Migratory Bird Regulations 2016-2017
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 and Wildlife Service.
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.