Waterfowl Season Dates

WATERFOWL, COOT, AND SANDHILL CRANE SEASONS

DUCKS, MERGANSERS AND COOTS

SEASON DATES:
Panhandle Counties (High Plains Mallard Management Unit)
October 14, 2017 - January 10, 2018
*Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
September 30, 2017 & February 3, 2018


Zone 1
October 28 - November 26, 2017
December 9, 2017 - January 21, 2018
*Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
September 30, 2017 & February 3, 2018
Zone 2
November 4 - November 26, 2017
December 9, 2017 - January 28, 2018
*Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days
September 30, 2017 & February 3, 2018

(Youth season dates were altered at staff request. The youth season was split into two one-day
hunts with one occurring before the regular season opens and the second shortly after the regular
season closes.)
BAG LIMITS:
Duck Limits - The daily bag limit for ducks is six. The daily bag limit may include no
more than: Five mallards (only two may be hens), three wood ducks, three scaup, two
redheads, one pintail, and two canvasbacks. (The pintail limit was reduced to one bird
due to lower reproduction documented in the breeding grounds. It was 2 birds during the
2016 season.)
Merganser Limits - The daily bag limit for mergansers is five. The daily bag limit may
include no more than two hooded mergansers.
Coot Limits - The daily bag limit for coots is fifteen.
POSSESSION LIMITS:
The possession limit after the first day of hunting is two times the daily bag limit, and
after the second day of hunting is three times the daily bag limit for ducks, mergansers and
coots.
SHOOTING HOURS:
One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset
* YOUTH WATERFOWL HUNTING DAYS
The U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service is allowing two days outside of the regular waterfowl season to provide
a special hunting opportunity to encourage youth participation in the sport of waterfowling. Youth hunters
must be 15 years of age or younger. An adult, at least 18 years of age, must accompany the youth hunter
into the field. This adult cannot hunt waterfowl, but may participate in other open seasons. The daily bag

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limit may include ducks, mergansers, coots and geese. Bag limits will be the same as allowed during the
regular season. All species and sex specific duck bag limit restrictions remain in effect.

GEESE AND SANDHILL CRANE

SEASON DATES:
Dark Geese (includes Canada geese, brant, and all other geese except white-fronted
geese and light geese)

(The term “Dark Geese” replaces the “Canada Geese” label that was used in years prior. While
very rare, other species of dark geese besides Canada geese do occur in Oklahoma. This change
allows these “other” dark geese to be legally taken under Oklahoma rules and better aligns us
with USFWS and other states’ wording of the regulations.)
November 4 – November 26, 2017
December 9, 2017 - February 18, 2018

White-fronted Geese

November 4 – November 26, 2017
December 9, 2017 - February 11, 2018
Light Geese (Snow, Blue & Ross’)
November 4 – November 26, 2017
December 9, 2017 - February 18, 2018
**Conservation Order Light Goose Season (COLGS)

February 19 - March 30, 2018
Sandhill Crane
October 21, 2017 - January 21, 2018; west of I-35 only

BAG LIMITS:
Dark Geese - The daily bag limit is eight.
White-fronted Geese - The daily bag limit is two.
** Light Geese - The daily bag limit is fifty.
Sandhill Crane - The daily bag limit is three.
POSSESSION LIMITS:
The possession limit for dark geese, white-fronted geese and sandhill crane is three times
the daily bag limit. There is no possession limit for light geese (snow, blue & Ross’).
SHOOTING HOURS:
One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset

** CONSERVATION ORDER LIGHT GOOSE SEASON (COLGS)
During the COLGS, special means of take will be allowed, including: electronic calls, unplugged shotguns,
one-half hour after sunset shooting hours and no daily bag or possession limits. The Conservation Order
and special means of take provisions are designed to increase harvest and allow hunters to help reduce the
population of mid-continent light geese (snow, blue & Ross’). All other waterfowl regulations will apply;
including use of federally approved nontoxic shot. All participants will be required to have in their
possession while hunting, all necessary licenses, waterfowl stamps and a Harvest Information Program
permit (HIP). The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is required by federal regulation
to estimate the harvest of light geese during the COLGS. Therefore, to participate in the COLGS

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hunters should provide the ODWC with their name, full mailing address and telephone number so
that they may be contacted after the season with a harvest survey.
HUNTERS CAN REGISTER FOR THE COLGS BY PROVIDING THEIR NAME, ADDRESS
AND TELEPHONE NUMBER BY:
Internet at: www.wildlifedepartment.com and clicking on the Conservation Order Light Goose link.
Or by sending a postcard or letter to:
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Attn: COLGS
PO Box 53465
Oklahoma City, OK 73152

