The S.C. Natural Resources Board has approved migratory bird hunting seasons for mourning doves, marsh hens (rails), woodcock, snipe, moorhens, purple gallinules, and early seasons during September for teal and Canada geese. 

Dove season is Sept. 2-7 (noon until sunset), Sept. 8-Oct. 5; Nov. 23-30 and Dec. 19-Jan. 15. Legal hunting hours, except for the first week, are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The bag limit is 15.

The two-part season for marsh hens, including king, clapper, sora and Virginia rails, common moorhens and purple gallinules will be Sept. 18-22 and Oct. 5-Dec. 8. The daily bag limit for king and/or clapper rails is 15 birds per hunter and moorhens and/or purple gallinules is 15 birds per hunter. The daily limit for sora and/or Virginia rails is 25 birds per hunter. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.

Woodcock season will run Dec. 18-Jan. 31, with a three-bird daily limit. Snipe season is Nov. 14-Feb. 28, with a daily bag limit of eight birds.

An early statewide season for Canada geese will be Sept. 1-30. This season is statewide. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset. The daily bag limit is 15 birds.

The early season for teal will be Sept. 14-29, with daily bag limit of six birds and sunrise-to-sunset shooting hours.

Category II waterfowl areas will be open for hunting during teal and Canada goose seasons.


South Carolina migratory bird hunters ages 16 and older must have a state hunting license and a free migratory bird permit. Additionally, participants in the September Canada Goose season and the early teal season must have the Federal Waterfowl Stamp and SC Waterfowl Permit.