Each year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons, and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines. The Commission allowed public input on the seasons throughout June via its Web site, www.ncwildlife.org.
The 2009-10 seasons for webless migratory game birds and waterfowl early seasons are:
Dove: Sept. 5 – Oct 10; Nov. 23 – Nov. 28; and Dec. 19 – Jan. 15; daily bag of 15 and possession limit of 30
King and clapper rails: Sept. 5 – Nov. 13; daily bag of 15 and possession limit of 30
Sora and Virginia rails: Sept. 5 – Nov. 13; daily bag of 25 and possession limit of 25
Gallinule and moorhens: Sept. 5 – Nov. 13; daily bag of 15 and possession limit of 30
Woodcock: Jan 1 – Jan. 30; daily bag of 3 and possession limit of 6
Common snipe: Nov. 13 – Feb. 27; daily bag of 8 and possession limit of 16
Canada goose: Sept. 1 - 30 (statewide); daily bag of 15 and possession limit of 30
September teal season: Sept. 12-30 (East of U.S. 17 only); daily bag of 4 and possession limit of 8. Species include green-winged, blue-winged and cinnamon teal.
With several exceptions, shooting hours for all species are from a half hour before sunrise until sunset. For doves, shooting hours are from noon until sunset on September 5 only and from a half hour before sunrise until sunset thereafter. For Canada geese only during the month of September and only in that area west of U.S. Highway 17, shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until one-half hour after sunset. In addition to the extended shooting hours for Canada geese, unplugged guns and electronic calls will be allowed for Canada geese in that area west of U.S. Highway 17 and only during the month of September.
In late August, the Commission will establish regular waterfowl seasons for ducks, geese and swans.