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Mississippi's 2013-14 Dove & Game Bird Seasons Announced

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The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has approved dates for the 2013-14 dove season. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides a "window" of dates from which states may select specific season dates. The 2013-14 dove season will be similar to previous seasons with a few minor changes.  

Once again, Mississippi hunters will enjoy a 70-day, 15-bird daily bag limit for mourning and white-winged doves for the 2013-14 season.  The possession limit is three times the daily bag limit.  Mississippi is divided into two zones to maximize hunting opportunities throughout the state.  

The North Dove Zone is defined as areas north of U.S. Hwy. 84, plus areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and west of MS Hwy. 35.  Season dates for the North Zone are as follows:  Sept. 1-22; Oct. 12-Nov. 4; and Dec. 20-Jan. 12. 

The South Dove Zone is defined as areas south of U.S. Hwy. 84 and east of MS Hwy. 35. Season dates for the South Zone are as follows:  Sept. 1-9; Oct. 5-Nov. 4; and Dec. 14-Jan. 12. 

The season will open at 2 p.m. on Sept. 1 for both dove zones.  

"The opening day of dove season is one of the most popular hunting dates of the year," said James Callicutt, Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Waterfowl Program Biologist.  The MDWFP provides an abundance of public dove hunting opportunities on many state Wildlife Management Areas as well as on private lands through the private lands dove field program.  

The Commission on Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks approved dates for the 2013-14 early hunting seasons for migratory birds on July 17, 2013.  Early migratory game bird hunting seasons set during the July meeting include resident Canada geese, early teal, snipe, woodcock, and rails.  This year, early seasons will be similar to recent years.

The early teal season is Sept. 14-29, 2013.  The bag limit for September teal is 6 per day with no more than 18 in possession.  The hunting season for resident Canada geese is Sept. 1-15, 2013. 

The daily bag limit is 5 Canada geese with a possession limit of 15. The hunting season for rails, moorhens, and gallinules is Sept. 14-Nov. 22, 2013. Daily bag limit for clapper rails, king rails, moorhens, and gallinules is 15 singly or in aggregate, and the possession limit is 45 singly or in aggregate. Daily bag limit for Virginia rails and sora rails is 25 singly or in aggregate, and the possession limit is 75 singly or in aggregate. 

The hunting season for snipe is Nov. 14, 2013-Feb. 28, 2014. Daily bag limit is 8 snipe with a possession limit of 24 birds. 

Woodcock season is Dec. 18, 2013-Jan. 31, 2014.  The daily bag limit is 3 woodcock with a possession limit of 9 birds.

For more information regarding dove hunting in Mississippi, visit our website at www.mdwfp.com/dove or call us at (601) 432-2199. Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/mdwfp or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MDWFPonline.

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