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Jim Justice, Governor
Stephen S. McDaniel, Director

News Release: August 15, 2017


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Media Contact: Samantha Smith 304-957-9364 Samantha.Smith@wv.gov

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Mike Peters, Wildlife Resources Section 304-825-6787 Michael.L.Peters@wv.gov

West Virginia's 2017-2018 Seasons Set for Mourning Dove, Woodcock, Common Snipe, Sora and Virginia Rails

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2017-2018 hunting season dates and bag limits for mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe and sora and Virginia rails have been set. These seasons are set within the annual guidelines established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Species

Dates

Daily Limit

Possession Limit

Mourning Dove
(3-way split)

Sept. 1 – Oct. 14
Oct. 30 – Nov. 18
Dec. 18 – Jan. 12

15

45

Woodcock
(2-way split)

Oct. 14 – Nov. 18
Nov. 27 – Dec. 5

3

9

Common Snipe

Sept. 1 – Dec. 16

8

16

Sora & Virginia Rails

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

25

25

The dove season is split into three segments with this first segment running from Sept. 1 to Oct. 14. Shooting hours on Sept. 1 are noon to sunset. For the remainder of the season, it is one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. The daily bag limit is 15 birds.

The woodcock season is split into two segments. Both the snipe and rail seasons are a single segment. Shooting hours for woodcock, snipe and rails are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset.

All licensed migratory bird hunters, including lifetime license holders and senior citizens, must have a valid Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card. HIP cards are available online at www.wvhunt.com and license agents.

“All harvested, banded birds should be reported online at www.reportband.gov because the 1-800 phone number has been discontinued,” said Mike Peters, game bird biologist for the Division of Natural Resources (DNR). “Biologists use the reported band information to help set hunting regulations, so it is vital to report harvested banded birds.”

West Virginia’s 2017-2018 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations brochure is available online at www.wvdnr.gov. Printed copies will be available in late August at license agents and at DNR offices.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The first of three splits of West Virginia's 2017–2018 mourning dove season is Sept. 1 through Oct. 14.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. The first of three splits of West Virginia's 2017–2018 mourning dove season is Sept. 1 through Oct. 14.