FWC announces 2009-2010 bird hunting season

September 3, 2009

fwclogo20072Rail and Common Moorhen
Season: Sept. 1 – Nov. 9, 2009
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limits (daily/possession):
Clapper & king rails – 15/30 (singly or in aggregate)
Sora & Virginia rails – 25/25 (singly or in aggregate)
Common moorhen – 15/30
Purple gallinule – No Open Season

Special September Duck Season: Sept. 26-30, 2009

Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset 
Legal to Take: Wood duck, green-winged teal, blue-winged teal
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 4/8. The 4-duck daily bag limit shall consist of no more than two wood ducks.
September Canada Goose
Season: Sept. 5-30, 2009 Canada geese may be taken statewide
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 5/10. Taking or attempting to take brant or geese (except as described above) is prohibited.

Mourning and White-Winged Dove
Season:
First Phase – Oct. 3-26, 2009
Second Phase – Nov. 14-29, 2009
Third Phase – Dec. 12, 2009 – Jan. 10, 2010
Shooting Hours:
First Phase – 12 Noon to sunset
Second & Third phases – One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 15/30 (singly or in aggregate)

Snipe
Season: Nov. 1, 2009 – Feb. 15, 2010
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 8/16

Woodcock
Season: Dec. 19, 2009 – Jan. 17, 2010
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 3/6

Crow
Season: Aug. 8 – Oct. 25, 2009 (Saturdays and Sundays only) and Nov. 11, 2009 – Feb. 18, 2010.
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset
Bag Limit: No bag or possession limits.

Proposed 2009 -2010 Waterfowl and Coot Seasons

Wood duck. Photo courtesy Bill Buckley/FWC
Wood duck. Photo courtesy Bill Buckley/FWC

Waterfowl and Coot Seasons
Season:
First Phase – Nov. 21-29, 2009
Second Phase – Dec. 12, 2009 – Jan. 31, 2010
Youth Waterfowl Days – Feb. 6-7, 2010
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): Six (12 in possession) duck daily bag limit shall consist of no more than four mallards (no more than two of which may be females), one black duck, one mottled duck (Florida duck), one fulvous whistling-duck, one pintail, one canvasback, two redheads, two scaup, three wood ducks and four scoters.  All other species of duck (except harlequin ducks) may be taken up to the six-duck daily limit. Taking or attempting to take harlequin ducks is prohibited.
Coots – 15/30
Mergansers: Daily limit 5, only two of which may be a hooded merganser; possession limit 10, only four of which may be hooded mergansers.

Canada Goose (Statewide)
Season:
First Phase – Nov. 21-29, 2009
Second Phase – Dec. 1, 2009 – Jan. 30, 2010
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 5/10

Snow, blue and Ross’ geese (Statewide)
Season:
First Phase – Nov. 21-29, 2009
Second Phase – Dec. 12, 2009 – Jan. 31, 2010
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 15/no limit

For more information:

Duck hunting in Florida brochure:
http://myfwc.com/docs/RecreationActivities/DuckHunting.pdf

Waterfowl identification chart:
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/duckdist/index.htm

Where to get a hunting license:
https://www4.wildlifelicense.com/fl/start.php