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Natural Resources Board approves migratory bird hunting seasons for 2019

By Central Office April 10, 2019

Contact(s): Taylor Finger, DNR migratory game bird specialist, 608-266-8841

MADISON - Migratory game bird hunters in Wisconsin pursuing ducks, geese, doves, woodcock and other migratory game birds will see some small changes in 2019 compared to previous years under a rule approved by the state Natural Resources Board at its April 10, 2019 meeting in Madison.

These season frameworks were based on federal guidelines, public comments, input from conservation and hunting groups as well as from results from a waterfowl hunter survey. The waterfowl program expanded its outreach efforts this year to collect public input by using an online input tool and broader outreach via Facebook and email distribution. More than 300,000 people received an email asking for public input, and through social media the department reached more than 51,000 people. These outreach efforts increased participation in public comment on waterfowl season structure by more than 1,000 percent over previous years.

The first of the 2019 migratory game bird seasons [PDF] will open with the early goose seasons (Canada and Light geese), mourning dove and early teal seasons. Regular waterfowl hunting seasons will include a 60-day duck season and a 92-day regular goose season.

Highlights from the approved season structure include:

As a reminder to Canada goose hunters, registration of Canada geese and in-field validation of the Canada goose hunting permit is no longer required.

Early season dates are as follows:

Duck season dates and bag limits are as follows:

The daily bag limit statewide is six ducks, including no more than:

Regular goose season dates

With the elimination of the Horicon Canada goose management zone, the state now has a single statewide goose hunting zone for the regular season. The Mississippi River is a sub-zone within the statewide zone.

The Natural Resources Board approved the incorporation of a second split in the Southern Zone regular Canada Goose season that would close the season down with the South Zone duck season and reopen again on Dec. 14 and run through the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Exterior Zone (92 days total):

For more information regarding waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for keyword "waterfowl."

Last Revised: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

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(608) 267-2773