2018-19 waterfowl, snipe hunting regulations available online
Posted September 13, 2018
PHOENIX – The Arizona Game and Fish Department has posted the 2018-2019 Arizona Waterfowl and Snipe Regulations online at https://www.azgfd.com/Hunting/Regulations/.
The general waterfowl season in the “Mountain Zone” (Game Management Units 1-5, 7, 9, 11M, 12A, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Coconino County) begins Oct. 5, 2018, and runs through Jan. 13, 2019.
The general waterfowl season in the “Desert Zone” (Game Management Units 10 and 12B through 46B, and those portions of Units 6 and 8 within Yavapai County) begins Oct. 19, 2018, and runs through Jan. 27, 2019.
The following (excluding scaup) are legal wildlife in both Mountain and Desert zones: ducks, including mergansers, coots and common moorhens (gallinules); white geese (snow, blue and Ross’); and dark geese (Canada and white-fronted).
Scaup can be harvested in the Mountain Zone from Oct. 20, 2018 through Jan. 13, 2019, and in the Desert Zone from Nov. 3, 2018 through Jan. 27, 2019.
All waterfowl hunters 18 and older must possess a valid Arizona hunting license and state migratory bird stamp, as well as a federal migratory bird stamp. All waterfowl hunters 16 and older also must possess a federal migratory bird stamp.
Need a license? Then consider buying more than just an individual hunting license. Go online and purchase a combination hunt and fish license that will be valid for the next 365 days – and for only $20 more (for state residents) than the price of an individual hunting or fishing license. Visit https://www.azgfd.com/bestofbothworlds/ to get a combination hunt and fish license today. As a reminder, a youth combination hunt and fish license (ages 10 to 17) remains $5 and includes the privileges associated with the state migratory bird stamp.
The printed version of the regulations are expected to be available at all department offices and more than 200 license dealers statewide later this month. Those who participate in the falconry-only waterfowl season should note the possession limit was omitted from the printed version. It reads: “Nine (9) in the aggregate of all migratory game birds in season (Commission Orders 19 through 22) after opening day, of which no more than three (3) may be taken in any one day.”
For more information about waterfowl hunting, visit https://www.azgfd.com/hunting/species/waterfowl/