2009-2010 Waterfowl Seasons and Bag Limits

Ducks, geese, controlled hunting areas and special youth regulations

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Ducks

Lake Erie Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 26-Jan. 2.

North Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 10-24 and Nov. 17-Jan. 9.

Northwest Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 10-Nov. 28 and Dec. 14-Jan. 1.

South Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 10-17 and Nov. 16-Jan. 15.

Total Duck Bag Limits: 6 daily, 12 in possession of any species, except for the following restrictions: daily limit may not include more than 4 mallards, including 2 hen mallards; 1 black duck; 1 pintail; 1 mottled duck; 1 fulvous tree duck; 3 wood ducks; 2 redheads; 1 canvasback; 4 scoters; and 2 scaup. Possession limit may not include more than 8 mallards, including 4 hens; 2 black ducks; 2 pintails; 2 mottled ducks; 2 fulvous tree ducks; 6 wood ducks; 4 redheads; 2 canvasback; 8 scoters; and 4 scaup.

Mergansers: 5 daily, 10 in possession (not more than 2 hooded mergansers daily, 4 hooded in possession).

Coots: 15 daily, 30 in possession.

Geese

(Including white-fronted geese)

Early Resident Canada Goose Season: (Statewide) Sept. 1-25 8 daily, 16 in possession, with the following exceptions: In the South James Bay Population zone the daily limit is 3, possession limit 6. In the area south of Rt. 198 from the Ohio state line to intersection of Rt. 18, Rt. 18 south to Rt. 618, Rt. 618 south to U.S. Rt. 6, U.S. Rt. 6 east to U.S. Rt. 322/Rt. 18, U.S. Rt/ 322/Rt. 18 west to intersection of Rt. 3013, Rt. 3013 south to the Crawford and Mercer County lines. The daily bag limit is 1, possession limit 2; except on SGL 214 where the season is closed to September goose hunting. Canada geese may be taken on Pymatuning State Park Reservoir and an area to extend 100 yards inland from the shoreline of the reservoir, excluding the area east of Rt. 3011 (Hartstown Rd.). The daily bag limit is 3, possession limit of 6. In the area of Lancaster and Lebanon counties north of the Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, east of Rt. 501 to Rt. 419, south of Rt. 419 to Lebanon and Berks county lines, west of Lebanon and Berks county lines and the Lancaster and Berks county lines to Rt. 1053 (Peartown Rd. and Greenville Rd.), west of Rt. 1053 to Pennsylvania Turnpike I-76, the daily bag limit is 1, possession limit 2; except on SGL 46 (Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area), where the season is closed.

Resident Canada Goose Zone: All of Pennsylvania except for the Southern James Bay Population and the Atlantic Population zone. The season is Oct. 24-31, Nov. 16-28, Dec. 11-Feb. 19, with a 5-goose daily bag limit.

Southern James Bay Population Zone: The area north of I-80 and west of I-79 including in the city of Erie west of Bay Front Parkway to and including the Lake Erie Duck zone (Lake Erie, Presque Isle and the area within 150 yards of Lake Erie Shoreline). The season is Oct. 26-Nov. 28, Dec. 14-Jan. 28, with a 3-goose daily limit.

Atlantic Population Zone: The area east of route Rt. 97 from the Maryland state line to the intersection of Rt. 194, east of Rt. 194 to intersection of U.S. Rt. 30, south of U.S. Rt. 30 to Rt. 441, east of Rt. 441 to Rt. 743, east of Rt. 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-81 to intersection of I-80, south of I-80 to New Jersey state line. The season is Nov. 16-28 and Dec. 19-Jan. 26, with a 3-goose daily limit. Does not include Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area.

Atlantic Brant: (All zones) Oct. 10-Nov. 14 and Dec. 10-31, 2 daily, 4 in possession.

Snow Geese: (All zones) Regular Season: Nov. 6-Feb. 19, 15 daily, no possession limit.

Harlequin Ducks, And Tundra And Trumpeter Swans: No Open Season.

Conservation Season: Feb. 20-April 3, 15 daily, no possession limit. To participate, hunters also will need to obtain free conservation hunt permit and file a mandatory report of harvest/participation. Specifics will be announced later this year.

Controlled hunting areas

Pymatuning Wildlife Management Area: Shooting days are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, one-half hour before sunrise to 12:30 p.m. Ducks: Oct. 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31; Nov. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 28; and Dec. 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30. Geese: Oct. 26, 28, 30 and 31; Nov. 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 13, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 23, 25, 27 and 28; Dec. 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 26, 28 and 30; and Jan. 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 25 and 27. Youth-only day: Nov. 28.

Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area: The controlled hunting areas in Lebanon and Lancaster counties, as well as all of State Game Land 46 (Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area), has a daily bag limit of 1, and possession limit of 2 during the regular Canada goose season. Shooting days are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1:30 p.m. Geese and ducks: Nov. 17, 19, 21 (youth-only day), 24, 26 and 28; and Dec. 19, 22, 24, 26, 29 and 31; Jan. 2, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 14. Geese only: Jan. 16, 19, 21, 23 and 26.

Special youth regulations

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day: (Statewide) Saturday, Sept. 19. Open to licensed junior hunters ages 12-15, when properly accompanied, for ducks, mergansers, moorhens and coots, and Canada goose as permitted. Same daily bag limits as regular season.

Youth-Only Day At Controlled Hunting Areas: Middle Creek is Nov. 21, and Pymatuning is Nov. 28.

Source: Compiled from Pennsylvania Game Commission sources. For details go to www.pgc.state.pa.us.



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