Waterfowl and Migratory Bird Regulations
NOTE: Migratory and waterfowl hunting dates are set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with Indiana DNR. Dates are usually available mid- to late-August.
A valid hunting license is required to hunt migratory game birds and waterfowl. In addition, HIP registration, Indiana Game Bird or Indiana Migratory Waterfowl stamp privileges, and a Federal Migratory Bird hunting stamp may also be required as noted below.
2015 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons and Regulations
|Rails (Sora only)
||Sept. 1 - Nov. 9|
|Daily bag: 25 and possession limit: 75; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required|
||Sept. 1 - Oct. 18 and Nov. 1 - 8, Dec. 12 - Jan. 10, 2016|
|Daily bag limit: 15 and Possession limit: 45; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration & Game Bird Habitat Stamp Required|
||Oct. 15 - Nov. 28|
|Daily bag limit: 3 and Possession limit: 9; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required NOTE: Woodcock hunters must wear exposed at all times as an outer garment one or more of the following articles that is solid hunter orange in color: a vest, coat, jacket, coveralls, hat or cap.|
||Sept. 1 - Dec. 16|
|Daily bag limit: 8 and Possession limit: 24; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required|
|Teal (Blue- and green-winged only)*
||Sept. 5 - Sept. 20|
|Daily bag limit: 6 and Possession limit: 18; Shooting hours: sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required *No teal hunting on Kankakee FWA.|
||Sept. 1 - Sept. 15|
|Daily bag limit: 5 and Possession limit: 15; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required *No goose hunting on Kankakee FWA and Hovey Lake FWA|
Teal and Goose hunting require an Indiana Migratory Waterfowl and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp and approved non-toxic shot must be used.