Migratory Bird Regulations 2016-2017

Migratory birds include: mourning dove, marsh hens, rails, woodcock, common snipe, common moorhens, purple gallinules, ducks, mergansers, sea ducks, coots, blue & snow geese, brant, Canada geese and crows.

Hunting dog retrieving duck from pond

Effective July 1, 1998, anyone over 16 or all licensed hunters hunting migratory game birds in the United States must have an HIP permit and complete a short questionnaire before hunting. Permits are available from any SCDNR license sales vendor, SCDNR office or online. There is no cost for the permit.

Seasons, shooting hours, limits and other special restrictions on migratory bird hunting are set by SCDNR in accordance with guidelines set by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Listed below are frequently requested rules for hunting migratory birds.

2016 - 2017 Seasons and Bag Limits


Specific seasons, limits and regulations for migratory birds, doves, and waterfowl hunting are printed annually in the 2016-2017 Hunting & Fishing Guide (PDF).