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Stephen S. McDaniel, Director

News Release: August 15, 2017

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Mike Peters, Wildlife Resources Section 304-825-6787 Michael.L.Peters@wv.gov

West Virginia Waterfowl Seasons Set for 2017-18

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s waterfowl seasons are set for 2017-2018. These seasons are set within the guidelines established annually by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“The big news this year is that, after almost 30 years, the bag limit for black ducks has been increased to two,” said Mike Peters, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR) game bird biologist.

Federal regulations require all licensed migratory bird hunters, including lifetime and senior citizens, to register with the Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) and carry proof of registration while hunting. HIP cards are free and available at all hunting license agents and online at www.wvhunt.com.

In addition, all waterfowl hunters 16 years and older must possess a federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp or “Duck Stamp.” Duck Stamps can be purchased from local U.S. post offices or with a credit card by calling 1-800-782-6724. Hunters are reminded to report harvested banded birds online at www.reportband.gov.

More information on West Virginia’s migratory game bird seasons can be found in the 2017-2018 West Virginia Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations which are available on the DNR website www.wvdnr.gov. Printed copies will be available from DNR offices and license agents in late August.



Bag Limit

Possession Limit

Youth Waterfowl

Sept. 16

6 (a)

6 (a)

Nov. 4


Oct. 2 - Oct. 14

6 (b) (d)

18 (b) (d)

Nov. 6 – Nov. 11

Dec. 18 – Jan. 27


Same as duck




Same as duck

5 (c) (d)

15 (c) (d)

Early Canada Goose

Sept. 1 – Sept. 9



Canada Goose & White-fronted Goose

Oct. 2 – Oct. 21

5 (d)

15 (d)

Nov. 6 – Nov. 11

Dec. 5 – Jan.27

Snow & Blue Goose

Oct. 2 – Oct. 14

5 (d)

15 (d)

Nov. 6 – Nov. 11

Dec. 5 – Jan. 27


Nov. 29 – Jan. 27



(a)       The bag limit for the youth days is the same as the daily limit of the regular duck and goose seasons.

(b)       The daily bag limit of six (6) can include only one (1) pintail, four (4) long-tailed ducks, two (2) scaup, two (2) black ducks, three (3) wood ducks, two (2) redheads, four (4) scoters, two (2) canvasback and four (4) mallards of which only two (2) may be hens. The duck possession limit can include only three times the daily bag limit.

(c)        The daily merganser bag limit can include only two (2) hooded mergansers, with a possession limit of six (6).

(d)       in aggregate


Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia's waterfowl hunting seasons, including those for duck, have been set for 2017-–2018
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. West Virginia's waterfowl hunting seasons, including those for duck, have been set for 2017-–2018.