Wildlife - Species
Species Specific Regulations
Licenses: Hunting License required. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp) that is validated by the hunter signing the stamp in ink across the face of the stamp
Limits: Please see Migratory Bird Regulations for any game zones restrictions or Limitations.
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
They are early migrants; most of them have left the northern states by mid -November.
Wood Ducks have an average length of 18 1/2inches and an average weight of 1 1/2 pounds.
Found in all flyways; most numerous in the Atlantic and Mississippi flyways and fewest in the Central. Frequents wooded streams and ponds; perches in trees.
Typical Flock Pattern
Flies through thick timber with speed and ease and often feeds on acorns, berries, and grapes on the forest floors.
- Flight is swift and direct, and flocks are usually small.
- In the air, their wings make a rustling, swishing sound.
- Drakes call hoo-w-ett, often in flight.
- Hens have a cr-r-ek when frightened.
Publications and Literature
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Federal Duck Stamp Office Presents: North American Waterfowl
South Carolina waterfowl hunters 16 and older are required by state law to obtain a state migratory waterfowl permit and Migratory Game Bird permit. Both permits must be in the hunter's possession while hunting or transporting legal waterfowl. A state waterfowl permit is included with the Lifetime Senior, Lifetime Gratis and Disability Licenses. S.C. residents who hold a Lifetime Senior or Lifetime Gratis License are not required to have a Migratory Game Bird permit.
The waterfowl permits and HIP permits are available from select DNR offices and from hunting and fishing license agents.
585 Donnelley Drive
Green Pond, SC 29446