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Virginia - 2015-16 Season

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Season / ZoneDatesNotes
Ducks, Coots & Mergansers
Oct 9 - Oct 12 (Black duck closed)
Nov 18 - Nov 29
Dec 19 - Jan 31
Sea Ducks
Special Sea Duck Zone
Oct 17 - Jan 31Special Sea Duck Zone: Those waters at a distance greater than 800 yards from any shore, island, or emergent vegetation in the following areas: the ocean waters of Virginia, the tidal waters of Northampton and Accomack counties, and the Chesapeake Bay and each of its tributaries up to the first highway bridge. Back Bay and its tributaries are not included in the special sea duck hunting area.
Outside of this zone, sea ducks count toward regular duck bag and possession limits.
Atlantic BrantJan 2 - Jan 31
Light GeeseOct 17 - Jan 31Statewide
Light Goose Conservation OrderFeb 1 - Apr 15Open in the same area as the Atlantic Population (AP) Canada Goose zone. Electronic calls and unplugged shotguns are permitted.
Tundra SwanNov 18 - Jan 31Open in all counties and portions of counties lying east of I-95 and south of the Prince William/Stafford County line in Chopawamsic Creek at Quantico Marine Corps Base.
Canada Goose
Atlantic Population (AP)
Nov 24 - Nov 29
Dec 19 - Jan 31
The area east of the Stafford/King George County line from the Potomac River south to the Rappahannock River, then west along the Stafford County line to I-95, then south along I-95 to Route 460 in Petersburg, then southeast along Route 460 to Route 32 in the City of Suffolk, then south along Route 32 to the NC border.
Canada Goose
S. James Bay Population (SJBP)
Nov 18 - Nov 29
Dec 19 - Jan 24
Jan 15 - Feb 15
The area to the west of the AP Hunt Zone boundary and east of the following line: the “Blue Ridge” (Loudoun County-Clarke County line) at the WV-VA border, south to I-64 (the Blue Ridge line follows county borders along the western edge of Loudoun-Fauquier-Rappahannock-Madison Green-Albemarle and into Nelson counties), then east along I-64 to Route 15, then south along Route 15 to the NC line
Canada Goose
Resident Population (RP)
Nov 18 - Nov 29
Dec 19 - Feb 24
The portion of the state west of the SJBP Hunt Zone.
Youth DaysOct 24 & Feb 6Hunters ages 15 and under with a valid VA hunting license. Must be accompanied by an licensed non-hunting adult age 18 or older.

Additional Information

Bag LimitSpecies / SeasonDaily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Duck6, including no more than:
  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 4 scoters
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 redheads
  • 2 scaup
  • 2 pintails
  • 1 black duck
  • 2 canvasback
  • 1 mottled duck
  • 1 fulvous whistling duck
  • Zero harlequins
Sea DuckIn the special sea duck zone: 7, including no more than 4 scoters
Merganser5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Atlantic Brant1
Light Goose25, no possession limit
Light Goose Conservation OrderNo bag or possession limit
Canada Goose
AP Zone
Canada Goose
Before Jan 15: 3
Jan 15 onward: 5
Canada Goose
RP Zone
Tundra Swan1 per permit
Hunting TimesSeasonTimes
General1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Light Goose Conservation Order1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset
(Only when and where other seasons are closed)
Arms & AmmoTypeDetails
Shotgun10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
ShotMust be non-toxic, of size T or smaller