Dove season will open at noon on Labor Day as the S.C. Natural Resources Board set early seasons for waterfowl and seasons for other migratory birds.
Hunters will have a four-part dove season, with afternoon-only hunting Sept. 1-6, then all-day hunting Sept. 7-Oct. 11, Nov. 15-29 and Dec. 13-Jan. 15. The daily bag limit will be 15 birds in a season that has been expanded from 70 to 90 days.
The two-part season for marsh hens – including king, clapper, sora and Virginia rails-and common moorhens and purple gallinules – will Sept. 8-12 and Oct. 6-Dec. 9. 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 begin Dec. 18 and run through Jan. 31, 2015. The daily limit is three.
The season for common snipe, also called Wilson's snipe, will be Nov. 14-Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is eight birds.
An early season for Canada geese will be Sept. 1-30. The daily bag limit during the early season is 15 birds.
The early teal season will be Sept. 12-27, with a six-bird daily bag limit.
All possession limits for the coming migratory bird season will be three times the daily bag limit as opposed to two times the daily bag limit as in the past.
Migratory bird hunters age 16 and older must have a state hunting license and a free migratory bird permit. Additionally, participants in the early goose and teal seasons must have a federal waterfowl stamp and state waterfowl permit.