2010-11 Waterfowl Seasons, Bag Limits, Other Limits Set

  • 31 August 2010
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RALEIGH, N.C. (September 1, 2010) – The N.C Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2010-11 season.

Working within mandatory frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Commission set the following regulations:

Conventional bag limits:

  • Six ducks with no more than four scoters
  • Four mallards with no more than two hen mallards,
  • Three wood ducks
  • Two redheads
  • Two scaup
  • Two pintails
  • One black or mottled duck (season closed until Dec. 1)
  • One canvasback
  • One fulvous whistling duck.
  • The season on harlequin ducks is closed.

Other limits:

  • Twenty five light geese (Includes snow and blue geese & Ross’ geese), no possession limit
  • Two brant
  • Five mergansers (two hooded mergansers)
  • Seven sea ducks (in special sea duck area only). In other areas, sea ducks are part of the regular duck bag limit. No more than four scoters per day may be taken in either season.
  • Fifteen coots
  • Five dark geese (includes Canada geese and white-fronted geese) in the Resident Hunt Zone, five in the Southern James Bay Zone and one in the Northeast Hunt Zone.

Possession limits are twice the daily bag limit unless otherwise noted.

Season Dates

Ducks, Mergansers and Coots

Oct. 6-9,
Nov. 13 – Dec. 4 and
Dec. 18 – Jan. 29
[Black and mottled ducks closed until Dec. 1]

Sea Ducks (In special sea duck area only)

Oct. 1 – Jan. 31

Dark Geese (Includes Canada geese and
white-fronted geese)
To view a map of the goose hunt zones, refer to the Regulations Digest

Resident Population Hunt Zone: Oct. 6-16, Nov. 13 – Dec. 4
and Dec. 18 – Feb. 5
Southern James Bay Hunt Zone
(Gaddy Goose refuge closed after Sept. 30);
Oct. 6 – Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 – Dec. 31.
Northeast Hunt Zone: Jan. 22 – Jan. 29
(By permit only)

Light Geese (Includes snow and blue geese, and Ross’ geese)

Oct. 16 -  23
Nov.13 – March 9

Electronic calls and unplugged guns are allowed from February 7 – March 9


Nov. 20 – Dec. 4 and Dec. 18 – Jan. 29

Tundra Swan

Nov. 13 – Jan. 31
(1/season by permit only - 5,000 will be issued.)

Youth Waterfowl Day (Includes ducks, geese, brant, 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).

Feb. 5, 2011
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.

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

Report all bands by calling 1-800-327-BAND or www.reportband.gov.
For more information about waterfowl hunting regulations in North Carolina, see the hunting regulations page at www.ncwildlife.org or call the Division of Wildlife Management at (919) 707-0050.

Media Contact:
Jodie B. Owen, Public Information Officer
(919) 707-0187

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