NEWS RELEASE #05-146 July 25, 2005 DNR News (803) 734-3950
EARLY MIGRATORY BIRD-HUNTING SEASONS APPROVED BY NATURAL RESOURCES BOARD
The S.C. Natural Resources Board recently approved migratory bird-hunting seasons for mourning doves, marsh hens (rails), woodcock, snipe, moorhens, purple gallinules and early seasons for Canada geese and teal.
The S.C. Natural Resources Board set the 2005-2006 hunting seasons for these migratory game birds at its July 15 meeting in Charleston. The seasons must still meet approval by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and be published in the "Federal Register" in order to become final. For more information, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office at (803) 734-3886.
The 2005-2006 mourning dove season in South Carolina is Sept. 3-5 (noon until sunset); Sept. 6 to Oct. 8; Nov. 19-26; and Dec. 21 to Jan. 15. Legal hunting hours for mourning dove season, except for Sept. 3-5, are from 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit is 12 doves per hunter.
An early season for Canada geese will be Sept. 9-24. This season is statewide. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit for Canada geese during this early season is eight birds per hunter.
An early season for teal is set for Sept. 16-24. Shooting hours are legal sunrise (not 30 minutes before as are many other waterfowl seasons) until sunset, and the daily bag limit is four birds per hunter.
The two-part 2005 season for marsh hens—which includes king, clapper, sora and Virginia rails—and common moorhens and purple gallinules will be from Sept. 17-21 and Oct. 15 to Dec. 18. The daily bag limit for king and clapper rails is 15 birds per hunter, and for moorhens and purple gallinules the daily bag limit is 15 birds per hunter. The daily limit for sora and Virginia rails is 25 birds per hunter. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
The 2006 South Carolina season for woodcock will run Jan. 2-31. Three birds per hunter is the daily limit for woodcock. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
The 2005-2006 season for common snipe, also called Wilson's snipe, will be Nov. 14 to Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is eight birds. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
South Carolina migratory bird hunters age 16 and older must have a state hunting license and a free migratory bird permit. Completion of an approved hunter education course is mandatory for resident and nonresident South Carolina hunters born after June 30, 1979, to purchase a license, and voluntary for older and younger hunters.
For more information, write to Early-Season Migratory Birds, DNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, S.C. 29202, call (803) 734-3886 in Columbia, or visit the DNR Web site at http://www.dnr.state.sc.us/
- Written by Greg Lucas -