Idaho Duck Season Dates and Regulations

Idaho Duck Season Dates and Regulations

Statewide Duck, Merganser, Wilson’s Snipe, and American Coot Hunting

Season Dates, Bag Limits, and Area Descriptions

Daily Bag Limits for Statewide Waterfowl Hunting

  • The specific daily bag limit for ducks (including mergansers), Wilson's snipe, and American coot is established according to the current year's regulations. Hunters should check the latest legal provisions for species-specific bag limits.

Possession Limits

  • Hunters are permitted to have in their possession several ducks (including mergansers), Wilson's snipe, and American coots which is equal to three times the daily bag limit.

Hunt Area Descriptions

  • Statewide hunting areas for these species include various water bodies, marshlands, and other wetland habitats suitable for waterfowl. The specific boundaries and descriptions are provided in the most current hunting regulations.

Hunters must adhere to the detailed regulations regarding the species-specific and aggregate bag limits for mixed species hunts. The limits are based upon the most recent conservation measures and may vary by species, sex, or distinct waterfowl populations. For comprehensive information on the hunting season dates, area descriptions, and updated bag and possession limits, please consult the Idaho Fish and Game regulations, visit their website, or reach out to regional offices directly.

Duck Hunting in Idaho Area 1

Season Information for 2022-2023

General Waterfowl Season Dates

  • Area 1: October 19, 2022 – January 31, 2023

Scaup Specific Season Dates

  • Scaup in Area 1: November 7, 2022 – January 31, 2023

Area Description

  • Area 1: Encompasses all parts of the state of Idaho not included in Area 2. Refer to the provided map in the regulations or the Idaho Fish and Game website to see the blue area designated as Area 1.

Hunters looking to pursue duck species including scaup in Area 1 must adhere to the specified season dates. It's important to verify the exact boundaries of the area using the authoritative map and adhere to all hunting regulations, daily bag limits, and possession limits issued by Idaho Fish and Game. For updated information or clarification on hunting zones and regulations, contacting local Fish and Game offices is recommended.

Duck Hunting in Idaho Area 2

Season Information for 2022-2023

General Waterfowl Season Dates

  • Area 2: October 1, 2022 – January 13, 2023

Scaup Specific Season Dates

  • Scaup in Area 2: October 1, 2022 – December 25, 2022

Area Description

  • Area 2: Comprises all lands and waters within the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, inclusive of private in-holdings, as well as specific counties:
    • Bannock
    • Bear Lake
    • Bingham
    • Bonneville
    • Butte
    • Caribou
    • Clark
    • Fremont
    • Jefferson
    • Madison
    • Power County (portion east of State Highway 37 and State Highway 39)
    • Teton
    • Valley

Refer to the official map provided for visual guidance on Area 2, depicted in orange, to understand the hunting boundaries.

For Duck Hunters in Area 2

Hunters must respect the specific season dates for general waterfowl and scaup hunting within Area 2. Detailed authoritative maps and regulations should be used to identify the hunting zones accurately. Before engaging in any duck hunting activity, individuals should verify current regulations and possession limits and seek additional information from Idaho Fish and Game if required.

Duck Hunting in Idaho Area 3

Season Information for 2022-2023

General Waterfowl Season Dates for Area 3

  • Dates: October 1, 2022 – January 13, 2023

Scaup Specific Season Dates for Area 3

  • Dates: October 20, 2022 – January 13, 2023

Description of Area 3

  • Counties Included in Area 3:
    • Benewah
    • Bonner
    • Boundary
    • Kootenai
    • Shoshone
  • The delineation of Area 3 is shown in the color green on the official waterfowl hunting area map provided by Idaho Fish and Game.

Guideline for Duck Hunters in Area 3

Before hunting in Area 3, be sure to confirm the precise geographical boundaries as indicated on the designated map and adhere to the established season dates for both general duck hunting and the specific scaup season. To stay informed about any updates or changes in regulations, hunters should always check the most current information from Idaho Fish and Game to confirm they possess the necessary licenses and adhere to daily bag and possession limits.

Duck Bag Limits in Idaho (Including Mergansers)

Daily Bag Limit and Species-Specific Restrictions

Hunters in Idaho must adhere to the specified daily bag limits for duck hunting, which also applies to mergansers. Here are the details:

Overall Daily Bag Limit

  • The daily bag limit is seven ducks of any kind.

Species-Specific Limits Within Daily Bag

  • No more than 2 female mallards may be included.
  • No more than 2 redheads may be included.
  • No more than 1 pintail may be included.
  • No more than 2 canvasbacks may be included.
  • No more than 2 scaup may be included in the daily bag limit.

Hunters should also note the possession limit is three times the daily bag limit. This means while the total daily limit is seven ducks, a hunter cannot possess more than 21 ducks at any time, with adherence to species-specific restrictions within the totals.

Hunters must stay within these specific limits for each kind of duck to comply with conservation measures and state regulations. For complete and updated hunting regulations and bag limits, always refer to the current guidelines published by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game before your hunt.

Bag Limits: Wilson’s Snipe and Coots

Wilson’s Snipe Bag Limit

Maximum Harvest: 8 Wilson’s Snipe per day

Coots Bag Limit

Daily Allowance: Harvest up to 25 Coots per day

Understanding Bag Limits for Wilson’s Snipe and Coots

When engaging in hunting activities, it's crucial to adhere to the specified bag limits for different bird species. The regulations governing the harvest of Wilson’s Snipe and Coots are explicit, with each species having its designated daily bag limit.

Wilson’s Snipe Bag Limit Details

For Wilson’s Snipe, hunters are permitted a maximum daily harvest of 8 individuals. It is imperative to exercise strict compliance with this limit to ensure sustainable hunting practices and the preservation of the Wilson’s Snipe population.

Coots Bag Limit Specifications

When targeting Coots, hunters are allowed to harvest up to 25 individuals per day. This bag limit is designed to strike a balance between the enjoyment of hunting activities and the conservation of Coots.

Adhering to bag limits is not only a legal requirement but also a responsible approach to wildlife management. Respect for these limits contributes to the overall health and sustainability of the bird populations, ensuring future opportunities for hunting enthusiasts.

Stay informed about bag limits and other hunting regulations to make your hunting experience not only enjoyable but also environmentally conscious.

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