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#06-232 September 4, 2006

Late-season migratory bird season approved by Natural Resources Board

The S.C. Natural Resources Board, the policy-making body of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), approved the 2006-2007 late migratory bird seasons and regulations during its Aug. 18 meeting in Bluffton from a framework set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
           
Copies of the regulations booklet and migratory bird brochure are available by writing to PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202; or by calling (803) 734-3886 in Columbia. Find out more about other hunting seasons and regulations at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/regulations.html.
           
DUCKS (Excluding Sea Ducks) - Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 22--Nov. 26; Dec. 15--Jan. 28 - Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset - Bag limit: 6 total, including no more than 4 mallards (1 hen), 2 scaup, 1 pintail, 1 canvasback, 1 fulvous whistling duck, 1 black-bellied whistling duck, 2 wood ducks, 2 redheads and 1 black duck or 1 mottled duck. - Possession limit: 12 total, including no more than 8 mallards (2 hens), 4 scaup, 2 pintails, 2 canvasbacks, 2 fulvous whistling ducks, 2 black-bellied whistling ducks, 4 wood ducks, 4 redheads, 2 black ducks and 2 mottled ducks.
           
MERGANSERS - Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 22--Nov.26; Dec. 15--Jan. 28 - Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset - Bag limit: 5 (not to include more than 1 Hooded Merganser) - Possession limit: 10 (not to include more than 2 Hooded Mergansers)
           
SEA DUCKS - Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Oct. 14--Jan. 28 - Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset - Bag limit: 7 (Not to include more than 4 scoters) - Possession limit: 14 (Not to include more than 8 scoters)
           
COOTS - Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 22--Nov. 26; Dec.15--Jan. 28 - Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset - Bag limit: 15 - Possession limit: 30
           
CANADA GEESE/WHITE FRONTED GEESE (Late Seasons) - Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 22--Nov. 26; Dec. 15--Feb.2; Feb. 5--Feb. 15 - Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset  - Bag limit: 5 (not to include more than 2 white-fronted geese) - Possession limit: 10 (not to include more than 4 white-fronted geese).  During this season, goose hunting is not allowed (prohibited) in Clarendon County, that portion of Orangeburg County North of SC Highway # 6 and that portion of Berkeley County North of SC Highway # 45 from the Orangeburg County Line to the junction of SC Highway # 45 and State Road S-8-31 and that portion West of the Santee Dam.
           
BLUE and SNOW GEESE - Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov.22--Nov. 26; Dec. 15--Jan. 28 - Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset - Bag limit: 15 - Possession limit: No limit
           
BRANT - Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Dec.30- Jan. 28 - Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset - Bag limit: 2 - Possession limit: 4
           
Youth waterfowl days are scheduled for February 3-4. Only hunters 15 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl (ducks and geese) on these days. The youth(s) must be accompanied by an adult of at least 18 years of age. The adult is not allowed to carry a gun or hunt. Daily and possession bag limits are the same as shown above.
           
Sea ducks may be hunted only in Atlantic Ocean waters separated from any shore, island or emergent vegetation by at least one mile of open water, except during the regular duck season.
           
Shooting hours for late season duck hunting are uniform statewide. Hunters should take notice that DNR law enforcement officers will pay special attention to “late shooting violations” throughout South Carolina. Check local newspapers for sunrise and sunset times.
           
South Carolina waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must have a state hunting license, state and federal duck stamps and a free migratory bird permit. Any South Carolina hunter born after June 30, 1979, must complete an approved hunter education course to purchase a hunting license.

Nontoxic shot (such as steel, bismuth-tin, tungsten-iron or tungsten-polymer) is required for all waterfowl hunting. The possession of lead shot is prohibited for all waterfowl hunting statewide.
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