Migratory Bird Seasons in New Jersey

Duck Season

  • North/South/Coastal Zones: Start Oct. 14/21/9, 2023 | End Jan. 11/18/27, 2024 | Bag Limit: 6 ducks in aggregate
  • Harlequin Duck: Season is closed statewide.

Sea Duck Season

  • North/South/Coastal Zones: Start Oct. 14/21/9, 2023 | End Jan. 11/18/27, 2024 | Bag Limit: Max of 4 within total bag of 6 ducks.

Mergansers Season

  • North/South/Coastal Zones: Start Oct. 14/21/9, 2023 | End Jan. 11/18/27, 2024 | Bag Limit: 5

Coot Season

  • North/South/Coastal Zones: Start Oct. 14/21/9, 2023 | End Jan. 11/18/27, 2024 | Bag Limit: 15

Scaup Season

  • North/South/Coastal Zones: Varied dates with bag limits transitioning from 1 to 2 scaup.

Brant Season

  • North/South/Coastal Zones: Varied start dates in November and December | Bag Limit: 1

Goose Season

  • North/South/Coastal and September Zones: Varied dates with bag limits of 2-3 geese, except September Season with a 15-bird limit.
  • Light Geese Regular/Conservation Order: Oct. 17, 2023 - Feb. 15, 2024/ Feb. 16 - Apr. 6, 2024 | Bag Limit: 25/regulation-free

Youth and Veterans/Active Military Day

  • Youth and veterans/active military have opportunities for waterfowl hunting on specific days.

Youth-only Waterfowl Season

  • Separate dates for North, South, and Coastal zones designated for youth hunters.

Snipe, Rail, Gallinule, and Woodcock Seasons

  • Various dates with specified bag limits; includes Sora and Virginia rail with a 25-bird aggregate limit.

Swans, Sandhill Cranes, and Doves

  • Seasons for these species are closed statewide.

For complete and detailed information on each species, hunting methods, and specific zone dates and regulations, please refer to the official New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife publications and updates. Always ensure compliance with current seasons, bag limits, and legal hunting practices.

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