Duck Season North Carolina

Latest dates for the duck Hunting Season North Carolina 2016-2017

SpeciesSeason DatesBag Limits (Daily)Possession Limits
Ducks

Coots

Mergansers
Oct 7 to 10
Nov 14 to Dec 5
Dec 19 to Jan 30
Black & Mottled close Nov 21
6 in aggregate with no more than:
4 scoters
4 mallards (only 2 hens)
3 wood ducks
2 scaup
2 redheads
2 pintail
2 canvasback
1 black or mottled duck
1 fulvous whisling duck

Mergansers: 5 (Max 2 hooded)

Coots: 15
3 times daily bag limit
Sea DucksOct 1 to Jan 307 in special sea duck areas (Max 4 Scoters)3 times daily bag limit
DoveSept 5 to Oct 10
Nov 23 to Jan 15
1545
King & Clapper RailsSept 1 to Oct 3
Oct 23 to Nov 28
1545
Sora & Virginia RailsSept 1 to Oct 3
Oct 23 to Nov 28
2575
Gallinule & MoorhensSept 1 to Oct 3
Oct 23 to Nov 28
1545
WoodcockDec 17 to Jan 3039
Common SnipeNov 13 to Feb 27824
September TealSept 12 to Sept 30618
BrantDec 28 to Jan 3013 times daily bag limit
Canada GooseSept 1 to Sept 301545
Dark Geese (includes Canada & White-fronted Geese)Residents Hunt Zone:
Oct 7 to Oct 17
Nov 14 to Dec 5
Dec 19 to Feb 13

Southern james Bay Zone:
Oct 7 to Nov 9
Nov 14 to Dec 31

Northeast Hunt Zone:
Jan 15 to Jan 30
Residents Hunt Zone: 5
Southern james Bay Zone: 5
Northeast Hunt Zone: 1
3 times daily bag limit
Light Geese (Includes Snow, Blue & Ross' Geese)Regular Season:
Oct 13 to Feb 13

Conservation Order Season:
Feb 15 to Mar 31
25None
Tundra SwanNov 7 to Jan 3011 per season by permit
Youth Waterfowl (Ducks, Geese, Brant, Mergansers, Coots & Tundra Swans)Feb 6 to Feb 13As above3 times daily bag limit

North Carolina Goose Zones Map

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For more detailed info check out the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website.

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