MDNR Report

Michigan waterfowl hunters are asked to weigh in on preferences for potential changes to the current waterfowl hunting zones by filling out an online survey.

The online survey will be available until Nov. 8. It is available to anyone that bought a Michigan waterfowl hunting license within the last five years. You may take the survey only once.

Every five years, states may make changes to their duck hunting zones; however, any changes must be maintained for the next five years.

Michigan waterfowl reserved hunt applications are available now through Wednesday, Aug. 28. Applications are $5, and hunters may only apply once.

Reserved hunts will be held both mornings and afternoons of the opening weekend (Oct. 12 and 13) of waterfowl hunting season at Fish Point State Wildlife Area, the Harsens Island Unit of the St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area and Shiawassee River State Game Area.

Drawing results will be posted Sept. 16.

For more information about waterfowl hunting and the reserved waterfowl hunts, visit

Indiana has announced its migratory bird hunting seasons for this fall, including waterfowl.

In the northern zone, duck season runs from Oct. 19-Dec. 8 and again Dec. 21-29. Goose season in the north runs Sept. 14-22, Oct. 19-Nov. 3 and Nov. 23-Feb. 9. The early teal season runs Sept. 14-Nov. 9.

Dove season runs Sept. 1-Oct. 20, Nov. 1-17 and Dec. 14-Jan. 5. Other seasons include woodcock, Oct. 15-Nov. 28; snipe, Sept. 1-Dec. 16; Sora Rail Sept. 1-Nov. 9.