State by State Grouse and Woodcock Hunting


A State-by-State Guide to Grouse and Woodcock Hunting for the 2017 - 2018 Season:

You must review and comply with all rules, laws and regulations in the state or province where you hunt. The Ruffed Grouse Society and American Woodcock Society are not liable for any reliance upon the information provided here and strongly encourage adhering to increased safety practices by wearing blaze orange during your hunt.

State/Province

2017-18 Season Dates

Daily Bag Limits

Blaze Orange Requirements

Alabama Woodcock: 12/15 - 1/28 3 144 Square Inches
Alaska

Grouse:

Varies by Unit

Varies with Mixed Bag Not Required
Alberta 

Grouse:

Varies by Unit

5 Not Required
Arkansas

Woodcock:

11/4 - 12/18

3 400 Square Inches
British Columbia

Grouse:

Varies by Unit

10 Not Required
California

Grouse:

9/9 - 10/16

2 Not Required
Connecticut

G: 10/21 - 11/30

W: 10/25 - 11/18

& 11/20 - 12/9

Grouse - 1

Woodcock - 3

400 Square Inches

Delaware

Woodcock:

11/20 - 12/2

& 12/13 - 1/3

3 400 Square Inches
Florida

Woodcock:

12/18 - 1/31

3 Not Required
Georgia

G: 10/15 - 2/28

W: 12/9 - 1/22

Grouse: 3

Woodcock: 3

400 Square Inches*
Idaho

Grouse:

Varies by Area

4 Not Required
Illinois

Woodcock:

Not yet updated for 2017

3 400 Square Inches
Indiana

Woodcock:

10/15 - 11/28

3 1 or More Hat, Vest and/or Coat
Iowa

G: 10/7 - 1/31

W: 10/7 - 11/20

Grouse: 3

Woodcock: 3

Hat
Kansas

Woodcock:

10/14 - 11/27

3 Urged
Kentucky

G: 11/1 - 11/10

& 11/13 - 2/28

Grouse Zone only

W: 10/28 - 11/10

& 11/13 - 12/13

Grouse: 4


Woodcock: 3

(Unavailable)
Louisiana

Woodcock:

12/18 - 1/31

3 400 Square Inches
Maine

G: 10/2 - 12/31

W: 10/2 - 10/28

& 10/30 - 11/16

Grouse: 4

Woodcock: 3

Not Required
Manitoba

G: Varies by Zone

W: 9/8 - 11/30

Grouse: 6

Woodcock: 8

(Unavailable)
Maryland

G: 10/7 - 1/31

W: 10/27 - 11/24

& 1/12 - 1/27

Grouse: 2

Woodcock: 3

250 Square Inches
Massachusetts

G: Not Found

W: Not Found

Grouse: -

Woodcock: -

(Unavailable)
Michigan

G: 9/15 - 11/14

& 12/1 - 1/1

W: 9/23 - 11/6

Grouse: 5

Woodcock: 3

1 or More Hat, Vest and/or Coat
Minnesota

G: 9/16 - 1/1

W: 9/23 - 11/6

Grouse: 5

Woodcock: 3

1 Item Above Waist
Mississippi

Woodcock:

12/18 - 1/31

3 (Unavailable)
Missouri

Woodcock:

10/15 - 11/28

3 Hat/cap and shirt/vest/coat
Montana

Grouse:

9/1 - 1/1

3 400 Square Inches
Nebraska

Woodcock:

9/23 - 11/6

3 400 Square Inches
New Brunswick

G: 10/2 - 12/30

W: Not yet released

Grouse: 6

Woodcock: - 

A hat/cap and additional 400 Square Inches
Newfoundland

G: Varies

W: Not yet released

Grouse: Varies

Woodcock: -

(Unavailable)
New Hampshire

G: 10/1 - 12/31

W: 10/1 - 11/14

Grouse: 4

Woodcock: 3

Recommended
New Jersey

G: Varies by Unit

W: Varies by Unit

Grouse: 2

Woodcock: 3

200 Square Inches
New York

G: Varies by Unit

W: 10/1 - 11/14

Grouse: 4

Woodcock: 3

Recommended
North Carolina

G: 10/16 - 2/28

W: 12/14 - 1/27

Grouse: 3

Woodcock: 3

Outer Garment

North Dakota

Grouse:

9/9 - 1/7

3 400 Square Inches
Nova Scotia

G: 10/1 - 12/15

W: 10/1 - 11/30

Grouse: 5

Woodcock: 8

Hat/cap and a Shirt, Vest, or Coat
Northwest Territories

Grouse:

9/1 - 4/30

5 Recommended
Ohio

G: 11/27 - 12/3

W: 10/13 - 11/26

Grouse: 2

Woodcock: 3

Vest, Coat or Jacket
Oklahoma

Woodcock:

11/1 - 12/15

3 400 Square Inches
Ontario

G: Area Dependent

W: Area Dependent

Grouse: Area Dependent

Woodcock: Area Dependent

(Unavailable)
Oregon

Grouse:

9/1 - 1/31

3 in Combination with Other Species 17 years and younger - hat and/or outer garment
Pennsylvania

G: 10/14 - 11/25

& 12/11 - 12/23

W: 10/14 - 11/25 

Grouse: 2

Woodcock: 3

250 Square Inches
Prince Edward Is.

G: Not yet released

W: Not yet released

Grouse: 3

Woodcock: 8

Recommended
Quebec

G: Varies by District

W: Varies by District

Grouse: 5

Woodcock: 8

400 Square Inches
Rhode Island

Woodcock:

Not released yet

Woodcock: 3

200 Square Inches
Saskatchewan

Grouse:

9/15 - 12/31

 

10 (Unavailable)
South Carolina

G: Varies by Zone

W: Not yet Released

Grouse: 3

Woodcock: 3

1 or More Hat, Vest and/or Coat
South Dakota

Grouse:

9/16 - 1/7

3 in Combination with Other Species (Unavailable)
Tennessee

G: 10/14 - 2/28

W: 11/11 - 12/25

Grouse: 3

Woodcock: 3

(Unavailable)
Texas W: 12/18 - 1/31 Woodcock: 3 144 Square Inches
Utah G: 9/1 - 12/31 Grouse: 4 (Unavailable)
Vermont

G: 9/30 - 12/31

W: 10/1 - 11/14

Grouse: 4

Woodcock: 3

Recommended
Virginia

G: 10/28 - 2/10 - West of I-95

W: 11/20 - 12/8

& 12/21 - 1/15

Grouse: 3

Woodcock: 3

(Unavailable)
Washington

Grouse:

9/1 - 12/31

3 400 Square Inches
West Virginia

G: 10/14 - 2/28

W: 10/14 - 11/18

11/27 - 12/5

Grouse: 4

Woodcock: 3

(Unavailable)
Wisconsin

G: Zone A

9/16 - 1/31

Zone B

10/14 - 12/8

W: 9/23 - 11/6

Grouse:

Zone A: 5

Zone B: 2

Woodcock: 3

(Unavailable)
Wyoming G: 9/1 - 11/30

Grouse:

(Area 1) 3

(Unavailable)
Yukon

Grouse:

9/1 - 11/30

(in open zones)

10 Recommended

 

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