The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released the 2016-17 waterfowl season dates for hunters.
In the state’s three duck-hunting zones, the seasons have been split into two seasons this year. Duck hunting in the North Zone runs Sept. 24-Nov. 20 and Nov. 26-27. In the Middle Zone, duck season is Oct. 1–Nov. 27 and Dec. 17-18, and in the South Zone, duck season is Oct. 8-Dec. 4 and Dec. 31-Jan 1.
This year is the third and final year of the state’s experimental early teal season. This early season will be held statewide Sept. 1-7.
The DNR reminds hunters that the teal season is experimental and not permanent. The DNR is required to measure the attempts and harvest of non-target species, like wood ducks and mallards, to make sure hunters are only taking teal ducks.
According to the DNR, if hunters attempt or do take species other than teal, this could be the last year for the early teal season.
The Canada goose season brings big changes for hunters. The daily bag limit has been increased to five geese per day during the entire September season and three geese per day October through February.
Canada goose season runs Sept. 1-30 and Oct. 1-Dec. 16 in the North Zone. Middle Zone dates are Sept. 1-30 and Oct. 1-Dec. 14 with a Dec. 17-18 split weekend. In the South Zone, dates run Sept. 1-25, Oct. 8-Dec. 4, Dec. 31-Jan. 1 and Jan. 21-Feb.11. Saginaw and Tuscola County goose management units (GMU) have the same dates as the South Zone.
Designated goose management units (GMU) in Allegan and Muskegon counties have alternate dates. Information on goose seasons in GMUs can be found in the Waterfowl Hunting Digest, along with complete waterfowl season dates, limits and regulations.