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2003-2004
MIGRATORY GAME BIRD AND CROW HUNTING SEASONS

Rail and Common Moorhen Season

Season: September 1 - November 9
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limits (daily/possession):
Clapper & King rails - 15/30 (singly or in aggregate)
Sora & Virginia rails - 25/25 (singly or in aggregate)
Common Moorhen - 15/30
Purple Gallinule - NO OPEN SEASON

Special September Duck Season

Season: September 20-24
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Legal to Take: Wood Duck, Green-winged Teal, Blue-winged Teal
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 4/8. The 4-duck daily bag limit shall consist of no more than two wood ducks.

Waterfowl and Coot Season

Season:
First Phase - November 22-30
Second Phase - December 6-January 25
Pintail and canvasback season - November 22-30, December 6-26
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): Ducks -- 6/12, with species restrictions.
Coots -- 15/30
Mergansers Daily limit 5, only one of which may be a hooded merganser; possession limit 10, only two of which may be hooded mergansers.

Limited Duck and Coot Seasons

In Leon County and Lake Miccosukee in Leon and Jefferson counties, waterfowl hunting is permitted on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays during the open season and on November 27-28, December 25, December 26, January 1, January 2 and January 19. Lake Talquin in Gadsden and Leon counties and the Ochlockonee River are open to hunting every day during the regular waterfowl season.During the open season, waterfowl hunting is permitted only on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays in the state waters of the Gulf of Mexico in Hernando County north of Raccoon Point and east of Saddle Key as designated by posted signs.

Limited Canada Goose Season

Season: September 20-24
Regular Season: November 22 - January 29
Canada geese may be taken only in the Florida waters of Lake Seminole in Jackson County that are south of SR 2, north of the Jim Woodruff Dam and east of SR 271.
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 5/10 ยท Taking or attempting to take brant or geese (except as described above) is prohibited.

Limited Light Goose Season (north and west of the Suwannee River)

(Light geese include snow geese - both blue and white phases - and Ross' geese.)
Season: First Phase - November 22-30 Second Phase - December 6-January 25
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 15/none Taking or attempting to take brant or geese (except as described above) is prohibited.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days

Children under 16 years of age may hunt. A non-hunting adult must accompany children.
Season: January 31 - February 1
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset.
Bag Limits: Daily and possession limits and geographic restrictions are the same as those for regular Duck and Coot, Limited Light Goose, Limited Canada Goose, and Common Moorhen seasons (The daily bag limit on common moorhens is 15, and the possession limit is 30) Note: Taking or attempting to take brants or geese, except as noted above under "Limited Canada Goose Hunting," "Limited Light Goose Season" and "Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days," is prohibited.

Mourning and White-Winged Dove Seasons

Season:
First Phase - October 4-27
Second Phase - November 15-30
Third Phase - December 13 - January 11
Shooting Hours: First Phase - 12 Noon to sunset Second & Third phases - One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 12/24 (including no more than 4/8 white-winged doves)

Snipe Season

Season: November 1 - February 15
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 8/16

Woodcock Season

Season: December 20 - January 18
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to sunset
Bag Limit (daily/possession): 3/6

Crow Season

Season: November 8 - January 18. May 8 - October 31 (Saturdays and Sundays only)
Shooting Hours: One-half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset
Bag Limit: No bag or possession limits.