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Migratory Bird Hunting Seasons

Hunting Regulations Icon South Carolina Hunting & Fishing


Bird Seasons



Mourning Doves

September 2, 2017 – October 14, 2017

November 11, 2017 – November 25, 2017

December 15, 2017 – January 15, 2018

Early Teal (Blue & Green Winged)

September 15, 2017 – September 30, 2017

Ducks (Including Sea Ducks),

American Coots,

Mergansers, Brant

(There is no Open Season on Harlequin Ducks)

November 18, 2017 – November 25,2017

December 9, 2017 – January 28, 2018

Canada Geese

September 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017

November 18, 2017 – November 25, 2017

December 9, 2017 – January 28, 2018

February 13, 2018 – February 28, 2018

White-fronted Geese & Snow Geese

November 18, 2017 – November 25, 2017

December 9, 2017 – January 28, 2018

February 13, 2018 – February 28, 2018

Marsh Hens/Rails, Common Moorhens & Purple Gallinules

October 6, 2017 – October 10, 2017

November 3, 2017 – January 6, 2018

Common Snipe

November 14, 2017 – February 28, 2018


December 18, 2017 – January 31, 2018


Bird Shooting Hours


Shooting Hours

Mourning Dove

(September 2, 2017 –
September 4, 2017)

12 Noon until Sunset

Mourning Dove

(Remainder of Season)

½ Hour before Sunrise until Sunset

Early Teal

Sunrise until Sunset

Ducks, Geese, American Coots, Mergansers, Marsh Hens, Snipe, Woodcock & Brant

½ Hour before Sunrise until Sunset


Bird Daily Bag Limits


Daily Limits

Mourning Doves

15 Total

Early Teal (Blue & Green-winged)

6 Total

Ducks 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:
    • Redheads,
    • Scaup,
    • Canvasback.
  • Including no more than 1 each of the following:
    • Pintails,
    • Fulvous whistling duck,
    • Back-bellied whistling duck.
  • For Black Ducks or Mottled Ducks, see note below.
Canada Geese (September 1—September 30)

15 Total

Canada Geese & White-Fronted Geese (Remainder of Season)

5 Total

No More than
2 White-Fronted Geese

Snow Geese

25 Total

American Coots

15 Total


5 Total, No more than 1 Hooded Merganser

Marsh Hens/Rails

King and Clapper—15 Total

Sora and Virginia—25 Total

Common Moorhens & Purple Gallinules

15 Total

Common Snipe

8 Total


3 Total


2 Total

Canada Goose Hunting Area: During the September 1—September 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. 11, 2017 (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 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. 3 and Feb. 10, 2018 (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. 1, 2017 through Nov. 17, 2017 and Nov. 26, 2017 through Dec. 8, 2017. 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.