Summary of migratory waterfowl hunting seasons

Migratory Game Bird Seasons

Species Area 2020-2021 Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Duck* Western Washington Youth Sept. 26 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 7b 7b
Duck* Eastern Washington Youth Oct. 3 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 7b 7b
Duck* Youth, Veterans, and Active Military (Statewide) Feb. 6 7b 7b
Duck* Statewide Oct. 17-25 & Oct. 28 - Jan. 31, except Scaup season closed Oct. 17 - Nov. 6 7b 21b
Coot Western Washington Youth Sept. 26 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 25 25
Coot Eastern Washington Youth Oct. 3 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 25 25
Coot Youth, Veterans & Active Military Feb. 6 25 25
Coot Statewide Oct. 17-25 & Oct. 28 - Jan. 31 25 75
Snipe Statewide Oct. 17-25 & Oct. 28 - Jan. 31 8 24
Band-tailed Pigeon ** Statewide Sept. 15-23 2 6
Mourning Dove Statewide Sept. 1 - Oct. 30 15 45
Swans Statewide CLOSED 0 0

Notes

* For seaduck authorization reporting requirements, see pamphlet.

** For authorization reporting requirements, see pamphlet.

Canada Goose (Early Seasons)

Area 2020-2021 Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Goose Mgmt Areas 1 & 3 Sept. 5-10 5c 15c
Goose Mgmt Area 2 Sept. 5-13 5c,d 15c,d
Goose Mgmt Areas 4 & 5 Sept. 5-6 5c 10c

Goose (Except Brant)

Note: Canada Geese are all types of Canada geese including cackling, Taverner's, and Aleutian geese. White geese are snow and Ross' geese. Dusky Canada goose season is closed.

Area 2020-2021 Season Dates Canada Geese Daily Bag Limit White-Fronted Geese Daily Bag Limit White Geese Daily Bag Limit Canada Geese Possession Limit White-Fronted Geese Possession Limit White Geese Possession Limit
Western Washington Youth
(Goose Mgmt Areas 1, 2, & 3)
Sept. 26 (Canada and white-fronted goose only) 4 10 - 4 10 -
Eastern Washington Youth
(Goose Mgmt Areas 4 & 5)
Oct 3 (Canada and white-fronted goose only) 4 10 - 4 10 -
Youth, Veterans, and Active Military (statewide) Feb. 6 4 10 6 4 10 6
Goose Mgmt Area 1e
For snow goose authorization reporting requirements, see page 6.
Regular Season (all goose types): Oct. 17 - Nov. 29 and Dec. 12 - Jan. 31 4 10 6 12 30 18
Late Season (white goose only): Feb. 13-23. See pamphlet for details. - - 6 - - 18

Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Coastf

For authorization requirements, see pamphlet.
                                                    Dusky Canada Goose season is closed in GMA 2.                                                                              

During Feb. 13 - 24, National Wildlife Refuges and WDFW Wildlife Areas are closed to goose hunting in this management area.

All areas except Willapa National Wildlife Refuge:
Everyday Oct. 17- Nov. 1
Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only
Nov. 4 - Dec. 6, Dec. 23 - Jan. 24, and Feb. 13 - 24.
 

4g 10 6 12g 30 18
Willapa National Wildlife Refuge:           Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday only
Oct. 17 - Nov. 1, Nov. 4 - Dec. 6, and Dec. 23 - Jan. 24

Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Inlandf                                       For authorization requirements, see pamphlet.

                                                    Dusky Canada Goose season is closed in GMA 2.  

During Feb. 13 - Mar. 10, National Wildlife Refuges and WDFW Wildlife Areas are closed to goose hunting in this management area.

All areas except Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge:
Everyday Oct. 17 - Nov. 1
Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only
Nov. 25 - Jan. 17 and Feb. 13 - Mar. 10

4g 10 6 12g 30 18
Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays only
Oct. 17- Nov. 1 and Nov. 25 - Jan. 16
Goose Mgmt Area 3 Oct. 17-29 & Nov. 7 - Jan. 31 4 10 6 12 30 18

Goose Mgmt Area 4

(Delayed white goose opener)

Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only during: (Canada & white-fronted goose only)
Oct. 17 - Nov. 4.

4 10 -

12

30 -
Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only during: (all goose types)
Nov. 7 - Jan. 31; Everyday Jan. 25 - 31; Additional hunt days include: Nov. 26 and 27; Dec. 24, 25, 28, 29 and 31; and Jan. 1 and 18.
4 10 6 12 30 18
Late Season (white goose only): Feb. 13 - March 3. - - 6 - - 18
Goose Mgmt Area 5 Oct. 17- Nov. 2 & Nov. 7 - Jan. 31 4 10 6 12 30 18

Brant

For authorization reporting requirements, see page 6.

Area 2020-2021 Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Skagit County Jan. 16 and 23
Additional season dates to be determined by aerial survey results. Season updates will be provided by WDFW news release.
2 6
Clallam & Whatcom Jan. 16, 20 and 23 2 6
Pacific County Jan. 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30 and 31 2 6
Youth, Veterans, & Active Military (Skagit, Clallam, Whatcom, & Pacific) Feb. 6 2 2

Notes

a Special hunting dates: Youth is open to hunters under 16 years of age (must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not hunting unless eligible); Veterans and Active Military is open to: veterans must have served in the active military, naval, or air service, and discharged or released under Honorable conditions, Active duty military includes members of the National Guard and Reserves on active duty (other than for training). Must have one of the following, or a copy of, during the hunt: DD214, Veteran Benefit Card, Retired Active Military I.D., or Active Duty I.D. card.

b Daily Bag Limit: 7 ducks, to include not more than 2 hen mallard, 1 pintail, 2 scaup, 2 canvasback, and 2 redhead statewide; and to include not more than 1 harlequin, 2 scoter, 2 long-tailed duck, & 2 goldeneye in western Washington.

Possession limit (Youth, Veteran and Active Military Dates): Same as daily bag limit.

Possession limit (Regular Season): 21 ducks, to include not more than 6 hen mallard, 3 pintail, 6 scaup, 6 canvasback, and 6 redhead statewide; and to include not more than 1 harlequin, 6 scoter, 6 long-tailed duck, and 6 goldeneye in western Washington.

Season limit: 1 harlequin in western Washington.

c Daily bag and possession limits: to include Canada geese only.

d Daily bag and possession limits in Pacific County are 15/45 during the September Canada goose season.

e Skagit County Special Restrictions: While hunting snow geese, if a hunter is convicted of a) trespass, b) shooting from, across, or along the maintained part of any public highway, c) discharging a firearm for the purpose of hunting waterfowl within 100 feet of any paved public road on Fir Island or discharging a firearm for the purpose of hunting snow geese within 100 feet of any paved public road in other areas of Skagit County, or d) exceeding the daily bag limit for snow geese, authorization will be invalidated for the remainder of the current snow goose season and an authorization will not be issued for the subsequent snow goose season.

f In Goose Management Area 2, legal hunting hours for geese are 30 minutes after the start of the official waterfowl hunting hours to 30 minutes before the end of official waterfowl hunting hours. See the inside back cover for hunting hours.

g Dusky Canada goose season closed.
A dusky Canada goose is defined as a dark breasted (Munsell 10 YR, 5 or less) Canada goose with a culmen (bill) length of 40-50 mm.