Middle Zone Region Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


Region Exceptions

Merganser

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Base Hunting License, Waterfowl License, and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers
Possession Limit:
3 times the daily limit
Special:
Daily Limit for Ducks and Mergansers The daily bag limit shall be 6 ducks of any species; however, no more than 4 shall be mallards (no more than 2 of which may be hens), no more than 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 black ducks. In addition to the duck limit, hunters may take 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is 3 times the daily limit for ducks and mergansers

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Base Hunting License, Waterfowl License, and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers
Possession Limit:
3 times the daily limit
Special:
Daily Limit for Ducks and Mergansers The daily bag limit shall be 6 ducks of any species; however, no more than 4 shall be mallards (no more than 2 of which may be hens), no more than 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 black ducks. In addition to the duck limit, hunters may take 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is 3 times the daily limit for ducks and mergansers

Dark goose

Dates:
Open
License:
Base Hunting License, Waterfowl License, and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, only 3 of which can be Canada geese and 1 of which can be a brant
Possession Limit:
3 times the daily limit
Special:
(Species) Dark Goose: Canada, Brant and White-Fronted Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant are now part of an aggregate daily bag limit. From September 1-30, the Dark goose aggregate daily bag limit for Canada geese, white-fronted geese, and brant is 5, which only 1 can be a brant. After September 30, the daily limit for dark geese is 5, only 3 of which can be Canada geese and 1 of which can be a brant

Coot

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Base Hunting License, Waterfowl License, and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
Bag Limit:
15
Possession Limit:
45

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Base Hunting License, Waterfowl License, and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
Bag Limit:
15
Possession Limit:
45

Light goose

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Base Hunting License, Waterfowl License, and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
Bag Limit:
20
Possession Limit:
60
Special:
(Species) Light Goose: Snow, Blue, and Ross’s

Duck

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Base Hunting License, Waterfowl License, and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
Bag Limit:
6 in aggregate, no more than 4 shall be mallards (no more than 2 of which may be hens), no more than 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 black ducks.
Special:
Daily Limit for Ducks and Mergansers The daily bag limit shall be 6 ducks of any species; however, no more than 4 shall be mallards (no more than 2 of which may be hens), no more than 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 black ducks. In addition to the duck limit, hunters may take 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is 3 times the daily limit for ducks and mergansers

Dates:
Open Season
License:
Base Hunting License, Waterfowl License, and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp
Bag Limit:
6 in aggregate, no more than 4 shall be mallards (no more than 2 of which may be hens), no more than 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 black ducks.
Special:
Daily Limit for Ducks and Mergansers The daily bag limit shall be 6 ducks of any species; however, no more than 4 shall be mallards (no more than 2 of which may be hens), no more than 3 wood ducks, 3 scaup, 2 redheads, 1 pintail, 2 canvasbacks, and 2 black ducks. In addition to the duck limit, hunters may take 5 mergansers, only 2 of which may be hooded mergansers. The possession limit is 3 times the daily limit for ducks and mergansers

Waterfowl hunting

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
Middle Zone includes: Emmet, Cheboygan, Presque Isle, Charlevoix, Antrim, Otsego, Montmorency, Alpena, Leelanau, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Crawford, Oscoda, Alcona, Manistee, Wexford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw, Iosco, Mason, Lake, Osceola, Clare, Gladwin, Arenac, Oceana, Mecosta, Midland, Newaygo, Bay, and Isabella Counties

Activities Available

Waterfowl Hunting

Methods Available

Decoys, Blinds, And Raised Platforms Prohibitions
Leg-Band Reporting
Tagging Requirements
Hunting Prohibited
Float Hunting
Shipping Requirements
Possession And Transportation Limits
Identification
Decoys Prohibited
Importation
Non-toxic Shot Required

State-wide Species Available

Black Duck
Blue-Winged Teal Duck
Blue Goose
Brant
Canada Goose
Canvasback Duck
Coot
Dark Goose
Duck
Green-winged Teal Duck
Hooded Merganser
Light Goose
Mallard Duck
Merganser
Moorhen
Pintail Duck
Redhead Duck
Ross's Goose
Scaup Duck
Snipe
Snow Goose
Sora Rail
Virginia Rail
White-fronted Goose
Wood Duck

General Regulations

Always check your state's official documentation. See our list of state regulations.