Wisconsin migratory bird hunting framework, regs set

Ducks New Delta
(Delta Waterfowl)

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin DNR recently announced that the Wisconsin Natural Resources Board (NRB) voted unanimously during the April board meeting to approve the 2022 migratory bird season framework and regulations.

Thanks to input from hunters and new scientific research, changes are coming to the 2022 migratory bird hunting season. Highlights from the approved season structure include:

Update the definition of the Open Water Duck Zone boundary. The updated definition incorporates adjacent rooted vegetation, floating cattail mats and Long Tail and Little Tail points as part of the mainland shore.

Simplified the regulations for the open water restrictions on approved inland open water hunting lakes by decreasing the distance from shore to 500 feet.

The North and Open Water Zone scaup season will be structured as 2 scaup for the first 45 days of the season and 1 scaup for the final 15 days of the season. The South Zone scaup season will remain 1 scaup for the first 15 days and 2 scaup for the final 45 days.

“The 2022 season frameworks are based on the most current scientific data, as well as on input from the public, conservation and hunting groups and results from a waterfowl hunter survey,” said Taylor Finger, DNR migratory bird ecologist. “We used all the tools in our toolbox to collect public input. We used virtual meetings and expanded online outreach to ensure engagement with our customers. In total, we received more than 1,400 comments regarding the 2022 waterfowl season proposals.”

Early Season Dates
Early Species Season Open Close Limit
Early Teal Sept. 1 Sept. 9 6 teal/day
Early Goose Sept. 1 Sept. 15 5 Canada geese/day;
20 light geese/day
Mourning Dove Sept. 1 Nov. 29 15 dove/day
Woodcock Sept. 24 Nov. 7 3 birds/day


Duck Season Dates And Bag Limits. Opening Day Shooting Hours Will Begin
One-Half Hour Before Sunrise For All Regular Waterfowl Hunting Seasons.
Duck Season First Open First Close Second Open Second Close
Youth Hunt Sept. 17 Sept. 18    
North Zone Sept. 24 Nov. 22    
South Zone Oct. 1 Oct. 9 Oct. 15 Dec. 4
Open Water Zone Oct. 15 Dec. 13    


Duck Bag Limits
Species Total daily bag limit is 6 ducks of any species,
including no more than the following
Mallard 4 mallards, of which only 2 may be hens
Black Duck 2
Canvasback 2
Wood Duck 3
Pintail 1
Redhead 2
Merganser 5 mergansers, of which only 2 may be hooded mergansers


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