2019-20 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.

See California Waterfowl’s positions on major regulatory issues, including our efforts to liberalize pintail limits, here.

Here is a summary of season dates and bag limits approved by the California Fish & Game Commission on April 17, 2019 (you can read our announcement about the biggest change – a January 31 closing date in many zones – here). An easy-to-read chart detailing both waterfowl and upland seasons and bag limits, as well as shoot times, will appear in the Fall issue of California Waterfowl, the quarterly magazine mailed to CWA members (click here for information about joining).

Use links below to skip to any zone:

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

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NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA ZONE

SEASONS

Ducks: October 5, 2019, through January 17, 2020.
Scaup: October 5, 2019, through December 1, 2019, and December 21, 2019, through January 17, 2020.
White geese & white-fronts (specklebellies): October 5, 2019, through December 1, 2019, and January 4, 2020 through January 17, 2020 (except in the Klamath Basin Special Management Area).
Other dark geese (Canadas): October 5, 2019, through January 12, 2020.
Klamath Basin Special Management Area: White geese & white-fronts (specklebellies), October 5, 2019 through January 17, 2020; Canada geese October 5, 2019, through January 12, 2020.
Special Youth Hunt days: September 21 and 22, 2019.
Late white goose & white-front season: February 7, 2020 through March 10, 2020 (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; 1 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 Klamath Basin Special Management Area

BALANCE OF STATE ZONE

SEASONS

Ducks: October 19, 2019, through January 31, 2020.
Geese: October 19, 2019, through January 26, 2020.
Scaup: November 7, 2019, through January 31, 2020.
Brant special management areas: Northern Brant, November 8, 2019, through December 14, 2019. Balance of State Brant, November 9, 2019, through December 15, 2019; 2 per day.
North Coast Special Management Area: Canada geese, November 6, 2019, through January 31, 2020, and February 22, 2019 through March 10, 2019 (no large Canada geese allowed during late season).
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 8 and 9, 2020.
Early large Canada goose season: September 28, 2019, through October 2, 2019, (except in the North Coast Special Management Area).
Late white-fronts and white goose season: February 8, 2020 through February 12, 2020 (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; 1 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 19, 2019, through December 21, 2019.
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 19, 2019, through January 31, 2020.
Scaup: November 7, 2019, through January 31, 2020.
Special Youth Hunt days: February 8 and 9, 2020.

LIMITS
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7, which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 1 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 19, 2019, through January 31, 2020.
Scaup: November 7, 2019, through January 31, 2020.
Imperial County Special Management Area: White geese, November 7, 2019 through January 31, 2020; and February 8, 2019, through February 26, 2019.
Special Youth Hunt days: February 8 and 9, 2020.

LIMITS

Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7, which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 1 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 18, 2019, through January 26, 2020.
Scaup: November 2, 2019, through January 26, 2020.
Special Youth Hunt days: February 1 and 2, 2020.

LIMITS
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7, which may contain 7 mallards, but not more than 2 female mallards or Mexican-like ducks; 1 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.