NC Waterfowl Hunting Regulations 2009 - 2010



Ducks, Mergansers & Coots

October 7-10
November 14 – December 5 and
December 19 - January 30

  [Black and mottled ducks closed until Dec. 1]

Sea Ducks (Applies to extended bag limits only in Special Sea Duck Area.)

October 1 – January 30

Dark Geese (Includes Canada geese & white-fronted geese):

To view a map of the goose hunt zones, refer to the Regulations Digest or at

Resident Population Hunt Zone: Oct. 7 - 17, Nov. 14 - Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 – Feb. 6.

Southern James Bay Hunt Zone ( Gaddy Goose refuge closed after Sept. 30): Oct. 7-Nov. 7 and Nov. 14 – Dec. 31.

Northeast Hunt Zone: Jan. 23 – Jan. 30 By permit only.

Light Geese (Includes snow & blue geese & Ross’ geese)

October 17 - October 24

November 4 - March 10


Nov. 21 -- Dec. 5 and Dec. 19 - Jan. 30

Tundra Swan

November 14 - January 30

(By permit only - 5,000 will be issued.)

Youth Waterfowl Day Species include ducks, geese, mergansers, coots and tundra swans. The youth must have a valid permit to harvest a tundra swan or a Canada goose (NE Hunt zone only).

February 6, 2010

Youth must be 15 years of age or younger and accompanied by a properly licensed adult. The adult can not duck hunt but may participate in other seasons that are open on the special youth day.


a) Conventional bag:

6 ducks with no more than 4 scoters, 4 mallards with no more than 2 hen mallards, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 scaup, 1 black or mottled duck (season closed until December 1), 1 canvasback, 1 pintail, or 1 fulvous tree duck. The season on harlequin ducks is closed. (Possession limits are twice the daily bag unless otherwise noted.)

b) Other limits:

  1. 15 light geese (Includes snow & blue geese & Ross’ geese), no possession limit
  2. 2 brant
  3. 5 mergansers (2 hooded mergansers)
  4. 7 sea ducks (In special sea duck areas only). In other areas sea ducks are part of the regular duck bag limit. No more than 4 scoters per day may be taken in either season.
  5. 15 coots
  6. 5 dark geese (Includes Canada geese & white-fronted geese) in the Resident Hunt Zone, 5 in the Southern James Bay Zone and 1 in the Northeast Hunt Zone.

Shooting hours will be from one half-hour before sunrise to sunset.

You may also call 1-800-675-0263 for this information.

License Information, License Purchases by Credit Card

Monday - Friday 8 am -  5 pm

(1-888-248-6834) OR

For more information about waterfowl hunting practices and regulations in North Carolina, see the NC Wildlife Resources Commission web site.

Please Report Bird Bands. Call Toll-Free 1-800-327-BAND (2263)
You keep the band. They will send you a certificate with information about the bird.


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Beaufort, NC 28516
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