on Jul 11, 2014 03:28 PM • Views 7755

The Wildlife Commission has approved the season dates for dove and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.

Media Contact: Geoff Cantrell
geoff.cantrell@ncwildlife.org
919-707-0186

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 11, 2014) — 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.

Seasons and bag limits for most species are similar to last year with the notable exception of the dove hunting season. This year, 20 additional days were allowed and the Commission added a portion of those extra days to the early October segment of the season and added the remaining extra days to late November and early December.

Now, once the dove season reopens in late November, it will run until it closes in mid-January, effectively combining the second and third seasons into one extended second season. To lengthen dove season and create the uninterrupted second season, the Commission had to open the second dove season segment on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), not the Monday prior to Thanksgiving that had become the norm for a number of years.

Hunters should also note that the first segment of the dove season opens on Labor Day, which is Monday, Sept. 1.  Although many hunters prefer the season to open the Saturday prior to Labor Day, federal guidelines do not allow state fish and wildlife agencies to open their migratory game bird seasons prior to Sept. 1.

Shooting hours for all species are ½ hour before sunrise until sunset unless otherwise noted. 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 several years ago. 

Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provide frameworks from which to select the seasons and the Wildlife Commission chooses the actual dates within these guidelines. The Commission requested public input on the seasons throughout June on its website.

The 2014–15 seasons for webless migratory game birds and waterfowl early seasons are:

SPECIES

OPEN DATES

DAILY
BAG

POSSESSION

Dove 2,3

Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 &

Nov. 27 - Jan. 15

15

45

King and Clapper Rails 3

Sept. 8 – Oct. 11 &

Oct. 27 – Dec. 1

15

45

Sora and Virginia Rails 3

Sept. 8 – Oct. 11 &

Oct. 27 – Dec. 1

25

75

Gallinule and Moorhens 3

Sept. 8 – Oct. 11 &

Oct. 27 – Dec. 1

15

45

Woodcock

Dec. 18 – Jan. 31

3

9

Common Snipe

Nov. 14 - Feb. 28

8

24

Canada Goose 4

Sept. 1-30 (statewide)

15

45

September Teal Season 5

Sept. 6 – Sept. 24 (East of US 17 Only)

6

18

NOTES:

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

2 Includes mourning doves and white-winged doves.

3 Daily bag limit is either singly or in aggregate.

4 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. 

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

The extended falconry seasons for webless migratory game birds are:

SPECIES

OPEN DATES

DAILY BAG

POSSESSION

Dove1

Oct. 16 – Nov. 1

3

9

King, Clapper, Sora and Virginia Rails

Dec. 6 – Jan. 10

3

9

Gallinule and Moorhens

Dec. 6 – Jan. 10

3

9

Woodcock

Nov. 8 – Dec. 6 &

Feb. 2 – Feb. 28

3

9

 

NOTES: 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 on migratory game bird hunting, visit Waterfowl and Migratory Game Birds in North Carolina. For more information on hunter safety, hunting regulations and the free Hunting Heritage Apprentice Permits, go to www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.