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Hunt Ducks & Geese in New Mexico into the New Year


Submitted by:  Backcountry Press Outdoor News 
Posted on: 12/28/18

Disclaimer:  The views expressed on this site are that of the authors and not necessarily that of TBC Press
Free Light Goose Conservation Order Permit
A Light Goose Conservation Order Permit is required for hunters participating in the conservation order hunts Feb. 1–March 10, 2018.  Permits are available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us at NMDGF offices and at all license vendors (One-dollar vendor fee may apply). There is no deadline or limit to the number of permits issued.

Central Flyway Seasons
North Zone (East of the Continental Divide and north of I-40 and U.S. Hwy. 54 at Tucumcari)
  • Ducks . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 13–Jan. 16, '19 . . 6 ducks singly or in aggregate (1) / 3 times daily bag 
(1) Aggregate may consist of no more than: 5 mallards, only 2 of which may be female (Mexican-like ducks are considered part of the mallard bag limit); 3 scaup; 3 wood ducks; 2 redhead; 2 hooded merganser; 2 pintail; and 2 canvasback.
  • American Coot . . . . . . Oct. 13–Jan. 16, '19 . . 15 daily / 45 in possession

South Zone (East of the Continental Divide and south of I-40 and U.S. Hwy. 54 at Tucumcari)
Species Season Dates Bag / Possession
  • Ducks and American Coot . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 24–Jan. 27 '19 . . Same as North Zone / 3 times daily bag

North and South Zones (See above North Zone and South Zone boundary descriptions)
  • Dark Goose (2) . . . . . . .Oct. 13–Jan. 27 '19 . . 5 daily / 15 in possession (Canada and white-fronted goose)
(2) MRGV (Valencia, Socorro and Sierra counties) is closed to dark goose hunting in the regular season.
  • MRGV Dark Goose (3) . . .Dec. 22–Jan. 15, '19 . . 2 per day / 2 per season (Canada and white-fronted goose) 
(3) MRGV includes Valencia, Socorro and Sierra counties.
  • Light Goose . . . . . . . .Oct. 13–Jan. 27 '19 . . 50 daily / No possession limit  (snow and Ross’s goose)
  • Light Goose Conservation Feb. 1–Mar. 10 '19 . . . No bag limit / No possession limit
Order (snow and Ross’s goose). Free permit required. Approved tools include electronic calls and unplugged shotguns. Shooting until 1 /2 hour after sunset, except on Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)


Pacific Flyway Seasons
Possession limits are 3 times the daily bag limit for all species, unless otherwise noted.
North Zone (West of the Continental Divide and north of I-40)
  • Goose . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 29–Jan. 27, '19 10 white-fronted/ 30 in possession 20 light / 60 in possession

South Zone (West of the Continental Divide and south of I-40)
  • Goose . . . . . . . . . . . Oct. 13–Jan. 27, '19 . . 4 Canada and brant / 12 in possession 10 white-fronted/ 30 in possession 20 light / 60 in possession

North and South Zones (See above North Zone and South Zone boundary descriptions)
  • Duck . . . . . . . . . . . .Oct. 15– Jan. 27, '19 . . 7 ducks in aggregate (1) / 3 times daily bag 
     (1) Aggregate may include no more than 2 female mallards, 2 redheads, 2 pintail, 2 canvasback.
  • American Coot and Common Moorhen . . . . . . . . . Oct. 15–Jan. 27, '19 . . 25 singly or in aggregate / 75 in possession
  • Common Snipe . . . . . . Oct. 15–Jan. 29, '19 . . 8 daily / 24 in possession

For more in-depth hunting and license information, reference the New Mexico Migratory Game Bird Hunting Supplement.

Stock Image courtesy of DE fish & game

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Hunt ducks and geese in New Mexico into the new year. Hunt ducks, light and dark geese in the Centrail and Pacific flyways north and south zones. 

Duck Stamp: Federal law requires all waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older to carry a valid federal Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) which is signed in ink across the face. Stamps are available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us or www.duckstamp.com and at U.S. Post Offices, NMDGF offices and at all license vendors.

Harvest Information Program Number (HIP): Each license year, migratory bird hunters must obtain a HIP number. Residents and nonresidents must possess a separate permit number for each state in which they hunt migratory birds. Available online: www.wildlife.state.nm.us.

Hunt Ducks & Geese in New Mexico into the New Year