Pennsylvania Waterfowl



"For us in the minority, the opportunity to see geese is more important than television. . ."

Aldo Leopold , Sand County Almanac, 1949


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


Waterfowl Hunting

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 Conservation
Pennsylvania Waterfowl Population Monitoring Reports
Pennsylvania Waterfowl Banding Reports
USFWS Waterfowl Status Reports

Related Links










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