1 to Oct 10

Nov 9 to Nov 14

Dec 18 to Jan 30

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:
4 mallards (Max 2 hens)
4 long-tailed ducks
4 scoters
3 wood ducks
2 pintails
2 scaup
2 redheads
2 canvasback
1 black duck

3 times daily bag limit

Washington (WA)

Oct 11 to Oct 15

Oct 18 to Jan 25

(except scaup season closed Oct 11 to Oct 31)

N/A

N/A

West Virginia (WV)

Oct 1 to Oct 10
Nov 9 to Nov 14
Dec 18 to Jan 30

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

4 mallards (Max 2 hens)

4 long-tailed ducks

4 scoters

3 wood ducks

2 pintails

2 scaup

2 redheads

2 canvasback

1 black duck

3 times daily bag limit

Wisconsin (WI)

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wyoming (WY)

Pacific Flyway:

Sept 26 to Jan 8

Central Flyway:

Oct 3 to Dec 31

Jan 31 to Feb 14

Central Flyway Zone C1:

Oct 3 to Oct 21

Oct 31 to Jan 16

Central Flyway Zone C2:

Sept 26 to Dec 6

Dec 12 to Jan 5

6 Ducks in aggregate no more than:

5 mallards (Max 2 hens)

2 pintails

3 wood ducks

2 canvasbacks

2 redheads

3 scaup

In addition to the regular limit of 6 ducks, 2 blue winged teal may be taken during the dates October 3 to October 18

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