California’s 2019-20 duck season will be extended five additional days this season, closing on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at the end of legal shooting hours in the Balance of State, Southern San Joaquin and Southern California zones that cover most of the state.
The California Fish and Game Commission last April unanimously approved Jan. 31, 2020 as the duck season end date for the three zones as opposed to the traditional closure the last Sunday in January. The five additional days are intended to provide more hunter opportunity at the end of the season when waterfowl hunting is often at its best.
The extended season maximizes duck hunting opportunity while staying within the federal waterfowl management regulatory framework. It also provides incentive to keep managed wetlands flooded for just a bit longer to the benefit of waterfowl and a host of other wetland species.
State-operated wildlife areas will be open for hunting on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 to accommodate the extended season.
The extension does not include goose hunting in the Balance of State Zone, which means the regular season for dark and white geese will close Sunday, Jan. 26 at the end of legal shooting hours. The waterfowl season in the Southern San Joaquin and Southern California zones will extend to Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 for both ducks and geese. A map of California’s waterfowl zones is available on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) website.