Regulations

2013/14 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 duck season is > 100 days, and the bag limit 7 birds/day in all zones.
**The canvasback limit is 2 birds/day.
**There are both light and dark late goose seasons in the Northeastern CA Zone.
**The white goose limit is 10 birds/day.
**The white front limit in the Sacramento Valley Special Management Zone is 3.
**The Scaup limit is 3 birds/day with a season length of 86 days.
**The Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone will run from Oct. 5 - Oct. 20 and then reopen on Nov. 2 and run through Jan. 26.
**The early Canada goose season in the Balance of the State Zone will run Sep. 28 - Oct.2. 
**"Electronic" Spinning wing decoys will be allowed from December 1 until the season ends (statewide).

 

BALANCE OF STATE ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 19, 2013 through January 26, 2014.
Scaup: November 2, 2013 through January 26, 2014
Brant Special Management Areas: Northern Brant, November 7, 2013 through December 6, 2013. Balance of State Brant, November 9, 2013 through December 8, 2013; 2 per day.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 1 and 2, 2014.
Early Resident Canada Goose Season: September 28, 2013 through October 2, 2013 (Except in the North Coast Special Management Area)
Late White-front and White Goose Season: February 15, 2014 through February 19, 2014
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: 10. Which may include up to 10 white geese and up to 6 dark geese.
Early Resident Canada Goose Season: 6 Canada geese
Sacramento Valley Special Management Area: No more than 3 white fronts may be taken only from October 19, 2013 until December 21, 2013. 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.

 

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 19, 2013 through January 26, 2014.
Scaup: November 2, 2013 through January 26, 2014.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 1 and February 2, 2014.
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: 10. Of which only 10 may be white geese and only 3 may be dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

 

NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks: October 5, 2013 through January 17, 2014.
Scaup: October 5, 2013 through December 29, 2013.
White Geese: November 1, 2013 through January 12, 2014.
Dark Geese: October 5, 2013 through January 12, 2014.
Special Youth Hunt Days: September 21 and 22, 2013
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Late White Goose Season: Februay 7, 2014 through March 10, 2014.
Late White-front Goose Season: March 6, 2014 through March 10, 2014.

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: 10. Which may include up to 10 white geese, up to 6 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: October 5, 2013 through October 20, 2013 and November 2, 2013 through January 26, 2014.
Scaup: November 2, 2013 through January 26, 2014.
Geese: October 19, 2013 through January 26, 2014.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 1 and February 2, 2014.
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: 10. Which may include up to 10 white geese or 6 dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

 

COLORADO RIVER ZONE
Seasons: 
Ducks and Geese: October 18, 2013 through January 26, 2014.
Scaup: November 2, 2013 through January 26, 2014.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 1 and February 2, 2014.
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: 10. Which may contain 10 white geese and up to 3 may be dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

 

Additional Links
2013-14 Shoot Times
DFW Waterfowl Hunting Regs Page
Migratory Gamebird Tagging Requirements
Migratory Bird Transportation Tag (Printable PDF)
Migratory Bird Preservation Facility (Duck Clubs) Issues