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New York - 2015-16 Season

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Season/ZoneDatesNotes
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Western
Oct 24 - Dec 6
Dec 26 - Jan 10
Youth: Oct 3-4
West of a continuous line extending from Lake Ontario east along the north shore of the Salmon River to I-81 and then south along I-81 to the NY-PA line
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Northeast
Oct 3 - Oct 11
Oct 24 - Dec 13
Youth: Sep 19-20
North of a line from Lake Ontario east along the north shore of the Salmon River to I-81, south to Rte 31, east to Rte 13, north to Rte 49, east to Rte 365, east to Rte 28, east to Rte 29, east to Rte 22, north to Rte 153, east to the NY‐VT line, exclusive of the Lake Champlain Zone
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Lake Champlain
Oct 10 - Oct 14
Oct 24 - Dec 17
Youth: Sep 26-27
East and north of a line along Rte 11 from the NY‐Canada border south to Route 9B, south to Rte 9, south to Rte 22 south of Keeseville, south to the west shore of South Bay along and around the shoreline of South Bay to Route 22 on the east shore of South Bay, southeast to Rte 4, northeast to the NY‐VT boundary
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Southeast
Oct 10 - Oct 18
Nov 7 - Dec 27
Youth: Sep 19-20
East of I-81 and south of a line from I-81 east along Rte 31 to Rte 13, north to Rte 49, east to Rte 365, east to Rte 28, east to Rte 29, east to Rte 22, north to Rte 153, east to the NY‐VT boundary, and northwest of I-95 in Westchester County
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Long Island
Nov 26 - Nov 29
Dec 7 - Jan 31
Youth: Nov 14-15
Nassau and Suffolk counties and their tidal waters, and that area of Westchester County and its tidal waters southeast of I-95
Youth DaysSee aboveOpen to hunters age 12-15 with a junior hunting license when accompanied by a licensed, non-hunting (except in-season) adult. Daily bag limits are the same as regular duck season, and 3 per day for Canada geese.
Sea Duck
Long Island
Oct 17 - Jan 31In the special sea duck area: The coastal waters of New York State lying in Long Island Sound, Block Island Sound, Great Peconic Bay and associated bays eastward from a line running between Miamogue Point in the town of Riverhead to Red Cedar Point in the Town of Southhampton, and any ocean waters of New York State lying south of Long Island.
Sea Duck
Remainder of State
Same as Duck season in each zone
Light Goose
Western
Oct 1 - Apr 15Light geese include Snow & Ross's geese.
Light Goose
Northeast
Oct 1 - Apr 15
Light Goose
Lake Champlain
Oct 1 - Dec 29
Jan 16 - Apr 15
Light Goose
Southeast
Oct 1 - Apr 15
Light Goose
Long Island
Nov 25 - Mar 10
Brant
Western
Oct 10 - Nov 8Due to concerns about brant populations, this season may be closed. Please check with NY Dept of Environmental Conservation before going hunting.
Brant
Northeast
Oct 3 - Nov 1
Brant
Lake Champlain
Oct 10 - Nov 8
Brant
Southeast
Oct 10 - Nov 8
Brant
Long Island
Nov 26 - Nov 29
Jan 6 - Jan 31
Canada Goose
September
Central & Eastern Long Island
Sep 8 - Sep 30White-fronted and cackling geese may also be taken as part of Canada goose daily and possession limits in all Canada Goose seasons.
Canada Goose
September
Western Long Island
Closed
Canada Goose
September
Remainder of State
Sep 1 - Sep 25
Canada Goose
Regular
Northeast
Oct 24 - Nov 15
Nov 17 - Dec 13
Canada Goose
Regular
East Central
Nov 24 - Nov 20
Nov 28 - Dec 19
Canada Goose
Regular
South
Oct 24 - Dec 20
Dec 26 - Jan 10
Mar 5 - Mar 10
Canada Goose
Regular
West Central
Oct 24 - Nov 26
Dec 26 - Jan 10
Canada Goose
Regular
Hudson Valley
Oct 31 - Nov 15
Nov 28 - Dec 31
Canada Goose
Regular
Lake Champlain
Oct 10 - Nov 28
Canada Goose
Regular
Western Long Island
Oct 10 - Oct 25
Nov 26 - Nov 29
Dec 7 - Feb 29
Canada Goose
Regular
Central Long Island
Nov 26 - Nov 29
Dec 7 - Feb 10
Canada Goose
Regular
Eastern Long Island
Nov 26 - Feb 3
Canada Goose
Special Late
Feb 11 - Feb 15Central Long Island only

Additional Information

Bag LimitSpeciesDaily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Ducks & Sea Ducks6, including no more than:
  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 1 black duck
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 scaup
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 canvasbacks
  • 4 scoters
  • 4 eiders
  • 4 long-tailed ducks
  • 2 hooded mergansers
Coots15
Light Geese25, no possession limit
Brant1
Canada Geese
September
15
Canada Geese
Regular
Northeast: 3
East Central: 3
South: 5
West Central: 3
Hudson Valley: 3
Lake Champlain: 3
Western Long Island: 8
Central Long Island: 5
Eastern Long Island: 3
Canada Geese
Special Late
5
Hunting TimesArea/SeasonTimes
Statewide1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
September seasons1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, except on Youth Waterfowl days
Arms & AmmoTypeDetails
Shotgun10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
ShotMust be non-toxic