Summary of migratory waterfowl hunting seasons

Migratory Game Bird Seasons

Species Area 2019-2020 Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Duck* Western Washington Youth Sept. 21 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 7b 7b
Duck* Eastern Washington Youth Sept. 28 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 7b 7b
Duck* Youth, Veterans, and Active Military (Statewide) Feb. 1 7b 7b
Duck* Statewide Oct. 12-30 & Nov. 2 - Jan. 26, except Scaup season closed Oct. 12 - Nov. 1 7b 21b
Coot Western Washington Youth Sept. 21 and Feb. 1 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 25 25
Coot Eastern Washington Youth Sept. 28 and Feb. 1 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 25 25
Coot Statewide Oct. 12-30 & Nov. 2 - Jan. 26 25 75
Snipe Statewide Oct. 12-30 & Nov. 2 - Jan. 26 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 page 6 of the Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons Pamphlet.

** For authorization reporting requirements, see page 6 of the Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons Pamphlet.

  1. Special youth hunting season open to hunters under 16 years of age (must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old who is not hunting).
  2. Daily Bag Limit: 7 ducks, to include not more than 2 hen mallard, 1 pintail, 3 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 Hunting Days): Same as daily bag limit.

    Possession limit (Regular Season): 21 ducks, to include not more than 6 hen mallard, 3 pintail, 9 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.

Canada Goose (Early Seasons)

Area 2019-2020 Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Goose Mgmt Areas 1 & 3 Sept. 7-12 5c 15c
Goose Mgmt Area 2 Sept. 7-15 5c,d 15c,d
Goose Mgmt Areas 4 & 5 Sept. 7-8 5c 10c
Statewide Sept. 16-17 (Youth Hunting Onlya) 4c 8c

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 2019-2020 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
Youth Day West Zone
(Goose Mgmt Areas 1, 2, & 3)
Sept. 21 (Canada and white-fronted goose only) 4 10 - 4 10 -
Youth Day East Zone
(Goose Mgmt Areas 4 & 5)
Sept. 28 (Canada and white-fronted goose only) 4 10 - 4 10 -
Youth, Veterans, and Active Military (statewide) Feb. 1 4 10 6 4 10 6
Goose Mgmt Area 1e
For snow goose authorization reporting requirements, see page 6.
Regular Season: Oct. 12 - Dec. 1 and Dec. 14 - Jan. 26 4 10 6 12 30 18
Goose Mgmt Area 1e
For snow goose authorization reporting requirements, see page 6.
Late Season (white goose only): Feb. 8-18. See page 20 for details. - - 6 - - 18

Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Coastf (includes Pacific County and that portion of Grays Harbor County west of Highway 101).

Dusky Canada Goose season is closed in Area 2 during October - March.

For authorization requirements, see page 21.

All areas except Willapa National Wildlife Refuge: Every day Oct. 12-27. Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only Nov. 2 - Dec. 1, Dec. 21 - Jan. 19, and Feb. 8-22

During Feb. 8 - 22, National Wildlife Refuges and WDFW Wildlife Areas are closed to goose hunting in this management area.

4g 10 6 12g 30 18

Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Coastf (includes Pacific County and that portion of Grays Harbor County west of Highway 101).

Dusky Canada Goose season is closed in Area 2 during October - March.

For authorization requirements, see page 21.

Willapa National Wildlife Refuge: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday only: Oct. 12-27, Nov. 2 - Dec. 1, and Dec. 21 - Jan. 19 4g 10 6 12g 30 18

Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Inlandf (includes Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties; and that portion of Grays Harbor County east of Highway 101).

Dusky Canada Goose season is closed in GMA2 during October - March.

For authorization requirements, see page 21.

All areas except Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge: Every day Oct. 12-27. Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only Nov. 23 - Jan. 12 and Feb. 8 - Mar. 7

During Feb. 8 - Mar. 7, National Wildlife Refuges and WDFW Wildlife Areas are closed to goose hunting in this management area.

4g 10 6 12g 30 18

Goose Mgmt Area 2 - Inlandf (includes Clark, Cowlitz, and Wahkiakum counties; and that portion of Grays Harbor County east of Highway 101).

Dusky Canada Goose season is closed in GMA2 during October - March.

For authorization requirements, see page 21.

Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge:
Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays only
Oct. 12-26 and Nov. 23 - Jan. 11
4g 10 6 12g 30 18
Goose Mgmt Area 3 Oct. 12-24 & Nov. 2 - Jan. 26 4 10 6 12 30 18

Goose Mgmt Area 4

Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only during: Oct. 12 - Jan. 19; Every day Jan. 20 - 26.

Additional hunt days include: Nov. 11, 28, and 29; Dec. 24, 26, 27, 30, and 31.

4 10 - 12 30 -

Goose Mgmt Area 4

(Delayed white goose opener)

Saturdays, Sundays, & Wednesdays only during: Oct. 26 - Jan. 19; Every day Jan. 20-26 and Feb. 22 - Mar. 4.

Additional hunt days include: Nov. 11, 28, and 29; Dec. 24, 26, 27, 30, and 31.

- - 6 - - 18
Goose Mgmt Area 5 Oct. 12-28 & Nov. 2 - Jan. 26 4 10 6 12 30 18

Brant

For authorization reporting requirements, see page 6.

Area 2019-2020 Season Dates Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Skagit County

Jan. 11 and 12

Note: Additional season dates to be determined by aerial survey results. Season updates will be provided by WDFW news release.

2 6
Clallam & Whatcom Jan. 11, 15, and 18 2 6
Pacific County Jan. 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, and 26 2 6
Youth, Veterans, & Active Military (Skagit, Clallam, Whatcom, & Pacific) Feb. 1 2 2

Notes

  1. Daily bag and possession limits: to include Canada geese only.
  2. Daily bag and possession limits in Pacific County are 15/45 during the September Canada goose season.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Daily bag limit: 4 geese, except for dusky Canada geese.
    Possession limit: 12 geese, except for dusky Canada geese.
    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.