Hunters of early-migrating gamebirds can mark their calendars now.
The Missouri Conservation Commission has approved the following early migratory bird hunting seasons and limits:
Mourning doves, Eurasian collared doves, and white-winged doves: Sept. 1 through Nov. 9 (70 days), with limits of 15 daily and 45 in possession (combined total for all three species).
Blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, and cinnamon teal: The blue-winged teal (BWT) is the primary species harvested during this early hunting season.
For this reason, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service bases teal hunting regulations on an annual survey of BWT numbers on the birds’ nesting grounds.
Survey data are not available until mid-summer, so each year the Conservation Commission approves season dates contingent on survey results.
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