The S.C. Department of Natural Resources has set dates for migratory bird seasons for doves, Canada geese, teal, woodcock and other migratory shore birds for 2010-2011.

Dove season will be split into three parts, with Saturday, Sept. 4 being Opening Day of the first segment: Sept. 4-Oct. 9. Hunting is restricted to noon-to-sunset Sept. 4-6, and 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset thereafter. The second segment is Nov. 20-27 and the third Dec. 21-Jan. 15. The daily bag limit is 15.

Sept. 1-30 is the early season for Canada geese, with a daily bag limit of 15 birds. Woodcock can be hunted from Jan. 2-31, with a 3-bird daily bag limit. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.


The early teal season will be Sept. 15-30, with a 4-bird daily bag limit. Shooting hours are sunrise to sunset.
The 2-part season for marsh hens includes king, clapper, sora and Virginia rails, plus common moorhens and purple gallinules. The first segment is Sept. 8-12, and the second is Oct. 6-Dec. 9. The daily bag limit for king and/or clapper rails is 15 birds, moorhens and gallinules 15 and sora and/or Virginia rails is 25 birds. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.


The season for Wilson's snipe, also called common snipe, will be Nov. 14-Feb. 28. The daily bag limit is eight, and shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset.
Hunters ages 16 and older must have a state hunting license and free migratory bird permit. Hunters who target Canada Geese and teal are required to have a federal waterfowl stamp and a state waterfowl permit.