2018-2019 Migratory Bird Regulations - Seasons/Bag Limits

The possession limit is three times the daily bag for each group or individual species as listed above except there is no possession limit for snow geese.

Species Open Dates

(All dates inclusive)
Shooting Hours Daily Bag Limit
Mourning Dove

September 1-3, 2018

September 4, 2018 - October 13, 2018

November 10, 2018 - November 24, 2018

December 15, 2018 - January 15, 2019

12 Noon until Sunset (September 1, 2018 -
September 3, 2018)

1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset (Remainder of Season)
15 total
Early Teal
(Blue & Green Winged)

September 15, 2018 - September 30, 2018

Sunrise until Sunset 6 total

Ducks (Including Sea Ducks),

Mergansers, Brant

(There is no Open Season on Harlequin Ducks)

November 17, 2018 - November 24, 2018

December 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019

1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset

6 total including those species not named below.

  • Including no more than 4 each
    of the following:
    • Mallards (no more than 2 hens),
    • Eiders,
    • Scoters,
    • Long-tailed ducks.
  • Including no more than 3 each of the following:
    • Wood Ducks.
  • Including no more than 2 each of the following:
    • Redheads,
    • Scaup,
    • Canvasback,
    • Pintails.
  • Including no more than 1 each
    of the following:
    • Fulvous whistling duck,
    • Black-bellied whistling duck.
  • Mergansers - 5 Total, No more than 1 Hooded Merganser
  • Brant - 2 Total
  • For Black Ducks or Mottled Ducks, see note below.
American Coots

November 17, 2018 - November 24, 2018

December 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019

1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 15 total
Canada Geese
See Restrictions.

September 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

November 17, 2018 - November 24, 2018

December 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019

February 13, 2019 - February 28, 2019

1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset September 1—September 30
15 total

5 total (Remainder of Season)
White-fronted Geese & Snow Geese

November 17, 2018 - November 24, 2018

December 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019

February 13, 2019 - February 28, 2019

1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 5 total
(no more than 2 White-fronted Geese)

25 total (Snow Geese)
Marsh Hens/Rails, Common Moorhens & Purple Gallinules

October 5, 2018 - October 10, 2018

November 5, 2018 - January 7, 2019

1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset

15 total - King & Clapper

25 total - Sora and Virginia

15 total - Common Moorhens & Purple Gallinules

Common Snipe
November 14, 2018 - February 28, 2019 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 8 total
Woodcock December 18, 2018 - January 31, 2019 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 3 total

The black duck/mottled duck bag limit is as follows:

  1. For areas east and south of Interstate #95 - one black or one mottled duck in the total bag;
  2. For areas west and north of Interstate #95 - two black ducks or one black duck and one mottled duck in the total bag.

Canada Goose Hunting Area

During the September 1—September 30 segment hunting for Canada Geese is allowed statewide. During the remaining three segments, the hunting area excludes that portion of Clarendon County bounded to the north by S-14-25; to the east by Hwy 260; and to the south by the markers delineating the channel of the Santee River. It also excludes that portion of Clarendon County bounded on the north by S-14-26 and extending southward to that portion of Orangeburg County bordered by Hwy #6.

State Youth Day

Nov. 10, 2018 (Legal Species: Ducks, mergansers, and coots) Only youth who are 17 years of age or younger may hunt waterfowl on this day. Youth Hunters who have not completed the hunter education program must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 21 years of age. Youth who are 16 and 17 years of age, who hunt waterfowl on this day, must possess a valid South Carolina hunting license and Migratory Bird Permit and a valid Federal Waterfowl Stamp. Daily and possession bag limits are the same as shown above.

Federal Youth Days

Feb. 2 and Feb. 9, 2019 (Legal Species: Ducks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, and gallinules.) Only hunters 17 of age or younger may hunt on these days but must be accompanied by a person at least 18 years of age. Youth who are 16 and 17 years of age, who hunt on these days, must possess a valid South Carolina hunting license and Migratory Bird Permit and a valid Federal Waterfowl Stamp. Daily and possession bag limits are the same as indicated for regular seasons.

Sea Duck Area and Duck Limits Within this Area

The sea duck area is the Atlantic Ocean waters separated from any shore, island or emergent vegetation by at least one mile of open water. In this area, the sea duck limit is 5 with no more than 4 scoters, 4 eiders or 4 long-tailed ducks. In addition and within this area, a hunter may take up to 6 other ducks as described for the rest of the state but not including sea ducks. The shooting of crippled waterfowl from a vessel under motor power in the sea duck area is allowed.

Extended Falconry Season

Falconry is a permitted means of taking ducks, coots and mergansers in South Carolina. The extended season for falconry shall be Oct. 31, 2018 through Nov. 16, 2018 and Nov. 25, 2018 through Dec. 7, 2018. Daily bag and possession limits for these birds shall not exceed 3 and 9 birds, respectively, singly or in the aggregate. Statewide hunting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.


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