Massachusetts Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

Rail

  • Sora Rail: September 1 - November 7
    • Bag Limit: 5, Possession Limit: 15
  • Virginia Rail: Bag Limit 10, Possession Limit 30

Snipe

  • Dates: September 1 - December 16

Woodcock

  • Dates: October 2 - November 22
    • Bag Limit: 3, Possession Limit: 9

Duck

  • Berkshire Zone:
    • October 9 - November 25; December 11 - December 30
    • Bag Limit: 6, Possession Limit: 18
  • Central Zone:
    • October 14 - November 25; December 12 - January 6
  • Coastal Zone:
    • October 14 - October 21; November 28 - January 27
    • January 9 - January 27 (Scaup with 2-bird daily bag, Coastal Zone only)
  • Sea Ducks: Same as duck limits, Bag Limit: 4, Possession Limit: 12

Falconry (Ducks & Coot only, no geese)

  • Dates: October 9 - February 9
    • Bag Limit: 3, Possession Limit: 9

American Coot

  • Same dates and limits as general duck hunting in the respective zones.
  • Falconry (Coot only): October 9 - February 9

Mergansers

  • Same dates and limits as general duck hunting in the respective zones.

Goose

  • Regular Goose (Berkshire, Central, Coastal): Varies by zone, typically October to January, with bag limits ranging from 2-3 and possession limits from 6-9.
  • Early Canada Goose (Statewide): September 1 - September 22, Bag Limit: 15, Possession Limit: 45
  • Late Canada Goose: Varies by region, January to February, with increased bag limits.
  • Snow & Blue Goose: Same as ducks, Bag Limit: 15, Possession Limit: 45
  • Late Snow & Blue Goose: Same as Late Canada Goose in respective zones.

Brant (Coastal Zone Only)

  • Dates: December 12 - January 15
    • Bag Limit: 1, Possession Limit: 3

Special Hunting Days

  • Youth, Military & Veteran Waterfowl: Specific dates with bag limits as regular seasons.

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