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Migratory Game Birds


The Following Shall be Considered Migratory Gamebirds

Anatidae or waterfowl, including brant, wild ducks, geese, and swans; Rallidae or rails, including coots, gallinules, sora, and other rails; scolopacidae, snipe, or woodcock; Columbidae or pigeons, including doves and wild pigeons.

Migratory Waterfowl Permit

Required for hunters 16 years of age or older to hunt waterfowl. (Federal stamp also required.) A Migratory Waterfowl permit is not required to hunt woodcock, snipe, rails, or crow.

2012–13 Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Bag Limits

Migratory bird hunting regulations are set according to federal frameworks and are located in a separate publication—the Migratory Game Bird Schedule—published in September.

Regulations in red are new this year.

Purple text indicates an important note.

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