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Florida 2018-19 Second Phase of Waterfowl and Coot Season Opens Dec 8

Submitted by:  Backcountry Press Outdoor News 
Posted on: 12/06/18
News # 12076

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When hunting ducks, geese or coots, hunters may use only nontoxic shot. External Website No lead shot may be used or even be in your possession – only iron (steel), bismuth-tin and various tungsten alloys are permissible.

And in the Tallahassee area, waterfowl hunters need to be aware of special regulations – Wednesday/Saturday/Sunday-only hunting, outboard motor restrictions, and a prohibition against hunting from permanent duck blinds. Go to and read the sections on “Limited hunting days” and “Special regulations for Leon County and Lake Miccosukee” for more details.

“Blue-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, wood ducks and mottled ducks consistently make up the bulk of Florida’s waterfowl harvest each year, with green-winged teal and scaup rounding out the top six,” said Andrew Fanning, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Waterfowl and Small Game Program coordinator. “Blue-winged teal are reliable migrants that arrive in Florida early and stay late and can be found in larger numbers the further south you go down the peninsula.”

“Mottled ducks, wood ducks and whistling ducks frequent Florida all year and provide consistent hunting opportunities when in season,” Fanning said. “And salt marsh hunters usually can find scaup and redheads with a little scouting effort.”

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Waterfowl hunting guide
Check out the FWC’s Guide to Waterfowl Hunting in Florida at It’s a valuable tool for beginning waterfowl hunters, but experienced waterfowlers will appreciate it, too. It lists public duck hunting areas, illustrates several decoy placement setups, gives scouting and hunting tips, and provides outstanding duck identification photos of most duck species you’re likely to see in Florida.

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And you may have no more than four scoters, four eiders, four long-tailed ducks and four mallards (of which only two may be female) in your bag. All other species of ducks may be taken up to the six-bird limit, except harlequin ducks. It is prohibited to take harlequin ducks.

The daily limit on coots is 15, and there’s a five-bird limit on mergansers, only two of which may be hooded. 

You also may take light geese statewide during the waterfowl and coot season (Dec. 8 – Jan. 27), which includes the taking of snow, blue and Ross’s geese. There’s a 15-bird daily bag limit on any combination of these geese.
Florida's second phase of waterfowl and coot season opens statewide Dec. 8 and runs through Jan. 27. Duck hunters also must get a Florida waterfowl permit ($5) and a federal duck stamp.

The daily bag limit on ducks is six, but you need to know your ducks before heading afield because there are different daily limits for some species. For instance, within the six-bird limit there may be only one mottled duck and one fulvous whistling-duck. 

Only two of your six-bird limit may be canvasbacks, black ducks, scaup, pintails or redheads; and three may be wood ducks.