The Board of Natural Resources recently approved the 2010-2011 waterfowl hunting regulations. The September Canada goose season runs from Sept. 3-25 and the September teal season runs from Sept. 10-25. Hunting season for ducks is Nov. 19 - Nov. 27, 2011 and Dec. 10 - Jan. 29, 2012. A summary of migratory bird hunting season dates and bag limits can be found online at http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com/hunting/regulations .
Hunters statewide can celebrate the beginning of dove season at noon Saturday, Sept. 3. Long-awaited opening day is traditionally considered the beginning of the fall hunting season, and with the numerous wildlife management area hunts scheduled, it is the perfect opportunity to introduce children and grandchildren to the sport. “Georgia has some fantastic public areas for dove hunters. In fact, many WMAs provide fields managed specifically for dove hunting opportunities,” says John W. Bowers, Wildlife Resources Division’s assistant chief of Game Management.
Hunter education courses in Georgia are offered three ways: by classroom, CD-Rom or online. “Because of the importance of the information learned in a hunter education course, our agency has made efforts to meet the needs of many users,” says Walter Lane, Wildlife Resources Division’s Hunter Development Program Manager. “The options offered include a traditional classroom course, a CD-rom course and three online courses.”
The Migratory Bird Hunting license (or HIP permit) requires all hunters pursuing doves, ducks, geese, rails and other migratory bird species to complete an annual harvest survey. The free license is available online, by phone or at retail license agents across the state, and requires hunters to report harvest rates. Sixteen years and running, the HIP program details both the number of migratory game bird hunters and their harvests. This information helps wildlife managers monitor migratory bird populations, set hunting seasons and bag limits and ensure healthy, sustainable populations.
Georgians curious about the differences between legitimate dove field preparation and illegal baiting should read “Dove Hunting and Agricultural Practices in Georgia,” available at http://www.gohuntgeorgia.com . Baiting is the illegal practice of intentionally luring doves to a field by placing grain or feed. Federal and state laws prohibit hunting migratory game birds over such areas.
Natural food becomes scarce and resting and escape cover is thin in the fall and winter.
Migratory bird hunting season for mourning doves, marsh hens (rails), teal, moorhens, purple gallinules, and Canada geese gets underway at various dates during the month of September.
Doves are captured and banded at more than 35 sites across South Carolina each year. Captured birds are marked with a metal leg band containing a unique number and the 1-800-327-BAND telephone number.
The Board of Natural Resources recently approved the 2010-2011 waterfowl hunting regulations. “Changes to note for the 2010-2011 migratory bird and waterfowl regulations is that the bag limit on pintail ducks has increased from 1 to 2 and that the take of white-winged doves contributes towards the daily bag limit of 15 doves, whether they are mourning or white-winged doves,” says Assistant Chief of Game Management John Bowers.
The end of summer doesn’t have to mean the end of fun in the great outdoors. As Labor Day approaches, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) encourages families to get outdoors over the holiday weekend and continue enjoying outdoor activities into the fall. “The amount of time that the average child spends outside today is half of what it was 20 years ago,” said DNR Commissioner Chris Clark. “As summer draws to a close and kids head back to school, it’s important for families to plan fun outdoor activities that keep them moving.”