on Jul 15, 2013 12:16 PM • Views 7246
Media Contact: Jodie B. Owen
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RALEIGH, N.C. (July 15, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Hunters should note several important changes to this year’s seasons and regulations:

  • Dove season opening day is Sept. 2, a Monday.
  • Seasons for rails, gallinules and moorhens have been split into two segments.  There is a closed period for rail hunting in late September/early October.
  • The daily bag limit for teal in the September teal season has been increased from four teal to six teal.
  • Possession limits for all species are now 3 times the daily bag limit. Previously, it had been 2 times the daily bag.

Shooting hours for all species are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset unless otherwisenoted.  Dove hunters should note that shooting hours for the entire season, including opening day, begin at ½ hour before sunrise. The change to opening day shooting hours for doves was implemented last year. 

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines.The Commission allowed public input on the seasons throughout June on its website.

The 2013–14 seasons for webless migratory game birds and waterfowl early season sare:

SPECIES

OPEN DATES

DAILY
BAG

POSSESSION

Dove 1

Sept. 2 – Oct. 5 &

Nov. 25 - Nov. 30 &

Dec. 13 - Jan. 11

15

45

King and Clapper Rails 2

Sept. 7 – Sept. 28 &

Oct. 5 – Nov. 21

15

45

Sora and Virginia Rails 2

Sept. 7 – Sept. 28 &

Oct. 5 – Nov. 21

25

75

Gallinule and Moorhens 2

Sept. 7 – Sept. 28 &

Oct. 5 – Nov. 21

15

45

Woodcock

Dec. 12 – Jan. 25

3

9

Common Snipe

Nov. 14 - Feb. 28

8

24

Canada Goose 3

Sept. 2-30 (statewide)

15 

45

September Teal Season 4

Sept. 7 – Sept. 25 (East of U.S. 17 only)

6

18

 

Shooting hours for all species are ½hour before sunrise to sunset unless otherwise specified.

1 Includes mourning doves and white-winged doves.

2 Daily bag limit is either singly or in aggregate.

3 In that area west of U.S. 17 only, expanded hunting methods are allowed for Canada geese. These include: a) shooting hours are extended to ½ hour after sunset, b)unplugged guns are permitted, c) electronic calls are permitted. This applies to this area only during the month of September. 

4 Includes blue-winged, green-winged and cinnamon teal.

 

The Commission also approved 2013–14 extended falconry season dates for webless species, which are:

 

SPECIES

OPEN DATES

DAILY BAG

POSSESSION

Dove1

Oct. 12 – Nov. 16

3

9

King, Clapper, Sora and Virginia Rails

Nov. 23 – Dec. 28

3

9

Gallinule and Moorhens

Nov. 23 – Dec. 28

3

9

Woodcock

Nov. 4 – Dec. 7 &

Feb. 1 – Feb. 28

3

9

 

1 Includes mourning doves and white-winged doves

  •  Falconers may also hunt during the applicable gun seasons.  Daily bag and possession limits of 3 and 9, respectively, also apply while hunting during the gun season.
  • Falconry hours for all species are ½ before sunrise until sunset. 
  • Falconry is not allowed on Sunday.
  • Daily bag and possession limits are for all species singly or in the aggregate. For example, if the applicable season(s) are open, a daily bag may consist of 3 doves or 1 dove, 1 snipe and 1 woodcock for a total of 3 migratory game birds.

For more information, visit Waterfowl and Migratory Game Birds in North Carolina.