- Skip Navigation

Note: This message is displayed if (1) your browser is not standards-compliant or (2) you have you disabled CSS. Read our Policies for more information.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources

Fish & Wildlife > Hunting & Trapping > Waterfowl & Migratory Game Birds > Waterfowl Seasons Waterfowl Seasons

Ducks, Coots and Mergansers

Waterfowl breeding habitat in the Canadian prairies was in good to excellent condition this spring, while the U.S. prairies were in good condition on average. Eastern Canada was largely in good to excellent condition. Habitat was in good condition last year, and most prairie areas were in better condition this spring.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service estimates the mallard breeding population at 10.9 million, about the same as last year and 42% over the long-term average. Estimates of most species were similar to last year’s record-setting estimates. Total ducks, gadwalls, green- and blue-winged teal, shovelers, and redheads remained at or near record levels in 2014.

Zone Dates
North Zone Oct. 18, 2014 - Dec. 7, 2014
Dec. 20, 2014 - Dec. 28, 2014 
Central Zone Oct. 25, 2014 - Dec. 7, 2014
Dec. 20, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
South Zone Nov. 1, 2014 - Nov. 9, 2014
Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan. 18, 2015

The daily bag limit for ducks is six. This includes any combination of goldeneyes, ruddy ducks, ring-necked ducks, buffleheads, gadwalls, long-tailed ducks, scoters, teal, wigeon and shovelers. Included in the daily limit of six are additional restrictions on the following:

  • Mallards: Only four mallards may be taken daily, including not more than two females.
  • Wood ducks: Only three wood ducks may be taken daily. 
  • Pintails: Only two pintails may be taken daily.
  • Redheads: Only two redheads may be taken daily.
  • Scaup: Only three scaup may be taken daily.
  • Black ducks: Only one black duck may be taken daily.
  • Canvasback: Only one canvasback may be taken daily.
  • Mottled duck: Only one mottled duck may be taken daily.
  • The daily bag limit for coots is 15.
  • The daily bag for mergansers (which is separate from the duck limit) is five, including not more than two hooded mergansers.
  • Possession limit for ducks, coots and mergansers is three times the daily bag limit.
  • Shooting hours: one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Shooting hours at some DNR properties may vary.

Canada Geese

Despite a late spring, production was average for both long-distance migrant populations that use Indiana. Both the Southern James Bay Population and the Mississippi Valley Population of Canada geese are expected to have average production this year. Both populations are recovering from poor reproduction years in 2009 and 2010.
The Mississippi Flyway giant population remains near record levels. Breeding conditions in the Flyway were average to above average, and conditions within Indiana for breeding geese were variable. The late spring delayed breeding attempts, but good numbers of goslings were seen around the state in late spring. After two relatively poor years for reproduction in Indiana, we hope to see an above average number of Indiana-hatched goslings in the fall flight.

Zone Dates Daily Bag Limits*
North Zone

Oct. 18, 2014 - Nov. 9, 2014
Nov. 27, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
Jan. 20, 2015- Jan. 31, 2015

Canada Geese: 3
White-fronted Geese: 2
Brant: 1
Light Geese: 20
Central Zone

Oct. 25, 2014 - Dec. 7, 2014
Dec. 20, 2014 - Jan. 4, 2015
Jan. 18, 2015 - Jan. 31, 2015

Canada Geese: 3
White-fronted Geese: 2
Brant: 1
Light Geese: 20
 South Zone
Nov. 1, 2014 - Nov. 10, 2014
Nov. 29, 2014 - Jan 31, 2015
Canada Geese: 3
White-fronted Geese: 2
Brant: 1
Light Geese: 20

*The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.
Light Goose Conservation Order: Feb. 1, 2015- March 31, 2015, except in the Late Canada Goose zone where the dates are Feb. 16, 2015- March 31, 2015. 

Youth Waterfowl Weekends

Zone Dates
North Zone Oct. 11, 2014 - Oct. 12, 2014
Central Zone Oct. 18, 2014 - Oct. 19, 2014
South Zone Oct. 25, 2014 - Oct. 26, 2014

Hunters must be 15 years of age or younger to participate and must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. An adult may accompany more than one youth. The accompanying adult may not hunt waterfowl that day (except light geese when and where the season is open). Bag and species limits are the same as those allowed in the regular season.

Late Canada Goose Zone Season

Indiana is once again offering a late season for Canada geese during the 2014-15 hunting season. This late season targets urban geese that are forced out of towns and cities to feed as the weather gets colder. Snow cover also helps to drive birds out of town.

The season runs from February 1-15, 2015 in the following counties only: Adams, Allen, Boone, Clay, DeKalb, Elkhart, Greene, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Huntington, Johnson, Kosciusko, LaPorte, Lagrange, Madison, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, Noble, Parke, St. Joseph, Shelby, Steuben, Starke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo, Wells, and Whitley.

  • The bag limit is three Canada geese per day (possession limit 9).
  • Shooting hours are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
  • Hunters must have an Indiana hunting license, Indiana waterfowl stamp, federal waterfowl stamp, and a HIP number to participate.