Ducks, Mergansers & Coots

Species

Season Dates

Daily Bag

General Duck Season

October 2 – October 5, 2019,

November 16 – December 2, 2019,

December 14, 2019 – January 31, 2020

- Season closed on black ducks and mottled ducks until November 23

Includes a total of 6 ducks with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders, 4 long-tailed ducks, 2 mallards with no more than 1 hen mallard, 3 wood ducks, 2 scaup, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 2 black ducks, 1 pintail, 1 mottled duck and 1 fulvous whistling duck.  The season on harlequin ducks is closed.  The season on black ducks and mottled ducks is closed until November 23.
 

 Mergansers Same as general duck season5 mergansers with no more than 2 hooded mergansers

 Coots Same as general duck season15 coots

 September Teal (includes green-winged, blue-winged and cinnamon teal)September 12 – September 30, 2019 (East of U.S. 17)6

 Special Sea Duck Season (in the special sea duck area)
 November 23, 2019 – January 31, 20205 sea ducks with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders and 4 long-tailed ducks 

 

Because sea ducks are limited to 60 days of hunting exposure in any area, there will be certain dates and locations where sea ducks may or may not be taken. Please see the following:

General Duck Season Open; Special Sea Duck Season Closed
Oct. 2-Oct 5 & Nov. 16-Nov. 22, 2019 - Sea ducks cannot be taken in the special sea duck area, but can be taken everywhere else. The general bag limit of six ducks with no more than four scoters, four long-tailed ducks and four eiders applies. Although sea ducks may not be taken in the special sea duck area during this time, other ducks may be taken in this area.

General Duck Season Closed; Special Sea Duck Season Open
Dec. 3-Dec. 13, 2019 - Sea ducks can be taken only in the special sea duck area, and cannot be taken in other locations. The special sea duck bag
limit applies and consists of five sea ducks with no more than four scoters, four long-tailed ducks and four eiders.

General Duck Season Open; Special Sea Duck Season Open
Nov. 23-Dec. 2 & Dec 14-Jan 31 - Sea ducks can be taken anywhere. Hunters should remember that the special sea duck limit applies when hunting in the special sea duck area and the general bag limit applies when hunting in all other areas. When both seasons overlap, the special sea duck bag limit may be in addition to the limits applying to other ducks.

 

  • Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise specified

  • Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset unless otherwise specified

N.C. Waterfowl Seasons

2019-2020

Youth Waterfowl

Species  - Season Dates- Daily Bag

Youth Waterfowl Day(s)February 2 & February 9, 2019 Includes ducks, geese, brant, mergansers, coots and tundra swans. Youth must have a valid permit if hunting tundra swans and dark geese (Northeast Hunt Zone)
 

Youth under the age of 18 may participate in accordance with the guidelines listed below:

  • Youth under the age of 16 who have obtained Hunter Education Certification must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older

  • Youth under the age of 16 who have not successfully completed Hunter Education Certification must be accompanied by a properly licensed adult age 18 or older

  • Youth aged 16 & 17 must be properly licensed, must have HIP certification and a federal duck stamp and must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older

  • Accompanying adults that are properly licensed cannot duck hunt but may participate in other seasons that are open on youth waterfowl days

  • Possession limits are three times the daily bag unless otherwise specified

  • Shooting hours are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset unless otherwise specified