Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Season Dates

Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Seasons & Bag Limits

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

Species Start Date End Date Zone
Youth Hunt 9-Sep-23 10-Sep-23 Statewide

Waterfowl Hunt Day

Species Start Date End Date Zone
Waterfowl Hunt 23-Sep-23 23-Sep-23 Statewide

Goose Season

Early Goose Season

Species Start Date End Date Bag Limit Zone
Canada, White-fronted, Brant 2-Sep-23 17-Sep-23 5 (combined) -
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's 2-Sep-23 17-Sep-23 20 -

Regular Goose Season - North Zone

Species Start Date End Date Bag Limit Zone
Canada, White-fronted, Brant 23-Sep-23 22-Dec-23 5 (combined) North Zone
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's 23-Sep-23 22-Dec-23 20 North Zone

Regular Goose Season - Central Zone

Species Start Date End Date Bag Limit Zone
Canada, White-fronted, Brant 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 5 (combined) Central Zone
Canada, White-fronted, Brant 7-Oct-23 27-Dec-23 5 (combined) Central Zone
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 20 Central Zone
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's 7-Oct-23 27-Dec-23 20 Central Zone

Regular Goose Season - South Zone

Species Start Date End Date Bag Limit Zone
Canada, White-fronted, Brant 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 5 (combined) South Zone
Canada, White-fronted, Brant 7-Oct-23 27-Dec-23 5 (combined) South Zone
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 20 South Zone
Snow, Blue snow, Ross's 7-Oct-23 27-Dec-23 20 South Zone

Spring Light Goose & September Goose

Species Start Date End Date
Spring Light Goose 18-Feb-23 30-Apr-23
September Goose 2-Sep-23 17-Sep-23

Teal Season

Early Teal Season

Species Start Date End Date Bag Limit Zone
Blue-winged, Green-winged, Cinnamon Teal 2-Sep-23 6-Sep-23 Allowed Statewide

Duck Season

Species Start Date End Date Zone
Ducks 23-Sep-23 21-Nov-23 North Zone
Ducks 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 Central Zone
Ducks 7-Oct-23 26-Nov-23 Central Zone
Ducks 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 South Zone
Ducks 7-Oct-23 26-Nov-23 South Zone

Coots Season

Species Start Date End Date Zone
Coots 23-Sep-23 21-Nov-23 North Zone
Coots 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 Central Zone
Coots 7-Oct-23 26-Nov-23 Central Zone
Coots 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 South Zone
Coots 7-Oct-23 26-Nov-23 South Zone

Mergansers Season

Species Start Date End Date Zone
Mergansers 23-Sep-23 21-Nov-23 North Zone
Mergansers 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 Central Zone
Mergansers 7-Oct-23 26-Nov-23 Central Zone
Mergansers 23-Sep-23 1-Oct-23 South Zone
Mergansers 7-Oct-23 26-Nov-23 South Zone

Minnesota Waterfowl Daily Limits

For All Species (Excluding Goose)

Species Limit
All Species (Excluding Goose) 6

Early Teal Season Daily Limit

Species Limit
Blue-winged, Green-winged, Cinnamon 6 (combined)

Ducks Season Daily Limits

Species Limit
Mallard 4 (max 2 hens)
Wood Duck 3
Redhead 2
Canvasback 2
Black Duck 2
Pintail 1
All Others 6

Scaup Season Daily Limits

Dates Limit
Zone Opening - Oct. 12 1
Oct. 12 - Zone Closing 2

Coots & Moorhen (Gallinule) Season Daily Limits

Species Limit
Coots & Moorhen (Gallinule) 15

Mergansers Season Daily Limits

Species Limit
Mergansers 5 (max 2 hooded)

Possession and Shooting Hours

The possession limit for all migratory birds is three times the daily bag limit. Conventional shooting hours are from ½ hour before sunrise until sunset, apart from the early teal season where hunting commences at sunrise.

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