Magpie geese and waterfowl season dates

This page has the latest information on the 2020 waterfowl hunting season in the Northern Territory (NT).

You must have a permit to hunt for magpie geese and waterfowl on:

  • private land from Monday 17 August
    • you must have express permission from the landholder
  • public land including hunting reserves from Wednesday 23 September.

Read about magpie geese and waterfowl hunting permits.

Daily bag limit

During the declared season, there is a bag limit for magpie geese and waterfowl.

The daily bag limit is:

  • magpie geese - seven birds per person, per day
  • other listed waterfowl - 10 birds per person, per day.

Possession numbers

You can only have a certain number of magpie geese and waterfowl in your possession at any time.

If you are away from your place of residence, for example camping for three or more days, you can have a maximum of:

  • 21 magpie geese and 30 other waterfowl.

At your place of residence, the number is unlimited.

Read the hunting season declaration in the NT Government Gazette, No. G31, 5 August 2020 PDF (394.4 KB).

Hunting hours

You can only shoot during certain hours of each day:

  • August – 6:30am to 7pm (private land only)
  • September – 6am to 7pm
  • October – 6am to 7pm
  • November – 5:50am to 7:15pm
  • December – 5:50am to 7:30pm
  • January – 5:50am to 7:30pm.

Closing dates

The hunting season closes on the following dates:

Howard Springs Hunting Reserve and Lambells Lagoon Conservation Reserve – 7:30pm on 23 December 2020.

All other areas including hunting reserves, public land and private property – 7:30pm on 4 January 2021.

Waterfowl permitted to be hunted

Scientific name Common name
Anseranas semipalmata Magpie goose
Anas superciliosa Pacific black duck
Anas gracilis Grey teal
Aythya australis Hardhead duck (also known as white-eyed duck)
Chenonetta jubata Maned duck (also known as wood duck)
Dendrocygna arcuata Wandering whistling duck (also known as water whistle duck)
Dendrocygna eytoni Plumed whistling duck (also known as grass whistle duck)
Malacorhynchus membranaceus Pink-eared duck

NT Hunting Mate app

You can download the NT Hunting Mate app to access waterfowl hunting rules and information on your phone.

Last updated: 13 August 2020

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