Regulations

2016/17 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:
**Northeastern Zone has a three way split for white geese.
** Youth hunter age increased to 17 and younger.
**The duck season is > 100 days, and the bag limit is 7 birds/day in all zones.
**Type C wildlife areas and public waters open during late season in Northeastern Zone.
**The white goose limit is 20 birds/day, except in Colorado River Zone.
**The total goose limit is 30 birds/day, except in Colorado River and Southern CA Zones and subject to species restrictions.

 

BALANCE OF STATE  ZONE

Seasons:

Ducks and Geese: October 22, 2016 through January 29, 2017.

Scaup: November 5, 2016 through January 29, 2017.

Brant Special Management Areas: Northern Brant, November 8, 2016 through December 14, 2016. Balance of State Brant, November 9, 2016 through December 15, 2016.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and 5, 2017.

Early Resident Canada Goose Season: October 1, 2016 through October 5, 2016 (Except in the North Coast Special Management Area)

Late White-fronts and White Goose Season: February 11, 2017 through February 15, 2017.

 

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: 30. Which may include up to 20 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 22, 2016 until December 21, 2016. 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 8, 2016 through January 20, 2017.

Scaup: October 8, 2016 through December 4, 2016 and December 24, 2016 through January 20, 2017.

White Geese: October 8, 2016 through December 2, 2016 and January 7, 2017 through January 20, 2017.

Dark Geese: October 8, 2016 through January 15, 2017.

Special Youth Hunt Days: September 24 and 25, 2016.

Late White Goose Season: February 6, 2016 through March 10, 2017.

Late White-fronted Goose Season: March 4, 2017 through March 8, 2017.

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: 30. Which may include up to 20 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 22, 2016 through January 29, 2017.

Scaup: November 5, 2016 through January 29, 2017.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and 5, 2017.

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: 30. Which may include up to 20 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 22, 2016 through January 29, 2017.

Scaup: November 5, 2016 through January 29, 2017.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and 5, 2017.

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: 23. Of which only 20 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 21, 2016 through January 29, 2017.

Scaup: November 5, 2016 through January 29, 2017.

Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and 5, 2017.

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 4 may be dark geese.

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

Additional Links
2016-17 Shoot Times
DFW Waterfowl Hunting Regs Page

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