2018-06-13 / Outdoor Life

DEC Announces 2018-19 Waterfowl Season Dates

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced its 2018-19 waterfowl and migratory game bird seasons and water hunting seasons. All dates are not final until published in the federal register in mid-summer, so hunters should check the DEC website prior to going afield in the fall.

The Northern Pintail limit has increased from one to two birds per day.

The American black duck bag limit will remain at two birds per day for the upcoming season. For more information on black duck regulatory decisions and frequently asked questions, see the black duck regulation change informational handout.

The Eastern Long Island Canada goose area season length and bag limit was reduced from a 70- day, three-bird limit to a 60-day, two bag limit season. The reason for the decrease was a multi-year decline in the breeding population of North Atlantic population Canada geese.

Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset; see exceptions for Canada geese during September, and for snow geese from Jan. 16-April 15. Non-toxic shot is required and you must register with DEC’s Harvest Information Program (HIP).

There are five zones for waterfowl in the state, and this area is in the Southeastern zone. The other four are Northeastern, Lake Champlain, Western and Long Island, and each will have youth hunting days. In the Southeastern zone, for the species listed here, that will be Sept. 22 and 23, and junior hunters may take three Canada geese per day.

The daily bag limit for snow geese is 25 and there is no possession limit. For ducks, sea ducks and mergansers, the daily limit is six, possession limit is 18. For coot, the daily limit is 15, possession limit is 45. For brant, the daily limit is two and the possession limit is six.

For Canada geese, the seasons are still to be determined. For ducks, coots and mergansers, the seasons are Oct. 6-14 and Nov. 10-Dec. 30. For snow geese, the season is from Oct. 1-Apr 15. For brant, the season is from Oct. 6-Dec. 4.

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