California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Summary of 2013 - 2014 Waterfowl Hunting Seasons, Limits

This is a summary only. For complete regulations, see Waterfowl Hunting Regulations (PDF).

AREA SPECIES SEASONS DAILY BAG & POSSESSION LIMITS
Statewide Coots & Moorhens Concurrent w/ duck season 25 / day. 25 in possession
Northeastern Zone Ducks Oct 5 – Jan 17 7 / day, which may include: 7 mallards
no more than 2 females,
2 pintail, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads,
3 scaup.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Scaup Oct 5 – Dec 29
Geese Regular Season
   Dark geese: Oct 5 – Jan 12
   White geese: Nov 1 – Jan 12

Late Season
   White geese: Feb 7 – Mar 10
   Whitefronts: Mar 6 – Mar 10
During the Late Season, hunting is only permitted on private lands with the permission of the land owner under provisions of Section 2016.
10 / day, which may include: 10 white geese, 6 dark geese no more than 2 Large Canada geese.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone Ducks Oct 5 – Oct 20 &
Nov 2 – Jan 26
7 / day, which may include: 7 mallards
no more than 2 females, 2 pintail, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads, 3 scaup.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Scaup Nov 2 – Jan 26
Geese Oct 19 – Jan 26 10 / day, which may include: 10 white geese,
6 dark geese.
 Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Southern California Zone Ducks Oct 19 – Jan 26 7 / day, which may include: 7 mallards no more than 2 females, 2 pintail, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads, 3 scaup.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Scaup Nov 2 – Jan 26
Geese Oct 19 – Jan 26 10 / day, which may include: 10 white geese, 3 dark geese. Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Colorado River Zone Ducks Oct 18 – Jan 26 7 / day, which may include: 7 mallards
no more than 2 females or Mexican-like ducks, 2 pintail, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads, 3 scaup.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Scaup Nov 2 – Jan 26
Geese Oct 18 – Jan 26 10 / day, up to 10 white geese, up to 3 dark geese.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Balance of State Zone Ducks Oct 19 – Jan 26 7 / day,which may include: 7 mallards
no more than 2 females,
2 pintail, 2 canvasback, 2 redheads,
3 scaup.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Scaup Nov 2 – Jan 26
Geese Early Season (Large Canada geese only)
   Sept 28 – Oct 2, EXCEPT in the North Coast Special Management Area where Large Canada geese are closed during the early season.

Regular Season
   Oct 19 – Jan 26, EXCEPT in the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area where the white-fronted goose season will close after December 21.

Late Season
   (Whitefronts and white geese): Feb 15 – Feb 19, EXCEPT in the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area where the white- fronted goose season is closed.
During the Late Season, hunting is not permitted on wildlife areas listed in Sections 550-552 EXCEPT on Type C wildlife areas in the North Central and Central regions.
10 / day, which may include: 10 white geese, 6 dark geese.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.
SPECIAL AREA SPECIES SEASON DAILY BAG & POSSESSION LIMITS
North Coast
 Season may be split
All Canada Geese Regular Season
   Oct 31 – Jan 26

Late Season
   Feb 22 – Mar 10
During the Late Season, hunting is only permitted on private lands with the permission of the land owner under provisions of Section 2016.
6 / day, only 1 may be a Large Canada goose.
Possession limit triple the daily bag.  Large Canada geese are closed during the Late Season.
Humboldt Bay South Spit All species Closed during brant season  
Sacramento Valley White-fronted geese Open concurrently with general goose season through Dec 21 3 / day. Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Morro Bay All species Open in designated areas only Waterfowl season opens concurrently with brant season.
Martis Creek Lake All species Closed until Nov 16  
Northern Brant Black Brant Nov 7 – Dec 6 2 / day. Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Balance of State Brant Black Brant Nov 9 – Dec 8 2 / day. Possession limit triple the daily bag.
Imperial County
 Season may be split
White Geese Regular Season
   Nov 2 – Jan 26

Late Season
   Feb 8 – Feb 23
During the Late Season, hunting is only permitted on private lands with the permission of the land owner under provisions of Section 2016.
10 / day. Possession limit triple the daily bag.
YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS SPECIES SEASON DAILY BAG & POSSESSION LIMITS
Northeastern Zone Same as regular season Sept 21 – 22 Same as regular season
Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone Feb 1 – 2
Southern California Zone Feb 1 – 2
Colorado River Zone Feb 1 – 2
Balance of State Zone Feb 1 – 2
FALCONRY OF DUCKS SPECIES SEASON DAILY BAG & POSSESSION LIMITS
Northeastern Zone Same as regular season Oct 5 – Jan 17 3 / day, possession limit 9
Balance of State Zone Oct 19 – Jan 26 &
Feb 1 – 2
Southern San Joaquin Valley Zone Oct 5 – Oct 20 &
Nov 2 – Jan 29
Southern California Zone Oct 19 – Jan 31
Colorado River Zone Ducks only Oct 18 – Jan 30