Wildlife Commission Sets 2019-2020 Migratory Game Bird Seasons

RALEIGH, N.C. — At its business meeting yesterday, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission set season dates, bag limits and applicable regulations for the 2019-20 waterfowl, webless migratory game bird (including doves) and extended falconry seasons.

Selected seasons will also be published in the 2019-20 Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest.

While many seasons remain unchanged, some notable changes are:

The extension of the general duck hunting season to Jan. 31, 2020. Before 2019, federal frameworks required states to end the season no later than the last Sunday in January.
The reduction of the mallard daily bag limit from four mallards to two mallards, with no more than one hen mallard. This change is in response to a long-term decline in Atlantic Flyway mallards.
The reduction of the brant season from 60 days to 30 days. This change is in response to several years of poor reproduction.

Two duck hunting days for veterans and active members of the military will run concurrently with the youth-only waterfowl hunt days. These days, the result of the Natural Resources Management Act, allow up to two special duck hunting days for ducks, geese, brant, tundra swans, mergansers and coots.