Regulations

2015/16 WATERFOWL REGULATIONS BY ZONE

This information is provided to you as a general guide only. Please refer to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife website or other materials for official information. 

REGULATION HIGHLIGHTS:
**The canvasback limit is 2 birds/day.
**Brant
 seasons have been extended by one week.
**The duck season is > 100 days, and the bag limit is 7 birds/day in all zones.
**There are both light and dark late goose seasons in the Northeastern CA Zone.
**The white goose limit is 15 birds/day.
**The Scaup limit is 3 birds/day with a season length of 86 days.
**The early Canada goose season in the Balance of the State Zone will run Oct. 3 - Oct.7. 

 

BALANCE OF STATE  ZONE

Seasons:

Ducks and Geese: October 24, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

Scaup: November 7, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

Brant Special Management Areas: Northern Brant, November 8, 2015 through December 14, 2015. Balance of State Brant, November 9, 2015 through December 15, 2015; 2 per day.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 6 and 7, 2016.

Early Resident Canada Goose Season: October 3, 2015 through October 7, 2015 (Except in the North Coast Special Management Area)

Late White-fronts and White Goose Season: February 13, 2016 through February 17, 2016.

 

Limits:

Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.

Geese: Daily bag limit: 25. Which may include up to 15 white geese and up to 10 dark geese.

Early Resident Canada Goose Season: 10 Large Canada geese

Sacramento Valley Special Management Area: No more than 3 white-fronts may be taken only from October 24, 2015 until December 21, 2015. For more information on the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area limits and boundaries, please refer to California State Waterfowl Regulations.

Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

 

NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA ZONE

Seasons:

Ducks: October 10, 2015 through January 22, 2016.

Scaup: October 10, 2015 through December 6, 2015 and December 26, 2015 through January 22, 2016.

White Geese: November 7, 2015 through January 17, 2016.

Dark Geese: October 10, 2015 through January 17, 2016.

Special Youth Hunt Days: September 26 and 27, 2015.

Late White Goose Season: February 7, 2016 through March 10, 2016.

Late White-fronted Goose Season: March 6, 2016 through March 10, 2016

Limits:

Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.

Geese: Daily bag limit: 25. Which may include up to 15 white geese, up to 10 dark geese, of which only 2 may be large Canada geese.

Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

 

SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ZONE

Seasons:

Ducks and Geese: October 24, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

Scaup: November 7, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 6 and 7, 2016.

Limits:

Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.

Geese: Daily bag limit: 25. Which may include up to 15 white geese and up to 10 dark geese. Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ZONE

Seasons:

Ducks and Geese: October 24, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

Scaup: November 7, 2015 through January 31, 2016.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 6 and 7, 2016.

Limits:

Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.

Geese: Daily bag limit: 18. Of which only 15 may be white geese and only 3 may be dark geese.

Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

 

COLORADO RIVER ZONE

Seasons:

Ducks and Geese: October 16, 2015 through January 24, 2016.

Special Youth Hunt Days: January 30 and 31, 2016.

Limits:

Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, but not more than 2 female mallards or Mexican-like ducks; 2 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.

Geese: Daily bag limit: 14. Which may contain 10 white geese and up to 4 may be dark geese.

Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

Additional Links
2015-16 Shoot Times
DFW Waterfowl Hunting Regs Page

Migratory Gamebird Tagging Requirements
Migratory Bird Transportation Tag (Printable PDF)
Migratory Bird Preservation Facility (Duck Clubs) Issues