The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has set season dates for doves and other webless migratory game birds, as well as September seasons for Canada geese and teal.
Seasons and bag limits for most species are similar to last year, with the notable exception of the dove hunting season. This year, 20 additional days were allowed, and the Commission added a portion of those extra days to the early October segment of the season and the remainder to late November and early December season creating one extended second season that opens on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27), not the Monday before Thanksgiving as it had been for a number of years.
Hunters should also note that the first segment of the dove season opens on Labor Day, which is Monday, Sept. 1. Federal guidelines do not allow state fish and wildlife agencies to open their migratory game bird seasons prior to Sept. 1. The first segment of dove season will last through Oct. 11. The second season is Nov. 27-Jan. 15. The daily bag limit is 15 birds.
The statewide early season for Canada geese is Sept. 1-30, with a 15-bird daily bag limit. The early teal season, open east of US 17 only, is Sept. 6-24, with a 6-duck bag limit. King, clapper, sora and Virginia, plus gallinules and moorhens may be hunted Sept. 8 – Oct. 11 and Oct. 27 – Dec. 1. The daily bag limit as 15 for king and clapper rails, gallinules and moorhens and 25 for sora and Virginia rails.
Woodcock can be hunted Dec. 18-Jan. 31, with a 3-bird daily bag limit, and common snipe can be hunted Nov. 14-Feb. 28 with an 8-bird bag limit.
Shooting hours for all species are 30 minutes before sunrise until sunset unless otherwise noted. Dove hunters should note that shooting hours for the entire season, including opening day, begin 30 minutes before sunrise.