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Florida Duck Hunting Season Dates and Limits

Florida Duck Hunting Season Dates and Limits

Duck Hunting in Florida
Duck hunting season in Florida is approaching rapidly. Here is the information you will need to make your duck hunting plans in Florida.

Duck hunting season in Florida -

Open Season: First Phase: Nov. 22–30, 2008.
Second Phase: Dec. 6, 2008 – Jan. 25, 2009.
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset

Bag Limit:

Duck – The daily bag limit of ducks is six. The six-duck limit shall consist of no more than one black duck; one mottled duck (Florida duck); one fulvous whistling-duck; one pintail; two redheads; three wood ducks; one scaup*; four scoters; and four mallards (no more than two of which may be females). All other species of duck (except canvasbacks and harlequin ducks) may be taken up to the six-duck daily limit. The possession limit is two days’ bag limit.
*the scaup daily bag limit increases from one to two during the last 20 days of the season (Jan. 6– 25, 2009).
Taking or attempting to take canvasbacks or harlequin
ducks is prohibited.
Coot – The daily bag/possession limit is 15/30.
Merganser – The daily bag/possession limit is 5/10, only 2/4 of which may be hooded mergansers.

Notice -
Major changes for the 2008-2009 season The daily bag limit for wood ducks has been increased from two to three.
The daily bag limit for scaup is as follows: One bird from Nov. 22-30, 2008 and
Dec. 6, 2008 – Jan. 5, 2009 Two birds from Jan. 6 – Jan. 25, 2009
Canvasback season is closed during the 2008-2009 hunting season.
Canada goose season is now statewide.
Internal combustion motors up to 10 h.p. may now be used on Lake Miccosukee in Leon and Jefferson counties.

Florida Canada Goose season dates -

Open Season: First Phase: Nov. 22–30, 2008.

Second Phase: Dec. 1, 2008–Jan. 30, 2009.

Florida Canadian Geese Bag/Possesion Limits -

Bag Limit: The daily bag limit/possession limit is 5/10 Canada geese; Taking or attempting to take brant or geese is prohibited.

Light geese – (snow, including blue, and Ross) - Daily limit 15; there is no possession limit.

Florida Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days:

Saturday, Jan. 31 and Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009. Children under the age of 16, supervised by an adult 18 years of age or older, may hunt waterfowl, coots and common moorhens. The daily bag and possession limits for waterfowl, light and Canada geese are the same as during the regular season. The daily bag/possession limit for scaup during Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days is 2/4. Only children under 16 may hunt. Adult supervisors are prohibited from hunting while accompanying youths during the Florida Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days.

Florida Waterfowl defined -

Migratory game bird hunting Migratory game birds are all wild species of ducks, geese, brant, coots, gallinules, rails, snipe, woodcock, and mourning and white-winged doves. There is no open season in Florida on brant, purple gallinule or harlequin duck. Other migratory game birds only may be taken during seasons specified in this digest or the brochure Migratory Bird Regulations For Dove, Snipe, Woodcock, Rail, Moorhen, Crow and Early Waterfowl Seasons.

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