Special Sea Duck Zone Region Guide

Guide created on 2017-11-06


Region Exceptions

Merganser

Dates:
All year
Special:
The area defined as all New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Black scoter duck

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, but no more than 4 scoters in aggregate, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter; Long-tailed Duck and Eider only) Special Sea Duck Area: All New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Coot

Dates:
All year
Special:
The area defined as all New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Long-tailed scoter duck

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, but no more than 4 scoters in aggregate, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter; Long-tailed Duck and Eider only) Special Sea Duck Area: All New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

White-winged scoter duck

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, but no more than 4 scoters in aggregate, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter; Long-tailed Duck and Eider only) Special Sea Duck Area: All New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Eider duck

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, but no more than 4 scoters in aggregate, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter; Long-tailed Duck and Eider only) Special Sea Duck Area: All New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Canada goose

Dates:
All year
Special:
The area defined as all New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5 in aggregate including Cackling and White-fronted Goose
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Regular Season) — Singly or in aggregate to include Cackling and White-fronted Goose

Surf scoter duck

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, but no more than 4 scoters in aggregate, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter; Long-tailed Duck and Eider only) Special Sea Duck Area: All New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Duck

Dates:
All year
Special:
The area defined as all New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5, but no more than 4 scoters in aggregate, 4 long-tailed ducks or 4 eiders
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Black, Surf and White-winged Scoter; Long-tailed Duck and Eider only) Special Sea Duck Area: All New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Light goose

Dates:
All year
Special:
The area defined as all New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

White-fronted goose

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5 in aggregate including Canada and Cackling
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Regular Season) — Singly or in aggregate to include Cackling and White-fronted Goose

Brant

Dates:
All year
Special:
The area defined as all New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Cackling goose

Dates:
Open
License:
Hunting license, HIP Certification, NJ Stamp Certification, and Federal Stamp
Bag Limit:
5 in aggregate including Canada and White-fronted Goose
Possession Limit:
Three times the daily limit
Special:
(Regular Season) — Singly or in aggregate to include Cackling and White-fronted Goose

Waterfowl hunting

Dates:
All year
Special:
The area defined as all New Jersey coastal waters seaward from the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS) Demarcation Lines shown on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Nautical Charts and further described in 33 CFR 80 Districts 1 and 5.

Activities Available

Waterfowl Hunting
Game Bird Hunting

Methods Available

Illegal: Punt Gun
Illegal: Drug
Unlawful
Illegal: Net See Special
Illegal: Explosive
Illegal: Baiting
Permitted: Electronic Calls And Shotguns Capable Of Holding No More Than 7 Shells (magazine And Chamber)
Non-toxic Shot Required
Tagging Requirements
Prohibited
Illegal: Stupefying Substances
Illegal: Traps See Special
Illegal: Pistol See Special
Motor-vehicle Restrictions, Watercraft Restrictions See Special
Illegal: Live Decoys See Special
Specific Closures See Special
Illegal: Machine Gun
Illegal: Swivel Gun See Special
Illegal: Rifle See Special
Illegal: Fish Hook
Illegal: Battery Gun
Illegal: Poison
Illegal: Aid Of Recorded Or Electronically Amplified Calls Or Sounds Or Imitation Calls Or Sounds
Identification Requirements
Specific Weapons Restrictions, See Special
Migratory Bird Hunting Is Not Permitted On Sunday
Permanent Blinds May Not Be Constructed
Illegal: Shotgun Larger Than 10 Gauge
Location Restrictions, See Special
Illegal: Snares See Special

State-wide Species Available

Black Scoter Duck
Brant
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Clapper Rail
Coot
Crow
Duck
Eider Duck
Gallinule Rail
Goose
Harlequin Duck
King Rail
Light Goose
Long-tailed Scoter Duck
Merganser
Moorhen
Mourning Dove
Rail
Ross's Goose
Snipe
Snow Goose
Sora Rail
Surf Scoter Duck
Swan
Virginia Rail
White-fronted Goose
White-winged Scoter Duck
Woodcock

General Regulations

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