Background | Changes | Approved 2021-22 season dates

NOTE: The California Fish and Game Commission set the 2021-22 waterfowl regulations on April 14, 2021.


BACKGROUND

Waterfowl hunting regulations are set at two levels: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sets science-based frameworks based on waterfowl population and other data, with guidance from councils established in each flyway. Then the California Fish & Game Commission sets regulations that fit within those frameworks.

Our role: California Waterfowl's advocacy team advocates for regulations that promote hunter opportunity, participation and satisfaction within bounds that preserve the overall health of waterfowl populations. We are proud to carry on the tradition of sustainable hunting ensured by the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation.

Click here to read CWA’s letter of support (PDF) to the commission for the 2021-22 regulations.

APPROVED CHANGES

Brant seasons

Brant seasons were reduced to 27 days last year, but their populations last winter were sufficient to increase the season length back to 37 days.

APPROVED 2021-22 SEASON DATES

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Northeastern
Balance of State
Southern San Joaquin Valley
Southern California
Colorado River Zone

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NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA ZONE

Map of Klamath Basin Special Management Area

Klamath Basin Special Management Area

SEASONS

  • Ducks: Oct. 2-Jan. 12
  • Scaup: Oct. 2-Nov. 28 and Dec. 16-Jan. 12
  • Canada geese: Oct. 2-Jan. 9
  • White geese & white-fronts (specklebellies): Oct. 2-Nov. 28 and Jan. 1-Jan. 14 (except in the Klamath Basin Special Management Area).
  • Youth Hunt days: Sept. 18-19.
  • Veteran Hunt days: Jan. 15-16 (no geese allowed)
  • Late white goose & white-front season: Feb. 6-Mar. 10 (except in the Klamath Basin Special Management Area).

LIMITS

  • Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7, which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 1 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 2 scaup.
  • Geese: Daily bag limit: 30, which may include up to 20 white geese, up to 10 dark geese, of which only 2 may be large Canada geese.
  • Possession limit ducks and geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

Klamath Basin Special Management Area:

  • White geese & white-fronts (specklebellies): Oct. 2-Jan. 14
  • Canada geese: Oct. 2-Jan. 9.

BALANCE OF STATE ZONE

SEASONS

  • Ducks: Oct. 23-Jan. 31
  • Scaup: Nov. 7-Jan. 31
  • Geese: Oct. 23-Jan. 30
  • Early large Canada goose season: Oct. 2-Oct. 6 (except in the North Coast Special Management Area).
  • Late white-fronts and white goose season: Feb. 19-23 (except Sacramento Valley Special Management Area, where white-fronts are closed).
  • Special Youth Hunt days: Feb. 5-6.
  • Extended falconry season: Feb. 26-27
  • Veteran Hunt days: Feb. 12-13 (no geese allowed)

LIMITS

  • Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7, which may contain 7 mallards of which only 2 can be female; 1 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 2 scaup.
  • Geese: Daily bag limit: 30, which may include up to 20 white geese and up to 10 dark geese.
  • Early large Canada goose season: 10 large Canada geese
  • Possession limit ducks and geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

SPECIAL MANAGEMENT AREAS

Brant SMAs:

      • Northern Brant, Nov. 8-Dec. 14; 2 per day
      • Balance of State Brant, Nov. 9-Dec. 15; 2 per day.

North Coast SMA: Canada geese, Nov. 8-Jan. 31, and Feb. 19-Mar. 10; no more than 10 per day, of which 1 may be a large Canada goose (no large Canada geese may be taken during the late season).

Sacramento Valley SMA: No more than 3 white-fronts may be taken Oct. 23-Dec. 21.

SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ZONE

SEASONS

  • Ducks and geese: Oct. 23-Jan. 31
  • Scaup: Nov. 7-Jan. 31
  • Special Youth Hunt days: Feb. 5-6.
  • Extended falconry season: Feb. 26-27
  • Veteran Hunt days: Feb. 12-13

LIMITS

  • Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7, which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 1 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 2 scaup.
  • Geese: Daily bag limit: 30, which may include up to 20 white geese and up to 10 dark geese.
  • Possession limit ducks and geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ZONE

SEASONS

  • Ducks and geese: Oct. 23-Jan. 31
  • Scaup: Nov. 7-Jan. 31
  • Youth Hunt days: Feb. 5-6.
  • Extended falconry season: Feb. 26-27
  • Veteran Hunt days: Feb. 12-13

LIMITS

  • Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7, which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 1 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 2 scaup.
  • Geese: Daily bag limit: 23. Of which only 20 may be white geese and only 3 may be dark geese.
  • Possession limit ducks and geese: Triple the daily bag limit.

Imperial County Special Management Area: White geese, Nov. 6-Jan. 31; and Feb. 1-4, 7-11 and 14-22; limit of 20 per day

COLORADO RIVER ZONE (must match Arizona regulations)

SEASONS

  • Ducks and geese: Oct. 23-Jan. 31
  • Scaup: Nov. 7-Jan. 31
  • Youth Hunt days: Feb. 5-6.
  • Extended falconry season: Feb. 1-4

LIMITS

  • Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7, which may contain 7 mallards, but not more than 2 female mallards or Mexican-like ducks; 1 pintail; 2 canvasback; 2 redheads; 2 scaup.
  • Geese: Daily bag limit: 24, which may contain 20 white geese and up to 4 may be dark geese.
  • Possession limit ducks and geese: Triple the daily bag limit.