2016-2017 Migratory Bird Regulations - Seasons/Bag Limits

Species Open Dates

(All dates inclusive)
Shooting Hours Daily Bag Limit Possession Limit
Mourning Dove Sept. 3, 2016 - October 15, 2016

Nov. 12, 2016 - Nov. 26, 2016

Dec. 15, 2016 - Jan. 15, 2017
12 Noon until Sunset (Sept. 3, 2016 - Sept. 5, 2016)

1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset (Remainder of Season)
12 36
Early Teal

(Blue & Green Winged)
Sept. 9, 2016 - Sept. 24, 2016 Sunrise until Sunset 6 18
Ducks (Including Sea Ducks)

(There is no Open Season on Harlequin Ducks)
Nov. 19, 2016 - Nov. 26,2016

Dec. 10, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017
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:
    • Pintails,
    • Redheads,
    • Scaup,
    • Canvasback.
  • Including no more than 1 each of the following:
    • Fulvous whistling duck,
    • Back-bellied whistling duck,
    • Black duck or mottled duck.
18 Total including those species not named below.

  • Including no more than 12 each of the following:
    • Mallards (no more than 6 hens),
    • Eiders,
    • Scoters,
    • Long-tailed ducks.
  • Including no more than 9 each of the following:
    • Wood Ducks
  • Including no more than 6 each of the following:
    • Pintails,
    • Redheads,
    • Scaup,
    • Canvasback.
  • Including no more than 3 each of the following:
    • Fulvous whistling duck,
    • Back-bellied whistling duck,
    • Black duck or mottled duck.
American Coots, Mergansers, & Brant Nov. 19, 2016 - Nov. 26,2016

Dec. 10, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017
1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 15 (American Coots)

5 (Mergansers, No more than 1 Hooded Merganser)

2 (Brant)
45 (American Coots)

15 (Mergansers, No more than 3 Hooded Mergansers)

6 (Brant)
Canada Geese * Sept. 1, 2016 - Sept. 30, 2016

Nov. 19, 2016 - Nov. 26, 2016*

Dec. 10, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017*

Feb. 12, 2017 - Feb. 27, 2017*
1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 15 (Sept. 1 - Sept. 30)

5 (Remainder of Season)
45 (Sept. 1 - Sept. 30)

15 (Remainder of Season)
White-fronted Geese & Snow Geese Nov. 19, 2016 - Nov. 26, 2016

Dec. 10, 2016 - Jan. 29, 2017

Feb. 12, 2017 - Feb. 27, 2017
1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 5 (no more than 2 White-fronted Geese)

25 (Snow Geese)
15 (no more than 6 White-fronted Geese)

No Limit (Snow Geese)
Marsh Hens/Rails Sept. 17, 2016 - Sept. 21, 2016

October 15, 2016 - Dec. 18, 2016
1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 15 (King & Clapper)

25 (Sora & Va.)
45 (King & Clapper)

75 (Sora & Va.)
Common Moorhens & Purple Gallinules Sept. 17, 2016 - Sept. 21, 2016

October 15, 2016 - Dec. 18, 2016
1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 15 45
Common Snipe

(Wilson's)
Nov. 14, 2016 - Feb. 28, 2017 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 8 24
Woodcock Dec. 18, 2016 - Jan. 31, 2017 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset 3 9
Areas Closed to Goose Harvest on Lake Marion - select to download larger image as a PDF file

*Canada Goose Hunting Area

During the Sept. 1, 2016 - Sept. 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. 12, 2016 (Legal Species: Ducks, mergansers, coots, ) Only youth who are 17 years of age or younger may hunt, but they must be accompanied by an adult of at least 21 years of age who is fully licensed. Youth who are 16 and 17 years of age, who hunt 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 indicated for regular seasons.

Federal Youth Days

Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, 2017 (Legal Species: Ducks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens, 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 Nov. 2, 2016 through Nov. 18, 2016 and Nov. 27, 2016 through Dec. 9, 2016. Daily bag and possession limits for these birds shall not exceed 3 and 6 birds, respectively, singly or in the aggregate. Statewide hunting hours shall be one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.


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