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West Virginia Migratory Birds Hunting Season 2023-2024

Overview of Migratory Birds Seasons and Regulations

West Virginia offers a diverse range of migratory bird hunting opportunities. Each season has specific start and end dates, bag limits, and possession limits. Below is a detailed breakdown of the various migratory bird hunting seasons for the 2023-2024 season.

Dove Season

Segment 1

  • Season Dates: September 1 to October 8
  • Daily Limit: 15 doves
  • Possession Limit: 45 doves

Segment 2

  • Season Dates: October 30 to November 12
  • Daily Limit: 15 doves
  • Possession Limit: 45 doves

Segment 3

  • Season Dates: December 18 to January 24
  • Daily Limit: 15 doves
  • Possession Limit: 45 doves

Ducks Season

  • Season 1

    • Season Dates: October 1 to October 14
    • Daily Limit: 6 ducks
    • Possession Limit: 18 ducks
  • Season 2

    • Season Dates: November 6 to November 12
    • Daily Limit: 6 ducks
    • Possession Limit: 18 ducks
  • Season 3

    • Season Dates: December 24 to January 31
    • Daily Limit: 6 ducks
    • Possession Limit: 18 ducks

Scaup Season

  • Season 1

    • Season Dates: October 1 to October 14
    • Daily Limit: 1 scaup
    • Possession Limit: 2 scaup
  • Season 2

    • Season Dates: November 6 to November 12
    • Daily Limit: 1 scaup
    • Possession Limit: 2 scaup
  • Season 3

    • Season Dates: December 24 to January 11
    • Daily Limit: 1 scaup
    • Possession Limit: 2 scaup
  • Season 4

    • Season Dates: January 12 to January 31
    • Daily Limit: 1 scaup
    • Possession Limit: 2 scaup

Brant Season

  • Season Dates: January 2 to January 31
  • Daily Limit: 1 brant
  • Possession Limit: 3 brant

Coots Season

  • Season 1

    • Season Dates: October 1 to October 14
    • Daily Limit: 6 coots
    • Possession Limit: 18 coots
  • Season 2

    • Season Dates: November 6 to November 12
    • Daily Limit: 6 coots
    • Possession Limit: 18 coots
  • Season 3

    • Season Dates: December 24 to January 31
    • Daily Limit: 6 coots
    • Possession Limit: 18 coots

Mergansers Season

  • Season 1

    • Season Dates: October 1 to October 14
    • Daily Limit: 6 mergansers
    • Possession Limit: 18 mergansers
  • Season 2

    • Season Dates: November 6 to November 12
    • Daily Limit: 6 mergansers
    • Possession Limit: 18 mergansers
  • Season 3

    • Season Dates: December 24 to January 31
    • Daily Limit: 6 mergansers
    • Possession Limit: 18 mergansers

Goose Season

Early Canada Goose

  • Season Dates: September 1 to September 10
  • Daily Limit: 5 geese
  • Possession Limit: 15 geese

Canada Goose/White-fronted Geese

  • Season 1

    • Season Dates: October 1 to October 21
    • Daily Limit: 5 geese
    • Possession Limit: 15 geese
  • Season 2

    • Season Dates: November 6 to November 12
    • Daily Limit: 5 geese
    • Possession Limit: 15 geese

Snow and Blue Goose

  • Season 1

    • Season Dates: October 1 to October 21
    • Daily Limit: 5 geese
    • Possession Limit: 15 geese
  • Season 2

    • Season Dates: November 6 to November 12
    • Daily Limit: 5 geese
    • Possession Limit: 15 geese

Rails Season

Sora and Virginia Rails

  • Season Dates: September 1 to November 9
  • Daily Limit: 10 rails
  • Possession Limit: 30 rails

Snipe Season

Wilson's Snipe

  • Season Dates: September 1 to December 16
  • Daily Limit: 8 snipe
  • Possession Limit: 24 snipe

Woodcock Season

  • Season 1

    • Season Dates: October 14 to November 18
    • Daily Limit: 3 woodcock
    • Possession Limit: 9 woodcock
  • Season 2

    • Season Dates: November 27 to December 5
    • Daily Limit: 3 woodcock
    • Possession Limit: 9 woodcock

Gallinules Season

Gallinules

  • Season 1

    • Season Dates: October 1 to October 14
    • Daily Limit: 15 gallinules
    • Possession Limit: 45 gallinules
  • Season 2

    • Season Dates: December 7 to January 31
    • Daily Limit: 15 gallinules
    • Possession Limit: 45 gallinules

Important Reminders for Migratory Bird Hunters

  • Hunting License: Ensure you possess the necessary hunting license and any required permits.
  • Species Identification: Accurately identify target species to avoid accidental harvest of non-target birds.
  • Firearm Safety: Practice safe firearm handling at all times.
  • Bag Limits: Adhere to daily and possession bag limits to conserve bird populations.
  • Ethical Hunting: Follow ethical hunting practices and respect the environment.

Conclusion

West Virginia's migratory bird hunting seasons provide a range of opportunities for hunters to enjoy the outdoors while contributing to wildlife conservation efforts. Hunters should always verify season dates and regulations with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources to ensure compliance with the latest guidelines.

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