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Dove bag limits change

Hunting laws in South Carolina have changed for mourning doves, limiting the daily bag count to 12 bags per day per hunter.
A new state law redefined the daily limit, and lowering it. That new law takes effect for the first time this season.
Mourning Dove can be shot Sept. 3 through Oct. 15, and again from Nov. 12 through Nov. 26. The final season this year for mourning dove is from Dec. 15 – Jan. 15.
The first shooting season, Sept. 3 through Oct. 15, has the most restricted hunting hours: state law says the allowable shooting hours for the dove is from noon until sunset. The hours change slightly from Nov. 12 – Nov. 16 from a half-hour before sunrise until sunset.
The hunting season for early teal is from Sept. 9 through Sept. 24, with actual duck season starting Nov. 19 to Nov. 26.
Here are the state’s hunting laws for hunting migratory birds:
• Shotguns must be plugged to hold no more than three shells.
• Baiting ducks or fowl or hunting-over-bait is prohibited.
• All hunting hours end at sunset.
• Lead shot is permitted only while hunting waterfowl.
Migratory birds in South Carolina are defined to include mourning doves, marsh hens, rails, woodcock, common snipe, common moorhens, ducks, purple gallinules, sea ducks, coots, blue and snow geese, brant, mergansers, Canada geese and crows.
In South Carolina, a Migratory Waterfowl Permit is also required to hunt fowl, in addition to the state’s required hunting license. A Federal Duck Stamp is also required for anyone over the age of 16. However, hunters who have a state lifetime hunting way or who have a senior license are exempt from having the otherwise required waterfowl permit.
Anyone who has a disability hunting license or who has a Catawba License does not need to obtain the additional annual waterfowl permit, according to state law.
Other new hunting limits in South Carolina include:
American eel, which is limited to a maximum of 25 per day. Eel must be at least 9 inches long.
Cobia catch-limits have changed this season, to include one person per day and no more than three in a boat per day.

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