Waterfowl Season Dates and Bag Limits 

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2016 Purple Gallinule and Common Moorhen Season
Sept. 1-Nov. 9, 2016

Daily limit - 15.
Possession limit - 45 (combined).
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2016 Virginia Rail and Sora Season
Sept. 10-Nov. 18, 2016

Daily limit - 25.
Possession limit - 75 (combined).
 
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2016-17 Common Snipe Season
Nov. 1, 2016-Feb. 15, 2017

Daily Limit - 8
Possession Limit - 24
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2016-17 Woodcock Season
Nov. 5-Dec. 19, 2016

Daily limit - 3
Possession limit - 9
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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
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2016-17 Duck, Coot and Merganser Youth Hunt
Dec. 3, 2016 and Feb. 4, 2017

Daily limit: Same as statewide limit
Possession limit: Same as statewide 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.
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2016 Early Teal Season
Sept. 10-25, 2016

Daily limit: 6 (blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal combined). Possession limit: 18.
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Shooting Hours: Sunrise to Sunset.
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2016-17 Duck, Coot and Merganser Season
Nov. 19-Nov. 27, 2016
Dec. 8-Dec. 23, 2016
Dec. 26, 2016-Jan. 29, 2017

Duck daily bag limit: 6 ducks
Limit may include no more than 4mallards (no more than 2 of which may be hens), 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 1 black duck, 3 scaup, 2 pintails, 2 canvasbacks and 1 mottled duck. Duck and teal species not listed have no extra restriction beyond the 6-duck total bag limit.
Duck possession limit: 3 times the daily bag limit

Coot daily bag limit: 15
Coot possession limit: 45

Merganser daily bag limit: 5 mergansers.
Limit may include no more than 2 hooded mergansers.
Merganser possession limit: 3 times the daily bag limit.
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Shooting Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.
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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
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2016 Early Canada Goose Statewide Season
Sept. 1-30, 2016

Daily Limit: 5
Possession Limit: 15

2016-17 Regular Canada Goose Statewide Season
Nov. 16-Dec. 2, 2016
Dec. 4, 2016-Jan. 29, 2017

Daily Limit: 2
Possession Limit: 6
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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until Sunset
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2016-17 White-fronted, Snow, Blue and Ross's Goose Season
Nov. 16-Dec. 2, 2016
Dec. 4, 2016-Jan. 29, 2017

White-fronted Goose Daily Bag Limit: 3
White-fronted Goose Possession Limit: 9
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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Shooting Hours:30 Minutes Before Sunrise Until 30 Minutes After Sunset
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2016-17 Light Goose Conservation Order
Oct. 8-Nov. 15, 2016
Jan. 30-Feb. 4, 2017
Feb. 5-April 25, 2017

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.