North 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

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

Pintail 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.
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:
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.
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

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

Mallard 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.
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:
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.
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

Black 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.
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:
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.
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

Canvasback 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.
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:
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.
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

Hooded 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

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

Wood 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.
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:
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.
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

Waterfowl hunting

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee Counties

Dates:
All year
Special:
North Zone includes: Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga, Gogebic, Iron, Marquette, Alger, Luce, Chippewa, Dickinson, Delta, Schoolcraft, Mackinac, and Menominee 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.