Ducks and coots:
North Zone: Oct. 28 – Dec. 17, Dec. 26 – Jan. 3
Central Zone: Nov. 4 – Nov. 12, Nov. 24 – Jan. 13
South Zone: Nov. 11 – 12, Dec. 2 – Jan. 28
North Zone: Oct. 28 – Nov. 5, Nov. 18 – Feb. 11
Central Zone: Nov. 4 – 18, Nov. 24 – Feb. 11
South Zone: Nov. 11 – Feb. 11
Ducks and coots:
North Zone: Sept. 30-Nov. 26 and Dec. 2-3
Middle Zone Oct. 7-Dec. 3 and Dec. 16-17
South Zone: Oct. 14-Dec. 10 and Dec. 30-31
North Zone: Sept. 1-Dec. 16
Middle Zone: Sept. 1-30 and Oct. 7-Dec. 22
South Zone: Sept. 1-30, Oct. 14-Dec. 10, Dec. 30-Jan. 7 and Feb. 3-12 (excluding some GMUs)
Always check your state hunting guide for specific bag limits and regulations!
Michigan’s reserved waterfowl hunts may be a few months away, but hunters can apply now through Aug. 28 to get in the hunt. Applications are $5, and hunters may apply only once. Apply online or anywhere DNR licenses are sold.
Drawing results will be available Sept. 11.
Reserved hunts will be held mornings and afternoons of the Middle Zone waterfowl season's Oct. 7-8 opening weekend and the following weekend (Oct. 14-15) at Fish Point State Wildlife Area in Tuscola County and Nayanquing Point State Wildlife Area in Bay County.
In the South Zone, reserved hunts will be held mornings and afternoons of the Oct. 14-15 opening weekend at the Harsens Island Unit of the St. Clair Flats State Wildlife Area, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area and Shiawassee River State Game Area. Reserved hunts also will be held mornings and afternoons of the following weekend (Oct. 21-22) at Harsens Island and Shiawassee River.
Questions about applying or hunting waterfowl? Contact the DNR Wildlife Division at 51-284-WILD (9453).
Avian influenza has been confirmed in snow geese and other water birds from western Gibson County in southern Indiana. Diagnostic testing on carcasses collected there was done at the National Veterinary Services Lab.
More than 100,000 snow geese are currently present in western Gibson County. Approximately 700 geese, primarily snow geese, have recently been found dead. Indiana is one of multiple states in which the current strain of avian influenza has been confirmed this fall.
Indiana DNR, in partnership with federal and private partners, has increased surveillance of birds throughout the state to monitor for other potential outbreaks.
Birds infected with avian influenza may display unusual behaviors such as erratic swim patterns, tremors, a twisted neck, and/or a general lack of coordination. Sick birds may also have nasal discharge, a cough, sneezing, and/or diarrhea; however, some infected birds will not appear sick.
Indiana, along with many other states, was affected by an outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza earlier this year.
Avian influenza declined through the summer months; however, some states have had a recent increase in wild bird deaths associated with the disease. DNR advises hunters to be aware of a potential resurgence of avian influenza as the waterfowl hunting seasons progress.
Indiana DNR partnered with the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services to test hunter-harvested waterfowl for highly pathogenic avian influenza during early teal season at multiple DNR Fish & Wildlife areas, including Goose Pond, LaSalle, and Jasper-Pulaski.
Symptoms of avian influenza can differ depending on the individual animal, and some animals that have the virus do not display any symptoms.
Waterfowl season is here and the Michigan DNR has outlined details you need to know.
Licenses: You can buy your licenses and federal duck stamp online at eLicense or anywhere DNR licenses are sold.
Brush up on all the regulations in the 2022 Waterfowl Digest, available online only this year. Download the DNR digests right to your phone and have them whenever you need them. Find current digests and downloading instructions at Michigan.gov/DNRDigests.