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Stephen S. McDaniel, Director

News Release: August 9, 2018


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Mike Peters, Wildlife Resources Section 304-637-0245 Michael.L.Peters@wv.gov

2018-2019 mourning dove, woodcock, common snipe, sora and Virginia rails seasons set

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia's 2018-2019 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.

The dove season is split into three segments. The first segment runs from Sept. 1 to Oct. 13. Shooting hours on Sept. 1 are noon to sunset. For the remainder of the season, shooting hours are 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 at license agents.

Species

Dates

Daily Limit

Possession Limit

Mourning Dove        (3-way split)

Sept. 1 – Oct. 13        Oct. 29 – Nov. 17      Dec. 17 – Jan. 12

15

45

Woodcock              (2-way split)

Oct. 13 – Nov. 17      Nov. 26 – Dec. 4

3

9

Common Snipe

Sept. 1 – Dec. 16

8

16

Sora & Virginia Rails

Sept. 1 – Nov. 9

25

25

For more information, consult West Virginia’s 2018-2019 Migratory Bird Hunting Regulations brochure, available online at www.wvdnr.gov, at license agents and at DNR offices.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Mourning doves
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Mourning doves