2019-2020 Duck Hunting Season Dates Announced

Choosing duck season dates in each zone is a challenging task. Duck hunters have strong preferences depending on which species they hunt or the type of habitats where they have access to hunt. DEC and Cornell University, with input from the waterfowl hunter task forces, recently completed a two-year effort to identify the duck season dates that best meet the interests and values of duck hunters. The process directly incorporated input from nearly 3,000 of the 18,000 duck hunters in New York State and duck abundance and migration data that is specific to each zone.

Below is the season date structure in each zone for the next five duck seasons (2019-2020 through 2023-2024), barring any changes to the number of days allowed by the federal framework (i.e. if the season length is shortened). For detailed information on how these season date structures were identified, please click on the links below for your specific zone.
2019-2024 Duck Season Structures:

  • Western Zone – Beginning the 3rd Saturday in October, running 23 days, ending on a Sunday and a second split beginning on the last Saturday in November, running 37 days, and ending on a Sunday (e.g. Oct 19, 2019 – Nov 10, 2019 and Nov 30, 2019 – Jan 5, 2020).
  • Northeastern Zone – Beginning on the 1st Saturday in October, running for 23 days, ending on a Sunday, and a second split beginning the 1st Saturday following the closure of the 1st split, running 37 days, and ending on a Sunday (e.g. Oct 5, 2019 – Oct 27, 2019 and Nov 2, 2019 – Dec 8, 2019).
  • Southeastern Zone – Beginning the 3rd Saturday in October, running for 44 days, ending on a Sunday, and a second split beginning the 1st Saturday following the closure of the 1st split, running 16 days, and ending on a Sunday (e.g. Oct 19, 2019 – Dec 1, 2019 and Dec 7, 2019 – Dec 22, 2019).
  • Long Island Zone – Beginning on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving, running for nine days, ending on a Sunday, and a second split running for 51 days, opening on a Saturday, and ending on the last Sunday in January (e.g. Nov 23, 2019 – Dec 1, 2019 and Dec 7, 2019 – Jan 26, 2020).

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