Pennsylvania Waterfowl

Avian Influenza
Avian Influenza Disease Profile
USDA Guidance for Hunters (.pdf)

General safety guidelines for hunters and handling wildlife.

  • Do not handle or eat sick game
  • Field dress and prepare game outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
  • Wear rubber or disposable latex gloves while handling and cleaning game
  • When done handling game, wash hands thoroughly with soap or disinfectant and clean knives, equipment, and surfaces that came in contact with game
  • Do not eat, drink, or smoke while handling animals
  • All game should be thoroughly cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F
  • For the hunting dog, these strains have not been shown to infect dogs; however, things can obviously change with influenza viruses at any time.

Waterfowl Hunting Regulations
Migratory bird hunting seasons and bag limits must conform to frameworks set by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. States select their hunting seasons within these established frameworks. Based on public comments, Game Commission staff will prepare and present recommended waterfowl and migratory bird seasons, bag limits and related criteria to the USFWS for final approval. Final selections are typically made by mid-August. Shortly thereafter, the agency will post the annual brochure outlining the seasons and bag limits for waterfowl and migratory bird seasons.

2015-16 Waterfowl Brochure
Federal Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Synopsis
Migratory Bird Hunting Hours

Waterfowl Hunting
STOP Aquatic Hitchhikers - Tips on cleaning your gear
Search for Duck Band Data
Snow Goose Conservation Hunt
Controlled Goose Hunting Area Application
Fillable Controlled Goose Hunting Area Application - pdf
Federal Non Toxic Shot Regulations for Hunting Waterfowl and Coots
Federal Duck Stamp Information
Harvest Information Program (HIP)
DU Waterfowl ID Gallery
Black Duck Adaptive Management Strategy Hunter Fact Sheet
Migratory bird hunting activity and harvest during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 hunting seasons
2011 Pennsylvania Waterfowl Hunter Attitudes Survey
2011 Pennsylvania Waterfowl Hunter Survey Report
2010 Pennsylvania Waterfowl Data Document
Waterfowler's Code of Conduct
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November 1 to April 30 all boaters (including waterfowl hunters) must wear a life jacket on boats less than 16 feet in length or any canoe or kayak during these cold-weather months. Cold-water shock is a major factor in boating fatalities. People wearing a life jacket when exposed to cold water gain life-saving advantages of insulation from the cold, buoyancy and reduced risk of aspiration of water. Visit the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission's website for more information on the mandatory cold-weather life jacket requirement and life jacket safety.

Wetlands and Waterfowl
Waterfowl Use of Wetland Complexes
USFWS National Wetlands Inventory
Canada Geese
Puddle Ducks
Diving Ducks
Tundra Swans

Waterfowl Conservation
Pennsylvania Waterfowl Population Monitoring Reports: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
Pennsylvania Waterfowl Banding Reports: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010
USFWS Waterfowl Status Reports: 2014, 2013, 2012
Trends in Duck Breeding Populations, 1955-2014
Waterfowl Management in North America
Black Duck Joint Venture
Black Duck Management Strategy in North America
Atlantic Flyway Council
Atlantic Flyway Waterfowl Harvest & Population Survey Data
Atlantic Flyway Breeding Waterfowl Plot Survey
North American Waterfowl Management Plan
Atlantic Coast Joint Venture
Hunting for a Greater Good
Estimates from the 2014 Waterfowl Breeding Population & Habitat Survey

Related Links
USFWS Migratory Bird Program
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Ducks Unlimited
Ducks Unlimited Pennsylvania Homepage
Waterfowl USA
Delta Waterfowl
Susquehanna River Waterfowlers Association
Northwest Pennsylvania Duck Hunters' Association

Pennsylvania Game Commission, 2001 Elmerton Ave, Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17110-9797