Magpie geese and waterfowl season dates

This page has the latest information on the 2022 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 15 August
    • you must have express permission from the landholder
  • public land including hunting reserves from Wednesday 21 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 - 7 birds per person
  • other permitted waterfowl - 10 birds per person.

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 3 or more days, you can have a maximum of:

  • 21 magpie geese and
  • 30 other waterfowl.

Hunting hours

You can only shoot during certain hours of each day:

  • 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 – 23 December 2022
  • Shoal Bay Coastal Reserve and Harrison Dam Conservation Reserve - 9 January 2023.

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

Ethical hunting

You should behave ethically when hunting waterfowl. This means you:

  • consider animal welfare
  • have appropriate hunter training
  • behave respectfully towards others
  • follow the law - read more about compliance for firearms licences and weapons.

When hunting, you should not fire into flocks of flying waterfowl but single out a bird and fire when it is within range.

You should only shoot at waterfowl or animals on or in water after checking it's safe to do so.

Clean up after yourself

Make sure you:

  • take all litter (including empty cartridges) with you
  • dispose of animal remains by spreading them out with 5m between each carcass.

NT Hunting Mate app

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


Last updated: 10 August 2022

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