The S.C. Department of Natural Resources is conducting a survey of active dove hunters to determine their preferences for seasons and bag limits along with some requests about their hunting activities. Active dove hunters can access the survey at http://www.dnr.sc.gov/doves/. The survey is now available and will be open until Jan. 15, 2015.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) annually sets the frameworks within which the individual states can select seasons, bag limits and methods of harvest for all migratory game birds including doves. An individual state, like South Carolina, can select options that are more conservative than the Federal frameworks but not more liberal.
At this time, the Service allows for no more than 90 days of dove hunting with no more than three open segments to be scheduled between Sept. 1 and Jan. 15. The maximum daily dove bag limit is 15 birds per hunter per day.