2018-19 regulations

Waterfowl hunting regulations are set at two levels: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sets science-based frameworks based on waterfowl population and other data, with guidance from councils established in each flyway. Then the California Fish & Game Commission sets regulations that fit within those frameworks.

California Waterfowl’s positions on major regulatory issues are here.

Here is a summary of season dates and bag limits approved by the California Fish & Game Commission on April 19, 2018 (you can read our announcement, including an explanation of key changes, here). Use links below to skip to any zone:

Northeastern
Balance of State
Southern San Joaquin Valley
Southern California
Colorado River Zone

(Click here to view map full-sized – opens in a new tab)

NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA ZONE

SEASONS

Ducks: October 6, 2018, through January 18, 2019.
Scaup: October 6, 2018, through December 2, 2018, and December 22, 2018, through January 18, 2019.
White geese & white-fronts (specklebellies): October 6, 2018, through December 2, 2018, and January 5, 2019 through January 18, 2019 (except in the new Klamath Basin Special Management Area).
Other dark geese (Canadas): October 6, 2018, through January 13, 2019.
Klamath Basin Special Management Area: White geese & white-fronts (specklebellies), October 6, 2018 through January 18, 2019.
Special Youth Hunt days: September 22 and 23, 2018.
Late white goose & white-front season: February 6, 2019 through March 10, 2019 (except in the new Klamath Basin Special Management Area).

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.

 

Map of Klamath Basin Special Management Area

The new Klamath Basin Special Management Area

BALANCE OF STATE ZONE

SEASONS

Ducks and geese: October 20, 2018, through January 27, 2019.
Scaup:
November 3, 2018, through January 27, 2019.
Brant Special Management Areas:
Northern Brant, November 8, 2018, through December 14, 2018. Balance of State Brant, November 9, 2018, through December 15, 2018; 2 per day.
North Coast Special Management Area:
Canada geese, October 31, 2018, through January 27, 2019,  and February 23, 2019 through March 10, 2019 (no large Canada geese allowed during late season).
Special Youth Hunt Days:
February 2 and 3, 2019.
Early large Canada goose season: September 29, 2018, through October 3, 2018, (except in the North Coast Special Management Area).
Late white-fronts and white goose season:
February 9, 2019 through February 13, 2019 (except Sacramento Valley Special Management Area, where white-fronts are closed).

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 large Canada goose season: 10 large Canada geese
Sacramento Valley Special Management Area: No more than 3 white-fronts may be taken from October 20, 2018, until December 21, 2018.
North Coast Special Management Area: Canada goose limit: No more than 10 per day, of which 1 may be a large Canada goose (no large Canada geese may be taken during the late season).
Possession limit ducks and geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ZONE

SEASONS
Ducks and geese: October 20, 2018, through January 27, 2019.
Scaup: November 3, 2018, through January 27, 2019.
Special Youth Hunt days: February 2 and 3, 2019.

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 20, 2018, through January 27, 2019.
Scaup: November 3, 2018, through January 27, 2019.
Imperial County Special Management Area: White geese, November 3, 2018 through January 27, 2019; and February 2, 2019, through February 18, 2019.
Special Youth Hunt days: February 2 and 3, 2019.

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.
Imperial County Special Management Area: White goose limit: 20 per day.
Possession limit ducks and geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

 

COLORADO RIVER ZONE

SEASONS
Ducks and geese: October 19, 2018, through January 27, 2019.
Scaup: November 3, 2018, through January 27, 2019.
Special Youth Hunt days: February 2 and 3, 2019.

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: 24. Which may contain 20 white geese and up to 4 may be dark geese.
Possession limit ducks and geese:Triple the daily bag limit.