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Sept. 13, 2013

Marsh hen, teal season gets underway

The two-part season for marsh hens—including king, clapper, sora and Virginia rails—and common moorhens and purple gallinules will be from Sept. 18-22 and Oct. 5–Dec. 8. 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.Moorhen

The South Carolina early season for teal will be Sept. 14-29. The daily bag limit is 6 birds. Shooting hours are sunrise until sunset (not 30 minutes before sunrise, as with other migratory bird seasons). Category II waterfowl areas are open for hunting during teal and Canada goose seasons.

All possession limits for the migratory bird seasons are 3 times the daily bag limit as opposed to 2 times the daily bag limit as in the past.

South Carolina migratory bird hunters age 16 and older must have a state hunting license and a free migratory bird permit. Additionally, participants in the September Canada Goose season and the early teal season must have the Federal Waterfowl Stamp and SC Waterfowl Permit. Completion of an approved hunter education course is mandatory for resident and nonresident South Carolina hunters born after June 30, 1979, to purchase a license, and voluntary for older and younger hunters.

For more information, visit the DNR website or write to Early-Season Migratory Birds, DNR, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202, or call (803) 734-3886 in Columbia.           


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