when does migratory bird season open

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sets the frameworks for waterfowl and other migratory game birds. Migratory bird hunting is governed by both state and federal regulations. Wa- terfowl hunting is permitted when seasons are open during the youth deer gun season, the deer gun season, and the deer muzzleloader season. The possession limit for wa- terfowl and migratory birds after the second day is three times the daily bag limit.

No person on the opening day of the season shall possess any freshly killed migratory game birds in excess of the daily bag limit, or aggregate daily bag limit, whichever applies.

In addition to the requirements above, to hunt waterfowl in Ohio, you must also have the following:

All hunters, including landowners, who plan to hunt migratory game birds, includ- ing mourning doves, ducks, geese, wood- cock, rails, coots, and snipe must have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) certi- fication number on their hunting license. To complete the HIP certification require- ment, call 1-877-HIP-OHIO (1-877-447- 6446) or go to wildohio.gov and answer the survey questions. After the survey you will be given a certification number. Write the certification number on your annual hunting license in the space provided.

Multiyear license and lifetime license hold- ers are required to complete the HIP certifi- cation requirement annually. The certifica- tion number is required to be carried while hunting.FEDERAL REGULATIONS AND FEDERAL MIGRATORY BIRD HUNTING STAMP (DUCK STAMP)

Federal regulations relating to migratory game birds are located in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20.

Hunters 16 years of age and older are re- quired to purchase this stamp to hunt waterfowl. These stamps are available at many U.S. post office branches, usps.com, or duckstamp.com.

The E-Stamp available through duckstamp. com is valid immediately for up to 45 days with the receipt of the e-stamp purchase.

North Zone Waterfowl Hunting

SEASON OPENING DATE CLOSING DATE
Geese (Canada, White-fronted, Snow, Blue, Rosss), Brant Oct. 21, 2023

Oct. 29, 2023

Nov. 11, 2023

Feb. 5, 2024

Ducks, Coots, and Mergansers Oct. 21, 2023

Oct. 29, 2023

Nov. 11, 2023

Dec. 31, 2023

OHIO WETLANDS HABITAT STAMP

At the time of purchase, the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp will not be provided. A li- cense will be issued stating Ohio Wetlands Stamp. The stamp will be mailed later in the year. The stamp does not need to be carried while hunting.

Active duty military and veterans may hunt waterfowl on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, 2023. Bag limits are the same as the regular season. During this special season, active duty military personnel, veterans, and young people may go waterfowl hunting together.

The hunter needs to be a veteran or an active duty member of the armed forces.

On both public and private lands, hunters 17 years of age or under are permitted to hunt waterfowl throughout the state on September 30 and Oct. 1, 2023. Coots, geese, and ducks may be taken within the regular season bag limits. Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sun- rise to sunset.

When in possession of shot (either in shotshells or loose for muzzleloading), no one is allowed to take ducks, geese (including brant), rail, snipe, gallinules, or coots unless it is an approved nontoxic shot. For a list of approved nontoxic shot, see fws. gov.

OPENING DAY OF A SEASON

On the first day of the season, no one is allowed to have more freshly killed migratory game birds than the daily bag limit or the aggregate daily bag limit, whichever is higher.

In order to go bird hunting in Ohio, you need to have the following:

  • A valid Ohio hunting license.
  • Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification.

In addition to the prerequisites mentioned above, you also need the following in order to hunt waterfowl in Ohio:

  • For anyone eighteen years of age or older, an Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp endorsement is necessary.
  • All individuals 16 years of age and older must have a signed federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp, also known as a Duck Stamp.

All hunters, including landowners, must have a harvest information program (HIP) certification number on their hunting license if they intend to hunt migratory game birds such as mourning doves, ducks, geese, woodcock, rails, coots, and snipe. For the purpose of fulfilling the HIP certification prerequisite, contact 1-877-HIP-OHIO (877-447-6446) or visit wildohio.com. gov and answer the survey questions. After the survey you will be given a certification number. In the designated space on your annual hunting license, write the certification number.

Every year, holders of lifetime licenses and multiyear licenses must fulfill the HIP certification requirement. It is necessary to carry the certification number when hunting.

WATERFOWL SEASONS

OPENING DATE

CLOSING DATE

DAILY LIMIT

Youth Waterfowl Season

Sept. 30, 2023

Oct. 1, 2023

Same as the regular season

Military Waterfowl Season

Sept. 30, 2023

Oct. 1, 2023

Same as the regular season

LAKE ERIE MARSH ZONE:

Geese

Oct. 14, 2023

Nov. 4, 2023

Oct. 29, 2023

Dec. 17, 2023

GEESE

5 combined: Canada goose, white-fronted goose, and no more than 1 brant.

10 combined: snow goose, blue goose, Rosss goose.

DUCKS

The daily bag limit is 6 ducks, which may include no more than 4 mallards (only 2 hens),

3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 2 black ducks, or 1 mottled duck. One scaup during the first 15 days of the season; two scaup during the next 45 days.

MERGANSERS & COOTS

5 mergansers (only 2 hooded), and 15 coots.

Dec. 31, 2023

Feb. 4, 2024

LAKE ERIE MARSH ZONE:

Ducks, Coots, &Mergansers

Oct. 14, 2023

Nov. 4, 2023

Oct. 29, 2023

Dec. 17, 2023

NORTH ZONE:

Geese

Oct. 21, 2023

Nov. 11, 2023

Oct. 29, 2023

Feb. 5, 2024

NORTH ZONE:

Ducks, Coots, &Mergansers

Oct. 21, 2023

Nov. 11, 2023

Oct. 29, 2023

DEC. 31, 2023

SOUTH ZONE:

Geese

Oct. 21, 2023

Nov. 18, 2023

Oct. 29, 2023

Feb. 12, 2024

SOUTH ZONE:

Ducks, Coots, &Mergansers

Oct. 21, 2023

Dec. 9, 2023

Oct. 29, 2023

Jan. 28, 2024

Hunting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset during the regular waterfowl season, unless posted.

FAQ

Who is allowed to set closed seasons for the hunting of migratory birds?

The Service develops migratory bird hunting regulations by establishing the frameworks, or outside limits, for season lengths, season dates, bag limits, and areas for migratory game bird hunting. Final approval is the responsibility of the Secretary of the Interior.

When can I hunt ducks in Ohio?

WATERFOWL SEASONS
OPENING DATE
LAKE ERIE MARSH ZONE: Ducks, Coots, &Mergansers
Oct. 14, 2023 Nov. 4, 2023
NORTH ZONE: Geese
Oct. 21, 2023 Nov. 11, 2023
NORTH ZONE: Ducks, Coots, &Mergansers
Oct. 21, 2023 Nov. 11, 2023
SOUTH ZONE: Geese
Oct. 21, 2023 Nov. 18, 2023

What are the dates for duck season in Louisiana?

2023-2024 Migratory Game Bird Schedule
Species
Season Dates
Daily Bag Limit
Ducks, Coots and Mergansers
East Zone: Nov. 11 (youth and veterans only) Nov. 18 – Dec. 3 Dec. 16 – Jan. 28 Feb. 3 (youth and veterans only)
See Ducks, Coots and Mergansers section for more details

What do you need to hunt migratory birds in Texas?

A Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (commonly called a Duck Stamp) is required by Federal law for waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and over. The stamp is available at most post offices and TPWD offices. Harvest Information (HIP) Certification is required to hunt migratory game birds.