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Waterfowl Seasons

Ducks, coots and mergansers

Species Hunting Dates
Teal Sept. 14 - Sept. 29 2019
Daily bag limit; six, Possession limit: 18. Shooting hours: sunrise to sunset, HIP registration required *No teal hunting on Kankakee FWA.

Regular duck seasons

Zone Dates
North Zone Oct. 19 - Dec. 8, 2019
Dec. 21 – Dec. 29
Central Zone Oct. 26- Nov. 3 2019
Nov. 23, 2019 – Jan. 12, 2020
South Zone Nov. 2 - Nov. 3, 2019
Nov. 30, 2019 – Jan. 26, 2020

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 one pintail may be taken daily.
  • Redheads: Only two redheads may be taken daily.
  • Scaup: Only three scaup may be taken daily.
  • Black ducks: Only two black ducks may be taken daily.
  • Canvasback: Only two canvasbacks 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.

Geese

Zone Dates
North Zone Sept. 14 - Sept. 22, 2019
Oct. 19 - Nov. 3, 2019
Nov. 23, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020
Central Zone Sept. 14 - Sept. 22, 2019
Oct. 26 - Nov. 10, 2019
Nov. 23, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020
 South Zone Sept. 14 - Sept. 22, 2019
Nov. 2 - Nov. 24, 2019
Nov. 30, 2019 – Feb. 9, 2020

The bag limit for all dark geese (Canada, White-fronted and Brant) is five geese, no more than three of which can be Canada geese. The bag limit in September is five dark geese, all of which can be Canada geese. The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. The daily bag limit for light geese (snow, blue and/or Ross’ geese) is 20, with no possession limit for light geese. Read the light geese conservation order.

Youth waterfowl weekends

Zone Dates
North Zone Oct. 12 - 13, 2019
Central Zone Oct. 19 - 20, 2019
South Zone Oct. 26 - 27, 2019

Hunters must be 17 years of age or younger on the day of the hunt to participate. A federal duck stamp is required for all persons 16 and older. They must also be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years of age. An adult may accompany more than one youth. The licensed accompanying adult may not hunt waterfowl. Bag and species limits are the same as those allowed in the regular season for ducks and geese. An HIP registration number is required for youth hunters during the youth waterfowl weekends.

Veteran Waterfowl hunting days

Zone Dates
North Zone Oct. 12 - 13, 2019
Central Zone Oct. 19 - 20, 2019
South Zone Oct. 26 - 27, 2019

New in 2019 are special dates for veterans to hunt waterfowl. In order to hunt ducks and geese in Indiana, all individuals must have an Indiana hunting license, an Indiana waterfowl stamp privilege, and a free Harvest Information Program (HIP) validation number. A federal duck stamp for all persons age 16 years and older. Federal duck stamps are available at most post offices and at fws.gov/duckstamps. State waterfowl stamp privileges are available from hunting and fishing license vendors and online at INHuntFish.com.