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« on: September 13, 2009, 04:54:21 PM »

Early Migratory Game Bird Hunting Regulations, September 2009
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has announced the migratory game bird hunting regulations for the 2009-2010 season. There are plenty of opportunities for hunters to take to the field starting with these early hunting seasons noted below.

The September Canada goose season opened on September 1 and runs through September 25. A large population of resident geese and liberal bag limits offer goose hunters times reminiscent of the "good old days."

Similar to last year, extended hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) are in effect from September 1-19 (before the teal season opens) east of Interstate 95. From September 21 through the 25th, hunting hours end at sunset east of I-95. West of I-95, extended hunting hours (one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset) are in effect for the entire season (September 1 - 25).

The September Teal season is offered East of I-95 and runs from September 21 - 30. Many teal, especially blue-winged teal, are early migrants and pass through Virginia prior to the opening of the regular duck season. This September season provides an opportunity for hunters to pursue these birds while they're still here. Breeding population surveys recorded about 7.4 million blue-winged teal and 3.4 million green-winged teal this year, which are near record numbers for these species, so there should be plenty of birds around for those willing to pursue them.

The Mourning Dove season opens on the first Saturday in September, which is September 5 this year. Similar to past years, the season is split into three segments, with the first segment shooting hours starting at noon and running until sunset and the last two segments running from one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. Dove populations remain healthy and dove numbers in the Eastern U.S. have been stable for the past 10 years.

Hunting seasons for Woodcock, Rail and Snipe are also similar to last year. The woodcock season is split into two segments to provide opportunities for both eastern and western hunters. Rail seasons are set around the high tide cycles and the snipe season is set to overlap the duck season as much as possible.

All hunters (whether licensed or exempt from being licensed) who plan to hunt doves, waterfowl, rails, woodcock, snipe, coots, gallinules or moorhens in Virginia must be registered with the Virginia Harvest Information Program (HIP). HIP is required each year and a new registration number is needed for the upcoming season. You can register online at www.HuntFishVA.com or call 1-888-788-9772.

Also, Virginia waterfowl hunters age 16 and older must obtain a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, and the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp (unless license exempt) to hunt waterfowl in Virginia. The annual Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp can be purchased for $10.00 (resident or non-resident) at VDGIF license agents or clerks that sell Virginia hunting licenses or from the Department's Web site, www.HuntFishVA.com. Hunters can obtain federal duck stamps at U.S. Post Offices, National Wildlife Refuges, or online at www.duckstamp.com.

Hunters are encouraged to report banded migratory game birds by calling toll-free 1-800-327-BAND (2263). Banded birds can also be reported online at: http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbl.

For more information on migratory game bird hunting, visit the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website at http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/hunting/regulations/webless-migratory-gamebirds.asp.
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