Duck seasons in the North and South Zones will be similar to the past 2 years. A to Z | departments WEBLESS SPECIES Daily Bag Limits 1. The pintail daily bag limit was reduced to 1 bird. Duck hunting regulations are based on biological population assessments using the Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) process, which was developed cooperatively by the Service and Flyway Councils. American Woodcock In addition, woodcock pass through New Jersey during fall with 50% of the state's harvest occurring in Sussex County and 25% in Cape May County. Multi-Stock uses a model that considers the allowable annual harvest based on productivity and the carrying capacity of the habitat in the flyway for each of the species. Consequently, the brant season will be 30 days with a 2-bird bag. 2019-2020 Duck Seasons Table (pdf, 100kb). US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) develops migratory bird hunting regulations with input and consultation with the Atlantic, Mississippi, Central, and Pacific Flyway Councils and the Canadian Wildlife Service. department: njdep Harvest Information Program (HIP) Certification Information Merganser limits are in addition to duck limits. The process is the same as last year. _tag.dcsCollect(); division of fish & wildlife: home (2019-2020 dates found on the Take a Kid Hunting Program page.) 2) Maximize hunter satisfaction with harvest opportunity and regulations. The "regular" Canada goose seasons in New Jersey's North and South Zones are based on the status of Atlantic Population (AP) Canada geese which nest on the Ungava Peninsula of northern Quebec. "REGULAR" DUCKS Youth Days are held when waterfowl seasons are closed to the general hunting public. | government Duck hunting regulations are based on biological population assessments using the Adaptive Harvest Management (AHM) process, which was developed cooperatively by the Service and Flyway Councils. Applies to hunting duck, coot, merganser, regular season Canada goose, brant, regular season light goose and Youth Waterfowl Days. This will allow a unique opportunity for veterans and active duty military personnel to share a hunting experience with a youth family member, relative, or friend, or to hunt together with fellow veterans and military members. For over 20 years, duck seasons in each flyway have been based on the status of the mallard population most abundant in each flyway. April 12, 2019 Given the decline in eastern mallard abundance, all Atlantic Flyway states will see a bag limit reduction to 2 mallards with no more than 1 hen. 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The CO allows an extended time period outside of traditional hunting seasons as well as additional methods for taking light geese without bag limits. Serious damage to agriculture also occurs in migration and wintering areas. During the past 10 years however, this population has shown a stable trend suggesting that liberal and special regulations implemented in both Quebec and the U.S., have stemmed the aggressive population growth that was occurring during the 1990s. The second split in the Coastal Zone will open Thanksgiving Day and run to the end of the Federal season date framework. home | about A CO is a special management action, authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that is needed to control certain wildlife populations when traditional management programs are unsuccessful in preventing overabundance of that population. The bag limit will remain at 2 birds. This damage impacts the light geese themselves, as well as other wildlife, such as shorebirds, dependent on the Arctic ecosystem. This will allow a unique opportunity for veterans and active duty military personnel to share a hunting experience with a youth family member, relative, or friend, or to hunt together with fellow veterans and military members. Although this will not result in any noticeable changes in regulations, it is a fundamental change in duck harvest management science and policy. | search The NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife has finalized the 2019-20 migratory bird hunting seasons. (The spring 2019 CO concluded April 6, 2019.). The brant season was reduced to 30 days and will only occur during part of the duck season. New Jersey will hold these hunting season days concurrent with the special Youth Hunting Days. Due to the current large population size, the hunting season length for light geese will be the maximum allowed under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (107 days) with liberal bag limits of 25 light geese per day with no possession limit. The intent of the CO is to reduce and/or stabilize North American light goose populations that are above population objectives. New Jersey has always been an important migration area for rails and woodcock. During the next two years, crews will continue banding brant with various markers to answer several questions on brant ecology. Scan this QR code with your mobile device or visit for detailed Special Winter Canada Goose Season hunting areas and all migratory bird hunting zone boundaries. NOTE: All State lands are closed to black bear hunting for the 2020 season.