SPECIAL EXTENDED FALCONRY SEASONS
DUCKS, MERGANSERS, and COOTS

SEASON DATES AND AREAS:
Panhandle Counties
September 9 – 24, 2017 - 16 days
October 14, 2017 – January 10, 2018 - 89 days
105 days + 2 youth days = 107***
Zone 1
September 9 – September 24, 2017 - 16 days
October 28 – November 26, 2017
December 9, 2017 – January 21, 2018 - 74 days
February 12 – 26, 2018 - 15 days
105 days + 2 youth days = 107***
Zone 2
September 9 – September 24, 2017 - 16 days
November 4 – November 26, 2017
December 9, 2017 – January 28, 2018 - 74 days
February 12 – 26, 2018 - 15 days

105 days + 2 youth days = 107***

GALLINULE

SEASON DATES AND AREAS:
Statewide
September 1 – November 9th - 70 days
February 2nd – March 10th - 37 days
107 days***

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RAIL

SEASON DATES AND AREAS:
Statewide
September 1 – November 9th - 70 days
February 2 – March 10 - 37 days
107 days***

WOODCOCK

SEASON DATES AND AREAS:
Statewide
November 1 – December 15 - 45 days
December 16 – February 15 - 62 days
107 days***
DOVE

SEASON DATES AND AREAS:
Statewide
September 1 – October 31 - 61 days
December 1 – December 29 - 29 days
February 22 – March 10 - 17 days
107 days***
SANDHILL CRANE

SEASON DATES AND AREAS:
West of I-35
October 21 – January 21 - 93 days
January 22 – February 4 - 14 days
107 days***

BAG AND POSSESSION LIMITS:
Daily bag and possession limits may not exceed three and nine migratory game birds
respectively, singly or in the aggregate for which an open hunting season or special
extended falconry season is established. Regular season bag limits do not apply to
falconry.
HAWKING HOURS:
One-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.

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*** The Migratory Bird Treaty allows no more than 107 total days of hunting (falconry, regular
gun seasons, special seasons, i.e., September teal, and youth waterfowl hunting days) on a species
in a given geographical area (i.e., panhandle and waterfowl zones).

 

WEBLESS MIGRATORY GAME BIRD, SEPTEMBER TEAL AND SPECIAL SEPTEMBER RESIDENT CANADA GOOSE SEASONS

DOVE

(Mourning, White-winged and Eurasian Collared)

Season Dates and Open Areas

Statewide

September 1 - October 31, 2017 and December 1 - December 29, 2017

(includes additional days as allowed by USFWS. The additional days are in December. The additional days could only be added within the Sept 1—December 30 framework and not added prior to our earliest possible opener of Sept 1)

Bag and Possession Limit

15 daily, 30 in possession after first day combined, 45 in possession after the second day combined. The limit may consist of any combination (aggregate) of mourning doves, white-winged, and fully dressed (those without a head or fully feathered wing naturally attached to the carcass) Eurasian collared doves. However, there is no bag limit on Eurasian collared doves if the head or one fully feathered wing remains naturally attached to the carcass of all such birds while being transported to their final destination.

SORA AND VIRGINIA RAIL

Season Dates and Open Areas

September 1 - November 9, 2017; statewide 

Bag and Possession Limit

25 daily, 50 in possession after first day, 75 in possession after the second day

GALLINULE (Purple Gallinule and Common Moorhen)

Season Dates and Open Areas

September 1 - November 9, 2017; statewide

Bag and Possession Limit

15 daily, 30 in possession after first day, 45 in possession after the second day

WOODCOCK

Season Dates and Open Areas

November 1 - December 15, 2017; statewide

Bag and Possession Limit

3 daily, 6 in possession after the first day, 9 in possession after the second day 

WILSON’S (COMMON) SNIPE

Season Dates and Open Areas

October 1, 2017 - January 15, 2018; statewide

Bag and Possession Limit

8 daily, 16 in possession after the first day, 24 in possession after the second day

SEPTEMBER TEAL SEASON

Season Dates and Open Areas:

September 9 - 24, 2017; statewide.

Bag and Possession Limit:

6 teal daily, 12 in possession after the first day, 18 in possession after the second day

SPECIAL SEPTEMBER RESIDENT CANADA GOOSE SEASON

Season Dates and Open Areas:

September 9 - 18 2017; statewide

Bag and Possession Limit:

8 daily, 16 in possession after the first day, 24 in possession after the second day

No special provisions.

SHOOTING HOURS:

Shooting hours for all migratory game birds listed shall be one-half hour before official sunrise to official sunset.