Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits 

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expand Early Migratory Birds 
Species:Common Gallinule and Purple Gallinule
Opens:9/1/2015
Ends:11/9/2015
Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
Limits:
Daily limit is 15. Possession limit is 45 (combined).
Species:Rail, Virginia and Sora
Opens:9/12/2015
Ends:11/20/2015
Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
Limits:
Daily limit is 25. Possession limit is 75 (combined).
 
Species:Snipe, Common
Opens:11/1/2015
Ends:2/15/2016
Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
Limits:
Daily Limit is 8. Possession Limit is 24.
Species:Woodcock
Opens:11/7/2015
Ends:12/21/2015
Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
Limits:
Daily limit is 3. Possession limit is 9.
expand Waterfowl 
Species:Duck;Coot, American;Merganser
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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
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2015-16 Duck, Coot and Merganser Season Dates
Nov. 21-Nov. 29, 2015
Dec. 10-Dec. 23, 2015
Dec. 26, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016

Duck daily bag limit
Six ducks. Limit may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, one black duck, three scaup, two pintails, one canvasback and one mottled duck. Duck and teal species not listed have no extra restriction beyond the six-duck total bag limit.
Duck possession limit
Three times the daily bag limit
Coot daily bag limit
15
Coot possession limit
45.
Merganser daily bag limit
Five mergansers. Limit may include no more than two hooded mergansers.
Merganser possession limit
Three times the daily bag limit.
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Species:Goose, Canada
Opens:9/1/2015
Ends:9/15/2015
Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
Limits:
Daily limit is 5. Possession limit is 15.
Species:Goose, Canada
Opens:9/19/2015
Ends:9/28/2015
Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
Limits:
Daily limit is 2. Possession limit is 6.
 
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Northwest Canada Goose Zone includes: Benton, Carroll, Boone, Marion, Baxter, Washington, Madison, Newton, Searcy, Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Pope, Van Buren, Sebastian, Logan, Conway, Faulkner, Scott, Yell, Perry and Pulaski counties.
Species:Goose, Canada
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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
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2015-16 Statewide Canada Goose Season
Nov. 18-Dec. 4, 2015
Dec. 6, 2015-Jan. 31, 2016

Canada Goose Daily Bag Limit
Two
Canada Goose Possession Limit
Six
 
Species:Goose, Blue;Goose, Snow;Goose, Ross;Goose, White-fronted
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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
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2015-16 White-fronted, snow, blue and Ross's Goose Season
Nov. 18-Dec. 4, 2015
Dec. 6-Jan. 31, 2016

White-fronted Goose Daily Bag Limit
Three
White-fronted Goose Possession Limit
Nine
Snow, Blue and Ross's Goose Combined Daily Bag Limit
20
Snow, Blue and Ross's Goose Combined Possession Limit
No possession limit

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expand Waterfowl - Early Teal 
Species:Teal, Blue-winged;Teal, Cinnamon;Teal, Green-winged
Opens:9/12/2015
Ends:9/27/2015
Shooting Hours:Sunrise Until Sunset
Limits:
Daily limit -- 6 (blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal combined). Possession limit -- 18.
expand Waterfowl - Light Goose Conservation Order 
Species:Goose, Blue;Goose, Ross;Goose, Snow
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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until 30 Minutes After Sunset
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2015-16 Light Goose Conservation Order
Oct. 10-Nov. 17, 2015
Feb. 1-5, 2016
Feb. 7-April 25, 2016

No bag limit or possession limit.
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  • Hunters may use unplugged shotguns.
  • Hunters may use electric calls.
  • Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset.
  • No federal or state waterfowl stamp is required.
  • Hunters must have a valid hunting license, but it may be from any state.
  • Hunters must call (800) 364-4263 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or click here to visit our permit page and click "Submit New Permit Application" for a free registration permit number.
expand Waterfowl - Youth 
Species:Waterfowl
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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
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2015-16 Duck, Coot, Goose and Merganser Youth Hunt Dates
Dec. 5, 2015 and Feb. 6, 2016

Duck daily bag limit
Six ducks. Limit may include no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be hens), three wood ducks, two redheads, one black duck, three scaup, two pintails, one canvasback and one mottled duck. Duck and teal species not listed have no extra restriction beyond the six-duck total bag limit.
Duck possession limit
Three times the daily bag limit
Coot daily bag limit
15
Coot possession limit
45.
Merganser daily bag limit
Five mergansers. Limit may include no more than two hooded mergansers.
Merganser possession limit
Three times the daily bag limit.
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On these days, youths 15 and younger may harvest ducks, geese, coots and mergansers. Youths who have completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor who is 18 or older. Youths who have not completed a hunter education course must be accompanied by a mentor who is 21 or older. Mentors may not hunt ducks, geese, mergansers or coots, but may call waterfowl and may (if properly licensed) hunt other game in season. Youth hunters can hunt on wildlife management areas 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset these two days.