2012-2013 BAG LIMITS, SHOOTING HOURS, AND SEASON DATES FOR WATERFOWL SEASONS OCCURRING AFTER SEPTEMBER 30
SEE THE CURRENT NORTH CAROLINA INLAND FISHING, HUNTING & TRAPPING REGULATIONS DIGEST FOR OTHER REGULATIONS CONCERNING WATERFOWL
a) Conventional bag: 6 ducks with no more than 4 scoters, 4 scaup, 4 mallards with no more than 2 hen mallards, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 pintails, 1 black or mottled duck (season closed until November 17), 1 canvasback, or 1 fulvous whistling duck. The season on harlequin ducks is closed. (Possession limits are twice the daily bag unless otherwise noted.)
b) Other limits:
1) 25 light geese (Includes snow, blue and Ross’ geese), no possession limit
2) 2 brant
3) 5 mergansers (2 hooded mergansers)
4) 7 sea ducks (In special sea duck area only). In other areas, sea ducks are part of the regular duck bag limit. Includes scoters, eiders and long-tailed ducks. 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.
HOURS: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Ducks, Mergansers and Coots October 3-6, November 10 – December 1 and December 15 - January 26 [Black and mottled ducks closed until Nov. 17]
Sea Ducks (In special sea duck area only) October 1 – January 31
Dark Geese (Includes Canada geese and white-fronted geese) To view a map of the
goose hunt zones, refer to the Regulations Digest or http://www.ncwildlife.org
-Resident Population Hunt Zone: Oct. 3-13, Nov. 10 – Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 – Feb. 9
-Southern James Bay Hunt Zone (Gaddy Goose refuge closed after Sept. 30): Oct. 3 – Oct. 31 and Nov. 10 – Dec. 31.
-Northeast Hunt Zone: Jan. 19 – Jan. 26 (By permit only)
Light Geese (Includes snow and blue geese, and Ross’ geese) October 17 - October 20; November 10 – March 9 Electronic calls and unplugged guns are allowed from February
11 – March 9
Brant November 17 – December 1 and December 15 - January 26
Tundra Swan November 10 - January 31 (1 per season by permit only - 5,000 will be issued.)
Youth Waterfowl Days (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). February 2 and February 9. 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.