By Louie Stout

Goose Season Prospects Look Good; Ducks are Down

Michiana waterfowlers can expect to enjoy some pretty good goose hunting this fall while duck numbers may be a little down from last year.

The early goose season opened Sept. 1 in Michigan and Saturday in Indiana. Michigan’s southern zone early goose season runs until Sept. 30 while Indiana’s lasts until Sept. 16.

Both states will also enjoy an early teal season. Indiana’s teal season runs Sept. 8-23 while Michigan’s runs Sept. 1-16. The bag limit on teal is six birds in both states.

Indiana and Michigan also offers a youth season. Michigan’s will run Sept. 15-16 while Indiana’s is Oct. 13-14. Accompany adults may not hunt. Check respective hunting guides for more details.

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Hunters can now apply online for an Indiana reserved waterfowl hunt by visiting www.hunting.IN.gov and clicking on the "Reserved Hunt Info" link.

The online method is the only way to apply.


Michigan's reserved waterfowl hunt applications available through Aug. 28.

To apply for reserved hunts on certain managed waterfowl areas, visit a license agent or www.michigan.gov/waterfowl.

Applications are $5, and hunters may only apply once. Drawing results will be posted Sept. 17.

Reserved hunts will be held both mornings and afternoons of the opening weekend (Oct. 13 and 14) of waterfowl hunting season at Fish Point State Wildlife Area, Harsens Island and Shiawassee River State Game Area.

The maximum party size is four hunters. For morning hunts and the second-day hunts, successful applicants must have appropriate licenses and stamps and be accompanied by one to three other appropriately licensed hunters. Youth have a special opportunity because the opening-day afternoon hunts are for those 16 and younger. Successful applicants for the opening-day afternoon hunts can have up to two adults who are 18 years of age or older with appropriate licenses.

For more information about waterfowl hunting, visit www.michigan.gov/waterfowl.