Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Illinois Waterfowl Hunting Dates for 2018 - 2019 Released

A little over a month ago waterfowl hunters from across the state came together for the 2018 - 2019 waterfowl blind allocations.  Below you'll see the respected zone and their dates for the 2018 -2019 Illinois Waterfowl Season.  Again a 60 day duck season, 100 day Canada goose season and a liberal teal season are all evidence of great conservation by you the hunter and supporter of wetlands. 

IDNR Announces 2018-19 Waterfowl Hunting Season Dates

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today announced waterfowl season dates and bag limits for the 2018-19 seasons. The seasons include 60-day duck seasons in each of the state’s four waterfowl hunting zones, along with 107 days of Canada goose hunting opportunity in the North and Central zones (15 days in September, two days of youth hunting and 90 days of “regular” goose season), 100 days of Canada goose hunting opportunity in the South Central Zone, and 88 days of Canada goose hunting opportunity in the South Zone. Goose season lengths are shorter in the South Central and South zones to coincide with duck season dates and to match hunter preferences.

The 2018-19 Illinois season dates are the third year of a five-year plan that was developed in 2015. This year, Illinois will open the regular duck, Canada goose, and snow goose seasons on Oct. 20 in the North Zone, Oct. 27 in the Central Zone, Nov. 10 in the South Central Zone, and Nov. 22 in the South Zone. White-fronted goose (specklebelly) seasons will open Oct. 22 in the North Zone, Nov. 5 in the Central Zone, and with duck season in the South Central (Nov. 10) and South zones (Nov. 22).

The daily duck bag limit is six (6) and may include no more than four (4) mallards (two hens), three (3) wood ducks, three (3) scaup, two (2) redheads, two (2) black ducks, two (2) canvasback, two (2) pintail, and one (1) mottled duck. The daily bag limit of mergansers is five (5), only two of which may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit for ducks and mergansers is three times the daily bag limit by species and sex.

Canada and white-fronted goose daily bag limits will be two (2) with a possession limit of six (6). The snow goose daily bag limit is 20 birds, with no possession limit, during the fall and winter season. The spring Conservation Order Light Goose season will open Jan. 18 in the North Zone and Feb. 1 in the Central, South Central, and South zones, ending March 31 in all zones. There is no daily bag or possession limit on snow, blue, and Ross’ geese during this season.

The September 2018 Early Canada Goose Season is Sept. 1-15, with a daily limit of five (5) and a possession limit of 15 geese in the North and Central zones, and a daily limit of two (2) and a possession limit of six (6) geese in the South Central and South zones.

Illinois’ 16-day 2018 statewide teal hunting season is Sept. 8-23 with a daily limit of six (6) and a possession limit of eighteen (18). Shooting hours for the September teal season are different from the regular season, starting at sunrise (a half-hour later than regular season) until sunset.
Illinois Waterfowl Season Dates for 2018-19
  • September Canada Goose: 
    • Statewide Sept. 1-15
  • September Teal: 
    • Statewide Sept. 8-23
North Zone 2018–19 
  • Youth Season - 
    • Oct. 13 – 14
  • Duck Season - 
    • Oct. 20 – Dec. 18 
  • Canada Goose- 
    • Oct. 20 – Jan. 17
Central Zone 2018–19 
  • Youth Season 
    • Oct. 20 – 21 
  • Duck Season 
    • Oct. 27 – Dec. 25 
  • Canada Goose 
    • Oct. 27 – Nov. 4 and Nov. 12 – Jan. 31
South Central Zone 2018–19 
  • Youth Season
    • Nov. 3 – 4 
  • Duck Season
    • Nov. 10 – Jan. 8 
  • Canada Goose
    • Nov. 10 – Jan. 31
South Zone 2018–19 
  • Youth Season
    • Nov. 10 – 11 
  • Duck Season 
    • Nov. 22 – Jan. 20 
  • Canada Goose
    • Nov. 22 – Jan. 31
Illinois 2018-19 Snow Goose and White-Fronted Goose Season Dates

North Zone
  • Snow Geese
    • Regular Season: Oct. 20 – Jan. 17 
  • White-fronted Geese: 
    • Oct. 22 – Jan. 17
Central Zone
  • Snow Geese
    • Regular Season: Oct. 27 – Jan. 31 
  • White-fronted Geese: 
    • Nov. 5 – Jan. 31
South Central Zone
  • Snow Geese
    • Regular Season: Nov. 10 – Jan. 31
  • White-fronted Geese: 
    • Nov. 10 – Jan. 31
South Zone
  • Snow Geese
    • Regular Season: Nov. 22 – Jan. 31
  • White-fronted Geese: 
    • Nov. 22 – Jan. 31

The Illinois waterfowl hunting zone maps and anticipated seasons dates for the 2016–2020 seasons are available on the IDNR website at: https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Documents/WaterfowlZonesDatesFinal20162020.pdf

The application period for Public Duck and Goose Hunting Area Permits will be open Aug. 16–31 for the first lottery, Sept. 1–14 for the second lottery, and Sept. 15–28 for the third lottery. Permits remaining after the third lottery will be available on a first-come, first-served basis online starting Oct. 1. More information, including online applications, instructions and a list of participating sites is available on the IDNR website at:
https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/waterfowl/Pages/OnlinePermitApplication.aspx

Additional details on the duck, goose, and other migratory bird hunting seasons will be available on the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov and in the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations 2018-2019, available on the IDNR website at https://www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/Documents/HuntTrapDigest.pdf




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