FWC announces 2008-09 migratory game bird and early waterfowl hunting seasons

October 21, 2008

Crow

Season: Aug. 9 – Oct. 26, 2008 (Saturdays and Sundays only) and Nov. 11, 2008 – Feb. 18, 2009
Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag limit: No bag or possession limits

Rail and common moorhen

Season: Sept. 1 – Nov. 9, 2008
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

September Canada goose

September Season: Sept. 6-24, 2008
Note: This season is now open statewide (previously open on Lake Seminole only)
Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Bag limit (daily/possession): 5/10.

Special early duck

Season: Sept. 20-24, 2008
Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Legal to take: Teal, wood duck
Bag limit (daily/possession): 4/8. The 4-duck daily bag limit may include no more than 2 wood ducks; the 8-duck possession limit may include no more than 4 wood ducks.

Mourning and white-winged dove

Season:
First phase
– Oct. 4-27, 2008
Second phase – Nov. 15-30, 2008
Third phase – Dec. 13, 2008 – Jan. 11, 2009
Shooting hours:
First phase – noon to sunset
Second and third phases – One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag limit (daily/possession): 15/30 (singly or in aggregate) – increased from previous year.

Snipe

Season: Nov. 1, 2008 – Feb. 15, 2009
Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag limit (daily/possession): 8/16

Woodcock

Season: Dec. 20, 2008 – Jan. 18, 2009
Shooting hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag limit (daily/possession): 3/6