Migratory Bird Regulations 2015-2016
Migratory birds include: mourning dove, marsh hens, rails, woodcock, common snipe, common moorhens, purple gallinules, ducks, mergansers, sea ducks, coots, blue & snow geese, brant, Canada geese and crows.
Effective July 1, 1998, anyone over 16 or all licensed hunters hunting migratory game birds in the United States must have an HIP permit and complete a short questionnaire before hunting. Permits are available from any SCDNR license sales vendor, SCDNR office or online. There is no cost for the permit.
Seasons, shooting hours, limits and other special restrictions on migratory bird hunting are set by SCDNR in accordance with guidelines set by the US Fish & Wildlife Service. Detailed the SCDNR South Carolina Rules & Regulations information on the seasons and restrictions is provided in a separate Migratory Bird Brochure available in September.
Listed below are frequently requested rules for hunting migratory birds.
- Shotguns must be plugged so as to hold no more than 3 shells.
- Baiting or hunting over bait is strictly prohibited.
- All hunting hours end at official sunset.
- The possession of lead shot is prohibited while waterfowl hunting.
- In addition to a migratory bird permit (HIP), a SC Migratory Waterfowl Permit and Federal Waterfowl Stamp is required for hunting ducks, geese and brant.
Refer to the Migratory Bird Brochure for complete information on particular species and other restrictions.
Waterfowl and Dove Regulations
Dates, times, locations and regulations for hunts on designated Dove Management Areas are printed annually. The Public Dove Field List is available or by calling 803-734-3886. Specific seasons, limits and regulations for waterfowl hunting are printed annually in the SC Migratory Bird Regulations. You must have the Free Adobe Reader to preview this file. This information is provided by Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries Division.