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Late-Season Migratory Bird Regulations Set

woodduckThe S.C. Natural Resources Board, the policy-making body of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR), recently approved the 2013-2014 late migratory bird seasons and regulations from a framework set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The season and bag limit selections must be approved by the Service and published in the Federal Register. The 2013-14 migratory bird brochure will be available soon.

DUCKS (Excluding Sea Ducks) – Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 23–Dec. 1; Dec. 7–Jan. 26 – Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset – Bag limit: 6 total, including no more than 4 mallards (2 hens), 2 pintails, 1 fulvous whistling duck, 1 black-bellied whistling duck, 3 wood ducks, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 2 scaup and either 1 black duck or 1 mottled duck. – Possession limit: 18 total, including no more than 12 mallards (6 hens), 6 pintails, 3 fulvous whistling ducks, 3 black-bellied whistling ducks, 9 wood ducks, 6 redheads, 6 canvasbacks, 6 scaup and any combination of 3 total for mottled ducks and/or black ducks.

MERGANSERS – Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 23–Dec. 1; Dec. 7–Jan. 26 – Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset – Bag limit: 5 (not to include more than 1 Hooded Merganser) – Possession limit: 15 (not to include more than 3 Hooded Mergansers).

SEA DUCKS (eiders, scoters, long-tailed ducks) – Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Oct. 12–Jan. 26 – Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset – Bag limit: 7 (Not to include more than 4 scoters) – Possession limit: 21 (Not to include more than 12 scoters) — Sea ducks taken outside of the regular duck season may be hunted only in Atlantic Ocean waters separated from any shore, island or emergent vegetation by at least one mile of open water. COOTS – Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 23–Dec. 1; Dec. 7–Jan. 26 – Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset – Bag limit: 15 – Possession limit: 45.

CANADA GEESE/WHITE FRONTED GEESE (Late Seasons) – Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 23–Dec. 1; Dec. 7—Jan. 26, Feb. 6—Feb. 15- Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset – Bag limit: 5 (not to include more than 2 white-fronted geese) – Possession limit: 15 (not to include more than 6 white-fronted geese). This excludes all of Clarendon County, that portion of Orangeburg County north of SC Highway 6 and that portion of Berkeley County north of SC Highway 45 from the Orangeburg County line to the junction of SC Highway 45 and State Road S-8-31 and that portion west of the Santee Dam.

BLUE and SNOW GEESE – Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Nov. 23–Dec. 1; Dec. 7—Jan. 26 – Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset – Bag limit: 25 – Possession limit: No limit.

BRANT – Open Dates (All Dates Inclusive): Dec. 28—Jan. 26 – Hunting hours: 1/2 Hour before Sunrise until Sunset – Bag limit: 2 – Possession limit: 6.