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Anticipated 2021-2022 Duck Season Dates

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Starting with the 2019-2020 duck season, DEC, with the assistance of Cornell University and the Waterfowl Hunter Task Forces, implemented a structured process for selecting duck season dates in the four main zones of the state. The process incorporated input from a greater number of duck hunters through a survey and recent duck migration and abundance trends that were specific to each zone to maximize opportunity. With no changes anticipated in the federal frameworks (i.e., season length) for 2021-2022, the duck seasons dates in each zone will be:

  • Northeastern Zone: October 2nd - October 24th and October 30st - December 5th
  • Southeastern Zone: October 16th - November 28th and December 4th - December 19th
  • Western Zone: October 16th - November 7th and November 27th - January 2rd
  • Long Island Zone: November 2oth - November 28th and December 11th - January 30th

For more information on how these dates were determined for each zone, visit DEC's website. DEC intends to reassess hunter values after the 2023-2024 hunting season. At that time, DEC will also update duck migration data to ensure there have been no significant changes to the timing of duck movements through each zone.

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