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Waterfowl Season Opens

The waterfowl season opens Saturday, October 4, in northern and eastern Idaho; it opens October 11 in southwestern Idaho and the Magic Valley.

A shortened scaup season opens October 25 in the northern and eastern parts of the state, and November 1 in the southwest. There is no season on canvasbacks.

All hunters must have a valid hunting license and a federal migratory game bird harvest information program validation, and hunters 16 years old or older must have a federal migratory bird stamp. Nontoxic shot is required to hunt waterfowl.

The 107-day season dates for duck, geese, coots and snipe are:

  • October 4 to January 16, 2009 - Area 1, northern and eastern Idaho.
  • October 11 to January 23, 2009 - Area 2, southwestern Idaho and Magic Valley.

Bag limits are unchanged from last year.

Daily limits are:

Ducks: 7 of any kind, including not more than:

  • 1 pintail.
  • 2 redheads.
  • 2 female mallards.
  • 2 scaup, total lesser and greater.

Geese: 4 of any kind, Canada, white-fronted, Ross' or snow goose, except in Fremont and Teton counties, which are closed to Ross' and snow geese.

Coots: 25.

Common snipe: 8.

Possession after first day of season:

Ducks: 14 of any kind, including not more than:

  • 2 pintails.
  • 4 redheads.
  • 4 female mallards.
  • 4 scaup, total lesser and greater.

Geese: 8 of any kind, except in Fremont and Teton counties, which are closed to Ross' and Snow geese.

Coots: 25.

Common snipe: 16.

Please consult Idaho waterfowl hunting rules for 2008 for details. The rules brochures are available at Idaho Fish and Game offices and hunting license vendors across the state. And they are available at the Fish and Game Website: http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/cms/hunt/rules/wf/.