Thursday, August 7, 2008
Game bird season dates established
The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2008-09 early hunting seasons for migratory game birds on July 23 at its monthly meeting, according to the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks (MDWFP).
Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service releases early-season frameworks that provide a “window” of dates from which states may select specific season dates. This year, early season structures and regulations will be very similar to recent years.
“The biggest changes this year involve our dove seasons. Hunters statewide will enjoy a 70-day season with a 15-bird daily bag limit,” explained Ed Penny, MDWFP migratory game bird program coordinator.
For the North Dove Zone, there will be three dove season segments – September 1-September 21, October 3-November 9, and January 1-January 11. The daily dove bag limit for 2008-2009 is 15 birds, and the possession limit is 30 birds. The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84 plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35.
The South Dove Zone will also have three season segments: September 1-September 14, October 11-October 26, and December 7-January 15. The daily bag limit is 15 birds, and the possession limit is 30 birds. The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35.
The resident Canada goose season will occur statewide from September 1-15. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese with a possession limit of 10 birds. The early teal season, September 13-28, allows a daily bag limit of four teal with a possession limit of eight birds. Legal species for early teal season include all species of teal. Legal shooting hours for resident Canada geese and early teal seasons are from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Hunting seasons for rails (sora, Virginia, clapper, and king rails), moorhens, and gallinules will occur simultaneously from September 27-December 5. Daily bag limit for moorhens and gallinules is 15 singly, or in aggregate (total of 15 regardless of species). Daily bag limit for sora and Virginia rails is 25 singly, or in aggregate of the two species (total of 25 regardless of species). For clapper and king rails, the daily bag limit is 15 singly, or in aggregate of the two species (total of 15 regardless of species). Possession limits for rails, moorhens, and gallinules is double the daily bag limit, except for sora and Virginia rails, which have a possession limit equal to the daily bag limit of 25, regardless of species.
Snipe hunting season will occur from November 8-February 22. Daily bag limit is eight snipe with a possession limit of 16 birds. Woodcock hunting season will occur from December 13- January 26, with a daily bag limit of three woodcock and a possession limit of six birds.
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