2022-23 Pennsylvania Proposed Waterfowl Seasons

PaCowboy

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It would be surprising if the dates would change from the proposed dates. Looking back last year the dates were released on April 27th of 2021, so we might have to wait about 2 weeks yet.
 

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I think it is what it is for now. Maybe you me and Tyler can start a petition for 2023-24 and get ahead of the game lol. We have to fundamentally change people’s attitudes about the month of October
 

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Working on the news release now. Should be out this week or next.
 

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IB you’re the man with the plan. Looking forward to pickin up decoys in my crocs this October
 

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Oct 8-15 Nov 22- Jan 21 book it. Thank goodness for some decent stocker pheasant action while we watch the ducks migrate through. Then we can sit there and watch MD, VA and DE talk about how they don’t want to shoot mallards with hard peckers but do so anyhow end of January
 
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2022-23 MIGRATORY GAME BIRD SEASONS AND BAG LIMITS

DUCKS
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North Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 8-22, and Nov. 15-Jan. 7.

South Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 8-15, and Nov. 22-Jan. 21.

Northwest Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 8-Dec. 3, and Dec. 27-Jan. 7.

Lake Erie Zone: Ducks, sea ducks, coots and mergansers, Oct. 31-Jan. 7.



Total Duck Bag Limits: 6 daily, 18 in possession of any species, except for the following restrictions: daily limit may not include more than 2 mallards including no more than 1 hen mallard, 2 black ducks, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck, 1 fulvous whistling duck, 4 sea ducks; including no more than 3 eiders and no more than 1 female eider, 3 long-tailed ducks, and 3 scoters. Daily limit for scaup varies; see below. Possession limits are three times the daily limits.



Scaup Bag Limits:

North Zone: 1 scaup daily, Oct. 8-22 and Nov. 15-Dec. 15; 2 scaup daily, Dec. 16-Jan.7

South Zone: 1 scaup daily, Oct. 8-15 and Nov. 22-Dec. 29; 2 scaup daily, Dec. 30-Jan. 21

Northwest Zone: 1 scaup daily, Oct. 8-Nov. 23; 2 scaup daily, Nov. 24-Dec. 3 and Dec. 27-Jan. 7

Lake Erie Zone: 2 scaup daily, Oct. 31- Nov. 22; 1 scaup daily, Nov. 23-Jan. 7



Mergansers: 5 daily, 15 in possession

Coots: 15 daily, 45 in possession.





CANADA GEESE (includes WHITE-FRONTED GEESE)
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Resident Population Goose Zone (RP)

All of Pennsylvania except for the Atlantic Population zone. Sept. 1-24 (8-goose daily bag limit); and Oct. 22-Nov. 25, Dec. 12-Jan. 14, and Feb. 3-Feb. 25 (5-goose daily bag limit in latter 3 segments).

Exception:
See hunting digest



Atlantic Population Zone (AP)


The area east of SR 97 from Maryland State Line to the intersection of SR 194, east of SR 194 to intersection of US Route 30, south of US Route 30 to SR 441, east of SR 441 to SR 743, east of SR 743 to intersection of I-81, east of I-81 to intersection of I-80, south of I-80 to New Jersey state line. Sept. 1-24 (8-goose daily bag limit); and Nov. 22-25 and Dec. 23-Jan. 21 (1-goose daily bag limit in latter two segments).

Exception:
See hunting digest



BRANT (All Zones): Oct. 8-Dec. 5. 2 daily, 6 in possession.



LIGHT GEESE (Snow Geese and Ross’ Geese)
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Atlantic Population Zone:

Regular: Oct. 1-Jan. 28, 25 daily, no possession limit.

Conservation Hunt: Jan. 30 – April 21; 25 daily, no possession limit.



Resident Population Zone:


Regular: Oct. 25-Feb. 25; 25 daily, no possession limit.

Conservation Hunt: Feb. 27 – April 21; 25 daily, no possession limit.



HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and TUNDRA and TRUMPETER SWANS: No open season.



Junior Days:

Sept. 24; Open to junior hunters and mentored youth hunters under the age of 16 when properly accompanied, for ducks, mergansers, gallinules and coots, and Canada goose as permitted. Same daily bag limits as regular season. Hunting hours to close at sunset.



Junior, Veteran and Active Duty Military Days:

In Lake Erie Zone; Oct. 22; in Northwest Zone, Dec. 17; in North Zone, Nov. 5; and in South Zone, Nov. 12. Open to junior hunters and mentored youth hunters under the age of 16, when properly accompanied; veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code); and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training) for ducks, mergansers, gallinules and coots, and Canada goose as permitted. Same daily bag limits as regular season.



Veteran and Active Duty Military Days:

In Lake Erie Zone; Jan. 14; in Northwest Zone, Jan. 14; in North Zone, Jan. 14; and in South Zone, Jan. 28. Veterans (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code); and members of the Armed Forces on active duty, including members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training) for ducks, mergansers, gallinules and coots, and Canada goose as permitted. Same daily bag limits as regular season.

https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/game-commission-details.aspx?newsid=542
 

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Congrats to the fair weather Lake Erie bluebill huggers for being such experts at their craft that they know sooo much better than the average diver hunter and the rest of the state!!!
 

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Well its good to see some action on this page. I haven't been around for years. Well this is the same debate that has been going on the past 20 plus years I've been on here. The duck season dates always favored the south zone and sometimes the NW and Lake Erie zones. The North Zone is the redheaded step child of the state. The dates of the north zone have sucked for the northeast part of the state prop 20 out of 25 years. I've been to symposiums sent letters talked with biologists. What it comes down to they do what they do. Prob 80% of the state of pa should follow the dates of the south zone. The migration has changed in my 30 plus years of waterfowling. And later is better. What I have finally accepted is I will not be able to fix it and my opinions do not matter. So I will gladly wish you young guys luck getting it fixed before I am completely crippled up. I am rooting for you.
 

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