Wisconsin Hunter Safety Course



Waterfowl are birds that live on or near the water. They are usually migratory, which means they will go south during colder months.  Migratory waterfowl hunting usually requires a "migratory waterfowl stamp". Always consult local regulations for hunting in your area. Also take note that many waterfowl species are protected by law.

Waterfowl in Wisconsin

Canada Goose

Canada Goose
  • Ranges from 29 to 44 inches in length.
  • Wingspan between 50 and 67 inches.
  • Weight between 4 and 13 lb.
  • Found throughout North America around lakes, ponds, fields, etc.

Snow Goose

Snow Goose
  • Medium-sized goose.
  • Between 26 and 32 inches in length.
  • Between 3 and 8 lb.
  • Breeds on the arctic tundra & Migrates to the Southern US.
  • Be careful not to mistake a trumpeter swan for a snow goose!

Trumpeter Swan

Trumpeter Swan
  • One of the largest North American waterfowl.
  • All white, with a black bill and face.
  • Length is between 54 and 63 inches.
  • Weight is 16 to 30 lb.

Brant Goose

Brant Goose
  • A relatively small goose
  • Max. weight approx. 4 lb, length up to 26 inches.
  • Breeds in the high arctic tundra, winters on both coasts along the US and some of Canada.

Photo courtesy of Chris Bennett, DE State Parks


Double-Crested Cormorant

  • Medium to large aquatic bird - up to 36 inches in length and uo to 6 lb.
  • Large numbers are found in inland ponds, lakes and rivers, as well as along the coastline.

Photo courtesy of Chris Bennett, DE State Parks