PROPOSED 2011-12 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons NY
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset in all hunting zones
Non-toxic Shot: Required
Season Zones: Most waterfowl seasons 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 are PROPOSED and will not be finalized until federal regulations have been adopted in late September. 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 a||Oct 8 & 9||Sept 17 & 18||Sept 24 & 25||Sept 17 & 18||Nov 12 & 13|
|Oct 22 – Dec 5
Dec 26 – Jan 9
|Oct 1 – Oct 10
Oct 22 – Dec 10
|TBD||Oct 8 – Oct 16
Nov 5 – Dec 25
|Nov 24 – Nov 27
Dec 5 – Jan 29
|Sea Ducks||same as above||same as above||same as above||same as above||Oct 15 – Jan 29b|
|Snow Geese||Oct 22 – Dec 10
Dec 26 – Jan 9
Jan 29 – Apr 15
|Oct 1 – Dec 31
Feb 25 – Apr 15
|TBD||Oct 1 – Jan 5
Mar 1 – Apr 15
|Nov 24 – Mar 9|
|Brant||Oct 2 – Nov 20||Oct 1 – Nov 19||TBD||Oct 8 – Nov 26||Nov 24 – Nov 27
Dec 15 – Jan 29
|see map for TENTATIVE Canada Goose Seasons|
a 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. Note: A 2010-11 hunting license is needed to hunt on any Youth Day in September 2011.
b In the special sea duck area only.
PROPOSED 2011-12 Waterfowl Bag Limits
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 twice 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|
|Canada geese #||see map|
|Snow geese||25||no limit|
* 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.