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Fish & Wildlife > Hunting & Trapping > Waterfowl & Migratory Game Birds > 2014 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Regulations 2014 Early Migratory Game Bird Seasons & Regulations

NOTE: Migratory and waterfowl hunting dates are set by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in cooperation with Indiana DNR. Dates are usually available mid- to late-August.

A valid hunting license is required to hunt migratory game birds and waterfowl. In addition, HIP registration, Indiana Game Bird or Indiana Migratory Waterfowl stamp privileges, and a Federal Migratory Bird hunting stamp may also be required as noted below.

Species Hunting Dates
Rails (Sora only) Sept. 1 - Nov. 9
Daily bag: 25 and possession limit: 75; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required

Species Hunting Dates
Mourning Doves Sept. 1 - Oct. 19 and Nov. 1 - 9, Dec. 13 - Jan. 11, 2015
Daily bag limit: 15 and Possession limit: 45; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration & Game Bird Habitat Stamp Required

Species Hunting Dates
Moorhens (Common) Closed
Species Hunting Dates
Woodcock Oct. 15 - Nov. 28
Daily bag limit: 3 and Possession limit: 9; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required NOTE: Woodcock hunters must wear exposed at all times as an outer garment one or more of the following articles that is solid hunter orange in color: a vest, coat, jacket, coveralls, hat or cap.

Species Hunting Dates
Snipe (Common) Sept. 1 - Dec. 16
Daily bag limit: 8 and Possession limit: 24; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required

Species Hunting Dates
Teal (Blue- and green-winged only)* Sept. 6 - Sept. 21
Daily bag limit: 6 and Possession limit: 18; Shooting hours: sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required *No teal hunting on Kankakee FWA.

Species Hunting Dates
Canada Goose* Sept. 1 - Sept. 15
Daily bag limit: 5 and Possession limit: 15; Shooting hours: half-hour before sunrise to sunset HIP Registration Required *No goose hunting on Kankakee FWA and Hovey Lake FWA

Teal and Goose hunting require an Indiana Migratory Waterfowl and a Federal Migratory Bird Stamp and approved non-toxic shot must be used.