South Carolina Migratory Birds & Waterfowl Season

Here are the hunting seasons for various migratory birds and waterfowl in South Carolina:

Dove Season

  • Species: Mourning Doves
  • Seasons: Private Land Season and WMA Season
  • Game Zone: All Game Zones
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: 15 per day

Private Land Season:

  • September 2 - September 4, 2023
  • September 5 - October 7, 2023
  • November 11 - November 25, 2023
  • December 24, 2023 - January 31, 2024

WMA Season:

  • September 2 - September 4, 2023
  • September 5 - October 7, 2023
  • November 11 - November 25, 2023
  • December 24, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Goose Season

  • Species: Canada Geese, White-fronted Geese, Snow Geese
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: Vary (see below)

Canada Geese:

  • September 1 - September 30, 2023
  • November 18 - November 25, 2023
  • December 12, 2023 - January 31, 2024
  • February 15, 2024 - March 1, 2024

White-fronted Geese & Snow Geese:

  • November 18 - November 25, 2023
  • December 12, 2023 - January 31, 2024
  • February 15, 2024 - March 1, 2024

Snow Geese:

  • November 18 - November 25, 2023
  • December 12, 2023 - January 31, 2024
  • February 15, 2024 - March 1, 2024

Teal Season

  • Species: Early Teal (Blue & Green-winged)
  • Hunting Start Dates: September 15, 2023
  • Hunting End Dates: September 30, 2023
  • Bag Limits: 6 Total

Ducks Season

  • Species: Ducks (Including Sea Ducks)
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: 6

Ducks Season:

  • November 18 - November 25, 2023
  • December 12, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Mergansers Season

  • Species: Mergansers
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: 5 Total, No more than 1 Hooded Merganser

Mergansers Season:

  • November 18 - November 25, 2023
  • December 12, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Coots Season

  • Species: American Coots
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: 15

Coots Season:

  • November 18 - November 25, 2023
  • December 12, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Scaup Season

  • Species: Scaup (Greater & Lesser)
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: 2/day to 1/day

Scaup Season:

  • November 18 - November 25, 2023
  • December 12 - December 22, 2023
  • December 23, 2023 - January 31, 2024

Brant Season

  • Species: Brant
  • Hunting Start Dates: January 2, 2024
  • Hunting End Dates: January 31, 2024
  • Bag Limits: 2 Total

Moorhens Season

  • Species: Common Moorhens
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: 15 Total

Moorhens Season:

  • September 1 - September 4, 2023
  • September 27 - December 1, 2023

Gallinules Season

  • Species: Purple Gallinules
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: 15 Total

Gallinules Season:

  • September 1 - September 4, 2023
  • September 27 - December 1, 2023

Swans Season

  • Species: Swans
  • Hunting Start Dates: No Open Season
  • Hunting End Dates: No Open Season

Rails Season

  • Species: Marsh Hens/Rails
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: Vary (see below)

Marsh Hens/Rails:

  • King and Clapper: September 1 - September 4, 2023
  • Sora and Virginia: September 27 - December 1, 2023

Snipe Season

  • Species: Common Snipe
  • Hunting Start Dates: November 12, 2023
  • Hunting End Dates: February 26, 2024
  • Bag Limits: 8 Total

Woodcock Season

  • Species: Woodcock
  • Hunting Start Dates: December 18, 2023
  • Hunting End Dates: January 31, 2024
  • Bag Limits: 3 Total

Upland Birds Season

Grouse Season

  • Species: Grouse
  • Seasons: Private Land Season and WMA Season (Game Zone 1 only)
  • Hunting Start Dates: November 23, 2023
  • Hunting End Dates: March 1, 2024
  • Bag Limits: 3 per day

Crow Season

  • Species: Crow
  • Seasons: Private Land Season and WMA Season
  • Hunting Start Dates: November 1, 2023
  • Hunting End Dates: March 1, 2024
  • Bag Limits: No Limit

Quail Season

  • Species: Quail
  • Seasons: Private Land Season and WMA Season
  • Hunting Start Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Hunting End Dates: Vary (see below)
  • Bag Limits: 12 per day

Private Land Season:

  • March 2, 2023 - November 19, 2023
  • November 20, 2023 - March 1, 2024
  • March 2, 2024 - November 24, 2024
  • September 1, 2023 - September 15, 2023

WMA Season:

  • November 20, 2023 - March 1, 2024

Please note that hunting seasons, bag limits, and regulations may vary by game zone and location. Hunters are advised to refer to the official regulations provided by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) for specific details and updates.

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